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I just picked-up a Macintosh Color Classic with an Apple IIe card. I've never used one of these before but was able to get it to enter into Apple IIe mode. However, I cannot seem to figure out how to get out of this mode. I tried exit and common keyboard shortcuts, but wasn't able to do it.

However, one shortcut (I believe it was Command-Power) resulted in a popup window on top of the Apple IIe screen like so:

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Sorry for the image distortion; appears to be a screen refresh issue. It appears this is some kind of command prompt, but everything I try (exit, quit, q, etc.) doesn't do anything.

Does anyone know how I can exit this popup screen as well as exit the Apple IIe mode? I don't want to pull the plug, but not sure what else I can do.

Thank you.

  • I think either "q" or "x" or "quit" or "exit" to get out of the Mac Debug monitor window. Then, there's a hotkey to toggle you from the Apple //e mode back to the configuration menu for it - I think it is Cmd+Esc, maybe? – Brian H May 29 at 17:17
  • Thanks @BrianH. However, I tried those keys and they do not work to exit the debug window (is that what this is?). I type those, press enter, then it just deletes the line and does nothing else. – Swisher Sweet May 29 at 17:24
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    Ah, It's "G", then Return, to exit the debug window. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacsBug – Brian H May 29 at 17:48
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According to the Apple IIe Card Owner's Guide, Command-Control-Escape will open the Option Panel, which includes buttons to "Quit IIe" and "Restart IIe", among other things.

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The window shown on the screen shot is not MacsBug, but some badly documented, most likely ROM resident debugging facility popping up when MacsBug is not installed. @BrianH mentions correctly to get out of that window with G and Return, though.

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  • Poorly documented, eh? Check out Technical Note 1136 which describes all the commands. For example mirrored at fenestrated.net/mirrors/Apple%20Technotes%20(As%20of%202002)/tn/… – Stefan Arentz May 31 at 3:00
  • Originally written as Technote 38 "ROM Debugger." – Stefan Arentz May 31 at 3:01
  • Back in the 1990's, there were mainly Manuals and Books. Every program you bought had a manual. Books (like Inside Macintosh) sometimes served the purpose of a manual. I don't know about Technotes being available without requiring some sort of online access. So, I conclude, compared to yesterdays standards, it's poorly documented. – PoC Jun 1 at 11:39
  • Addition: According to the TN, MicroBug is mentioned in the MacsBug Manual. I can't recall this, even if I've read it some time ago. – PoC Jun 1 at 11:44

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