Questions tagged [apple-ii]

For questions about the Apple II series of personal computers, and related software and hardware. For questions about Apple hardware in general, use the tag "apple"; for questions about the IIgs in particular, use the tag "apple-iigs".

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Did Apple bundle a specific monitor with the Apple II+ for schools?

Sometime in 1980 (or maybe 1981) my school district purchased its first batch of Apple II+ computers. I remember vividly they had absolutely no idea what to do with them, and so the machines were ...
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What bug in first version of game Karateka for Apple 2e cause this game reset in Apple 2c?

If I try to start the first version of the game Karateka for Apple IIe on an Apple IIc, the Apple IIc will restart after reading the game from disk after a few seconds. Later versions of Karateka for ...
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How do I clean/refurbish an Apple IIc Keyboard?

My Apple IIc is what appears to be the first US model: A2S4000 with version 255 ROMs. The keyboard PCB is marked 820 0108 03 ©1983, and the keyswitches are the "cross" type as seen below, without any ...
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Trying to identify an Apple II space trading game

I'm trying to identify a game I remember from my first exposure to computers (the Apple II at secondary school back in the late '70s). I remember two games I really enjoyed, the first a Star-Trek-...
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How do Apple II BASIC compilers compare? [closed]

Programs like The Beagle Compiler allow AppleSoft BASIC or other Apple II BASIC variants to be compiled. How do the compilers compare in terms of compatibility with AppleSoft language features? Eg how ...
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Did any 5.25" floppy drives not based on the Apple Disk II offer quarter-track control

Unlike many drives, the Apple Disk II has inputs that control the individual head stepper coils. These are commonly described as advancing by half-tracks, since advancing a full track requires ...
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How much did the first hard drives for PCs cost?

I would like to know how much early PC hard drives cost but have only been aable to find adjacent or unsourced data. According to the Centre for Computing History: The "IBM 5161 Expansion ...
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Apple II DMA daisy chain also used to arbitrate /INH?

On the Apple II series of computers, peripheral cards contend for bus mastership through a priority daisy-chain system. A peripheral card is only allowed to perform DMA if its DMA_IN line is at logic ...
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Anyone remember how to write the Apple ][ HIRES pages to disk to make screenshots?

The Apple ][e had 2 HiRES video pages, HiRES animation involved switching between the 2 pages and redrawing the screen. A really early way to take an in game screenshot was to dump the computer with ...
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Why does the Applesoft BASIC have shapes?

Why did Apple include shapes in Applesoft BASIC? There are no sprites on the Apple II, but shapes provide a simple vector drawing tool. As graphics go the shapes are kind of an odd duck, they provide ...
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Was the ProDOS beep part of the kernel or just a commonly duplicated piece of code?

On the Apple II, system beeps were typically just the 'Control-G' beep noise. However, many ProDOS-based applications from Apple Computer abandoned the firmware-based beep routine and instead used a ...
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What were the alternative graphic cards for the Apple II?

In this question, it's mentioned the Apple II's slot 7 was used by third party graphics cards. Is there any documentation on those? What were those cards and what were their capabilities?
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Why didn't Apple II / II+ 80-column cards use slot 7?

Based on a previous question about how slot 7 on the II / II+ was unique as it had two video signals on it that other slots lacked, I am curious why the slot wasn't taken more advantage of. But that ...
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How to test an Orange Micro Grappler+ card?

Are there some tests that can be done to verify the operation of an Orange Micro Grappler+ printer interface card (1982) in an Apple IIe? I've searched around the web and the paper manuals for ...
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Is it possible to swap the Apple IIc's monochrome CRT tube for a color one?

I just love the Snow White industrial design language of the Apple IIc, especially when paired with the Monitor IIc. It is a classic design that doesn't show its age. I've even recently seen them ...
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How did Apple II BASIC programs protect against listing?

I seem to recall from my high-school days that certain Apple II programs protected themselves from being listed and therefore modified. If you tried to do it, the machine would simply reboot. How did ...
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How did VisiCalc decide how many decimal places to display?

VisiCalc represented numbers in BCD to be able to handle decimals precisely. But how did it decide how many decimal places to display? In some screenshots like https://www.researchgate.net/figure/A-...
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Algorithm for Apple IIe and Apple IIgs boot/start beep

What is algorithms use for boot/start sound (when turn on computer) in Apple IIe and Apple IIgs? I can't find information about Apple boot sound algorithms or where in computer ROM store either ...
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What are the HIFI and MUSIC modes of the RocketChip?

One of the CPU accelerators for the Apple II series is the RocketChip, which came in 5MHz and 10MHz versions. It came with a floppy disk that contained a number of utilities for manipulating the ...
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How did the Zip Chip and RocketChip accelerators work for the Apple II?

Though there is already a similar question on the site, this one is more specific to these chips and their technical implementation. There were two accelerators for the Apple II series that were drop-...
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Did the Apple ][ ever ship with the Autostart ROM

Did the Apple ][ ever ship with an autostart ROM from the factory or were they all the older ROM with Trace/Step? My guess would be that once the ][+ started shipping then new Apple ][ production (...
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Using Integer Basic on Apple II Plus without a Language Card?

Was it possible to load integer basic and use it without a language card or were the addresses fixed to rom? EDIT: Sorry, I meant Apple II+ (I had an europlus) so I wrongly put IIe.
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I need to find a controller card for an apple II 5.25 inch floppy drive, the 20 pin connector wont work on the 34 pin controller card i have

I cant find any adapters or secondary connectors, can anybody get me a link to a working floppy controller card that works or possibly a connector that goes from 20 pin male to 34 pin female? i have ...
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Small RAM 4 KB on the early Apple II?

Most of the reference material for the Apple II that I have seen refers to the 4116 RAM chip which held 16x1 kbit. This provided 16, 32 or 48 KB in banks of 8 chips. The Apple II motherboard layout ...
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How were binary subroutines embedded in Integer BASIC programs?

Programs written in Apple's Integer BASIC sometimes had bits of machine code embedded in them. This was more convenient than loading the code separately, especially when the program was loaded from ...
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Frozen horizontal width coil in old CRT monitor

I have an old Apple IIe CRT monitor which could use a small horizontal width adjustment. Unfortunately, as I try to rotate the hex key in the coil with a CRT adjustment tool, it doesn't want to move. ...
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How many different standard boot sectors are there for Apple II DOS 3.3?

When formatting a blank 5¼ disk on an 8-bit Apple II using the INIT command, was there only ever one variation of the boot sector code that was written, or was it updated from time to time over the ...
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Determining which sectors in an Apple II floppy disk/image are used when the boot sector declares more than 1 sectors

The Apple II disk bootstrap process looks at the first byte of track zero sector zero to see how many sectors long the bootstrap code will be. It then loads these sectors at location 0x0800 and jumps ...
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Build a hardware clone or emulator of Apple II?

These days we are constantly seeing low-cost boards that have huge power (raspberry pi, various arduino-like microcontrollers.) I am hoping I could make, or get, a clone or emulation of an Apple II ...
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How can the composite out of an Apple II be disabled?

The PC Transporter provides composite out via a cable run to the internal video header of the Apple II. In order to do this, I assume it has to disable the sync and colorburst generators so the Apple ...
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Which Apple II emulators were the first ones each to use the .do and .po “dsk” floppy disk image file formats?

Apple II emulation must have started around 25 years ago but I can't seem to find a history of emulation of the platform. There are several disk image file formats but for now I'm interested in the ...
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Can the CSG 65CE02 CPU be used to accelerate an Apple //e or //c?

The CSG 65CE02 is an improved 6502 microprocessor that was shipped in small quantities by Commodore around 1988. It is used in the Amiga A2232 multi-port serial controller card, and that would be the ...
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How do I read the position of an Apple II joystick?

Many games on the Apple II supported input from the keyboard, joystick, and Sirius Joyport. While reading the keyboard and Joyport are straightforward, getting the joystick's position is not. How ...
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How was it back then in 1984, when the Apple II had color, and the new Macintosh didn't?

I imagine it being a huge downgrade for some, not to have color on the Macintosh. Macintosh games were black and white in the beginning, while Apple II had color. I'm especially interested in ...
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Converting Apple II ProDOS blocks to DOS tracks and sectors

The 8-bit Apple II had two disk operating systems with different disk access semantics. DOS used tracks and sectors. A sector is 256 bytes. ProDOS used blocks. A block is 512 bytes. But mapping ...
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How can I programmatically determine whether an Apple II .dsk disk image is a DOS .do image or a ProDOS .po image?

I'm interested in working with the most common Apple II disk image file format, .dsk. (I only programmed these machines briefly in Basic around 1979-81 and have not been in the emulator scene, so I'm ...
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Apple II: Applesoft BASIC memory management

I am trying to write an Applesoft / floating point BASIC program using high resolution graphics and some assembly language code. My BASIC program is quite large, and after running the program for a ...
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How to get out of Apple IIe mode on Macintosh Color Classic?

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 ...
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How could a 16-sector PROM Apple II access a 13-sector disk?

When the Disk ][ first came out for the Apple II, the PROMs on the interface card only knew how to work with a 13-sector format. Around 1980, the Disk ][ was updated with 16-sector PROMs either for ...
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Absolute maximum number of nibbles on an Apple II floppy disk track?

The Apple 2's disk drive controller and 5¼" floppy disks have the following metrics: The disks is spun at (roughly) 300 RPM (Revolutions per Minute), which means it takes = 1000 ms/sec / (300 RPM / ...
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Why did the Apple IIe make a hideous noise if you inserted the disk upside down?

When I began high school in 1987 all the computers in the lab were Apple IIe desktop computers. A question has haunted me since then: if you inserted a floppy disk "upside down" the Apple IIe would ...
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How was the second bank of Apple IIc ROM accessed?

The original Apple IIc had a 27128 16 KB ROM mapped into the $C100-$FFFF range (the $C000 page was decoded for I/O). According to the Apple IIc Technical Reference Manual the ROMEN1* and ROMEN2* ...
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Is there any tool to convert .DSK to mp3 file?

I was looking into the Apple II disk server (See below for background information) and curious if there is a tool that can actually convert .DSK image to .MP3 file, as the underlying c2t only supports ...
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How long should I expect the Apple IIc self test to run?

I purchased a vintage Apple IIc computer and I want to make sure there are no failing components. I booted up the computer while pressing both Apple keys (open and close) at the same time. The ...
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How to get into Apple BASIC prompt on an Apple IIc?

I just picked up a used Apple IIc. For some reason all I get when I boot is Check Disk Drive on the screen, even with a bootable disk in the internal drive: I cannot even get the system to read the ...
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Please Identify this Apple II Diagnostic Message: “IOU FLAG E5: 1 2 3 4 8”

Does anybody know the meaning of this message from the Apple IIe diagnostic? IOU FLAG E5: 1 2 3 4 8 What are addressing the 1 2 3 4 8? I’m pretty sure that IOU is the I/O chip, E5 is the location ...
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How can I programmatically tell which version of Apple II my code is on?

There are minor and major differences between the many Apple II models. I would like to detect whether my 8-bit assembly language program is running on a II, II+, IIe (enhanced or not), or ///, and ...
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6502 False Reads and Apple II I/O

The 6502 series of CPUs has an interesting quirk: indexed loads and stores may perform a "false read", reading from the target address or a different address on a previous page. There are situations, ...
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Why did the original Apple //e have two sets of inverse video characters?

According to Apple II Technical notes Mouse #6, updated January 1989, In unenhanced Apple IIe computers, the alternate character set contained two sets of inverse uppercase characters. In the ...
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Odd tokenizing in Integer BASIC

While researching the underpinnings of Integer BASIC (IB), I came across an oddity I'm hoping someone can explain. Unlike MS-derived systems, IB converted numeric constants to their 16-bit ...

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