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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What combinations of modifier keys can you detect on an Apple II?

Apple II computers other than the IIgs (which uses ADB) have a hardwired keyboard combined with the paddle/joystick ports for input. What combinations of modifier keys can you detect? I know that the ...
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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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Did any Apple II games use a “timing resistor”?

A science-lab program for the Apple II (I forget the name) had a board that plugged into the joystick port and included a "timing resistor". While I don't know what the program actually did with the ...
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Why was it possible to cause an Apple //e to shut down with SHIFT and paddle button 2?

Looking at the MAME driver for the Apple //e, I noticed an interesting comment: NOTE: On real IIe and IIe enhanced h/w, pressing SHIFT and paddle button 2 will short out the power supply and cause ...
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Why wasn't the Z6 version of the Infocom Z-machine ported to the IIgs?

Infocom ported their Z-machine to nearly every viable platform in the 70s and 80s. Zork runs on around 18 different 8/16 bit platforms using earlier versions of the Z-machine. Why was Z6 the graphical ...
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Does the Apple IIgs FPI assert /CROMSEL for *write* accesses to the extended ROM space?

The FPI (fast processor interface) ASIC in the Apple IIgs generates the /CROMSEL chip-select signal, which is used to select a ROM in the memory expansion slot. Obviously the /CROMSEL signal must be ...
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Why does the Apple IIgs FPI chip buffer the A14 address signal to the ROM?

In the Apple IIgs computer, the address and data buses of the 65C816 CPU connect directly to the onboard ROM, except for A14, which, according to the schematic, is routed through the FPI ASIC. There's ...
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Is it possible to crash the Apple II using only the Apple II Basic REPL?

Prerequisites: 1) Apple II 2) Basic Prompt Using only the instructions provided, can you crash the Apple II? I'm curious if this is even possible because I have only ever programmed the ...
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Why did the Apple IIc perform badly in the market?

The Apple IIc was a compact version of the Apple II that eschewed internal expansion slots in favor of having the popular expansion options already built in, and saving cost and weight. Apple expected ...
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Was Apple DOS 3.3 created because of the Apple III?

I recently read a document which discussed how the Apple III would implement the Apple II emulation mode. On page 20, it goes on about difficulties involved with how the Apple III would have ...
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Why did Apple remove booting from external drives in later IIc ROM versions?

Apple II computers don't come with DOS in ROM, but rather need to boot from a floppy disk to make the disk drives usable. The IIc was the first Apple II that came with a built-in disk drive, so ...
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How much RAM did the first version of Oregon Trail on the Apple II require?

The later iterations of the series could have hundreds of kilobytes of RAM, but the original Apple II had 4K in the minimum configuration and 48K maximum (the latter using 16kbit chips which were ...
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What would happen if the DHR jumper was enabled on a Rev A Apple //e?

The Apple //e originally did not support Double HiRes graphics (DHR). The engineers realized they could double their hires and lores X resolution shortly after the introduction of the machine, so the ...
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How to transfer file from one disk to another in Apple //e (Applewin)

For the nostalgia, I'm going through Apple Pascal - A Hands-on Approach using AppleWin. There are four disks, pascal0 through pascal3, and for some reason pascal0 is missing a file called SYSTEM....
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Was the Spartan by Mimic Systems a real product?

I was flipping through an old copy of RUN magazine and came across an advertisement for a product called "The Spartan" produced by Mimic Systems. I had forgotten about this product completely, but I ...
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What are the differences between the versions of AppleSoft BASIC?

Apple did make some changes to AppleSoft BASIC over the years between the first version on the Apple II and the last version on the Enhanced IIe and IIe card. What are the differences between the ...
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A game where you could sell body parts for cash

Ages ago I played a scifi game on the Apple IIgs where you could sell body parts for cash. The game involved travel between planets and selling parts of yourself was a last ditch option to raise money ...
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Why not make more use of the video generation logic?

The Apple II is famously built around its video generator. Conveniently, addresses are generated which scan all of the video memory and somehow spits the contents onto the screen. Its occurred to me ...
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Why won't the game “Ultima I” work on my Apple IIe system? [closed]

I'm trying to complete the original Ultima I on an Apple //e. These instructions explain space flight, but I can't seem to destroy enemy ships in order to become a Space Ace, even when I should be ...
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Why did SAM on the Apple II use its own DAC?

From the comments on this question, the SAM on the Apple II seemed to use some proprietary hardware to produce the waveform. (I am not counting the option to produce a horrendous 1-bit PWM using the ...
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How do accelerators and CPU cards work on the Apple II?

An Amiga 1200 exposes the entire CPU bus on the expansion port, so that an accelerator only needs to assert BR which causes the onboard CPU to stop all computation and electrically disconnect from the ...
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Apple II bus: IRQ and DMA priority

One of the weirdest misfeatures of the Apple II - and perhaps the dumbest thing Woz ever designed - is the vestigial priority system for IRQ and DMA on the Apple II expansion bus. Each slot has four ...
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What determines the color of every 8th pixel on the Apple II?

On the Apple II there's an interesting way to add a little color to the bitmap, since the high bit select the palette used for the three-and-a-half pixels represented by the byte. Like this: 0: Black,...
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Why did PAL Apple //e motherboards have the AUX slot inline with Slot 3 instead of near the power supply?

The Apple II architecture supported 7 memory-mapped expansion cards which could be optionally installed towards the rear of the motherboard in individual expansion card connectors. On the Apple //e, ...
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How did Apple fail to tap the business and scientific markets?

Currently reading an excellent book called Blue Magic: The People, Power and Politics Behind the IBM Personal Computer, which is just what it says on the tin; highly recommended to anyone who wants to ...
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Apple II: ProDOS partitions on floppy disks?

On the Apple II using ProDOS, was it possible to create partitions on a floppy disk? Would it be possible to have two or more partitions on a 140k 5.25" or 800k 3.5" disk? (The question here is not ...
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1980s game with a guy with an axe on a flying disc

I'm trying to identify a game I remember from the 1980s. The game was shown from a bird's-eye viewpoint (or maybe isometric?), on Apple IIe, IIRC. You controlled a guy with an axe, who was ...
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Labor input for manufacture of early personal computers

In the early days of personal computers, manufacturing was not as automated as it later became, and a factory would often consist of people sitting at tables placing components by hand. I'm ...
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Help identify old Apple game from 80s (Apple II, Apple IIGS)

I am trying to remember the name of a game I played on Apple II or Apple IIGS. From what I can remember, the beginning of the game you are looking for your lost uncle or something. You to another ...
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Recent article about using Apple II for security purposes

I'm looking for the article for a project. It is fairly recent, may have been a news article, or a blog. It in turn might have referenced a scholarly paper. Anyway, the gist of the article was that ...
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Is there any benefit of using an Apple Language Card in an Apple IIe?

From what I understand, the original Apple Language Card was basically a RAM expansion card for the Apple II and Apple II+. This expansion increased the on-board RAM by 16K. Normally, if you needed ...
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How did the Address Decode for Apple II Expansion Cards Work?

How did the Apple II decode the addresses for the expansion cards? From The Apple Story: Alan Baum helped a lot. I already had some address decoders on the board that decoded every 16th and ...
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Did the Apple IIe Platinum include all feature enhancements from the Apple II line?

Not including the Apple IIgs, did the Apple IIe Platinum include all enhancements made by Apple? For example, the first Apple IIe couldn't utilize the Double Hi-Res mode from what I understand. In ...
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What was the point of Apple Pascal having its own file system?

Apple's UCSD Pascal for the Apple II used its own file system rather than the existing DOS 3.3 of the day. I'm not sure if it overlapped SOS at all, but regardless of timelines it seems that the ...
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How specific was the Apple II floppy disk controller?

One of Wozniak's greatest inventions was the Apple II floppy disk controller, which allowed Apple to avoid going the Atari/Commodore route of making each disk drive a computer in its own right; ...
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What are the rules for Applesoft BASIC formatting for code?

What are the rules for Applesoft BASIC formatting for code? I've been doing some BASIC coding and noticed that: 10 input "some question?"; name$ Will be reformatted as: 10 INPUT "some question?";...
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1980's ROM used which exp(n) algorithm?

In 1980's ROM (Apple IIe, Commodore 64, VIC-20, ...) which algorithm is used to compute exp(x), and where do the coefficients below come from? (Chebyshev, Remez, Pade, ...) .byte $71,$34,$58,$3E,$...
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How did the Microprofessor II have space for a Chinese font in the ROM?

There's an Apple II clone from Taiwan which apparently forgoes the text mode and just has a graphics mode because it's simpler that way to render Chinese writing. It had a 16K ROM, of which 12K is a ...
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Was the Apple II ever sold in kit form?

In the June 1977 issue of BYTE magazine I saw an advertisement stating you could order an Apple II and it had a price list. One of the columns was titled "Apple II Board-only". The price for that ...
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Turn off Apple IIe sound

Is there a way to disable sound output on the Apple IIe from Applesoft Basic? Can't seem to find this in any of the documentation or online. Update: Found this From http://www.calormen.com/jsbasic/...
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Contiki on Apple IIe without Uthernet card

Can I run Contiki on my Apple IIe without an Uthernet card? For example, I was thinking that I could run my Raspberry Pi to emulate a network card through the serial port as a null modem. Any ...
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Columns of text in early microcomputers

As discussed in some previous questions here, 80-column text was established by IBM as the standard for business computing as early as the sixties, but monitors capable of displaying that resolution ...
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Cost of Apple II switching power supply

Apple went to the trouble of designing a switching power supply at a time when they were still quite new and not widely used for consumer electronics, perhaps because Steve Jobs liked the aesthetics ...
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What are the “Screen Holes” in Apple II graphics?

I've read the term screen holes many times in the context of Apple II graphics. From what I understand, it has something to do with the interleaving storage of graphics (or was it text) and that some ...
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What's the fastest Apple II (sans accelerator card)?

The candidates are: Apple IIgs, with its 2.8 MHz 65816 CPU, running in 65C02 "emulation mode" Apple //c+, with 4.0 MHz 65C02, but overclocked to 8.0 MHz Laser 128EX with 3.6 MHz 65C02 I want to know ...
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How can you reset the behavior of ONERR in AppleSoft BASIC?

In an Applesoft BASIC program you can use the standard MS-BASIC ONERR statement to perform error trapping. For example: 10 ONERR GOTO 100 20 POKE 0, 400 : REM INVALID VALUE WILL CAUSE ERROR 30 END ...
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Over its lifetime, how many Apple II computers were sold?

It would be nice to break it down by model if possible.
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How do I store data and/or code in AUX RAM on an Apple //e?

Despite owning several Apple IIe's, I've never gotten around to doing any major programming on them. I hope to change that. Anyway, how did programmers actually use the expanded RAM seeing that a ...
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Practical uses for Applied Engineering 65C816 replacement for IIe?

Applied Engineering produced many advanced and unusual add-on devices for the Apple II product line. One of these was a 65C816 CPU card for the Apple IIe, which replaced the processor with a daughter ...
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In Applesoft BASIC, does combining statements into a single line speed up execution?

In Applesoft BASIC, does combining statements into a single line speed up execution? For example, would this: 10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD" : FOR I = 1 TO 100 : PRINT I : NEXT I Run faster than this: 10 ...