Apple II computers weren't much popular in Poland. In
USA they were widely used and there was much software developed for it.
The first Apple II was a 6502-based computer with Integer BASIC. The
cause of its popularity was possibility to expand system unit with
boards. However the IIc (C for Compact) was not expandable as older
Apple IIc had quite good graphics capabilities for its time, and 1-channel speaker. In Apple II series storing data and programs on floppy disks became common. As first Apple II computers had cassette interface, IIc doesn't have one.
|Year of unit||1986|
|Year of introduction||1984|
|End of production||1990|
|Sound:||One-channel built-in speaker.|
|OS:||Applesoft BASIC, ProDOS, Apple DOS 3.3.|
|Display modes:||Text: 40x24, 80x25
Graphics: 40,80x48x16, 140,280x192x16, 560x192x2
Built-in 5.25" FDD
External 5.25" FDD
7-pin DIN Male:
6,7 - Not connected
|I/O:||Composite monitor (RCA)
RGB monitor (Apple flat panel)
2x serial ports
|Possible upgrades:||Memory upgrade slot.|
|Software accessibility:||Easy (TOSEC, dedicated sites)|
My unit came with a strange DIY power supply. This power supply is made in universal casing and contains transformer, diode bridge and capacitors - nothing more. No regulation, no stabilization. Voltage output is 13.75V DC. Computer works properly even if it drops to 12.75. There's another winding on transformer giving 120V AC to monitor.
|Contents:||Starting||Making system floppies||Mouse||Serial Communication||Links|
You can boot it to BASIC or boot it with floppy disk. By
booting it from floppy, you can load Basic-like EsDOS or ProDOS.
TO BOOT TO BASIC: Turn it on without floppy and quickly press Ctrl-Reset.
See ADTPro in Links section. You will have to make a serial
cable to connect your comuter's serial port to Apple.
http://adtpro.sourceforge.net/bootstrap.html - see "Starting from bare metal".
Few hints about procedure described in link above:
Remember to type the letter "B" in "14B" or "10B" in lower case!
Another thing is getting a disk image to Apple II, called Receiving - you just need to establish connection, run ADT on Apple II and use Receive command typing file name (file in PCs working directory, which can be set in ADTPros menus). PC will act as server to Apple II. But remember to INITialize or FORMAT (in ProDOS, ADTPro command letter F) all disks before writing!
If your bootstrapping went OK, but you can't receive and it stops on block 1, you should fiddle with connection speed - not only lower, for me it hung with 9600bps but worked well in 115200. If you change it in PC remember to do the same thing on Apple side.
In esDOS, if you format a floppy, it becomes automatically bootable.
In ProDOS, you have to Receive a bootable floppy.
Remember that NIB floppy images are nibbled (half-byte) images and they may contain copy-protected data impossible to write using Apple IIc's drive!
Remember, these disks are written on one side, by cutting a write protection hole in them symetrically you can flip it and format second side of disk to be used.
Most programs just boot off the disks when computer is started with them.
Here is brief description of mouse pinout. Connector is DB9 female on the computer:
|1 - Mouse ID - ?
2 - +5V
3 - GND
4 - X direction (TTL)
5 - X move (TTL)
|6 - not connected
7 -Mouse button
8 - Y direction (TTL)
9 - Y move (TTL)
As you can see, it's not possible to connect my universal mouse to it. You need at least to build a phase detector to drive direction inputs. More, I don't know should I short ID to ground, 5V or put some data here.
The computer has 2 serial ports, one for printer and one for modem. They can be used to communicate with PC COM port. It's accessible via DIN 5 female socket:
|1 - Handshake out (DTR)
3 -Handshake in (DSR)
4 -Data out (Transmit, TxD)
5 -Data in (Receive, RxD)
http://adtpro.sourceforge.net - software and cabling to transfer
data from/to Apple II
- Games to download. GONE - archive has been deleted. Try with file
http://web.archive.org/web/20130107234016/http://www.retrocpu.com/apple-ii/games/ - More games descriptions
ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/ - Big games and software archive.
http://web.archive.org/web/20130405064741/http://www.vectronicsappleworld.com/basement/lead.html - Smaller
http://www.vectronicsappleworld.com/ - Archive of Apple II related texts (archive link if something doesn't work).
http://www.umich.edu/~archive/apple2/ - More software!
http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ground.icaen.uiowa.edu/ - Another software acrhive.
http://web.archive.org/web/20100413152530/http://apple2info.net/ - Some useful programs.
http://www.callapple.org/ - General site about older Apple computers. Blog, but worth looking at.
http://www.applevault.com/ - Some scans and software
http://apple1.chez.com/Apple2cDskArchive/index.htm - Nice site about Apple IIc
http://web.archive.org/web/20160306094749/http://www.apple2scans.net/ - Scans of Apple-II related books and documentation.
http://web.archive.org/web/20090602032152/http://home.swbell.net/rubywand/A2FAQs4MAJORSITES.html - Archived link list.
http://www.angelfire.com/80s/apple2/ - Here you can see original game covers
http://web.archive.org/web/20130506052746/http://www.vectronicsappleworld.com/appleii/dos.html - DOS and ProDOS Guide
http://www.1000bit.it/scheda.asp?id=2 - Scanned Manuals.