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Offline Tigarion

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Recently found an old Apple IIe
« on: Tue, 14 April 2020, 11:18:15 »
Yesterday, I was at my friend's house, and he told me that he had a vintage computer inside his shed. So, we went inside, and found an old Apple IIe. We got it out, turned it on, and it works. We were able to get it to the Command Prompt screen, and able to type in it, but we don't have any floppy disks with programs on them yet, so we're going to have to wait to test and see if the computer can still run programs on disks. pics of the computer included below.
(also, I apologize if this has been posted in the wrong place. If it has, please direct me to the correct sub-forum)

Offline ergonaut

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Re: Recently found an old Apple IIe
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 03:08:51 »
I think there are expansion cards for it that allow you to use SD cards or USB sticks. That way, you can download all sorts of disc images from the internet (Asimov archives) and use them on your //e.

Offline Tigarion

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Re: Recently found an old Apple IIe
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 07:28:34 »
Oh, cool, Thank you!

Offline TacticalCoder

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Re: Recently found an old Apple IIe
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 10:02:49 »
Yesterday, I was at my friend's house, and he told me that he had a vintage computer inside his shed. So, we went inside, and found an old Apple IIe.



That is really cool, very nice find! I think you'll have more luck if you look for help/disks/whatever on old Mac forums (someone can probably ship you a floppy to test the drive).  For example https://68kmla.org has a sub-forum dedicated to Apple I, ][, /// and Lisa.


There are many YouTube vids as to how to clean/restore/future proof these old computers. Cleaning the disk drive helps a lot (there are tutorials about that too).


As a sidenote during this lockdown I dug out some old computers I had and cleaned them and tried them: Atari 600 XL (still working fine), Commodore C128+disk drive (badly needed cleaning but still working, 80% of my 30+ years old floppy disks are still working too), Macintosh Classic (screen was all garbled: cleaned the mobo with waper+soap, all good now), Macintosh Performa 460 (I think it works but don't have video cable to test), ZX Spectrum (broken), Texas Instrument TI 99/4a (kinda works but screen/display issue: haven't looked into it yet).  Still have an Amiga 500 somewhere in a box in a garage: need to find it.
HHKB Pro JP (daily driver) -- HHKB Pro 2 -- Industrial IBM Model M 1395240-- NIB Cherry MX 5000 - IBM Model M 1391412 (Swiss QWERTZ) -- IBM Model M 1391403 (German QWERTZ) * 2 -- IBM Model M Ambra -- Black IBM Model M M13 -- IBM Model M 1391401 -- IBM Model M 139? ? ? *2 -- Dell AT102W -- Ergo (split) SmartBoard (white ALPS apparently)

Offline Tigarion

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Re: Recently found an old Apple IIe
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 16 April 2020, 12:46:19 »
Nice! Thanks for the information! I'll be sure to check out the tutorials, and the subforum you linked to