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This is my Apple2
It is an "Apple //e Enhanced" originally German, hence the funny keyboard. The //e is equipped with inbuilt lowercase and 64K of RAM and after I upgraded it with an Enhanced motherboard it has a 65C02 and the latest ROMs.
It has Slot 2: Super Serial Card Slot 6: Disk ][ Interface Card with 2 Disk ]['s attached Aux Slot: A//e Ext.80Col/RGB.
Soon I should also have a SuperDrive Controller card and SuperDrive and a Mouse interface and mouse.
So, why did I buy this in January 2005?
It started with Wizardry (#1) found on virtual disk images on the net and an emulator that could run these (spring 2004). I played Wizardry on the emulator and reminisced when I played Wizardry with a friend on his Apple ][ computer back in '81/'82. I envied him that computer then. I had only a diskless Video Genie (wonderful computer that too but...). So I first bought Wizardry, then the Apple //e.
Still one can't do much with just an Apple, so I bought a Super Serial Card for using with ADT, and two Disk ]['s with interface card. I later bought a 3rd Disk ][ because one of the first two was not so good. I also bought an 80 col card for the Aux slot.
So I was set for using it, playing Wizardry and also some other classic games, arcade. At first I used it with a monochrome monitor, which I think was very typical. But the Apple had colors. I wanted to utilize these colors but found that the PAL output was not nice, it worked but had bandwidth problems and nasty fringes and seeping of colors. I didn't like it.
Then I found that there were an RGB card for the //e and bought myself one of those. I knew from beforehand that it was not possible to get the correct monitor for this card but I had high hopes that I could use one of the older monitors I had. Here started a lot of problems. None of these monitors worked with the RGB card. I could almost get a CGA monitor to work but it wouldn't sync. I checked the real CGA signal and found that it is 60Hz (the PAL output is 50Hz) and yes there is a way to get 60Hz out of the Apple too; to use NTSC timing. For me the easiest way was to buy an American motherboard and I could at the same time buy an Enhanced one. Then the CGA 5153 monitor worked with the interface I had made. This interface equipped an LM1881 to create a VSync and a 74LS04 to make both HSync and VSync positive. Then comes the next problem, the colors are mixed up, the CGA colors doesn't correspond to the NTSC/PAL colors. Well I could remedy that to a point too by switching the colors around a bit. I created a GAL16V8 (used as PAL16L8) to do this, substituting the RGBI signals to a better match of colors.
Apple //e RGB CGA interface
The makings of the interface CGA monitor vs. Apple //e RGB card
RGB color swapper
sometime not so soon
Apple Disk Transfer