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My dad sent me a picture of a box he had in his garage storage closet. It had the Apple computer Inc logo on it. He asked me to come pick it up and some other "odds and ends".

Well this box contained an old Apple II plus used in a hospital for about 5 years. My dad said "Oh yeah. I forgot to mail that back in 1984 and it was packed away." After looking over the packing, 1984 is not the year this was picked up by dad, but the year it was shipped to the hospital. Just guessing late 80's he picked it up and forgot to ship it back.

Awesome finding this jewel. It has 1979, and 1978 on a few spots. Edit It's definitely from 1982 not 1979. Dad's stories of when he and the hospitals used these were in the late 70's through the mid 80's. Apparently they were used as well as the IIe designs until they switched to more expensize IBMs. (Wish we still had the his old IBM with a 20MB hdd.)

I got it home and began trying to get it to boot. I'd only gotten a mixed screen of characters and a speaker check as if 10/27/19. Btw the game photos are from borrowing parts from the Apple IIe and reinstalling the known good disk drive. It ran the game as well as an old as dirt Apple PC will.

Note: it didn't run long and as of Monday afternoon 10/28/19 I no longer get video output. Again I'll look into it further on the weekend.

It took a lot less messing around with the Apple IIe to get it to cooperate. My hope's are dwindling, but I'll get the main board out and examine it next weekend. I'll also try removing the addon cards to see it I can get a screen post.

11/8/19: after removing and reinstalling chips, I have the garbled mess again. Hey, at least it has video output of something. So I'm back at the start. I think I damaged the old thing moving it home, removing and swapping parts etc. I am not swapping the IIe parts again. Too scared to fry them. This is no longer a "completed build" in my book. It's a failed PC at this point. My apologies to all.

So, for any curious souls that are interested in a personal computer circa mid/late 1982, I present a slightly rotten little slice of Apple II plus.

PS I apologize in advance for not being able to upvote anything. I no longer have that priviledge, but will add my "Thumbs up"

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  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

But can it run Crysis?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol no

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

omg r slash wosh !1!!!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Btw sorry I can't upvote or downvote anything. Lost that priviledge a little while back. 2 years ago?

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo Why??

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Violation of the website term and conditions. Also don't argue withh and/or be a butt to Phillip.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

A pretty cool "blast from the past". I cant belive is working after 40 years. These days, they dont make durable stuff anymore. In 5-6 years capacitors blow and stuff. Kudos for bringing it alive.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It still needs more testing and a tear down. I'll see more this weekend.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get from the garbled screen to the Marble Madness? Was it removing one of the cards gone bad?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no I'm still working on it. I put the drive back onto my Apple IIe to test the game. I'm hopeful it's one of the cards causing the problem but haven't found the fix yet.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Had a temporary moment of hope by removing all three boards and stealing from the Apple IIe. Got the drive to light up and get the beep too. Took the drive board out to see the "Apple II" screen. Unfortunately after putting all back I had no video output. I hope I didn't damage the main board. Still gotta take it apart, clean and inspect this weekend.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow piece of history

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It really is. Be neat to get an old IBM and a Commodore 64 too.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you need it for?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just to see it run consistently. It's a neat piece of PC history to stumble onto.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

damn, what a jewel.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Like my dad, I thought it was a box of manuals and disks for the Apple IIe we had already gotten.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

HoW mUcH fPs On FoRtNiTe? HdR?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

-4,000 FPS

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

looks like youre going to the shadow realm jimbo

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol Jimmy Neutron.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Its sodium chloride

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

no this is Patrick

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro this thing could run Minesweeper at 64k 512fps

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeeeeee

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What a blast from the past. I have fond memories of our old Apple IIe from the 80's. Do you still have all the boot disks?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. Had them in a disk rolodex looking thing.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

So very cool to see an Apple II Plus. Did you get it working more? I notice you had a game functioning on it. Makes me miss playing 8-bit looking video games (and whatever they were called back in the day).

Thanks for sharing this piece of history. Funny how your father forgot to send it back, but bonus for you at the end of those years ago. You have my support and my plus one.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, El.

Sadly no, not yet. I messed with it at lunch today and it still gives me a beep but no longer shows an "Apple II" logo with the drive board removed. I removed all the daughter boards and it still only beeps at at power on. I'm a little afraid to steal the Apple IIe boards to try on it again. I don't want the Apple IIe to fail.

It was neat to see it kind of work for a bit yesterday. Today I looked and noticed what looks like a swollen solder point on one side. I'll look at it more after tearing it down this weekend. It needs a good cleaning anyway.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Darn. :(

Hopefully you can get it up and running again. And if not then maybe a sleeper build or just left as is for now.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Buying a chip removal tool to reseat all on the board. I'm hoping it's a poor connection at one. If not I have to be more serious about diagnosis. Also still need to check the voltage output of the PSU.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought you're gonna gut it and build an overkill pc in it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

If I can't get it working consistently that's a great option. I hope I've got a bad connection or one bad chip on the board. Kills me to see it post one time after yanking all three boards, then swapping drive board. After putting the drive board back in the Apple IIe this IIplus has quit working :(

Yeah if I can't figure it out, it looks like an easy fit for a mini itx setup. Not overkill but still a neat sleeper.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How many frames you getting on avg

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Lol I have seen it get slow enough to count. Don't know how high but on the low end about 4 fps :)

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