"Apple WIIe" & "Apple Piie" – My Apple IIe Emulator Projects for Wii & Pi!

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  1. IIeBoy, Jun 5, 2014
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    IIeBoy thread starter macrumors member

    IIeBoy

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    Update: Announcing "Apple WIIe"!

    Ultimately I found the Pi a little too slow on some emulators (particularly LinApple sadly), and overly complex to get working. I therefore say to you...

    Welcome to :apple: Apple WIIe

    An Apple //e concealing a hacked Nintendo Wii emulating... an Apple //e!

    Video of turning on the Apple //e with the Wiimote:


    This is largely the same concept as my Raspberry "Apple Piie", however I have taken the same USB keyboard adapter from the //e but this time connected it to a Nintendo Wii:

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    With the HDMI adapter it sits a little better if placed diagonally in the box. The power brick also fits in there, just like with the original Apple //e!

    The processor is better than the Pi, so the //e emulator (WinApple) works much better!

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    Mmm, Option 11 please!

    Shopping list:

    - Apple //e case
    - Apple //e keyboard > USB adapter: https://www.tindie.com/products/option8/retroconnector-keyboard-shield-for-apple-iie/
    - Nintendo Wii
    - SD Card (recommend 16GB)
    - Optional Wii > HDMI adapter (see picture above)
    - Optional USB hub if you want to add peripherals/USB drive/IIe joystick adapter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=as2&tag=secure0dd-20&linkId=O4RMMMEJNGWUFIFL
    - Optional 3.5mm jack if you want to connect the HDMI adapter to the Apple //e case's speaker (as per Apple Piie)
    - LetterBomb Hack (incl. HackMii installer & Homebrew Channel): http://please.hackmii.com/
    - Homebrew Browser: http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Homebrew_Browser

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    Instructions:

    - Find your Wii MAC address within Wii network settings
    - Enter it at the LetterBomb download page (above)
    - Download & copy LetterBomb Hack files to root of a blank SD card
    - Place SD card in Wii
    - Go to Wii messages and the hack message will soon appear, so just open it and enjoy!
    - Put Homebrew Browser on the SD card (using PC again) and then open it from Homebrew Channel
    - Install the emulators you want from Homebrew Browser incl. of course "WiiApple"
    - I recommend also installing WiiXplorer which lets you click "Start > FTP Server" then access your SD card over your Wi-Fi using Cyberduck or similar. Yup, this //e has Wi-Fi too!
    - Copy the Apple .dsk files to the SD card (to browse from them, hit "3" on the //e keyboard which emulates "F3")

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    As shown in the video above, the Wiimote is able to 'turn on' the //e because really the Wii is just supplying power to the USB connector that powers the keyboard, and so the keyboard light! I thought that was pretty cool – a remote control Apple //e ;-)

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    Any questions let me know!
     
  2. tevion5 macrumors 68000

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    Damn that's some original work there!
    Finally, someone put a Wii to good use ;)
     
  3. IIeBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    (Or you could just get one of these! http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwlIrZjxI )
     
  4. IIeBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    I was finally able to put v2 of my idea into video form!

    When I got an empty Apple IIe case, I wanted it to *fully* emulate the machine it once was! I hope this continues to invigorate interest in restoring vintage computers!
     
  5. IIeBoy thread starter macrumors member

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    And the other level: I turned a Nintendo Wii into an Apple //e. Introducing the Apple W//e!
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