Is this Apple iie working?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by tevion5, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. tevion5 macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    I'm buying an Apple iie off a guy nearby and its come with the original apple disc drives and monitor. However he has no software with him. :(

    When it powers on it comes up with "Apple iie" in the centre of the screen and that's it. Would I be correct in assuming this is normal just like a Macintosh, that it needs a system disc in order to actually boot up and do anything?
    Would it be sensible to assume it is working fully? :confused:

    Also if i did get my hands on a disc to try it out before I buy, how would I go about it exactly? I have a Macintosh 512k and know how to run software from discs on that, but never anything like an Apple ii. The closest would be DOSbox :p. Do I just put the disc in and turn it on and be presented with prompts? Will I need an OS disc before I can run third party software?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

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    You can't create a disk for the Apple II without an Apple II. Until you get it home... you can hit Ctrl-Reset to get to a command prompt and test the keyboard, at least. But if it gets to the point where it clears the screen, puts up its name, and beeps - it's already 95% of the way there.
     
  3. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    Thanks very helpful :)

    If I had let's say PACMAN on a 5 1/4 inch floppy, would that be all I need to run the game using something like the command line interface built in on the machine, or would I need some sort of system disk to do anything like a macintosh?
     
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    Insert the disk, then power it on and watch what happens.
     
  5. havokalien macrumors 6502a

    havokalien

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    Drive cleaning

    I would google drive cleaning and do that before you stick a good floppy in a thirty and probably dirty 5 1/4 inch dive. Just in case.
     
  6. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    Just like a mac then, how I like it :D

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    Yeah apparently they smell a little so a good clean is certainly in order
     
  7. TheEasterBunny macrumors 6502

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    I have a few older Apple II's and am always looking for software and disks for them. I look through eBay. Most of what you find is collectables, but once in a while you find things have been used, and not so pristine you are afraid to use them. I buy stuff to use, not to put on a shelf. Here is one seller I found that doesn't seem to be selling to collectors (based on prices and their descriptions)
    Enjoy!
     
  8. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

    blesscheese

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    there are better forums for questions about the Apple II.

    Try this first:
    Applefritter Apple II forum

    Most of my knowledge of Apple II stuff has been forgotten, but it sounds like you need/want something like the old ADT--Apple Disk Transfer.
     
  9. OrganMusic macrumors 6502

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    I believe if you hit control-reset it should beep and you'll get a BASIC prompt where you can type the old:
    Code:
    10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD"
    
    And then
    Code:
    RUN
    This should work with no floppies.
     

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