Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

6 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined: Apr 6 2009
Posts: 22

Hello! Can anyone identify this card? It has a eprom with v3.1 label and is from Apple. It has the numbers 8151 on the back of the card and apple copyright of 1981

AttachmentSize
photo.JPG2.53 MB
__________________

Jerry

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Offline
Joined: Apr 11 2006
Posts: 1013
Re: Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

This is not a card produced _by_ Apple. Not in 1981. It would be interesting to dump that ROM...

CC_333's picture
Offline
Joined: Jul 26 2012
Posts: 56
Re: Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

It kind of looks like it could be a prototype of some kind.

c

Offline
Joined: Apr 6 2009
Posts: 22
Re: Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

I wonder if it's some apple printer prototype printer interface?

__________________

Jerry

speedyG's picture
Offline
Joined: Nov 16 2011
Posts: 2377
Re: Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

i´d agree it to be a prototype card.....
but i´d disagree it to be a printercard - there is no kind of communicationport to any kind of peripherial.....
looks more like a card for testing internal parts of ROM´s
in fact there is only 1 PAL replacing the normaly present logic.... and the EPROM itself with program....
so it´s probably a card for testing part´s of internal firmware revisions -
like videorom languageversions or similar...or it might be used for diagnostic´s i.e.RAM-Diags or similar....
dumping the EPROM should uncover it´s usage....
speedyG

__________________

In early days I had a lot of money but no time - now I have no money but a lot of time....
the second part includes less friends but a lot more joy on life....

Offline
Joined: Jun 5 2008
Posts: 380
Re: Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

In fact, there are two Proms on the board, 256 byte and 2k byte. With an image of the other side, one could figure out exactly how the hw is set up. Once that is figured out, I'm sure you could dump or run the firmware. Speculating here - it is set up to respond to I/O select and I/O strobe ranges and since it doesn't have I/O select logic, it will not play well with other I/O cards.

Mike W

Offline
Joined: Feb 18 2011
Posts: 15
Re: Does anyone know what this peripheral card is?

I would guess that the PAL chip is some kind of address decoder to make the ROM appear at an address that it wouldn't usually appear at it's usual guise. Maybe some kind of monitor?