A //e lives on in perfect condition!

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-Christmas Morning, 2012

I see my eyes on a gift in a red bag. Mom lets me
pick a special gift and a normal one between a number
count to 10. I pick a high number of my choice and
she let me open the red bag to my suprise, I see my
glory in many ways I have never seen before.
A //e in perfect condition!

Opening my gift gave me a complete set. A monitor, disk drive, including 2 disks to start with!
Moving it upstairs turning it on put the machine in a glorified beep, booting up to PRODOS. Also played Oregon Trail.

-A few days after Christmas

Dad said that he remembered playing Fantavision on a machine like this, so I hunted for a neat copy. It was easy after
finding one on eBay. Ordering the program, now I needed to buy a mouse. Luckily, a superb mouse with card, and MouseDesk showed up right in time. In auction form, so we gone for a battle over the item, and we won! The drive stopped working somehow after it arrived, but it works after some ground pushing and head cleaning.

Plus, cassette function works! Here is some pics:

http://i.imgur.com/gOk1Qya.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/D3t8hUa.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xokLePY.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Fz7mAqR.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/pFGPTXq.jpg

Even the Enhanced button is still wrapped like untouched! @_@

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

Congratulations!! That //e looks in excellent condition.... Have fun with 30 year old technology....

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

Thanks, now how do I run the sound to some external computer speakers?
Like what he is doing right here to capture sound to his device:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k02VEXcDJ2w

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

AjaxOfQWERTY wrote:

Thanks, now how do I run the sound to some external computer speakers?
Like what he is doing right here to capture sound to his device:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k02VEXcDJ2w

The Apple ][ has a little 2" ( IIRC 8 Ohm ) speaker, meaning there is an Amplifier Circuit that Drives It.

Most recording Systems are looking for a Line-Level Signal.

You should search for a Circuit on the Internet to reduce that Current to Drive the Speaker directly, and reduce it to Line-Level for your Recorder. Too much and Distortion will occur...

Without looking anything up, I would guess a Resistor could reduce the Current to a level than won't distort your Recorder.

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

But how do I plug in some headphones? Isn't there a audio output where I can plug one of those in? I noticed the only output is CASSETTE OUT. Do I have to solder in a audio jack? Or can I just plug it in cassette out?

Example: The //c has an headphone jack where I can plug some headphones in.

That is what I want to do. On the //e.

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

AjaxOfQWERTY wrote:

But how do I plug in some headphones?

You will need to add a Jack to do that.

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Isn't there a audio output where I can plug one of those in?

No, just the Internal Speaker.

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I noticed the only output is CASSETTE OUT. Do I have to solder in a audio jack?

The Cassette Jacks are to SAVE ( Output ) and LOAD ( Input ) programs without a Floppy Disk..

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Or can I just plug it in cassette out?

No, the Speaker and the Cassette are controlled by different Outputs..

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Example: The //c has an headphone jack where I can plug some headphones in.

That is what I want to do. On the //e.

The //c was a newer design that allowed for things like the Headphone Jack.

I have not located a Circuit on the Internet to do this modification to the Apple //e. It should be quite simple, but I would not want to damage the Output for the Speaker by connecting up anything improperly.. It might be possible to achieve a Line-Level Output, by capturing the Signal in Parallel to the Speaker.

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

and interestingly enough they removed the head phone jack from the //c+. I guess they decided that people really weren't using it so they got rid of it.

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

Another question, I suppose.

Will the serial method for ADTPro work with
a laplink cable? Just want to know.

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Re: A //e lives on in perfect condition!

AjaxOfQWERTY wrote:

Will the serial method for ADTPro work with
a laplink cable?

LapLink cables were generally based on parallel ports; those would definitely not work. There are also serial variants; they look like they are null modem-ish, and may work. No one I know has tried, so I can't say for sure. You can check out the ADTPro website for pinouts that are proven to work.
http://adtpro.sourceforge.net/connectionsserial.html