Hi everyone! I came across this forum when searching regarding the keyboard on my Apple II, and I found this helpful thread about converting to Cherry MX keyswitches. https://www.applefritter.com/content/cherry-mx-datanetics-dc-51-keyboard-switch-adapter
So I figured I might as well sign up and say hi. :)
I recently acquired this early Apple II Europlus (European Plus variant) which had been sat in its original box for over 30 years!
It has quite a few goodies with it. The keyboard is a Datanetics Rev. B with green DC-51-01 keyswitches, which is what leads me to believe it is a very early example of a Plus.
It has a Videx Videoterm (possibly a clone), a Z-80 SoftCard, 64K, its original disk drive and paddles, the shift mod, and a few other bits and pieces.
I have so far had to replace the RIFA, a chip on the disk controller card, and some of the keyswitches took some persuading to come back to life. I then managed to source a period correct green phosphor CRT to go with it.
It has a few small niggles which I think could likely be resolved with some contact cleaner, like the fact that it sometimes won't boot unless I prod a bunch of socketed chips, or remove and re-insert some cards.
Album of images here for anyone interested! :)
I am currently undecided on its fate, but I think I would like to tinker with it and experience a period of computing history that I missed, before I consider moving it on.
Prior to this the oldest computer I had experience with ran Windows 95, so this is all very new to me, and I have already asked lots of stupid questions...
So yeah, hi, I'm Akagi. Sometimes known as Panda. Its nice to meet you!