At last my empty A2S1 case has a computer in it. The Rev 04 board I bought from ebay arrived. And actually, it worked right out of the gate -- came up to the usual Apple II screen right away.
There are a couple things:
- The keyboard sort of half works. Many of the keys produce the wrong characters when punched - ie. 1 produces a 0, A produces a @, etc. I don't know much about original A2S1 keyboards -- I'm assuming this is a problem with the keyboard itself? How much pain am I into to try and fix that? Reason I ask is I managed to wreck my Apple II+ keyboard.. which now doesn't consistently produce the right characters either. I found the metal tabs in the A2S2 to be way too sensitive and finely calibrated. And of course, the power light doesn't work.
- I notice the text is kind of 'multi-color'. This is how it should look for a Rev 04, right?
- The system will not boot if I put a Disk II card in there. In one of the slots, the drive whirs but the system won't even post. In the other slots, it pretty much ignores it, save for a brief flicker of the drive status LED.
One thing I was curious about.. I had been expecting the slots to be dark green... these appear to be black. Obviously this is a rev 04 board, I pulled the CPU and checked the part number underneath -- but I had thought black didn't appear until later?
Now I just have to score some integer ROMs and voila, we have an A2S1 assembled from parts.