After 30 years I decided to turn on my Apple IIe again (actually it’s a Brazilian version called tk3000//e). It looks good, actually it is almost like it was at 80s. It doesn’t have any capacitor leaking and almost no dust.
So I removed all cards and it boots. Everything seems normal, so I tried the disk controller and the disk drive. It boots but the disk drive keeps spinning no matter what floppy disk I tried. As I have another disk drive I tried it, and got same results.
I disassemble the drive, cleaned the head and everything seems normal. I inspected the disk controller and didn’t find anything.
So here are my questions:
- I’m starting to think if it’s possible that all my floppy disks (I may have a 100) are dead.
- Is there a way to test the drive controller or to create a new floppy disk?
- I found that it’s possible to use a serial port to communicate with a modern PC, but I just have a parallel port (for printers) on the apple IIe. Does anyone know if I can use a parallel port to do that?
Thanks a lot.