I'm hoping to get some assistance on this forum for a situation I am having with a recently purchased Apple II Plus from eBay. It came with a DOS 3.3 diskette and that boots without issue.
Here is the what I noticed: After my DOS 3.3 disk boots, I see the message 'Loading Integer Basic into Memory'. Then the systems goes into Applesoft Basic as I see the ']' prompt. No errors during this boot up. Now I would think I should be able to type 'INT' and go into Integer Basic isn't it? But when I do that, the disk drive actually fires up for a moment and then the system hangs. All I can do is reboot. I've seen someone else do the same thing on a youtube video and when he typed in 'INT' it goes right to the '>' prompt. So this is my first issue. Could it be a bad Language Card? This Apple II Plus *does not* have a genuine Apple Language Card but some 3rd Party card.
The next odd behavior is many of my older Apple II games are not playing properly and just hang at some point. These disks have been kept in very good condition and in a very clean environment. I believe the games that are for 64K are not working, but games copyrighted 1981 seem to work (perhaps they needed only 48K of memory?). I booted a program called Creative Writer that asks you in the beginning if you want 48K or 64K mode, and when I pick 48K it works as expected but when I select 64K I don't see the menu and the system has to be rebooted.
So in my limited understanding I would have ventured to guess that I either didn't have a language card or that it was defective, but as mentioned, when booting from the diskette, it does say Integer Basic was loaded into Memory...and it didn't hang while doing that. Further I seem to have all the Autostart ROM features such as enhanced editing and such. So then maybe its not the 16K Language Card??
Anyway, do you have any suggestions. Are any programs I can run to test the 16K card? Or maybe it is best to buy a genuine Apple Computer Language Card from eBay? Those are expensive and most say sold as-is and no refunds so I would not want to do it unless I had to.
Anyway, any help or guidance you can offer will be most helpful to me. Thank you in advance.