I recently purchased a complete Apple IIe system from Ebay that was described as 100% working by the seller.
I was really only looking for a new Apple III Monitor to use as a replacement for the one I own and suspected of failing, but I spotted an auction that included an Apple IIe, 2 Disk II drives, a fan/power unit, and a Monitor III so I bid on the auction and won the entire package for what I considered a fairly low price. About $370 with shipping. It's an exact replica of what I already own, so a great backup was had.
When it arrived it was partially packed in bubble wrap and secured in the box by lots of styrofoam strips and pieces cut to size to hold everything in place. Unfortunately, the bubble wrap didn't completely cover the vents, keyboard, drive openings, or anything else, and many small particles from the styrofoam pieces found there way into the components.
I cleaned everything out and connected the components, and that is when I discovered the problems.
The Monitor III functions, but there is a black blob in the upper right hand corner of the screen when the green background is turned up. But when the green background is set to black, the monitor actually functions quite nicely so I'm okay with that.
The kicker though, is that the Caps Lock key doesn't work. Pretty important, right? It clicks down in place, but it doesn't do anything. Typing produces only lower case letters. I can hold down the shift key and the computer accepts commands and the drives run smooth. Real smooth, so I'm happy with the drives.
My question is, should I contact the seller for a refund or accept the fact that I got a pretty good deal and try to fix the caps lock key? Or is the whole thing fairly messed up and I should demand a refund?
I have researched keyboard issues here and found several links so I think I could conceivably repair the Caps Lock key. But I'm not sure it is worth the effort based on the money I spent. The keys appear to depress black plastic pins when I look inside the computer, but beyond that I'm not sure what kind of keyboard it has.
I blew out the keyboard with compressed air on the top and bottom and inside, no luck. Any help or advice would be much appreciated.