An Apple IIe system (with two Disk IIs, an Apple Color Monitor IIe, and a monitor stand) was on the raffle table at the last meeting of my area's Apple user group. This was something different, and something that really caught my attention. (The person donating it explained he needed to make space.) Despite years of bad luck at being picked early enough to choose much of the usual software, hardware gadgets, and things like old Power Mac G5s from the raffles, this time my number was called with the chance to pick the IIe system, which I did.
I've checked that the computer boots up (it's an unenhanced IIe with a white-lettered keyboard) and that both of the Disk IIs can read some of the box of floppies I got with the system (I've looked into ADTPro and the "Floppy Emu" from Big Mess o' Wires to go further), but in remembering that this forum had a lot of information about actual hardware I got to poking into it only to start noticing about all the comments about power supply capacitors giving out. The system is minimally configured with an expanded 80-column card and a Disk II interface (in slot 7, for some reason), which leaves me wondering if having the computer on long enough for ADTPro to transfer a disk image through the cassette jacks would amount to a gamble on the old power supply. I have tried ordering a Kensington System Saver fan from eBay, but for all I know I may have to stick with emulation (which is how I got to the point of thinking I could "do something" with actual hardware) until I learn to solder. I might have to dismantle the computer and clean the keyboard anyway; the left arrow key didn't seem inclined to respond until I pressed and held it down.
As far as other questions go, though, with the Disk II card in slot 7 the computer won't boot any disks using Pascal. I would move the card one slot over, but having seen the tips in the original manuals to "rock the card back and forth getting it seated" I am wondering if there are any tips for reversing the process. Thanks in advance.