Hi 2E enthusiasts:
Just dug my old 2E out of the attic after 20 years of rest and out of 300 disks, only 1 will boot.
Basic 2E, duo-disk drive and color monitor. I swapped drives in the duo-disk drive (right to left)and still unable to boot any disks (except 1). The control-solid apple-reset comes up with a system "OK" and I can write basic programs in RAM (10 PRINT "HELLO").
If anyone is within 100 miles of York, PA, I would love to swap hardware to see if I could narrow down the problem.
IMO, It would be either be the interface card or the disk drive or I suppose all 300 programs could be bad? This includes a few commercial programs and all of my college work.
If no one with a working system is close to me; my second option would be to mail someone with a working system 10 programs and 2 blank disks and see if the programs will run on your system and if you can write/init the blanks. If the disks won't run/init for you; then maybe I do have 300 bad disks?
A report back is all I would need; you can keep the disks for your assistance.
Unless someone else knows of other tests that I can perform to check the hardware? The fact that 1 disk does work is what baffles me.
Oh, the color monitor did go "Pffffft" initially; but, I replaced 2 capacitors and now it is working fine.
If interested, please email me at
Thanks for reading