I just registered here after looking for an Apple community focused on vintage machines.
As many of you here, I started programming BASIC in the mid 80s; at the time I used a Casio Pocket Computer, but also used IBM machines at school, though after that I didn't do any more programming.
Fast forward 30 years and here I am browsing the Facebook Marketplace where I see an Apple IIe with monitor, a Kensington System Saver and a mysterious external "card".
It doesn't have floppy drives and for now I'm stuck with the internal Applesoft BASIC language.
The motherboard has a couple date codes stamped on, "K8422" and "8423" and it has 2 Apple Cards, one in slot C1 and one in slot C3; serial # under the chassis is 1A2S2 - 51xxxx.
After a good and thorough detailing, the computer seems to work fine, and I can also run some short programs.
But... there are some strange things happening, and here are my questions.
- What are those cards for?
- After running the command AUTO 300 (or any other numeric input), it gives a syntax error. Do someone know why?
- After a diagnostic by pressing Control/Open Apple/Solid Apple/Reset, I only get "RAM :" as a result. Why?
- The LOAD command doesn't give any cursor. After unsuccessfully trying to load a game from Apple Game Server by means of an iPad, the same diagnostic as above gives "IOU FLAG E5: 1" as a result. Why?
Sorry for having so many questions but I'm trying to see if it's worthy keeping the machine or it'd better to sell it.
Thanks in advance for any reply.