Hi all, new to this forum, and new to owning an Apple II
I used them in school growing up, but have never owned one before.
Anyway, I recently got two Apple IIe from a yard sale.
Previous owner has kept them in a dusty hot shed for years, so were not exactly in good condition at all.
Both of them were as dirty as sin, a bit rusted in places, and upon powering them up, I was surprised to find that the motherboard power light went on for both.
However, there was no reassuring beep and the screen was full of garbage. Not a single recognisable character on screen. Just a weird pattern of abstract squares and lines - somewhat artistic, but not the APPLE ][ text that I was looking for. In fact, both Apples had EXACTLY the same problem! They both powered up with this weird pattern all over the screen.
I'll attach a picture later if it will help someone help me diagnose the problem.
Now, I'm not bad with a soldering iron, so clearly there's probably one chip that's likely dead and the chances are good that someone has had this problem before... somewhere.
Can anyone point me in the direction of which chip likely needs replacement, and possibly a source of spare parts?
I would like to get one of these apple IIes alive again.
I also got an Apple IIc from this lot, but unfortunately that doesn't power up at all. It is effectively DOA. Could be a dead PSU, but without a spare I can't tell without breaking out a multimeter I think. I'll worry about that one later until I fix the IIes.