little background on the scenerio:
Back in November 2012 i was scanning my local classifieds and saw an ad for a apple iigs selling for $150 cdn. It was only the computer, keyboard, a 3.5 unidisk, and a manual. For $150 that was way too much and it wasnt even a woz edition by the looks of the pictures.
Fast forward to late February, ad was still up but the price was still at $150..so i emailed the owner, and asked a few questions. The owner said that it powers up but doesnt have a monitor and doesnt know of any way of checking if it had any programs in its hd. well now, when i read that im obviously dealing with a noob, and just priced it because it was old apple stuff. I questioned him a little more, and it turns out he's in demolition, and found the computer in an old warehouse. I kindly asked him how low of an offer he was accept? He basically told me that he was disappointed that there was very little interest in it since he put up the ad and said that i was the only one that showed some interest so he agreed at $80 cdn. Well i told him thats fine but i would have to see it first and turn it on, he said sure but again noted that he doesnt have a monitor for it (lol). So off i went i met him at his house, i looked at the iigs, and its pretty grimy (atleast clean it up with soap and water!), and very yellow. So i open it up, it has 4 cards in it which im unfamilar with, looks more like homebrew cards, but i will have to take some pictures of the cards when i have time to fully look at it.
So i ask him if he has a TV and we can hook it up. His jaw dropped when i said TV, haha and i pulled out my rca cable and attached it to his tv. I turn on the computer and it powers on, the tv screen does the pattern flash but that is all. The 3.5 unidisk lights up but thats all. Now im thinking, well the computer works the 3.5 works but i cant seem to break into monitor or basic prompt (im unfamilar with iigs) so im doing everything i know from the //c to break into some type of prompt but nothing, and the guy is standing there looking excited (probably thinking im going to pay his original price of $150). So i try and fiddle around with it for 5 mins, and finally tell him this.
"Well this computer is shot, it freezes up when you turn it on and that indicates a bad chip or flux capacitor (haha sounds good huh). this computer im afraid is worthless, i wouldnt pay anything above $20 for it being its almost 30 years old." Now the guys exact words was like this:
"Damn! well if you give me $20 then you can do what you want with this crap!".
I paid the $20, and off i went!
Its sitting in a box right now and when i have time i'll see if it can be operational, if anything i got a $20 3.5" iigs unidisk which i hope i can use with my //c with the upgrade romchip.
I'll post some pics and would need help in figuring out how to get this to operating standards. So if any iigs experts can help out i would appreciate it!