I just won an auction on ebay for an Apple IIgs (rom version 3) with a 3.5 floppy drive, (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=007&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=170120416244&rd=1&rd=1)
earlier this week i went to an old computer shop and picked up 2 beat up apple IIe's, a color monitor, and a Apple UniDisk 5.24 floppy drive with the intention of getting one of them up and running to fiddle around with and have fun. One of the IIe's power supply seems to output less then enough voltage and the LED power light comes on very dimly on both machines using that powersupply, the other power supply worked magnificently, on both motherboards,(one with a faulty keyboard so i didn't get anywhere with it, and the other i programmed a little in BASIC) until it stopped working, i replaced the switch and examined the board for busted capacitors and there were none. i have since given up on those two power supplys as i may be able to find one on Monday when the shop i got the iie's opens back up.
Now to my real question,
Since this IIgs is coming with 0 software, i assume it will boot into a assembly or basic prompt like the IIe, which is only useful to some extent, i am bidding on a collection of 40 some 5.25 floppys for the apple II, and non of them are OS/GS or prodos, but none the less i would enjoy some games so i hope to win. Without any software, what are my options for getting this IIgs running, i understand that you can transfer disk images and write them to blank floppy's with a serial interface card, but i would have to find a super serial card for the GS, and software to run the null modem connection correct? I am running a Mac Pro Desktop that doesn't actually have a serial bus, i assume there is some sort of USB-> serial adapter..
I've tired to be a good forum user and done a ton of searches, and read through the FAQ's but nothing works better then someone lending their brain full of info.
1. How do i acquire the things necessary to make my IIgs useful (operating system, applications etc) (super serial card, network card(does that exist?))
2. Will my Apple UniDisk 5.25 drive work with my version 3 rom IIgs (DB9 connection)
3. will the iigs be able to use my old keyboard and mouse from an old Mac IIvx (ADB interface)
Any input is appreciated, i won't be getting my IIgs for a while i just want to prepare!