Question on hooking up the Shiftkey Lowercase Mod for the II+

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Question on hooking up the Shiftkey Lowercase Mod for the II+

Ok , can you guys give me some suggestions on what is the best and easiest way to hook up
the Shiftkey Lowercase Mod for the II+? What type guage wire should you use? And what is the best way to connect it to pin#4 of the II+'s joystick connector? Should you remove the Joystick's connector and soldier the wire to pin#4 and reconnect the Joystick connector , or should you just use a 16 PIN connector that goes into the Joystick's connector? And if going the route of a 16 PIN connector , is this stable enough? Will it stay in place when you want to add/remove a joystick?

Thanks for the follow-up guys , you guys are awsome with the replies!

Thanksa again.

Patrick A.
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Re: Question on hooking up the Shiftkey Lowercase Mod for the II

Here are 4 ways. I think that either of the first two are the best.

  • The best way might be to have a separate little board with another 16-pin game port for the joystick. You'd have a 16-pin ribbon going to the board with the other game port. A wire with a small alligator clip could be connected to the wire that is connected to Pin #4 (Pushbutton 2.)
  • Doing the same thing, perhaps instead with some kind of piggy back connector on the game port would work too.
  • I've seen the the shift key modification wire soldered on the underside of the mother board. I think that this makes it difficult to remove.
  • I had a wire stuck in Pin #4 with an alligator clip attached to the shift key pin. When I wanted to play a game, I would remove the shift key mod and plug in the joystick or paddles. When I wanted the shift key mod back, I would remove the joystick or paddles and stick the wire back in Pin #4. This was a flimsy setup.

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hmm interesting reply.

Thanks... How about using 2 16 pin sockets , the first one would have the wire soldered to pin #4 of the 16 pin socket , then the socket would plug into another 16 pin socket , this way it makes for a clean install , and hopefully it would stay rather secure in the original joystick socket? Then the wire leading from the 16 pin socket would have a micro aligator clip attatched to the pin of the encoder board located directly under the reset key , I believe that is the correct one. I could solder the wire to the underside of the motherboard and tap it into pin #4 of the joystick connector , but I would rather pass on that idea.

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Thanks everyone!

Well after delving into the other II+ that I have , that has a pig-font rom installed (modified lower-case rom with extra cool characters) it turns out that in Apple Writer ][ I still get shift key operation with out any wires to install! Just pressing Shift/Esc gets me to use Upper case and so on! Plus it lets me use the extra characters as well! So thanks again for all the advice from recent replies , I appreciate all the input you guys give :O)

Patrick A.
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Re: hmm interesting reply.

How about using 2 16 pin sockets , the first one would have the wire soldered to pin #4 of the 16 pin socket , then the socket would plug into another 16 pin socket , this way it makes for a clean install , and hopefully it would stay rather secure in the original joystick socket?

2 16 pin sockets is a great idea.

3 16 pin sockets might be ideal:
2 16 pin sockets for 2 joysticks, and
an extra socket to do other stuff with:
shift key modification
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Apple Writer ][ shift key operation without any wires to install

it turns out that in Apple Writer ][ I still get shift key operation with out any wires to install! Just pressing Shift/Esc gets me to use Upper case and so on! Plus it lets me use the extra characters as well!

I think that this works in Apple Writer ][ by pressing the Esc key without the Shift key because Escape is Escape regardless of whether the Shift key is pressed or not.

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