In the mid 90's I found a gutted old Apple at a garage sale (in Half Moon Bay, near the Valley) and bought it. It was gutted in the following ways: the label was removed, and the power supply was missing. However the motherboard was still in it and the case was in good shape. Always being interested in old computers I bought it and put it in my attic. Since then I have collected a working Apple ][ and Apple ][+.
I have decided to clean things out and thought it was a good time to play with this hardware and decide what I would keep.
I looked at the gutted Apple tonight and realized it is older than the Apple ][. Some things were interesting:
- The silk screen on the motherboard is yellow, where as
on other apple motherboards it is white. (i.e. markings for "ROM", etc).
- There was a unpopulated large pin area along where the power supply would be
- The RAM chips are hand labeled by stickers
- The speaker is a self contained white plastic thing
- On the marked Apple ][ there is a card underneith the keyboard, where as the gutted apple doesn't have this
- Most interesting: ** Nowhere on the motherboard do I see "Apple Computer, Inc." **
My *guess* is that maybe one of these is true:
1. This is a hand assembled prototype from inside apple.
2. This is a first revision board of which maybe there were not many made
3. This is some do-it-yourself apple ][ kit
I was excited that it was an Apple 1, but I have seen pictures of the Apple 1 motherboard and it just doesn't look like it. (Darn!).
Does anyone know anyone who could shed some light on this? I would like to know what it is.
brvanvoo AT mn.rr.com