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    Smile Apple ii GS computer

    Ive always had my eye on the Apple ii GS as its the best of the line and almost Amiga like in some ways.
    The Apple ii GS was probably a result of the Amiga 1000 being launched which pretty much made every other computer look hopeless in its price range, so Apple quickly responded with the GS and promptly under clocked it so it could not compete with new mac.


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    24 bit addressing, using a 16-bit address bus & a multiplexed bank address
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    256 KB ROM built-in (128 KB in original)

    Faults / Problems

    The Apple Uni disk drive flashes the LED but doesnt spin so ive popped the Apple ii disk ii interface card and used my old disk ii to test the machine.

    I have no disks for the GS but thats a project for later today..

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    The Apple II GS is what we had in my high school. They were all networked to a Mac that was used as an OS and Data drive for all the systems. Booting up all of them at the same time took forever.

    I picked up a II GS from another AmiBayer a while back, but I decided I needed to clean out space and focus on a smaller amount of systems, so the Commodore computers won and all the Apple computers have been sold.

    I hope you get everything working! I've heard that the CFFA3000 is the ultimate modern day Apple II hardware add-on. I had actually bought one but, by the time I received it, I had already decided to sell all my retro Apple gear so I sold it without even trying it.

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    I once found one in the garbage in front of my faculty of medicine, circa 1999-2000. It seems it was used in a science lab of the faculty and it was fitted with several special controller cards used to monitor some other devices. I was about 20 meters from it but i recognized the multicolor apple.
    They showed no mercy to it.
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    Nice find, Mike!
    I'd love to get an Apple IIGS but especially the European versions seem to be very hard to come by.

    I'm curious why Apple didn't put an in-built floppy disk drive into the case. It would've fit there nicely.
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    the Hackery (in Vancouver BC) has a few at a good price... (NTSC of course)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Maci...item20d1e1246d
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaviorX View Post
    the Hackery (in Vancouver BC) has a few at a good price... (NTSC of course)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Maci...item20d1e1246d
    Not bad but I bet postage to Finland is close to outrageous.
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    Thanks all, I. Like the Apple GS it's kind of odd and I like that. One big problem I have iis the floppy , most images seem to be for 3.5 inch not 5.25 inch (as per Apple ii )

    So I need a 3.5 inch drive and they seem very expensive sadly and mostly in the US and postage is a killer!

    By the way the area at the front that looks empty (above the psu) seems to be where the scsi hdds were fitted - hence why no internal floppy I guess?

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    the GS will (mostly) run 'normal' apple ii software, you can use those 5.25" images intended for normal apples....
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    Yep it's happily playing Elite at 2.8mhz at the moment ...

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    and some ADTpro fun via usb
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