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  1. There's no microphone jack (and no cassette ports) in a IIc+. And the memory addresses for the non existent cassette ports have been co-opted for other purposes.
  2. 100% it's a Unitron (or a ripoff of a Unitron). Not Unitron from Brasil (that's a completely unrelated Unitron) but from Taiwan. I have two of them here. One that has a sexy blue solder mask and actually says "Unitron" and one that has a green solder mask like yours that does not say "Unitron". Perhaps the green one is a clone of the Unitron (it's very likely a true Unitron since it was installed in a case that bears the Unitron logo), but no matter, both my boards are identical to yours. And they're not exactly identical (they're about 98% identical) to a real II+. There is the notable addition of the 74LS02 at E2 that inverts the enable signal for 2716 (and in your case 2732) EPROMS. They're also notable for being very high quality (unlike many other II+ clones which are pretty janky).You've even got the same black power supply with the red and white label that I do on my two clones. Please note - even those black power supplies have RIFA branded noise suppression capacitors. Some have two of them. Best to replace those right away with a modern equivalent before the explode and stink up your house and put you in the doghouse with your significant other.
  3. These are standard 1/2AA 3.6 volt batteries. You can get them almost anywhere. Amazon, for instance has probably 10 different brands. +1 for buying a battery holder and moving it off of the board. Mine is attached to the top of the power supply with some two-sided tape.
  4. Ran a BBS and an AE Line back in the day. The AE Line was definitely on the down-low and was kept underground for obvious reasons. But it ran for years. The BBS was a GBBS bulletin board. All of this ran on a clone Apple II+ running six floppy drives (and on occasion 8 floppy drives), 80 column card, Super Serial (natch) and various 1200 and 2400 baud Hayes compatible modems. It all ran until maybe 1988 or 1989. Memory is fuzzy from those days. Although I have the physical floppies and the clone II+ which still sees semi-regular service, bit-rot and surface mould got the better of those diskettes, so very little survived. These days I still run a BBS - you can find it via telnet at: the brewery.servebeer.com:6400 And it still runs on real metal...an Apple IIe, Super Serial card and a Wimodem-232 to get it "online".
  5. What's needed here is a real machine with a real speaker and a real microphone recording it in a quiet room. Direct connection via the audio jack isn't going to cut it if you want a realistic sound recording.
  6. Honestly... How dumb can you get? At the very least if you were going to pull such a stunt, copy the 4-AM clean crack onto the diskette. At least that way the game will be unadulterated (and he might have gotten away with it too).
  7. That said, if you want to do file sharing on a IIGS it's pretty easy. That is, if you use the Uthernet II card... In my own system I use the Uthernet II card to connect to remote file servers as well as a networked laser printer in my home. Printing over ethernet requires AppleTalk to be turned on (and the subsequent loss of slot 7 on the ROM 01 IIGS)
  8. Old printed circuit boards can be delicate. I have temperature controlled equipment, vacuum desoldering tools, and various fluxes to make desoldering old circuit boards easier. Even with the utmost care, traces and pads can lift off of a board. I've worked on boards that if you looked at them sideways the trace would lift off.
  9. Buying NOS games has two problems. First is that there is no guarantee that the data on those diskettes is intact. Even sealed games could have bit-rot or mould growth on the media, which will clog your read-write head and subsequently destroy the physical media. Worse, old diskettes you have lying around may have the same issue, and you then systematically destroy a series of disks and wonder why your drive won't read. Ask me how I discovered this particular nugget of knowledge. Also, the minute you open a sealed NOS copy of something, it's value plummets. Besides, why buy a sealed copy of something when you can play a virtual disk image version with zero impact? Unless it's a game that is missing archived documentation (a common occurance). As for those $600 snipers? There are two breeds: the first are "collectors" and "investors" who have more money than sense and think that magically those things they paid 5-10 times more than they should have will appreciate again by that factor. The second are bogus auctions that are shill games - some are money laundering efforts. Sadly, the first breed is becoming far too common.
  10. The "Stealth" GS, while less common than any IIGS (or any IIe for that matter) was actually not all that rare. In fact, I have one that is my daily driver right on my desktop. It was sold to me by a friend who had three of them sitting in his attic, by all accounts had been there for quite some time. I think that there may have also been a spate of stealth GS conversions done recently due to the availability of new IIe clear cases made by MacEffects, and their reproduction badges that say either Apple IIe or Apple IIGS with the correct fonts and colours. Since the ROM 01 GS board can be easily modified for use with old style power supply connectors and IIe keyboard connectors (both sets of holes are on the PCB, just not populated) it makes changeover fairly easy - all you'd need to do is cut the basepan to accommodate the IIGS peripheral connector set. However those would not be "true" IIGS models.https://maceffects.com/products/maceffects-clear-case-for-apple-iie I'd ask you (and anyone else) who has a IIGS or true "stealth" GS to contact Antoine Vignau at Brutal Deluxe https://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/ who is building a database of IIGS models. Take a picture of your nameplate and send it to him.
  11. Here's an eBay link to an Extended 80 column card that has both extra 64K of RAM and 80 column functionality. Note the eight 4164 chips aboard that give you the extra 64K. https://www.ebay.ca/itm/115258703488?hash=item1ad5f43e80:g:5QIAAOSwi0liETPe You can also buy a modern equivalent: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/223285012053
  12. None of the keys work? Apart from the Open/closed apple and CTRL and RESET, that is? If absolutely none of the keys work I would suspect the encoder, not the keyboard itself. The keyboard is easy enough to test with a multimeter. It has no intelligence itself, just open contacts on a matrix.
  13. Nice. That 80 column card in your IIe is just that. 80 columns only. If you want to run most IIe software that requires 128K you'll need a 64K 80 column card like this: https://i2.wp.com/apple2history.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Extended-80-column-card.jpg
  14. RAM can be easily added, certainly, and the RamExpress II+ from A2heaven.com is a case in point. But what accelerator are you thinking of when you say an accelerator can be "easily" added to a genuine IIc?
  15. It's been said that the Laser 128EX/2 is a better Apple IIc than the Apple IIc. Even the keyboard is nicer. And it's nice to have an expansion slot. Been looking for one for ages. Ironically back in the 80s and early 90s I ran a small computer shop with my dad and the Laser 128 was one of the products we carried. Never did own one, though.
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