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Dwight Elvey
July 8th, 2010, 09:30 PM
I just bought an Apple IIe site un seen.
It powers on and I can get it into BASIC so that much
works. I'm new to Apples so I have a number of
It came with a 65sc02 so I guess it is enhanced.
There is a board with a number of ROMs on it. Most have
lost their labels but one says DOS UTILITY and another
says LABEL MAKER FILE COMPACT. Three are missing the
original labels. I suspect one accesses these by the DEVSEL
strobing but I have no other idea what to do. The ROM board
has a name QuikLoader. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
It has a printer board that looks like a parallel printer.
It has a RAM boar in the AUX location named RAMWORKS II.
It has a mouse board with an Apple logo and a Disk II
I baught it with hopes of getting a home made SwyftCard to
work. I'm not sure if the enhanced will work the same as
the original.
Oh, I forgot, it also seems to have one of those Dallas
clock chips under one of the ROMs.
Is there a monitor in the ROMs or does one just peek and
poke with BASIC?

July 9th, 2010, 02:03 AM
Nice system. You have expanded memory, which will come in handy if you want to run larger programs like AppleWorks.

The quikLoader card is cool, it is basically a card that has a bunch of EPROMS on it that are preloaded (or loaded by you, if you have an EPROM burner) and allows you to load those programs almost instantaneously. I believe they came preloaded with DOS 3.3, FID, Integer BASIC and a few more utilities.

You control the card by typing a control character along with RESET. For example, ctrl-C RESET catalogs a disk; ctrl-H RESET runs "HELLO"; others boot a disk or enter the monitor. Ctrl-Q RESET gives you a catalog of your quikLoader ROMs, in the form of a menu; a single keystroke then selects a program. (This paragraph courtesy of Apple Assembly Lines magazine)

There is a monitor in the ROMS. From BASIC, type CALL -151 and press return. To exit, type CTRL-RESET.

To run a program in the monitor, enter the starting address and put a "G" at the end. For instance, if the program starts at $0400, type 400G.

To run the same program from out in BASIC, you PEEK the decimal version of the same memory address.

There are a lot of books out there on assembly programming on the Apple. I'm not sure what the policy is here on linking to them, so I'd rather not say what those links are.

Hope that helps :)

Dwight Elvey
July 9th, 2010, 05:21 AM
I got the ^Q-reset working last night. It seems to load
some programs as BASIC code that I can later inspect
and some in assembly. I can run a few of the programs
and there seems to be code to generate images for
thr PROMs.
I've found errors in most of the code that
is eaither bit rot or more likely a RAM failure. Also
when I power on without the board, I get a beep.
When I power on with the board, I get an extended
fart. I was wondering if the board did a memory test
or something.
I need to do a memory test but I also need to know
how to determine the location and amount of free
memory from BASIC. It has been a while but it seems
like there was a free command but I don't seem to
be able to get that to work?

July 9th, 2010, 06:45 AM
To determine how much free memory you have from BASIC:


Take the number given, and add 65536 to it.

But the problem with this is, it only takes into account the first 64K of memory. That's all AppleSoft BASIC can see, it cannot do page-flipping.

Here's two links to the RamWorks manuals:


Dwight Elvey
July 9th, 2010, 09:46 AM
Thanks Don That will help some. I don't have the daughter card with
2Megs but at least it has the basic RAM needed for extended operations.
Next is to figure out the printer board. It looks to be a parallel printer board
by the pinout of the connector and not a serial. It has another connector
that goes to a push button. I don't know what that is for. I'll have to
look at it a little more closely to see who made it.

July 9th, 2010, 10:25 AM
Ctrl-Open Apple-Closed Apple-Reset will run the built-in diagnostics.

Or, if you want to do extended testing then unplug the keyboard before you power up the IIe and it will loop until it finds a failure.


July 9th, 2010, 10:53 AM
Next is to figure out the printer board. It looks to be a parallel printer board
by the pinout of the connector and not a serial. It has another connector
that goes to a push button. I don't know what that is for. I'll have to
look at it a little more closely to see who made it.

The button is for printing the contents of the screen to a printer. I've got a similar board out of a IIe, but mine has both serial and parallel headers on the board. I don't have the board handy, but I believe I've got a manual for it somewhere back home.

July 9th, 2010, 12:40 PM
The other thing to play with if you have a serial card is ADTPro (http://adtpro.sourceforge.net/). I haven't done it for a while and think I needed a ProDOS disk before I could get this to work (I think they updated it since then to do a complete prodos dump via audio port or basic now). These instructions will help (http://adtpro.sourceforge.net/bootstrap.html#Starting_from_bare_metal). Hope it gives you a quick start for getting some software on and off the system. Undoubtedly I'm sure you working on an Apple II will be quite interesting. Let us know what you decide to play with.

Dwight Elvey
July 9th, 2010, 01:31 PM
I think I have a super serial in an Apple II+ that I have in storage.
It also does have two disk drives that I'll need as well.
In any case, I expect to get a serial board someplace.

Dwight Elvey
July 10th, 2010, 06:11 AM
I'm looking for info on the one last board. It is the printer
board. It is a Texprint Print-It!. It has some configuration
switches that I'd like to know what they do.
I've done some searching with little results.