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Apricot FP/Portable

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    Apricot FP/Portable

    I still feel like a total fool for spending $230 on this, even though it was stated in the auction that the LCD did not work and you could see the original $25 goodwill blue wax crayon pricetag on it, but it arrived yesterday finally.

    Short of the documentation and the fiber optic cables for the trackball and keyboard (I am by the way looking for these now) it's a complete 512k system and it's in excellent shape.

    Thankfully the display was quickly sorted out. I noticed that the two case screws were stripped and that meant someone had been inside. Opening it up showed immediately that the display connects to the main logic board by means of those annoying laminated copper ribbon cables.

    I replaced it with a regular ribbon cable and the LCD sprang back to life and I was able to boot to DOS 2.1 and eventually GEM 1.2. I also cleaned and regreased the Sony floppy drive and scouted out how to further upgrade the unit. There's already sixteen 32K ram chips installed with space for another sixteen which maxes the system easily to a meg. I'm curious as to what the expansion connector on the back is and just how similar it would be to ISA which would open doors to things such as even more memory and possibly a hard drive other than the rare 10mb Rodime drive.
    Last edited by NeXT; July 25, 2011, 02:42 PM.
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    Wow, that's a cool computer. I've only seen a few pictures of it in their old ads, never more than just the front of the machine, though. Thanks!


      If you want the text of the technical manual (no illustrations) and/or schematics, let me know. I'm also quite interested in the contents of those floppies, particularly the GEM ones.


        The Fiber optics to the keyboard thingy was a bit mad. it was supposed to be a cordless keyboard, which didn't work too well, so they ended up connecting it with cords!
        Sadly mine's missing the microphone. There was supposed to be really early voice recognition software for that machine, so if you find some on the floppies, give me a PM please!
        "Don't it always seem to go
        That you don't know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone" (BANG )


          I can quite easily generate images of all four floppies which contain all the initially included DOS, GEM, and voice processing applications using rawread. PM me if you want a set. I however am supposedly missing the bundled software (SuperWriter, SuperCalc, SuperPlanner, ACTdiary, ACTsketch, and Activity). Either this system didn't include it because the pouch fits only four disks, it was a fifth loose disk, or there was more than one set of four floppies that you could get with the system. It would be cool to find them as GEM with only a paint and write app isn't all that fun and DOS 2 is a little limiting on what software I can use on the PC emulation.
          The full technical manual would be nice. I found the schematics but I need additional information on the expansion connector because in my dreams I'm seeing an 8-bit ISA slot.
          Last edited by NeXT; July 25, 2011, 07:31 AM.
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            Well I have not owned the system for a full month yet and it's already on the "working, but unuseable" shelf. I personally can not troubleshoot what happened to the floppy drive (won't initialize properly) and with no floppy drive I can't do anything with the system which is a bummer as I was getting ready to add in another 512kb of ram and see how it likes a NEC V20.
            I have also noticed that some of the plastic components are warped. The keyboard most notably. I did however find a copy of dBase II for the system though.

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              Sorry for a reply on this old post. Just got two FP with dead LCD, came here with Google. A white FP, what a beautiful system !

              Does Somebody had finally disk image of the software ?

              Wich type of ribbon do you used to repair the screen ?


                I just replaced it with regular grey ribbon cable. Nothing special there.
                The disk images should now be available online somewhere...or at least I've put them online a few times.
                If you can't find them I can probably temporarily put my set back up.
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