Forum Rules and Etiquette

Our mission ...

This forum is part of our mission to promote the preservation of vintage computers through education and outreach. (In real life we also run events and have a museum.) We encourage you to join us, participate, share your knowledge, and enjoy.

This forum has been around in this format for over 15 years. These rules and guidelines help us maintain a healthy and active community, and we moderate the forum to keep things on track. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines.

Rule 1: Remain civil and respectful

There are several hundred people who actively participate here. People come from all different backgrounds and will have different ways of seeing things. You will not agree with everything you read here. Back-and-forth discussions are fine but do not cross the line into rude or disrespectful behavior.

Conduct yourself as you would at any other place where people come together in person to discuss their hobby. If you wouldn't say something to somebody in person, then you probably should not be writing it here.

This should be obvious but, just in case: profanity, threats, slurs against any group (sexual, racial, gender, etc.) will not be tolerated.

Rule 2: Stay close to the original topic being discussed
  • If you are starting a new thread choose a reasonable sub-forum to start your thread. (If you choose incorrectly don't worry, we can fix that.)
  • If you are responding to a thread, stay on topic - the original poster was trying to achieve something. You can always start a new thread instead of potentially "hijacking" an existing thread.

Rule 3: Contribute something meaningful

To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
  • This is not a chat room. If you are taking less than 30 seconds to make a post then you are probably doing something wrong. A post should be on topic, clear, and contribute something meaningful to the discussion. If people read your posts and feel that their time as been wasted, they will stop reading your posts. Worse yet, they will stop visiting and we'll lose their experience and contributions.
  • Do not bump threads.
  • Do not "necro-post" unless you are following up to a specific person on a specific thread. And even then, that person may have moved on. Just start a new thread for your related topic.
  • Use the Private Message system for posts that are targeted at a specific person.

Rule 4: "PM Sent!" messages (or, how to use the Private Message system)

This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

In short, if you are going to reply to a thread and that reply is targeted to a specific individual and not of interest to anybody else (either now or in the future) then send a private message instead.

Here are some obvious examples of when you should not reply to a thread and use the PM system instead:
  • "PM Sent!": Do not tell the rest of us that you sent a PM ... the forum software will tell the other person that they have a PM waiting.
  • "How much is shipping to ....": This is a very specific and directed question that is not of interest to anybody else.

Why do we have this policy? Sending a "PM Sent!" type message basically wastes everybody else's time by making them having to scroll past a post in a thread that looks to be updated, when the update is not meaningful. And the person you are sending the PM to will be notified by the forum software that they have a message waiting for them. Look up at the top near the right edge where it says 'Notifications' ... if you have a PM waiting, it will tell you there.

Rule 5: Copyright and other legal issues

We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

Our discussions here generally fall under "fair use." Telling people how to pirate a software title is an example of something that is not allowable here.

Reporting problematic posts

If you see spam, a wildly off-topic post, or something abusive or illegal please report the thread by clicking on the "Report Post" icon. (It looks like an exclamation point in a triangle and it is available under every post.) This send a notification to all of the moderators, so somebody will see it and deal with it.

If you are unsure you may consider sending a private message to a moderator instead.

New user moderation

New users are directly moderated so that we can weed spammers out early. This means that for your first 10 posts you will have some delay before they are seen. We understand this can be disruptive to the flow of conversation and we try to keep up with our new user moderation duties to avoid undue inconvenience. Please do not make duplicate posts, extra posts to bump your post count, or ask the moderators to expedite this process; 10 moderated posts will go by quickly.

New users also have a smaller personal message inbox limit and are rate limited when sending PMs to other users.

Other suggestions
  • Use Google, books, or other definitive sources. There is a lot of information out there.
  • Don't make people guess at what you are trying to say; we are not mind readers. Be clear and concise.
  • Spelling and grammar are not rated, but they do make a post easier to read.
See more
See less

Apple iie Platinum Garbled Screen

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Apple iie Platinum Garbled Screen

    I finally powered on the apple iie Platinum i bought a couple months ago but of course it didn't work. The first time i powered it on it beeped and displayed the normal "Apple //e" at the top of the screen but with no cursor. After rebooting it all it would display was random characters. I pulled all the socketed chips and reseated them, the tops of the pins where they enter the ic were all slightly corroded. I mucked around with the thing for about 20 minutes pulling
    chips and flipping the little switch under the front of the case with varied results. On one of the reboots it displayed a blank screen with "MMU" in the centre.
    Another time it displayed "SYSTEM OK" surrounded by "H". Not really sure what it means.


    Looks like it might be a bad RAM chip

    If you are able to program a 2764, this diagnostic ROM I wrote might help you narrow it down

    It replaces the F0 ROM on your board and does some basic RAM tests and displays the results on the screen as well as beeping the speaker to indicate which test failed (sometimes faulty RAM prevents a readable display).


      unfortunately i can not program a 2764, so i guess I'll just replace the ram on the board and see if it does anything.
      Last edited by masterpigeon; January 1, 2018, 03:00 AM.


        Originally posted by masterpigeon View Post
        unfortunately i can not program a 2764, so i guess I'll just replace the ram on the board and see if it does anything.
        Where are you located? Maybe somebody nearby can help with it.


          I'll try swapping the ram first and if it doesn't work, we can go from there.


            RAM in the 2e isn't socketed and in a lot of production runs they bent over the IC legs before soldering which makes them a pain in the ass to remove without damaging the pcb.
            I use a desoldering station and avoid removing chips when I can. On the plus side the platinum uses only 2 RAM chips not 8


              Could I piggy back the new chips onto the old chips the test them before I bother desoldering them?


                Originally posted by masterpigeon View Post
                Could I piggy back the new chips onto the old chips the test them before I bother desoldering them?
                Sometimes it works, it depends on what is wrong with the chip.


                  video ROM?



                    In photo #6 of 10 you can see the code RAM 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 so I agree with David that it's a ram problem. Photo #9 has a bunch of "0" which is $B0 when it should be spaces $A0 which is a stuck bit 4 of ram.
                    MMU is the Memory Management Unit chip which interfaces with the ram. I suppose bad ram could cause a false MMU failure code. There have been more failure reports of ram than MMU chips.
                    I think the Platinum has two 64K by 4 bit ram chips. If you can figure out which chip has bit 4 that would be the one to change first.

                    Larry G


                      I've ordered some ram, it should get here in a couple weeks.


                        Have you checked the power supply for correct voltage levels and for AC ripple?


                          No, I haven't. I should probably do that. The power supply does make a squeaky sound when turned off.


                            Ok, I measured all the voltages and they were all normal except for the +12v which was 11.14v.