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2021/04/10 16:33:39 (permalink)
Working on a "new" rig build that is a bit retro. I had a lot of fun in the 80's with 8-bit and 16-bit computing. This is a bit of a love letter to the 80's built for nostalgia sake with a modern twist. Here is my ultimate Apple IIgs build, 2021 version work in progress. Looking to do a backlight LED kit on the keyboard and RGB programmable lighting for the case.
 


 
Apple IIgs ROM3 motherboard
MacEffects IIe -> IIgs clear case kit
MacEffects IIe clear keyboard (still in Kickstarter)
UltimateApple2 Universal Power Supply
VidHD 1080p video card
Uthernet II network card
Booti hard drive emulator card
Garrets Workshop GW4201D 8MB memory card
BMOW Floppy Emu disk emulator
BMOW Wombat ADB to USB keyboard/mouse adaptor
ReactiveMicro IIe to USB keyboard adapter
 
 
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/10 18:18:56 (permalink)
    Awesome job Brad. Should name it Nostalgia One.
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/10 19:32:31 (permalink)
    Nice

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/10 20:08:00 (permalink)
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    Awesome job Brad. Should name it Nostalgia One.

    I picked up the domain name retro-ii.gs awhile back. Probably put up a page for the build there.

    There is a lot of fine tuning still to do on it. Donno of anyone else who has a ROM3 in a IIe case conversion. When Apple did the original IIe -> IIgs conversion kits back in the 80's they were a bit rare even then. With the clear case mod, this thing is a bit of a unicorn. Need to do some testing of the ADB <- USB <- IIe keyboard ribbon cable to make sure mouse and IIe keyboard all work good. All other IIe -> IIgs conversions were ROM1's because only ROM1 had the IIe keyboard ribbon cable port on the board. It's missing from ROM3's.
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/11 16:20:40 (permalink)
    Pretty wild man!
     

     
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/14 18:07:20 (permalink)
    It's alive. Temporarily using a IIe platinum keyboard.
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/21 13:58:38 (permalink)
    Very Cool, old meets new. Will the RGB be controlled via Arduino or something like that? 
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/24 00:42:41 (permalink)
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    Very Cool, old meets new. Will the RGB be controlled via Arduino or something like that? 

    I have an Apple II adaptor card that can power a Raspberry Pi off the internal Apple II slot bus. Wonder if there is an option there for raspberry pi RGB control. I'll have to research out options.
     
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/24 10:17:50 (permalink)
    Great project/innovation!!
    Keep them coming Brad

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/25 09:01:01 (permalink)
    That is way cool.  

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/04/28 21:36:44 (permalink)
    Very cool! I love unique builds like this 

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/02 03:03:29 (permalink)
    Pondering the display for the build. With the VidHD card it requires a 1080p native resolution panel. I'm finding that transparent displays are known as "prison tvs". Getting a chuckle out of my search history on ebay lately.
     
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/02 06:19:14 (permalink)
    I have not heard RCA in a long time. With out a doubt that will fit your clear theme perfect. 
     
    lol "Prison TV", "Introducing the new RCA SecureView Series HD TV with a see-through clear cabinet that allows a complete view of the entire contents of the set’s interior, including electronic circuitry"
     
    Maybe so no one can hide or smuggle stuff in the TV itself? I guess they got caught to many times using cakes..... 
     
    Either way, this machine is coming together nicely.
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/04 00:10:18 (permalink)
    Dug around a bit to see what mouse options might go good with this build. Not very many transparent mouse options out there. The easy pick would have been one of the single button Macintosh mouse as this is an Apple themed build, but I want a 2 mouse button option at least. I expanded my search a bit and decided to go with a transparent trackball. Not a fan of the blue tint on the clear case, but not many clear mouse options that are functional out there.
     

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/04 07:05:59 (permalink)
    I have not seen a track ball in a long time. Never could get used to them lol. To bad you could not place LEDs inside the blue tinted mouse / trackpad, if the computer and the mouse lit the same color it could hide the clear plastic difference.
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/04 09:55:21 (permalink)
    Definitely different Brad. Pretty cool actually. Thanks for sharing. 
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/04 22:21:35 (permalink)
    I'm digging the retro plastic vibes! Great work!
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/04 22:59:11 (permalink)
    Fire that baby up!

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/05 08:05:23 (permalink)
    Thats interesting
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/05 11:49:02 (permalink)
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    Fire that baby up!

    With matches, a lighter, a torch or a flamethrower🤔
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/24 07:43:24 (permalink)
    I love this! Unique and classy! <3 brings back memories indeed. 


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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/28 18:12:56 (permalink)
    Awesome rig.  I have been dying to do a retro build.
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/05/31 09:55:47 (permalink)
    Wow, it reminds me of an old Game Boy that I had.

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/03 14:13:46 (permalink)
    wild!
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/04 04:03:42 (permalink)
    wow
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/05 00:04:59 (permalink)
    Unique and awesome
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/05 08:09:28 (permalink)
    Good job nice build
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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/06 10:34:19 (permalink)
    Just a random quick picture of it as it is today. Still waiting on the clear keyboard Kickstarter to ship, so it's got an old IIe keyboard in it for now.

     

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/06 10:43:06 (permalink)
    From top to bottom: The Floppy Emu floppy drive emulator controller, a card to read system bus power, the VidHD video card, Uthernet II network card, Booti hard drive emulator card and lastly bottom left is the Garretts Workshop 8MB Ram card.
     

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    Re: Retro IIgs 2021 2021/06/06 16:14:26 (permalink)
    About the most interesting build I've seen. 

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