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Parallel Printer Card

Compatibility:Any Slotted Apple II, Laser 128 Slot, Franklin 1000
Most Commonly Used:8 Bit Apple IIs.

This type of card will support any standard centronics parallel printer. Examples are the Epson MX, RX & FX series printers, The Panasonic 1180,1124 & The Citizen GSX 200 & 140.

This card is for text printing only, and should be used only if you are sure that you will not be using ANY applications such as The PrintShop, PrintMagic, or any other graphics programs. They will usually NOT be able to print using this type of card. To identify a TEXT ONLY printer card, you should look on the card for an EPROM. If none is found, USUALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS, the card will NOT support graphics, and therefor is a text only card. If your not sure, consult someone for further information on any specific cards.

Text Only Cards Examples

Graphics Parallel Printer Card

Compatibility:Any Slotted Apple II, Laser 128 or Franklin 1000.
Most Commonly Used:Where graphics printing is needed.*

This card will support graphics as well as text printing on any standard Centronics Parallel printer, such as the Epson MX, RX or FX Series. The Panasonic 1124 & 1180 or the Citizen GSX 140 or 200.

The most common GPPC that is found is the Orange Micro Grappler Plus card. This card, when in stock is the best answer to ANY printing needs. 98% of software knows and has this card listed as an option. It works with MANY different types of printers. Including the Hewlett Packard Laser Jet series of printers.

Graphics Parallel Printer Card Examples

Grappler Plus & Buffered Grappler Plus Orange Micro
Parallel Pro Applied Engineering

  • IIgs NOTE: If a parallel printer is to be used with the Apple IIgs, the ONLY card recommend for this is the Orange Micro Grappler Plus, along with the Harmony GS/OS Printer driver package available from Vitesse.

Apple Super Serial Card

Compatibility: Any Slotted Apple II, Laser 128, Franklin 1000.
Most Commonly Used: Apple II+ or IIe for an ImageWriter I or II.

This card is the MOST widly used RS 232 interface for the Apple II. It is made by Apple Computer. It has a DB25 connector on it and can be used for printers, (such as the ImageWriter) modems, (such as the Hays Smartmodem 2400), plotters or any other device which requires a standard RS 232 or RS 232 C interface to be utilized.

It can be used in the users own programs, it is accessible from DOS 3.3, ProDOS, CP/M or Pascal. It is supported by 99% of all software packages. It is compatible with the original Apple Serial Interface.

Common Dip Switch Settings for the SSC:

ImageWriter I or II, Color Plotter (Jumper Block Pointing to TERMINAL)

Hayes SmartModem 2400 (Jumper Block Pointing to MODEM)

][+ type 80 Column Text Card

Compatibility: ][, ][+, Franklin Ace 1000 or ][+ Compatible
Most Commonly Used: ][+
Slot used in:Slot 03 ][+

The ][+ 80 Column Text card is used to provide a text display 80 characters by 24 lines on the Apple II+. There are many different brands of this card, the most common being the Videx VideoTERM. One of the most common uses for this card is for a bigger screen for word processing. In the event that someone asks about a card for AppleWriter II, there is ONLY ONE CARD supported by the II+ version of AppleWriter, it is called the Sup R Terminal. This card is very uncommon today, and not many exist. In the case where 80 columns is needed for AppleWriter, getting AppleWorks and a memory card to run it can be suggested.

There is one exception to the 80 x 24, that is the Videx UltraTERM, which has the ability to display 132 chars by 24 lines.

Todays most common use for these cards today is when a user wishes to run AppleWorks on the II+, they need some type of text display card. Although a memory card of some type is probably needed, the 80 Column card is REQUIRED for AppleWorks in a ][+.

II+ 80 Column Card Examples

VideoTERM Videx
UltraTERM (132 Column) Videx
80 Column Expander Price Busters. (Videx Clone)
View Master 80 Applied Engineering
Sup R Terminal (Someone in Sunnyvale)
ViewMax 80 MicroMax Systems
Other Ugly Cards Taiwan R.O.Crap.

CP/M / Z-80 Card

Compatibility: Any Slotted Apple II, Laser 128, Franklin Ace 1000
Most Commonly Used: All of the above

This card will enable the user to run one of the largest library of legacy software, although no current computer system is based on this operating system, most can run this via some type of card or emulator. The most common reason someone would need to have a CP/M card in their Apple II would be if they needed to run WordStar for some reason, this was a popular option in the early days of the Apple II. Some people also use the CP/M card to run Turbo Pascal for the Apple II, which was only available in CP/M format.

The most common card of this type is the MicroSoft SoftCard. Most other cards are clones of this card.

Additional Note: Apple CP/M Version 2.5 or greater is required to use CP/M with any 3.5 drive device. Only certain hard disks can be used with CP/M on the Apple II

CP/M Z-80 Card Examples

SoftCard MicroSoft Consumer Products
SoftCard //e MicroSoft Consumer Products
Premium SoftCard //e MicroSoft Consumer Products
ZMax MicroMax
Z-80 Applied Engineering
ZRAM Ultra III Applied Engineering (//c)
StarCard or AppliCard APCI

Other Perihperals (Not nessarily cards)

No Slot Clock

The No Slot Clock is a chip like device that can be used directly in the Apple //e, //c or Laser 128.

It can also be used in the Apple II+, Franklin ACE 1000 or other slotted Apple II clone with ANY peripheral card or other ROM device with a 28 PIN ROM ON BOARD ANYPLACE!.

The No Slot Clock is ProDOS compatible when its driver is installed in ProDOS during the boot process. It replaces code internally in ProDOS to make ProDOS think there is a ThunderClock like card installed in the machine, and will automatically time and date stamp all disk activity, and applications like AppleWorks that utilize a clock can use it without any modifications.

It is also compatible with DOS 3.3 and is supplied some sample code to integrate it into your own programs. Sample code and documentation is supplied for use in both, ProDOS and DOS 3.3.

These are the common places where the No Slot Clock is installed in various computers.

Apple II+ Not Directly Installable. Need 28 PIN Based ROM
Apple //e Installed under the CD ROM on the motherboard.
Apple //c Installed under the Monitor ROM on the motherboard.
Apple //c Plus Installed under the Monitor ROM on the motherboard.
Apple IIgs You DONT need the NSC in a IIgs!!!! A Clock is built in!
Laser 128 Under the ROM behind the metal cover on the bottom
or in a 28 pin ROM socket on a card in the external slot box.
Franklin ACE 1000 Not Directly Installable. Need 28 PIN Based ROM.
IBM XT Whoops, wrong topic!

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