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Apple II Peripheral Cards

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)

SW1 Dip Switch Settings

SW1 Dip Switch 1-4 Settings

    Baud      SW1-1     SW1-2     SW1-3     SW1-4     SW1-8
    50        on        on        on        off       not used
    75        on        on        off       on        "
    110       on        on        off       off       "
    135       on        off       on        on        "
    150       on        off       on        off       "
    300       on        off       off       on        "
    600       on        off       off       off       "
    1200      off       on        on        on        "
    1800      off       on        on        off       "
    2400      off       on        off       on        "
    3600      off       on        off       off       "
    4800      off       off       on        on        "
    7200      off       off       on        off       "
    9600      off       off       off       on        "
    19200     off       off       off       off       "

SW1 Dip Switch 5-7 Settings

                    SW1-5  SW1-6  SW1-7
Modem operation     on     on     on
Printer operation   off    on     on*


Switch SW1-5 and SW1-6 help define the operation mode of the card.

1-5   1-6   Operation Mode
on    on    Modem
off   on    Printer
on    off   Emulate Apple Serial Interface Card with P8 PROM
off   off   Emulate Apple Serial Interface Card with P8A PROM

Switches SW1-7 and SW2-7 select between the standard and secondary Clear To Send signals when the jumper block is set for printer operation.

1-7   2-7   pin
on    off   CTS
off   on    SCTS

For modem operation, SW1-7 should always be ON and SW2-7 should always be OFF.

  • For printer operation, the setting may vary.

If using an Imagewriter II SW1-7 should be ON and SW2-7 should be OFF.

SW2 Dip Switch Settings

Switches SW2-1 through SW2-4 functions depend upon whether modem or printer operation is enabled.

SW2 Dip Switch 1-4 Settings for Modem operation

Data          Parity    Stop      SW2-1     SW2-2     SW2-3   SW2-4
Bits                    Bits
7             none      1         on        off       off     on
7             odd       1         on        off       on      off
7             even      1         on        off       off     off
7             none      2         off       off       off     on
7             odd       2         off       off       on      off
7             even      2         off       off       off     off
8             none      1         on        on        off     on
8             odd       1         on        on        on      off
8             even      1         on        on        off     off
8             none      2         off       on        off     on
8             odd       2         off       on        on      off
8             even      2         off       on        off     off

SW2 Dip Switch 1-4 Settings for Printer operation

SW2-1    Default data format
on       8 data, 1 stop
off      8 data, 2 stop

SW2-2    Delay after sending out a RETURN character
off      None
on       32 milliseconds

SW2-3 and SW2-4 set line width and video output

2-3   2-4            Function
on    on      40 column output, video on
on    off     72 column output, video off
off   on      80 column output, video off
off   off    132 column output, video off

SW2 Dip Switch 5-7 Settings (Modem or Printer operation)

SW2-5 enables automatic line feed generation.
on   auto-send a linefeed after sending a CR
off  no linefeed auto-send

SW2-6 enables interrupts.
on   Yes (recommended for baud rates of 1200 or greater)
off  No

SW2-7 used with SW1-7 to select CTS signal
on   may have this setting for use with some printers
off  correct setting for modem operation

(SW2-8 is not used)

Connector Pin Assignments

 10-Pin    Dsub-25
 Header    Connector          Signal Name
    1         1               Frame Ground
    2         2               Transmit Data (TXD)
    3         3               Receive Data (RXD)
    4         4               Request To Send (RTS)
    5         5               Clear To Send (CTS)
    6         6               Data Set Ready (DSR)
    7        19               Secondary Clear To Send (SCTS)
    8         7               Signal Ground
    9        20               Data Terminal Ready (DTR)
   10         8               Data Carrier Detect (DCD)

Pins 1-7 and 2-7 are set together to determine the SSC pin to be read for the Hardware Handshaking signal. Generally set to monitor Pin #20.

Typical Configurations (and Don't Forget The JUMPER Block)

           Modem              ImageWriter I/II Printer
        SW1      SW2              SW1      SW2
      1234567  1234567          1234567  1234567
ON       XXXX  XX XXX              X XX  X  XX
OFF   XXX        X   X          XXX X     XX  XX

  • Default is 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit. The correct

settings for SW2-5 (on= auto-send linefeed after CR) and SW2-6 (on= enable interrupts) may vary.

  • This is the setting recommended in the IW-II manual.

][+ 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

PC Transporter

The PC Transporter was an x86 card that provided for a 640K 80186 based PC environment within your Apple ][ System.

PC Transporter Accessories

101 Keyboard for PCT

This is a standard IBM compatible, 101 Keyboard, it is AT/XT switchable. (It must have a selector switch). It is only for use with an AE PC Transporter. A PCT Keyboard cable must be used with it. This keyboard is not for Apple use outside of the PC Transporter.

PCT IBM Keyboard Cable

This is a small adapter cable that provides a 5 Pin DIN connection on the PC Transporter for an IBM type keyboard.

8087-2 Math Co Processor

The AE PCT has a socket for this, like any XT motherboard.

3.5 in. 720K Ad on drive

This is an additional 3.5" drive for the AE PCT TransDrive unit. A Transdrive unit is required for this to be of any use. Kit includes a drive, cable and 5.25" bracket assy.

Zip GS 7Mhz / 8K Cache

The ZipGS or ZipGSX is an accelerator card for the Apple IIgs. It is available in various speed and cache combinations, starting at 7Mhz & 8K Cache.


Expandable Cache, 8, 16, 32 or 64K. Speed upgradable.

100% DMA compatible accelerator, works with the RAMFast and Apple High Speed SCSI cards to make things go even faster. Slot independent. No control panel settings needed.

Zip Chip II - //e & //c

The Zip Chip is an accelerator for the Apple ][+, //e or //c. It plugs in the motherboard replacing the existing 6502 or 65C02. It is 65C02 based for compatibility with the enhanced //e and //c. Adding this to an un-enhanced computer will simply ad the 65C02 to the computer, but NOT give a fully 'enhanced' computer.


Easy, simple installation, needs no slot.

This is not a DMA compatible accelerator. To use this with a RAMFast or Apple High Speed SCSI card the DMA option on those cards should be switched to off.

The Zip Chip model for the Apple //e or //c is NOT COMPATIBLE with either Publish It 3 or 4. The program will not even run if the chip is in the computer. Disabled or not. This is ONLY APPLICABLE with the NEWER VERSION OF THE ZIP CHIP. This one has two SRAM's showing on the underside of the chip. Older versions of the Zip Chip for the //e & //c do NOT EXHIBIT this problem. Publish-It! 3 or 4 do not have any problems with any other accelerators.

Bit Mouse

Most Apple II software does NOT support a mouse directly, that is you can not simply install a mouse card and expect it to work. Mouse cards are commonly installed in Slot #4.

This is a 100% Apple compatible mouse card for use with the ][+ and //e. It uses a standard IBM type serial mouse .

The mouse must be a Microsoft or compatible 9 pin serial mouse.

Common Software Titles that include mouse support.

AppleWorks 3.0 & Higher with Super MacroWorks/Ultra MacroWorks installed Mouse Paint|Apple Computer Mouse Write|Roger Wagner Mouse Word|VersionSoft Mouse Calc|VersionSoft The Newsroom|Springboard Childrens Writing & Publishing|Learning Company

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