Tools for the do-it-yourselfer
Apple IIc, Laser 128 null modem
Approximately 6 feet long, made with shielded cable. Converts the Apple IIc or Laser 128 modem port to a female DE-9 connector, typical on PCs with RS-232 serial ports. If you have a PC without RS-232 serial ports, you would also need a USB adapter, below.
Apple IIgs, IIc+, LC III null modem
Approximately 6 feet long, made with shielded cable. Converts the Apple IIgs, IIc+, or the Mac LC III modem port to a female DE-9 connector, typical on older PCs with RS-232 serial ports. If you have a PC without RS-232 serial ports, you would also need a USB adapter, below.
Apple III, Super Serial null modem
For connecting an Apple /// to a typical PC port, this cable has a 25-pin male DB25 connector on one end and a female 9-pin DE9 connector on the other. It is wired as a null modem. It could also be used with a Super Serial card with the jumper block on the Super Serial card pointing towards the word "Modem." See here for details.
DB25M to DE9F Adapter - Straight Through
For connecting an Apple Super Serial card to a typical PC port, this cable has a 25-pin male DB25 connector on one end and a female 9-pin DE9 connector on the other. It is wired straight through, and so requires the jumper block on the Super Serial card to be pointing towards the word "Terminal." See here for details.
USB to RS-232 Adapter - Macintosh or Windows
Converts a Macintosh or PC USB port to a male DE-9, RS-232 connector. This, coupled with one of the null modems above, will complete the circuit from a modern Mac or PC that only has USB ports to an Apple II.
This adapter uses the FTDI chipset, not the lower-cost Prolific chipset which is usually poorly cloned in very low-cost adapters, making them unreliable.
Drivers for Mac OS X and Windows are available from the manufacturer's website. Note that on a PC you will need to map the new COM port in the COM1 to COM4 range if the driver happens to install itself higher, for example COM6.
Apple II, Apple III ADTPro Software Diskette
ADTPro is a software program that will transfer entire disk images from Apple II and Apple /// computers to modern computers over one of several communications methods:
- Serial cables
- Audio cables
- Ethernet network (with Apple II Uthernet card)
Apple ProFile A9M0005 Low Level Formatting Service
Have a diagnostic Low Level Format performed on your ProFile 5MB hard drive, Apple part number A9M0005. Low level formatting re-formats, re-scans and re-tags bad blocks on your ProFile, providing a renewed environment for your data. Low level formatting does not work in all instances; see accompanying work order and agreement for details. USD$49.00 is refunded to you if the low level format is unsuccessful. Contact RetroFloppy to discuss the particulars of your drive and shipment authorization. Shipment of your drive must include a printed and signed work order form.
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