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RetroChallenge 2008: A-ONE Powers On

I got pretty lucky and located a universal AC/DC adapter I already owned. It works perfectly for the A-ONE, which requires 12V and a 2.1 mm barrel connector. I connected a PS/2 keyboard I got with an old HP computer I bought a few years ago to play PC games. Finally, I connected the composite video from the A-ONE to a Pinnacle USB HD TV tuner I already owned (I was going to use my El Gato EyeTV Hybrid, but I couldn't find the composite cable for it.). Fortunately, the EyeTV software recognizes the Pinnacle tuner.

I applied power and got the startup screen to display on my MacBook Air:

After pressing the RESET button, you're dropped into the Woz Monitor where I invoked WOZ BASIC by typing E000R. WOZ Basic is stored in ROM from $E000 to $EFFF. I wasted no time writing my first program in WOZ BASIC:

I played around a bit more and memories of AppleSoft BASIC came rushing back!

The next task will be to explore some of the items on the CD-ROM and look into connecting to the A-ONE via the serial port.

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Comment by Wholly Mindless on July 9, 2008 at 10:15pm
Totally AWESOME. Does anyone else love the delicious irony of the oldest apple connected to the newest?


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