September 17, 2009
The new PSU has turned up. Need to look at getting connectors sorted out….
New Power connectors (KK series in the 3.96mm pitch) have now turned up from RS, just waiting on the Crimps (now here).
- 6 way locking housing stock no. 173-3105
- 3 way locking housing stock no. 173-3076
- Crimp terminals – 22-28 Awg Stock no. 245-4718
September 16, 2009
As you can tell I have just started “blogging” today. The main reason i put this together was to have a place people might be able to get information on projects I am working on and if it helps them then it was worth it. It also gives me a record and something more to do that is Apple IIGS related yippie 🙂
My latest project is to replace the insides of ageing GS PSUs with a modern equivalent. Why you might ask? Well it all goes back to having things original. My main GS happily works with a Mini ATX and external power pack. Its great as all the heat generated by the PSU is not internal to the GS. This is perfect for day to day use…well once a week use :P.
I have a couple of older GS machines (and also my newly acquired ROM03…but it has a 110v psu another reason for this project) that have PSUs that struggle when under load..so i wanted to use them as my guinea pig.
After some posting on the comp.sys.apple2 i was pointed into the direction of a Meanwell PT-65B open frame switching PSU (It has been used to replace a Vulcan PSU with some minor modification to component placement). Though this should fit inside an existing PSU casing it only outputs +5/+12/-12 the -5 is missing and you need to use a negative regulator to produce a -5 for the GS.
The GS connector has :-
- Pin 7 -5 Volts 0.25 Amps
- Pin 6 -12 Volts 0.25 Amps
- Pin 5 +12 Volts 1.0 Amps
- Pin 4 +5 Volts 4.0 Amps
- Pin 3 Not Used
- Pin 2 GND
- Pin 1 GND
I am hoping to have this completed over the next month or so but suspect there will be some challanges around actual placement and fixing inside the old PSU case etc and also that i will need help from friends who are more clued up around electronics as well as the Apple II community 🙂
Today I ordered my PT-65B and also picked up the following from Maplins
- Negative L7905CV Regulator to provide -5V from -12v
- Radial-lead style tantalum Capacitor 35v 2.2uF to be used with the Regulator
- TO220 Insulator and Bush so i can isolate the Regulator from the PSU case which i will attach it too.
September 16, 2009
I didn’t have a IIGS for very long when i was younger, and sold it around 1992 and used the money to buy my first PC. Since about late 90’s have been collecting IIGS computers and tinkering with them ever since. Nothing major i am not a electronics engineer or programmer just a user :). I have enjoyed building up the system i used to have and collecting the rarer items as they come available. I am fascinated by the machine, probably because it was an underdog at the time and the end of the Apple II line, whatever the reason its a great retro hobby to have :).
After many years of being a PC person (in fact my work is all Windows lol) I am now an owner of a modern MacBook Pro….only taken me 20years+ to forgive Apple for killing of the Apple II 😉