Name those cards game

From: Ward Griffiths and/or Lisa Rogers <>
Date: Fri May 30 07:51:13 1997

On Fri, 30 May 1997, Paul E Coad wrote:

> The last one is an IBM type card which was with the Apple cards. It
> has 2 9 pin female connectors and an RCA type jack. The board has the
> screened on the board. There are two EPROMs, a 6502, 65SC02, 2 EPROMs,
> 8 socketed AMPAL16L8LPCs (memory?). There is another socketed IC
> which is labeled DISK. I'm guessing that this is some sort of Apple II
> on an ISA card.

The Trackstar was basically a complete Apple II on a card that went
into a PC compatible. Well, it didn't have much expansion, so you
you couldn't add a Z-80 SoftCard, but that wasn't the market that it
was aimed at anyway. It required an actual Apple disk drive, since
PC drives require a format that respects the existence of the sector
detect hole. It was mainly aimed at the educational market, since
many schools had a lot of old Apple hardware and software. To the
best of my recollection, it was at least as Apple II compatible as a
clone could be -- I don't remember _any_ programs that couldn't be
made to run, and a lot of games looked mighty cool on a Tandy 1000
display. (While it would go into any generic PC compatible, Tandy
made a specific effort to market and regain market share lost with
their stupid decision to abandon the old Z-80 product line).
Ward Griffiths
"America is at that awkward stage.  It's too late to work within 
the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." --Claire Wolfe
Received on Fri May 30 1997 - 07:51:13 BST

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