Apple ][ in an ISA card (was Re: Central Point Option floppy controller)

From: James Willing <>
Date: Wed Sep 15 11:10:24 1999

On Wed, 15 Sep 1999, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> --- wrote:
> > If I remember, someone marketed an apple II on a card that fit in an ISA PC.
> > I don't remember how the drives hooked up but I do remember the software that
> >
> > came with it included Central Point's drive conversion program. It would read
> >
> > Apple at the very least. I had two of these NIB at one time.
> > Anyone else know of these?
> > Paxton
> Was that a "TrackStar" card? I have a complete Apple ][ on an ISA card, but
> I've never even installed it in a machine. It looked interesting, but I never
> really needed to use it.

Hmmm... I don't know about the 'TrackStar' name, but I definately remember
the card. It was a complete Apple ][ implemented on a single, full length
ISA card for use in a PC.

You ran a cable from your existing (CGA) video board to a connector on the
'Apple' card, and then plugged the monitor into a second connector. As
for the drives, you connected the cable from the normal 'PC' controller to
a connector on the 'Apple' card, and then connected the cable from the
drives to a second connector. This way the 'PC' operated normally (at
least as normal as ever) until the 'Apple' was booted. I seem to recall
either a boot disc or keyboard sequence to select/activate the 'Apple'

I can't for the life of me put my finger on the name of the vendor who put
out the card, tho it seems to be hanging right on the edge... of...

QuadRam! Hmmm... now was that the name of the company, or one of their
products??? If was definately 'Quad'-something... I think 'QuadRam' is
the company name...

Product boxes always in a deep blue color scheme... I know I had one once
upon a time, but don't think I still do...

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