A viral video shows an Apple IIc booting up for the first time in decades. (Editor’s note: The original article said it was an Apple IIgs, but many TechCrunch commenters pointed out it’s an IIc, specifically a IIc+).
Quinn Dunki, who uploaded a YouTube video and made a blog post about it, described where the Apple II was located and its condition.
“I took the rare opportunity to dig through the stockpile of childhood belongings in my parents’ basement. Thanks as always, mom and dad, for judiciously moving that stuff from house to house and storing it carefully all these years. I had two singular preservation goals- My Apple IIgs motherboard, and my 5¼” floppy disks,” she wrote.
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Dunki wrote that she had a mission. “I had set out to rescue my 5¼” floppy disk collection. The rated life on these disks was only about 20 years, so the clock is very definitely ticking on all that remain,” she wrote.
She took apart her old floppy drive and then booted the Apple II using several tools because only a “handful of magnetic bits survived 30 years in my mom’s basement, ready to come back and remind me how much I liked this game,” according to the post. She was referring to “Gemstone Warrior,” an early SSI roleplaying game that came out in 1984 that many have considered to be a precursor to “Diablo” and other action roleplaying games.
(Here’s a 1983 promotional video for the Apple II featuring Steve Jobs and plenty of muzak):
Dunki also posted the Apple II board, as seen above, writing: “This is the glory days of through-hole electronics, right here. Single-layer board! Jumpers and DIPs and headers, oh my. You could have repaired any part of this board with stuff on the shelf at Radio Shack. Back when Radio Shack sold radio stuff. Back when Radio Shack existed.”
She was able to get the floppy drive working.
“It’s ALIIIIVE! 30 years later, it still makes all the right noises, and boots a disk without complaint,” Dunki wrote.
She also booted up a game of “Infiltrator,” which was published in 1986 by Mindscape. It was also developed for the Atari, MS-DOS, and the Commodore 64.
If you’re more curious about the Apple II, here’s a good run-down: