My Apple II Rev 0 Replica
I've put together a
complete bill of materials
along with suppliers. See an online BOM listing
that includes example sources and costs. Sources and costs are
constantly changing, but this listing provides you with a good idea of
where parts can be found and how much they may cost.
In order to find equivalent parts, I've had to resort to a variety of
sources. The major sources I'm
using are Digikey, Mouser and Jameco, but have bought parts from JDR,
onlinecomponents.com. ACE and even ebay. There are several categories of components.
- IC's - I have
found sources for all IC's except for ROMs, which will need to be
scavenged off of an original Apple computer. Turns out that the
individual vendors have many, but not all of the 74 series parts.
there is enough difference in selection between the major vendors, that
I can find sources for most of these parts. Several parts
are "new old stock". Several
others recycled "clean pulls" (look like new to me). Others are
newly manufactured replacement parts (the NTE company specializes in
- Sockets &
connectors - I've
able to locate sources for form and functional equivalent sockets and
connectors. One of the surprises here is the high cost of the 8
expansion slots. They cost $4.00 and up, and with
them, the cost of these components amounts to the largest single
percentage of the component cost. No wonder, it is said that
Steve Jobs lobbied to eliminate them from the design.
above is photo of eight of my first lot of green expansion slot
connectors. For the sockets, I've upgraded to much more expensive
milled sockets which should prove to be far more reliable than the
flakey sockets that Apple used.
components - I've been able to locate sources for form and function
equivalent discrete components.
One thing that I've found along the way, is that ordering components
from such a variety of online catalogs is not always a painless
experience. I've had a number of issues with delivery of wrong
parts and nonfunctional parts. The good news is that all
suppliers have tried hard to resolve problems, with Mouser
getting especially high marks. In case you want to build your own
vintage computer, here are some example issues I've encountered.
- It's been difficult to find a good crystal. For color to work, the
Apple II must generate an accurate color burst.
The 14.318 MHz crystal
must generate a very accurate frequency in this circuit for this
purpose. I've had to buy lots of 6 different versions of this
crystal from several different manufacturers, in order to find one that
Four of the parts would not generate a good enough color burst at
all. With one of the designs, about 25% of the parts would work.
During this search, I made a desperate purchase of a half dozen
each, of 4 different crystal designs. One of these parts turned
out to be what I needed.
- More than 2/3rds of the NTE 74166's that
I have received, from 2 different suppliers, don't work. I've
recently found a source of new old stock 74166s on ebay and am buying
a lot of them, in order to avoid those NTE parts.
- One vendor has sent me the wrong parts, on two different occassions.
- Some parts are apparently single source. I've bought a
slightly larger supply of some of those parts, in case the source stops
production. In particular, the 5-60pF cap from Jameco seems to be
one out there with specs similar to Apples. The 74166 has been
trouble because of DOA issues and I only could find the 74S195s at JDR.
- The green card edge connectors have been slow to get, because of
the need for my supplier to backorder them from the manufacturer.
lot of 2513 character ROM's that I purchased, had different "^" and ":"
characters than the ones used by Apple. Those 2513's are now in
my reserve stock. Current stock which I bought later on, from a
different vendor appears to have an Apple equivalent character set.
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