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So, i've just obtained a nice tested and repaired base model apple IIgs on ebay for $55.00 free shipping (haven't gotten it yet). I did some research on converting RGB to VGA which lead me to this site http://carnationsoftware.com/carnation/RSS/Apple_II/Apple_IIgs_Monitor.html. Now I only need a keyboard, mouse, and a way to load data. I've came across some modern hard drive replacements. But they're very expensive. I've also came across some ADT-PRO adaptors like this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/232006005066?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT on ebay. I've also happened to stumble upon a scsi2sd adaptor. Not sure if it'll work or not though. Are there any other options i'm not aware of? Do i have just about everything i need?

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I'm pretty new to the Apple IIgs too. You got a seriously sweet deal!

 

The options I know about are all pretty expensive:

 

The CFFA3000 (http://dreher.net/?c=projects/CFforAppleII/main.php) or Compact Flash For Apple seems to be the gold standard of data storage. Unfortunately, they're sold out of the latest run, and they're pretty seriously marked up on eBay, but they are wonderful if you can get one. I think they sold for $160. I've seen them on eBay for between $206 and $280.

 

The MicroDrive (https://www.ultimateapple2.com/catalogzen154/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_17&products_id=69) is a popular alternative to the CFFA. It doesn't have the USB connection, but it's supposed to be faster AND it's actually available. Still not cheap at $135.

 

When I paid too much for my IIgs, it came with a RGB monitor. I've since rigged a cable to use it with a Framemeister and it's very pretty. Again, really expensive option.

 

The least expensive thing I got was an Apple Extended Keyboard II at applerescueofdenver.com. They have various states of discoloring, but the "nice" one I got from them was nearly flawless. You can choose what kind of mouse you want and they're MUCH cheaper than eBay.

 

Enjoy!

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I got my apple IIgs today. Needed some cleaning. Used a magic eraser sponge to remove the scuff marks. Managed to get an official Apple II keyboard and mouse combo for $28.50 total ,the power cable for $14.00 total, the serial2usb adaptor for $44.00 total, the 4mb ram expansion for $48.00 total, the ADB cable for $3.25 total, the Apple joystick for $30.50 total, and the RGB to VGA board for $19.00 total.

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