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Is it possible (and, if so, how?) to "soupe up" an Apple
(IIGS, not Macintosh) computer with IBM/Macintosh parts?  I
was told such a thing would be conceiveable with hard drives
connected through SCSI cables and with memory through chip
adapters.  What are the thoughts of those more knowledgeable
than I?
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Anything is possible...
The cost to performance ratio limits this exercise to those interested in hacking hardware. It would be wrong of us to take away all your fun by telling you how to do this. It would be like having all the answers to your final exam, you don't learn anything.

Unless all of your parts are free and available for destruction (the toast test) and you absolutely have to do it...forget it.

If you look around in your local paper, you should be able to find a MacPlus or an SE from FREE to $50.00.
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Ahh, the IIgs, a wonder before its time, and a pity Apple crippled it prior to release. Also, the first computer in the world to have a built-in synthesizer, the Ensoniq Q-Chip. I'm fortunate enough to still own a working "Woz" edition IIgs which, sad to say, only gets powered up these days to transfer an old program over to the Apple //e emulator I have on my 8500!

Yes, it is possible to augment your IIgs in a variety of ways. Storage is not a problem: obtain a SCSI interface (designed for the II series) and the world of hard drives becomes an open door. Memory is a different kettle of piranha; there's only one place to install memory, and that's via a single slot designed to take a IIgs-specific memory card, so your thoughts on using "chip adaptors" goes out the window.

Once the bastion of Apple II lovers everywhere, Applied Engineering (long since defunct) produced a wide variety of II/IIe/IIc/IIgs options, including multi-megabyte memory cards and processor accelerators. The TransWarp series went as high as 32 MHz for the 65C816 used by the IIgs!

Provided you have at least 512k of RAM, you can run Apple's "GS System 6", downloadable for free from Apple's FTP site.

Where to get these dusty nuggets? Contact your local Mac user group (a lot of long-time Mac owners started off with Apple II's of one sort or another), or check the relevant newsgroups on the UseNet news service - comp.sys.apple2 is a good start.


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Besides memory, how can I accelerate the processing speed of my
IIgs relic?
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