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Recreateing the Apple TechStep

retr01

Active member
Me too! it's going to be a really awesome bit of kit once it's finished :)

I agree! :D

As for pricing, it's hard to say exactly at this point but we are trying to keep to cost down where we can (e.g intergateing the port packs and ROM packs to eliminate unneeded connectors and extra bits of casing)

Understood. I am saying having one as a kit, one assembled, and one with a case as options would be friendly in terms of costs. :)
 

Pants

New member
You all might already have found this, but I didn't see a link to Apple's very detailed patent on the TechStep:


It goes on at length about details like emulating a SCSI device to feed a tiny boot program that dumps into the Test Manager routines in ROM, so that the user doing the test doesn't have to hit the NMI switch at boot. Interesting stuff.
 

jajan547

Well-known member
You all might already have found this, but I didn't see a link to Apple's very detailed patent on the TechStep:


It goes on at length about details like emulating a SCSI device to feed a tiny boot program that dumps into the Test Manager routines in ROM, so that the user doing the test doesn't have to hit the NMI switch at boot. Interesting stuff.
I didn’t see this but it’s actually very cool!
 

jwg1962

Member
I love this project. I just saw three of the TechStep units on eBay and all three of them are over $3,000 because of hardcoremac thinking they can get $3,500 for the prototype. If it was a macintosh computer, maybe, but it has been there for 5 years at that price or higher. I offered the one person who has all five ROM cartridges $350 and tried to reason with them. We will see what happens, but at $3,000 or more, those will be up there until someone wants to pay 10 times what they should be going for. There might be someone out there that will pay for that, but that someone is not me. :) I hope when this goes live, it will force those people to sell theirs for $100 or less. Everyone will want the new one.
 

jajan547

Well-known member
I love this project. I just saw three of the TechStep units on eBay and all three of them are over $3,000 because of hardcoremac thinking they can get $3,500 for the prototype. If it was a macintosh computer, maybe, but it has been there for 5 years at that price or higher. I offered the one person who has all five ROM cartridges $350 and tried to reason with them. We will see what happens, but at $3,000 or more, those will be up there until someone wants to pay 10 times what they should be going for. There might be someone out there that will pay for that, but that someone is not me. :) I hope when this goes live, it will force those people to sell theirs for $100 or less. Everyone will want the new one.
That’s what we’re hoping it’s so close still needs some work but it’s getting there.
 

jwg1962

Member
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Not too good at coding anymore, but am really good at soldering and “technician” type things.
 

jajan547

Well-known member
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Not too good at coding anymore, but am really good at soldering and “technician” type things.
Thank you we will keep that in mind! Really, really appreciate it and we hope to have this thing ready soon.
 

micheledipaola

Well-known member
Hi, I spotted this on Mercari (not mine, I live overseas... :D ) and even if it's a lot of money, maybe the seller could be contacted or convinced to put a more reasonable price :


At the contrary of what @jwg1962 wrote, I am not any kind of technician, but anything I could do to help, just count me in.
 
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jajan547

Well-known member
Hi, I spotted this on Mercari (not mine, I live overseas... :D ) and even if it's a lot of money, maybe the seller could be contacted or convinced to put a more reasonable price :


At the contrary of what @jwg1962 wrote, I am not any kind of technician, but anything I could do to help, just count me in.
Unfortunately people will price things as what others dis round them multiple sellers have posted these for that same price . I am lucky to have three it just takes time and a lot of patience to find one at a very good proce
 
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