A Raspberry Pi 3 in an Apple IIc screen?

Nicolas, Mulhouse player is fan of emulation and expert of the Apple II. From that time he kept material memories.
With the arrival of the Raspberry Pi he could resurrect some of these “relics”.
An Apple IIc screen seemed like a great shelter to receive an emulator hosted on a Raspberry Pi 3. He chose to take advantage of this “resurrection” in pictures…

disassembly of the screen

there was no question of reuse the tube cathode, bulky and heavy.

Nicolas so conducted the complete disassembly of the monitor to root them out the useless “offal” has become…

for those with between you who have not experienced this time, imagine the weight that may represent a glass with a – very – thick slab, tube enclosed in armor designed in an era where we didn’t that metal was a rare commodity 😀
finally only the plastic shell will be preserved, all the rest will be recycled 😉

choice of screen

Nicolas chose on a S801 – 8 inch LCD TFT screen in 4:3 format which has a definition of 1024 x 768 pixels.

this form accepts BNC, RCA and VGA connections. For the video of the Raspberry Pi, it is the VGA input that will be used.

the screen has also an audio input (CINCH/RCA taken) on which we can send audio signals. They will be recovered on the HDMI adapter if it has audio output or directly on the audio output jack of the Raspberry Pi. The choice of Nicolas is different: he preferred the sound quality by using external amplified speakers of brand Hama.

tests screen and accessories

before embarking on the changes, the first step was a test of the screen and the equipment to be used in this project.

fitting the screen

the screen was ‘dumped’ on the face before of the case and fixed with a hot glue. By reusing the locations of the screws of the cathode ray tube and its armor, Nicolas has reinforced the strength of the whole with rubber bands that hold the monitor in place.

once the case is reassembled, it remains largely the place to house the Raspberry Pi and its associated circuits.


missing even a few items to complete the project:

a HDMI-VGA adapter

is a HDMI-VGA adapter found at PEARL chose Nicolas. This model is compatible Full HD (1080 p, 60 Hz), supports up to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) at 60 Hz. It is equipped with an audio format 3.5 mm jack socket and a power outlet extra micro USB. No software or driver is necessary for its use.
The adapter 26 x 70 x 12 mm and weighs only 15 g.

an ADB to USB adapter

the Apple Desktop Bus ( or ADB, you can translate ‘Apple Desktop bus’ ) is a bus series designed to connect devices low flow to a computer. ( source Wikipedia )

on the Raspberry Pi, the conventional devices are USB. But purists like Nicolas hold that used the keyboard and mouse are of the original designs.

there are solutions like this adapter Griffin 2001 – Universal/iMate ADB found on ebay or amazon.

an ADB USB adapter allows you to use Apple original material on a USB bus.

installation in the case of the Apple IIc screen

because of the presence of the HDMI-VGA adapter connected directly on the HDMI output, the Raspberry Pi was mounted ‘bias ‘. The system was deported on an external USB 40 GB SSD hard drive.

A the back of the monitor, a USB hub stuck on the bottom of the case gives access to the USB port of the Raspberry Pi.

and it works?

Bin Yes! and even rather well 🙂 you see here the monitor “modified” on its support. Nicolas particularly appreciates the fact that the keyboard is practically under the screen. The face is so very close to the screen, which makes very significant immersion.

this view of the screen shows the proximity of the keyboard and screen. Starting from the foreground, found the RasPi in screen IIc, the iMac G5, the sunflower, the Performa 6500 iMac and under him… badly visible under the desk, under the tissue… an Apple IIe… dual floppy 5 p 1/4

view from the front of the monitor with PiXel desktop display.

the image quality is quite acceptable.


Mr. robot – linapple

Masquerade… always also difficult 🙂

Hatari, emulation of Atari


Nicolas wrote: “ … It reminds me the fabulous time of the Apple II or one could program in assembler. peeker and poker in memory to do stuff, stuff… it was fabulous and we find all this on the Pi. I use Linapple to emulate the Apple II and kegs for the Apple IIgs . I opted for the Classic Mac for minivmac .

thanks to Nicolas of us having introduced this achievement.” I am sure that the nostalgic Apple II and other ordinosaures that have rocked our beginnings of it professionals will appreciate 🙂

If you also have ‘reconditioned’ one ancestor with the help of the Raspberry 3 Pi or Pi Zero, feel free to share them in the comments below, or to propose a description in the pages of framboise314.

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