Apple Color Monitor IIe was manufactured by Apple Computers for the Apple II personal computer line. This monitor was later renamed to AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe. This monitor provides a higher resolution than standard video or television screens, and provides a cost-effective solution for users who require color display and 80-column text. It is compatible with all Apple software.
Apple Color Monitor IIe
The Apple Color Monitor IIe, later renamed Apple Color Composite Monitor IIe was designed to fit into the grooves on the top of the Apple II, II+, and IIe computers. This monitor has no swiveling option.
- Introduced in September of 1985.
- Type: Shadow mask CRT-based color or gray monochrome (selectable).
- Size: 14-inch, 13-inch diagonal viewable. The 13-inch screen provides a large display area for easy viewing.
- Display: High-resolution color graphics, 80-column text in monochrome, or color graphics with text in a 40-column format.
- Fixed resolution: NTSC. Can work composite video output instead of RGB output.
- Color: White.
Apple part number:
- A2M2056 – Color Monitor IIe.
- A2M6021 – Apple Color Composite Monitor IIe.
Adjusting for Text Display
To adjust for text, the user needs to adjust it as follows:
- Insert the disk the user has chosen for text display into the system’s startup disk drive.
- Turn the computer on. Both the computer’s power light and the disk drive’s in-use light will come on. The disk drive whirs and soon some text will appear on the screen.
- Three controls – Vertical Hold, Vertical Size, and Horizontal Hold are on the back panel of the monitor. A clearly visible icon with arrows showing the directions identifies each control. If the display is moving vertically, turn the Vertical Hold control until the display becomes stable. If the display is moving vertically, turn the Horizontal Hold control until the display becomes stable. If the display looks stretched so that characters on the top and bottom lines are partially lost, or if the characters look squashed, turn the Vertical Size control until you have lengthened or shortened the display to the desired degree.
- To reach the monitor’s front panel controls, open the door on the lower portion of the front panel (the door clicks open and shut).
- To achieve a comfortable level of screen and brightness, turn the Brightness control.
- Rotate the Contrast control to achieve a comfortable balance between characters and screen background.
- The White Only button has no effect on the text display. Text always appears in white.
- If you do not intend to work with color graphics right away, close the front panel door, as you can always adjust the color at a later time.
If on the contrary you prefer to adjust for color graphics, do as follows:
- Once the brightness and contrast are set for text, and the display is in stable form, you are ready to adjust the monitor for color graphics. The color adjustment controls are on the front panel.
- Start up a color graphics program and display a graphic sample on the screen. If the display appears in white, the White Only button is most likely on. Press the button to change to color display. The White Only button always overrides the color display, so when you select white-only mode, graphics will be displayed in white.
- Turn the Color control clockwise to intensify color. Try for a balance between pale and vivid colors.
- Turn the Tint control to create the shades of color you desire. You may have to go back and forth between adjusting color and tint to get a good balance. Depending on your environment and viewing needs, you might also need to readjust brightness and contrast for color, too. (Note that the Tint control on the 220/240-volt AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe has no effect on the display).
- Close the control panel door.
Now your Apple monitor is ready for work.
- The Apple Color Monitor IIe had no swiveling option.
- Apple developed and marketed the ColorMonitor IIe for the Apple II personal computer family. This monitor was designed to fit into the grooves on the top of the Apple II, II+, and IIe computers.
- Users plug the monitor into the video jack of their Apple IIe, Apple II Plus, Apple II, or Apple IIc computer. No need for special cards or adapters.
- On this monitor frequently used controls were easily accessible behind a protective door on the front of the monitor. Those less frequently used buttons were located on the back.
- As we said above, this monitor displays high-resolution color graphics, 80-column text in monochrome, or color graphics with text in a 40-column format. It can work with composite (NTSC) video output instead of RGB output, so users simply plug the monitor into the video jack of their Apple IIe, Apple II Plus, Apple II, or Apple IIc computer. No need for special cards or adapters.
- The monitor provides higher resolution than standard video or even television screens. It provides a cost-effective solution for users who require color display and 80-column text, and is compatible with all Apple software.
Warning: Never leave your Apple system exposed to direct sunlight. The heat can damage the case and even the electronics. Don’t put cups glasses or any vessel containing liquids on or beside the computer, monitor or peripheral devices. Spilling a liquid into any electronic instrument can damage circuitry.
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