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Bell and Howell Apple II

Flack

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Nov 15, 2005
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OKC, OK
Years ago at a thrift store I picked up a Bell and Howell Apple II (the dark grey one) at a thrift store (I think I paid around $5 for it). No floppy drives, just the machine itself. I think all of the cards except for the motherboard are missing. My question is, were the internals of these machines unique in any way, or am I committing a crime by simply swapping in normal Apple IIe parts and calling it a day?
 

TanruNomad

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Jul 26, 2010
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San Diego, CA
No crime is being committed. The motherboard of the Bell & Howell is an ordinary Apple II plus and no special cards would have been included. There was a "backpack" that was installed on some Bell & Howells which offered some cool a/v features. Also, there was an external connector for a joystick which was nice although it uses a connection I'm unfamiliar with.
 

Flack

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Nov 15, 2005
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OKC, OK
Thanks for the info. I had heard about the A/V add-on but not the joystick port. Sadly, mine does not appear to have either. I guess I'll start swapping in some parts and get this baby up and running.
 

Erik

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Apr 27, 2003
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I just got one myself, but missing the "K" key.

If you're interested in selling for parts (or just selling the keyboard) please let me know. :)

Yeah, they are fairly standard Apple ][ systems inside. Mine does have the joystick port and the AV stuff as well as the big carry handle on the back.
 

a2fan

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Mar 9, 2011
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I'll be taking some Bell and Howell parts to KansasFest to sell and trade off, in case anyone is interested.
 
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