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Thread: Character Mode on Ancient Macs

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    Default Character Mode on Ancient Macs

    A friend asked a curiosity question yesterday, sparking a dispute. I thought this would be the place that would know.

    "No Mac has ever had a hardware character generator in the video system - that would be contrary to its philosopy."

    "Oh yeah? How about the ROM monitor in the IIci, etc.?"

    "The ROM itself wrote characters in bitmapped graphics mode."

    "Yer father's moustache"

    "Ask on the web."

    And so..... True or False?

    -Frank

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    Been a long time but I thought the Apple IIe had a hardware character generator for black and white text only. So I'll guess false but I don't remember if that was with or without the 80-column card. k

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    The argument was over Macs only. I agree Apple IIs had to have character generators, and the CP/M card had to have another one (g).

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