Ordering the parts
The best way to communicate to the Apple is via a brilliant piece of software called ADTPro, firstly we need some bits:
- DB9 Serial to USB Adapter – there are two main types, one with FTDI chipset, one with Prolific chipset. The ones with FTDI chipset tend to be more expensive. I used the one from ATEN that uses a Prolific chipset.
- 5-pin DIN to DB9 Serial Null Modem – Everywhere I looked, on Google and on forums where pointing me to retrofloppy.com, but their postage cost to Australia was astronomical. I instead bought the cable from raphnet.net.
- 5.25″ Floppy disks – Amazingly people are still selling these things on eBay.
I had a bit of trouble at first, but I was able to communicate from my iMac running Mountain Lion with my Apple IIc using the following settings: