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blusnowkitty

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Re: International Lisa Office System Versions
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2022, 12:47:34 pm »

Was anyone aware that the Lisa ROM itself had international translations, too? I found this Lisa on eBay Kleinanzeigen (German Craigslist/FB Marketplace?) and guess what? The ROM is in German! (Also notice that curious little toggle switch, I bet that's a video mod switch.)

https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/apple-lisa-2/1792715326-228-6542
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Re: International Lisa Office System Versions
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2022, 01:09:38 pm »

So far as I know, there was only one ROM, but the ROM has French and German strings in addition to English. You can find them in the source code: search for the string "GETESTET" for example.

If you scroll to $364E in the code, you can see that the ROM determines the language of your keyboard and chooses which messages to show on that basis. If you have a US or UK keyboard, you get English. If you have a German or a French keyboard you get German and French messages respectively. If you have any other kind of keyboard, the ROM will show you all three languages at once in hopes that you can understand at least one of them!
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Re: International Lisa Office System Versions
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2022, 01:10:41 pm »

ROM language depends on the keyboard connected. With a German keyboard,  the ROM messages are in German, with a French keyboard in French etc. If you open your keyboard,  you'll find a DIP switch, or at least the place to fit one. Here you can set the keyboard layout / language.
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