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Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:13 pm

I know there are some great threads in here about retro collections but I'd love to see some more recent photos of other peoples retro computers. Here's my humble selection so far, please forgive the lighting, the computers are relegated to one small corner of the loft by swmbo. I had to get the wide angle lens on the camera as space is tight, so forgive the distortion too!

My 2 Acorns

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This is my dads BBC B issue 4. He added dip switches to the keyboard but other than a few Roms it was stock. I have subsequently added an IFEL 128k board, a turboMMC and a WE 32k RAM card and an RPi2 copro. There's also a Viglen 5.25" floppy drive and a tape deck. The Beeb rgb out goes into a gbs8200 and then into an LCD via vga.

The A3020 has 4mb, an Ethernet mini podule and a 4gb sd hard drive.

CPC6128

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The CPC has a USB floppy emulator and an M4 wifi expansion. It has a custom din to svideo convertor.

Atari Falcon030

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A new edition. It has a CT60e accelerator card with a 68060 at 95Mhz and 256Mb PC133 SDRAM. It has 14Mb standard ram an Ethernet/USB expansion in the cartridge port, a 68882 fpu and a 4gb SD hard drive.

Amiga 1200

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My Amiga from 1992. It has an 80MHz Blizzard 1260 68060 card with 128Mb. I have a scsi card for it but that won't work at that speed. There's 2x8gb cf cards on an ide-fix express ide expander. One of the cards has the mac Shapeshifter OS on it running OS 7.6.1. There's an Indivision AGA2 scandoubler for hires dvi output. It has a pcmcia Ethernet card.

Amiga 4000

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An A4000/040. The original 25mhz 68040 cpu has been replaced with a Phase 5 Cyberstorm Mk2 68060 cpu card. Prior to that it had a 64mhz 68060 mounted on a custom pcb on the original A3640 cpu card. That A3640 had been fitted with gals that removed some ram waitstates (approx 20% increase in motherboard ram access speed) and a clk90 mod to allow for slightly easier overclocking. The machine has 192MB (128 on the accelerator, 64 on the motherboard), a 4gb SD hard drive, an Indivision AGA and a Mediator bridge board which allows it to use PCI cards. It has a Voodoo3 16mb rtg card, a cheap network card and a Soundblaster 128 sound card. There's a DVD writer and a 1.44mb floppy drive.
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A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:14 pm

C64

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My c64 with dodgy retrobrite job. It has a sav64 to protect it when using he original psu, a Limafix64, a cartridge to speed up disk access and an sd2iec sd reader. I plan to buy a wifi cartridge for it.

In the background is a working 1541 disk drive and you can see my beebs viglen 5.25 drive too plus a RPi2 running Rasbian and RISCOS. The Rpi has Retropie installed for emulating other systems and it also runs a wireless print server for a cheap non-network enabled printer. It further doubles as a wireless access point for the CPC6128.

LCDs

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I use two Dell 2001fp lcds and a Viewsonic VP2030b. The Dells have dvi vga svideo and composite in. They sync at 15khz and do smooth 50hz scrolling on dvi, vga and svideo for all the machines. The viewsonic will also do 50hz and has dvi and vga in. I use vga and dvi switch boxes. Zarch is running on the left, the Quake2 test on the middle on the Falcon and Stardot forum on the RPi2 on the right.

The left LCD is used by the PC (DVI), the Amiga 1200 (DVI), the A3020 (VGA) and the CPC6128 (svideo).
The middle LCD is used by the PC (VGA), the A4000 (VGA), the Falcon (VGA), an Amiga 500 (VGA), the C64 (svideo)
The Viewsonic is used by the BBC (VGA via gbs8200) and the RPi2 (DVI).

Amiga 500

My original from 1989. Photo enroute. I need to replace the floppy drive and the keyboard. It has a 512kb ram upgrade.

Consoles

A SNES with 50/60hz switchless mod and an Sd2snes. The sd2snes is interesting as it allows you to places any snes rom on an sd card which allows you to play almost any game with the execpetion of superfx titles. This is being worked on.

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A mk 1 Sega Saturn with 50/60hz switchless mod and action replay 4M+ cartridge which provides extra ram and regionless gaming. The CD-ROM has been replaced as the original was skipping, plus the CD-ROM pcb has been modded to allow home burnt cd backups to be played.

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A PlayStation SCPH-1002 first edition unit with phono outputs and with a PS-IO sd card interface. The Psio acts like the sd2snes on the snes.

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An Atari 2600 light sixer.

An Atari Jaguar - pictures to follow.

All the consoles run through a scart switch into an Open Source Scan Convertor (OSSC) to give amazing image quality on my tv.
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A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby Commie_User » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:49 pm

Now where would I start?

The retro machines in commission - on display - are Compaq PC running Windows ME and FM sound card, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Gamecube, two BBCs, Amiga 500 with Action Replay and Nordic Power cartridges, Amiga 1200, Atari ST with sampler, three Commodore 64s, Atari 2600jr with AV-out mod, NES, SNES, Playstation 2 and Mega Drive. Most of these have a direct chiptune application - or all of them, when sampled.

Of note, the NES contains a MIDINES music keyboard cartridge, the SNES carries an original Super Magicom serial network with the laptop server beside it, the Commodores carry various MIDI interface and synth/sampler systems, while the Amigas are also part of a MIDI composition system.

Also, the PS2 carries its own impressive music creation tools, including composer inside one of the Guitar Hero games, with the guitar controller itself a MIDI-compatible instrument hooked up to the PC.

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:09 pm

You certainly have a lot of stuff!

The Falcon now has an accelerator card.

I've added an A3000 to my collection.

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Other than 2Mb it's standard.
A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby Commie_User » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:21 pm

trixster wrote:You certainly have a lot of stuff!


Ah, you've not seen the bulk of my spares yet! (And the home studio gear's an odyssey in itself.)

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What's the most special job you've set these machines to?

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby PitfallJones » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:33 pm

Here you go....

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:47 pm

I can see two Masters, a CPC6128 and what looks like a Speccy +3?
A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Postby PitfallJones » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:28 am

I can see two Masters, a CPC6128 and what looks like a Speccy +3?

Well spotted (Because one is never enough... I think some other people here can attest to that!)
There's also some interresting accessories - and what about the Joysticks?
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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby bear » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:34 am

Egad. My collection is not photographable. Here is a photo of some of it, in the process of being moved to a new location for the second to last time.

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And here is one of my R260, which I recently had out for a project.

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby martinw » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:26 am

Here's my stuff!

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby Commie_User » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:00 am

bear wrote:My collection is not photographable.


Whoa, it ruddy is! That is just so tidy. You seem to have found the medium. I've got a good stack but it's akin to a game of Tetris, where my plumbed-in rig has to work wherever the gear can be put.

I've remembered another oldie piece of the network. Behind this living room hifi is another PC on the wall, a Pentium 3 750 Mhz, running Windows 2000. That's good enough for recording basic tracks and using an Atari ST emulator for other music. I have my living and bedrooms interconnected for remote control and sound and vision, right down to the Amiga mouse in that box. That other Compaq yesterday is also great for other old music music packages and networking the ancient micros for music.

(I think I said I did music. Anyway, here's the junk shop.)

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:07 am

That's a lovely collection Martin.

Did you do a YouTube video of lots of different versions of Elite?
A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby martinw » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:12 am

Thanks Trixster :D

You've got a pretty nice collection yourself :!:

Yes it was me that did the video of all the Elite versions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulP3X2NTAhg&t=4s

Since then my Atom (which is under one of the desks (as is a lot of other stuff :wink:)) has developed an issue though :(

That's the fun of collecting all this old stuff of course :lol:

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:20 am

martinw wrote:Thanks Trixster :D

You've got a pretty nice collection yourself :!:

Martin


We'll touch wood there's a Master with Data Centre, ReCo6502Mini and BeebSID on the way as well.
A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby martinw » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:22 am

trixster wrote:
We'll touch wood there's a Master with Data Centre, ReCo6502Mini and BeebSID on the way as well.


=D>

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Postby SimonSideburns » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:10 pm

Commie_User wrote:Now where would I start?


Ref your first picture, I'm pretty sure I've got one of those video recorders (the silver one) somewhere too. Is it a Sharp model?
I'm writing a game where you can change your character from a Wizard to a monkey to a cat.

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby Commie_User » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:16 pm

martinw wrote:Here's my stuff!


They look like they're neatly laid out for projects. What would you say was the best thing you did with them?

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby martinw » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:03 pm

Commie_User wrote:
martinw wrote:Here's my stuff!


They look like they're neatly laid out for projects. What would you say was the best thing you did with them?


I don't really have a lot of time for "projects", I like to play games and make all the different bits of hardware work with each other.

I'm more of a collector really (and like the idea of having a working "museum"), although when I retire (I'm only 49 but like to plan ahead :lol:) my intention is to do more with them ...

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:01 am

New edition to the team!

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A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:06 pm

martinw wrote:
Yes it was me that did the video of all the Elite versions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulP3X2NTAhg&t=4s




I made a (rubbish) companion video similar to yours showing Elite on 8 computers:

https://youtu.be/OAsVDJRm4p0
A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby Commie_User » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:15 pm

SimonSideburns wrote:
Commie_User wrote:Now where would I start?


Ref your first picture, I'm pretty sure I've got one of those video recorders (the silver one) somewhere too. Is it a Sharp model?


Yes, model VC-MH713. I've never owned the best VCRs but these have by far the best recording picture I've ever seen. Coming out at the fag end of the best of VHS, you suddenly found mid to high-end quality at clearance prices. Some machines of that model scrimped on the output quality though but I was lucky in having spot-perfect VHS recordings played back at the best I've seen, too.

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby martinw » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:28 pm

trixster wrote:
martinw wrote:
Yes it was me that did the video of all the Elite versions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulP3X2NTAhg&t=4s




I made a (rubbish) companion video similar to yours showing Elite on 8 computers:

https://youtu.be/OAsVDJRm4p0


Cool 8)

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Postby YuT666 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:39 pm

Some pics of my collection ...

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby trixster » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:11 pm

Wow! That's an impressive collection!
A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + Pi0 + VideoNuLA
BBC Master Turbo + DC | Atom | A1200 060 | A500 | Jaguar | A420/1
A4000/040 060 | Atari Falcon 060 | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby flaxcottage » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:05 pm

It is indeed but you are missing a couple! :lol:
- John

Currently running Level 4 Econet with BBC B, BBC B+ 128K, Master 128K, 4Mb A3000, 4Mb A3020, 4Mb A4000, 4Mb A5000 dual FDD; UK101; HP41CX setup; Psion 3a, 3mx and 5mx; Z88; TI-58c, TI-59 and printer, HP-16C programmer's calculator

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby Commie_User » Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:25 am

YuT666 wrote:Some pics of my collection ...


Beautiful. But could you take us through some of the more obscure micros, like the Thomson and the T07 and T09?

What do you enjoy best with them and what are the merits of these also-rans against the C64 or BBC?

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby YuT666 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:47 pm

Well, i'm always striving a bit against the stream. I prefer the not so common computers (for a german idiot like me) ...

The Thomsons are real good computers, expecially the TO8D. It is true, that the graphic and sound qualities are far behind the well known computers like the C64 or CPCs ... but they have style and they are very well built.

First i replaced the original disk drive with a gotek (including the hxc firmware), but put back the floppy, 'cause i often use original disks. I use a SDMOTO (sd card interface for the Thomsons) which i bought in france instead of the gotek (it works with most of the Thomsons) and made a case and cables for this little gem. Here are some pics together with the great MO5 E. For example ... Sortilege is quiet a good game.

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The TO9 (and the + versions) are similar to the C128D desktop versions with the external keyboards ... i love the TO9 housing.

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It's difficult to list my top 5 computers, 'cause there are some candidates ...

1. Thomson TO8D (with SDMOTO)
2. BBC Micro Model B (with a MMC interface)
3. Amstrad CPC6128 (including the USB floppy from zaxon)
4. Thomson MO5 E (SDMOTO)
5. Tandy CoCo 2 (CoCoSDC) together with the Oric 1 (my Atmos is still faulty).

Beside of this all .. the tiny Alice (4k version) from Matra and Hatchet is a beautiful little thing ... i hate the colour red, but this computer is simply pretty. There are existing bigger Alice versions (Alice 90 ...), but the small 4k is a clone of the Tandy MC-10.

My english isn't that good, but i hope that i made clear, what i'm talking about ...
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Re: Show us your retro computers

Postby 1024MAK » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:11 pm

@YuT666 thanks for posting, I enjoy hearing about other retro computers :D

Oh, and your English is fine :D

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Postby YuT666 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:08 pm

Thanks for your kind words ...
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Postby paulv » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:13 pm

My newly acquired Grundy Newbrain which appears to be a tad faulty but I'm optimistic that it can be fixed easily :D

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