Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

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Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby jonb » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:25 pm

So, reading this forum and a few others, I see some usernames that pop up in several places. My latest wheeze is to buy and use a Sinclair QL, so I joined a forum. I saw familiar names there so I guess that some Acorn fans also have QLs.

I wonder who they are...? Care to 'fess up? Don't worry, I won't tell anyone..

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby Slo » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:57 pm

Got a boxed mint ql it works perfect and i've fitted a brand new keyboard membrane (recently made) but don't know a single thing about it so i've never been able to do anything with it whatsoever :lol: but im more of a spectrum collector got lots and lots of those :-$
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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby tubbyasstoo » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:57 pm

jonb wrote:So, reading this forum and a few others, I see some usernames that pop up in several places. My latest wheeze is to buy and use a Sinclair QL, so I joined a forum. I saw familiar names there so I guess that some Acorn fans also have QLs.

I wonder who they are...? Care to 'fess up? Don't worry, I won't tell anyone..



yup

I got one

microdrive cartridges and manual

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby Prime » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:57 pm

I have two, my original one a Samsung manufactured machine with a German keyboard. I replaced the MGG roms perty early on with JM roms.

This machine was actually pretty stable, and was my main machine for my last year of college, first year of University. Of course I had a floppy drive for it which was better than the microdrives, and later on an Expanderam to bring it up to 640K. Being a Samsung machine this one has 9 pin connectors for it's serial and joystick ports.

Later on I bought another machine, though this time a british one, so it has the silly BT phone like connectors for serial & joystick.

Later on I bought a Trump card, so both machines now have disk capability and lots of memory :) One of them has had it's roms replaced with a copy of Minerva (on a little carrier board).

Good machine for what it is with a pretty decent version of Basic, you can do neat things like write a procedure DoSomething(param, param) and call it from direct mode as DoSomething(10,20) using the same syntax as you would do if it where a built in command.

Cheers.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby fatbob_gb » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:20 pm

I've got a couple as well.

One with a 512kb Ram card + Cumana disk interface and the other with a GoldGard + Minerva roms.

Both machines are suffering from dodgy miicrodrives but at least with the floppies I can still give them a bit of use every now and again - but not as much as I would like.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby Prime » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:58 pm

fatbob_gb wrote:I've got a couple as well.

One with a 512kb Ram card + Cumana disk interface and the other with a GoldGard + Minerva roms.


GoldCard nice, at least you can use 1.44MB floppys with that, if you can ever get your hands on an ED drive that'll do 3.2MB / disk, not bad for a floppy.

I do have an ED drive, but it's in one of my IBM PS/2 machines and not the QL :)

Cheers.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby 1024MAK » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:14 am

Okay first, pic:
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Taken with a composite video cable. I get a much better image with the RGB cable that I now use.
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What, me, buy a QL :shock: What, after I was not impressed with the keyboard when Sinclair had it on show at the NEC Birmingham computer show BITD (how could it ever compare properly with a Beeb keyboard???) :mrgreen:

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby Garrettimus » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:17 am

I got one plus a Cumana floppy drive interface and a twin floppy drive unit.

I also have tons of games on floppies. Unfortunately, my microdrive cartridges are getting damaged by the day. :oops: :roll: :shock:
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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby jonb » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:40 am

I am seeking a disk interface, extra RAM and a Minerva upgrade... anyone got spares?

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby vanpeebles » Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:36 pm

That keyboard is a schon replacement for the original and they came in a standard QL case with the keyboard bit removed.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby Prime » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:24 pm

vanpeebles wrote:That keyboard is a schon replacement for the original and they came in a standard QL case with the keyboard bit removed.


Those deffo look like beeb keys tho, wonder if they where made in the same factory :)

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby vanpeebles » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:31 pm

Haha I never noticed that before! :oops:

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby joachim » Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:50 pm

At the risk that I may be broaching a controversial topic … what's the status of software preservation efforts for the QL?

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby jonb » Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:12 pm

You'd have to ask a QUANTA member... I think most of it is there, but (as I am finding out) you need a disk interface to get them onto the QL. I'm currently experimenting with serial transfers, though I honestly do not hold out much hope.. it's not going well at the moment.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby vanpeebles » Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:42 pm

Preservation is pretty much none exsistant at the moment which is a big shame. There are some really superb programs that seem lost to time :( Still it's a drum I keep banging.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby jonb » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:39 pm

Of course VP you're the admin on qlforum are you not? What's on the missing list, anything useful?


PS What's that keyboard??? A Schon you say? Heretic!! :lol:

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Postby vanpeebles » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:08 pm

Yes that's me :P Loads missing! The QL wiki here has missing in action stuff http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/i ... er&lang=en

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby Seldon2k » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:34 pm

I also have a QL, microdrive cartridges and manual.

Bad News
Unfortunately it came without a PSU!

Good News
Recently I managed to obtain the correct PSU.

Bad News
The previous owner had cut the strange chamfered plug off to use it with another item.

I will either find the correct plug/lead or wire it directly to the PCB.

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Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

Postby vanpeebles » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:52 am

How to make your own plugs has been discussed over on the QL Forum :)

http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2& ... +connector


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