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by Talywain
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board
Replies: 79
Views: 3126

Re: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board

Well done on getting the board up and running. I’m pleased to know it’s gone to a good home. DDT and PIP, it’s been a while since I saw those acronyms, that takes me back a bit. I’m sorry to report that I finally got to the back of my attic without finding any more goodies that would be useful. I wo...
by Talywain
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board
Replies: 79
Views: 3126

Re: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board

Assuming you don’t need to keep the board original, how about adding an alternative memory? I know I haven’t thrown out my stock of Cyclone III FPGA’s. I know there used to be a graphics board and from looking at a schematic on the net all the required signals are on J1. It’s been a while since I ha...
by Talywain
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board
Replies: 79
Views: 3126

Re: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board

Damn, it’s been a while since I used [img] tags. Can’t seem to find the correct format.
by Talywain
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board
Replies: 79
Views: 3126

Re: Superbrain #3 : The Superbrain II board

Wow. You’ve been busy. As for the disk busy signal, could it be a density select issue i.e 360 KB low density, 160 KB single sided and 1.2 MB high density. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Computer peripherals hand carved by the fairest of artisans from the purest of silicon. A 5MB hard...
by Talywain
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Solder/flux recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 605

Re: Solder/flux recommendations

Hot air is definitely the most reliable method. Give it time for the heat to spread then lever off once it’s loose. Hmm, I’ve never tried using flux on the solder wick as the wick on its own always seemed enough of a solder magnet. Pic - Fixing my amplifiers PSU. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aI...
by Talywain
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Solder/flux recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 605

Re: Solder/flux recommendations

Leaded solder makes working on surface mount prototype boards much easier and causes less stress on the pads when changing components. Multicore Flux Pen is easy to use and isn’t as messy as liquid flux and I still use flux core solder. When replacing components I use solder wick to remove the old s...
by Talywain
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What New Language Should I Learn?
Replies: 21
Views: 794

Re: What New Language Should I Learn?

Does nobody else use PowerShell? If you have a Windoze PC it’s already installed and so is the IDE. Gives you a relatively simple interface to .NET so programmable access to whatever Windows can do and can even run other programs (I use it with ImageMagick to caputure jpg’s from a CCTV camera, conve...
by Talywain
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #2: The Board
Replies: 66
Views: 4003

Re: Superbrain #2: The Board

Okudagram. That’s a new term to me – had to Google it. Sorry if it’s polluting the thread.
by Talywain
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is the average age on here??
Replies: 276
Views: 30122

Re: What is the average age on here??

58 - During the early 80’s I was lucky enough to get a job with a Third Party (computer) Maintenance Company on the strength of working on TV’s and some night courses on computers. My interest was triggered by the college’s Commodore PET which I started learning BASIC on before graduating to the Cro...
by Talywain
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #2: The Board
Replies: 66
Views: 4003

Re: Superbrain #2: The Board

Thanks all. Have tried that but got nowhere yet so have tried again. >>> jonb assuming I can’t get to send you a PM, please PM me a number between 21 and 59 (no numbers ending in 0) that I will use that to scramble the postal tracking number, so only we (and the mods) can work out what it actually i...
by Talywain
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #2: The Board
Replies: 66
Views: 4003

Re: Superbrain #2: The Board

Can’t reply to PM but read it OK. Please supply snail mail address via PM. Unicef OK with you?
“We are sorry, but you are not authorised to use this feature. You may have just registered here and may need to participate more in discussions to be able to use this feature.” :roll:
by Talywain
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #2: The Board
Replies: 66
Views: 4003

Re: Superbrain #2: The Board

OK, you win.
Don’t have suitable packaging here so will send it when I get back to work after the break.
by Talywain
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from South Wales
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Hello from South Wales

Thanks for the welcome everyone. Always happy to add to my list of Forums and will help where I can. In reply to daveejhitchins: How about this: Attended a solicitors in Reading. The problem – computer not working. I switched the monitor on and all of a sudden there wasn’t a problem. Curiosity got t...
by Talywain
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from South Wales
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Hello from South Wales

Hello from an old school computer engineer. Signed up to get rid of a piece of what I would have considered scrap but much to my surprise found that people are still interested in restoring a particular piece of vintage gear (Intertek’s Superbrain). A few months ago I would have just binned it. But ...
by Talywain
Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain #2: The Board
Replies: 66
Views: 4003

Re: Superbrain #2: The Board

Anyone want a Superbrain main board? I had one back in the 80’s and this was my spare board. I used to work for a company that repaired CPM machines long, long ago. I think I threw away the video and power boards, floppies and circuit diagrams but will keep an eye out for anything potentially useful...