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Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:47 am
by caluser2000
Gidday guys. My name is Mark and I live in NZ. I mainly an X86 guy. Acorn systems were used in some of the posher private schools down here. I always wanted a RiscPC from the fist day I saw a magazine advert showing an A600 running RiscOS running Windows 3.1 windowed. Quite some time later I received my fist one, A600 with upgrades. A year or two later I ended up with five in various states of repair and condition for less than one cost new. Also have a couple of A4000s and a 410/1. I have a A3000 I haven't seen for a while, most likely out in the shed some where. I did have an A5000 but it was well beyond repair. Collected a lot of software as well and some odd accessories. It's been some time since I was last here and it's good to be back. Looking forward to reading posts and contributing where I can.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:09 am
by Multiwizard
Hi Mark,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Atomic Attic, Wim... :-)

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:12 am
by 0xC0DE
Welcome back!

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:40 am
by tricky
Welcome back
I don't know much about Archie's, but I do hear a lot about their batteries.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:48 am
by daveejhitchins
Welcome to the Forum, Mark . . . Enjoy . . .

Dave H :D

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:08 am
by marcusjambler
Kia Ora Mark... I lived in Welly for a while :D

Marcus

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:18 am
by flaxcottage
Welcome back, Mark. :D

If you haven't already done so, check the batteries in those machines.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:57 am
by Elminster
As I didn't say Welcome on the original welcome post...... Welcome.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:04 am
by caluser2000
Thanks for the warm welcome folks.

I do flip the tops off every year or so to check the batteries. So far so good apart from one I got without one. I just boots to the command prompt iirc. Desctop doesn't up. Suspect cmos I guess.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:33 am
by vanpeebles
Welcome! Do you see many of those 8 bit sega computers in New Zealand?

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:01 pm
by roland
Hi Mark,

Welcome to this great forum. Enjoy your visits!

Greetings from the South of the Netherlands,
Roland

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:58 pm
by CMcDougall
welcome Mark :)

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:07 pm
by caluser2000
caluser2000 wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:04 am
Thanks for the warm welcome folks.

I do flip the tops off every year or so to check the batteries. So far so good apart from one I got without one. I just boots to the command prompt iirc. Desctop doesn't up. Suspect cmos I guess.
Ta. Just found the thread with a link to the Basic program to kick start the RTC. Good start.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:09 pm
by myelin
Welcome!

Good to see another kiwi on here -- I think this makes 3-4 of us who have posted on this board in the last year or two :)

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:04 pm
by davidb
Welcome! :D

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:23 am
by caluser2000
vanpeebles wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:33 am
Welcome! Do you see many of those 8 bit sega computers in New Zealand?
Not that I've seen. Master System consoles were very popular though.

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:35 am
by vanpeebles
Ah, I read that the SC-3000 was sold in Aus and New Zealand.

https://segaretro.org/SC-3000

Never seen one my self :D

"Australia and New Zealand
The SC-3000 was a big success for the Sega in Oceania. It was distributed in Australia by John Sands and in New Zealand by Grandstand. Both regions had comparatively less competition than in Japan, and so the SC-3000 (and SC-3000H) performed reasonably well as low-entry computers during the mid-1980s, fighting primarily against the Commodore VIC-20.

The SC-3000 once again decimated the SG-1000, and managed to make an impact on the educational and advertising markets too. Both John Sands and Grandstand strongly supported the system, releasing cassette-based software and building up third-party relations with local developers. At least 15,000 SC-3000s had been sold in Australia by 1986.

A Speech Synthesis unit and a light pen were supposedly manufactured by third party companies in New Zealand. New Zealand also had its own Sega Computer magazine.

Distribution in both countries stopped in 1986 for different reasons. It is said that Grandstand wanted to focus efforts on distributing Amstrad products instead (namely the Amstrad CPC)."

Re: Hi from New Zealand.

Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:23 am
by caluser2000
I'd say the C64 was far more popular. The Apple II in schools with the odd Acorn. I was never in to computers back then until I had to use them when I was posted to a desk job. The kids had a couple of C64s. My first personal system was a 286/16 I bought in 1990. 256k 14" VGA, 1meg of ram, both size fdds and a wopping 40meg hdd. Hence my affinity with x86 systems. Learnt very quickly C:\del *.* was not a terribly bright thing to do. That 286 ended up as P1 133mhz system which I ran Dos/Windows 3.1 on until about 1999. Never kept up to the Jones. About then I got a second hand Celeron running Windows 98FE. Experimented with a number of OSs OS/2v4, Red Hat 6, BeOS etc but went back to Win98. Ran that system for years with updates and mods with little trouble at all. I had it as my gateway system for a 486DX2/66 running Mandrake 6.1 and a P200mmx running OS/2 v4 connected via 10Base2 and a 56k modem. Later on I used hand me down XP systems but got sick of maintaining them so experimented more with Linux and used that for the last 6 years or so. Missed the whole Win Vista through 8.1 thing thank goodness. I'm typing this on my wifes Win 10 laptop because she is away for the week end :)

My computing hobby is collecting OSs, GUIs and systems that run them. x86 systems have the most variety with respect to that imho.

Screen shot of old Compaq Presario CDS 524 486 system running Mandrake 6.1 with Window Maker.
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Screen shot of my Zenith 286LP Plus running GeoWorks.
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Dec 486dx2/66 running OS/2 v3 with updated network stack.
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