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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Multiwizard » Fri May 24, 2019 8:07 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 7:49 pm
A big box of educational software all of it MIA in some form or other. :D

This was from a very helpful eBayer who had managed to obtain the complete software library of Newman College in Birmingham. I was allowed to visit and collect all the MIA titles, hence the box.

As an aside I do believe he has some 480Z computers complete with disc drives which he wishes to pass on for suitable financial recompense. :wink:
Nice catch... =D>


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Post by vanekp » Sun May 26, 2019 7:15 am

nice collection, should keep you busy for a while :lol:
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Post by flaxcottage » Sun May 26, 2019 8:17 am

vanekp wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 7:15 am
nice collection, should keep you busy for a while :lol:
Just a bit. :D
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Mon May 27, 2019 2:16 pm

Well, it’s almost an Acorn Pocket Book II...

Psion Series 3a (2mb version) with manuals and a 4mb card.

£5 at a car boot sale =D>
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Post by 1024MAK » Mon May 27, 2019 7:10 pm

That’s a great bargain you got there! =D>

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Post by flaxcottage » Mon May 27, 2019 7:19 pm

1024MAK wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:10 pm
That’s a great bargain you got there! =D>

Mark
I'll echo that. Well done. :D =D>
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Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Wed May 29, 2019 2:53 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:19 pm
1024MAK wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:10 pm
That’s a great bargain you got there! =D>

Mark
I'll echo that. Well done. :D =D>
It's in amazing condition, barely a scratch on it. Sadly though, the plastic in the battery compartment holding one of the battery contacts has become brittle and needs a little repair, and one of the hinges is showing signs that its starting to crack, but this is a common fault on these, im hoping I can do a little repair to this. apart from that, it works perfectly. no signs of any battery leakage at all though.

The 4mb card was a bonus, that and the fact it is half full of apps! mainly games, but Autoroute is there! they just needed re-installing.
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Post by 1024MAK » Thu May 30, 2019 10:07 pm

Yes, the plastic cracking around the hinge is a very common problem. That’s what happened to two of mine :(

The plastic case cracking also happens to the Series 5 / 5mx :(

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Elminster » Thu May 30, 2019 10:13 pm

A kit
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which when soldered together becomes
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Gives 8 bit resolution for doing X-Y stuff.
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Post by Andy1979 » Fri May 31, 2019 11:31 am

SpaceFlightOrange wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 2:53 pm
flaxcottage wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:19 pm
1024MAK wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:10 pm
That’s a great bargain you got there! =D>

Mark
I'll echo that. Well done. :D =D>
It's in amazing condition, barely a scratch on it. Sadly though, the plastic in the battery compartment holding one of the battery contacts has become brittle and needs a little repair, and one of the hinges is showing signs that its starting to crack, but this is a common fault on these, im hoping I can do a little repair to this. apart from that, it works perfectly. no signs of any battery leakage at all though.

The 4mb card was a bonus, that and the fact it is half full of apps! mainly games, but Autoroute is there! they just needed re-installing.
That's a great buy, the 4mb cards sell for upwards of £30 on eBay just by themselves.

I've repaired a couple of these recently by purchasing a non-working model (for more than you paid :lol: ) and transplanting bits of the case. You just need to watch that there are a few different versions of the top lid as they switched to a different display design. If you catch it before it breaks you can probably araldite a small piece of metal to the back of the hinge. The other common fault is that the battery leads break, so it'll randomly turn off. That's an easy fix if it happens. Display cables can also go, but don't think that's as common as with the Series 5.

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Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:09 am

Elminster wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 10:13 pm
A kit

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which when soldered together becomes

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Gives 8 bit resolution for doing X-Y stuff.
That is very cool.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:31 am

Andy1979 wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 11:31 am
SpaceFlightOrange wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 2:53 pm
flaxcottage wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:19 pm


I'll echo that. Well done. :D =D>
It's in amazing condition, barely a scratch on it. Sadly though, the plastic in the battery compartment holding one of the battery contacts has become brittle and needs a little repair, and one of the hinges is showing signs that its starting to crack, but this is a common fault on these, im hoping I can do a little repair to this. apart from that, it works perfectly. no signs of any battery leakage at all though.

The 4mb card was a bonus, that and the fact it is half full of apps! mainly games, but Autoroute is there! they just needed re-installing.
That's a great buy, the 4mb cards sell for upwards of £30 on eBay just by themselves.

I've repaired a couple of these recently by purchasing a non-working model (for more than you paid :lol: ) and transplanting bits of the case. You just need to watch that there are a few different versions of the top lid as they switched to a different display design. If you catch it before it breaks you can probably araldite a small piece of metal to the back of the hinge. The other common fault is that the battery leads break, so it'll randomly turn off. That's an easy fix if it happens. Display cables can also go, but don't think that's as common as with the Series 5.
Thanks for the tips. The hinge damage is slight, just a little crack (you'll have to view the full image to see it):
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I was hoping a small amount of epoxy or something might hold it.

Here's the card:
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Really pleased with it. Goes some way to helping me get over the regret I feel at selling my Series 5 about 10 years ago, for a stupidly low price at a car boot sale!! Oh the Irony!

This doesn't feel as well built as the Series 5. I hope to get a 5mx at some point.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by anightin » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:37 pm

Many thanks to Dave for building and supplying the board for my Plus 3 (and Prime for the design of course)

I now have a shiny new E00 ADFS/DFS Electron :D
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Seems to boot the Electron Welcome Disk fine which is a good start.

Given that the plus 3 this time last week was just recovering from a burnt out decoupling capacitor and being rather sorry for itself it's great to see it up and running -- thanks also to the forum members for their assistance in debugging.

What an excellent piece of kit!


Best wishes

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:29 am

Back in the day when we were deciding what to upgrade the 16K Spectrum to this was one of the options. Although we went for a Beeb. :D

But now I have one.

We also considered an Oric...

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:35 am

I typed in one of the sample programs:-

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Nice colours!
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Post by jonb » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:36 pm

A collection of TI-99/4A computers and accessories.
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2x computers, PSUs, TV modulators and joystick sets. 9 ROM cartridges, mostly games, mostly crap looking (Hunt the Wumpus? That's a BASIC game!). A random cassette player in need of a clean and a bunch of tapes, no doubt with some type in BASIC proggies on them. WHSmith C12s and C15s, remember those? Some BASIC tutorials (including extended BASIC) and other TI software.

Actually I am looking at this lot and asking myself "Why, oh why??" - or rather Mrs JonB will be looking at it!

As I have a million and one other computers here and I am not really that interested in the TI machines. However, they were cheap (about £26) and I believe they have 16 bit processors, which is interesting. I wonder when I'll get a chance to restore them? One of them is faulty.
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Post by vanpeebles » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:40 pm

Bargain for £26 :D

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Post by jonb » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:42 pm

I guess so... I did look at the going price on a certain well known internet auction site and they do go for quite a bit more.

Problem now is I have to move the Superbrain off the desk to make space so I can triage them. There is absolutely no space in here!
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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:57 pm

jonb wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:42 pm
... There is absolutely no space in here!
:lol: :lol:
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Post by jonb » Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:59 pm

..and we're up!
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Boot screen
Shame the games are so crappy..
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Car Wars
That is a (no doubt excruciatingly expensive at the time) cartridge game.

TI99/4A #2 doesn't want to play. Shows a boot screen but no key response, so the keyboard is probably broken. Easy fix.

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Post by SteveBagley » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:52 pm

jonb wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:42 pm
Problem now is I have to move the Superbrain off the desk to make space so I can triage them. There is absolutely no space in here!
Prediction: tomorrow you’ll be posting a picture of the new bigger desk that you’ve bought :P

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Post by shawty » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:07 pm

One of these:

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Appears to work, but now my PSU seems to have crapped itself :-)
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Post by caluser2000 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:07 am

Just thought I'd show off my stash of RiscPCs. Only the bottom two have issues. One transmits a a horrible hiss through the speaker when on, the other is showing signs of cmos/rtc lock. They are in all sorts of different configuration from the original RiscPC OS 3.5 to 4.32, ram and vram sizes. CD readers are all IDE now but one had a Cumana propitiatory interface and 2 speed CD reader that I never could get working. Got them over a period of about 6 years. The most I paid for one was $NZ120 including shipping and come from all over the country.
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Post by SimonSideburns » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:50 pm

Not strictly today but three days ago, a box of bits from a chap selling them on Facebook. Mostly software, floppies, ROM cartridges, books, tapes and a few chips, along with a bunch of ARM stuff.

I luckily was travelling halfway up the country from Hampshire to just outside of Leeds anyway, so the extra mileage to Liverpool didn't really make much difference.

I don't currently have a Beeb set up, so I have gone by what is on the floppy disk labels or sleeves as best as I can, and I am going to start a new post elsewhere listing the items.

Look out for the post. It really is a long list of items.
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Post by caluser2000 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:34 am

Her in doors is aware today so I entered her inner sanctum, the garage, where she carries out her wood working projects. Gave it a good tidy and a sweet. She isn't terribly organized so you can imagine the state it was in. Anyway after about 3 hours and a full rubbish bin I got finished. I know I'll get an ear full when she gets home.

To reward myself I had another rummage through my storage boxes. In the last box at the bottom of the stack was the A3000 I bought some time ago. Pleased as punch I am, the hard work was worth the effort. Another thing I found was an ISA Adaptic AHA-1520/22 scsi controller with support for scsi hdds and standard fdds. It originally had came out of my 386DX25 system. The 100meg Apple branded scsi hdd that was in it had died and I had no other scsi drives to replace it with at the time. I pulled the card and put it in storage. In it's place I installed a standard multi i/o with hdd support and a 4gig Bigfoot hdd using EZDrive DDO for drive translation. Over that time and now I had at some stage stripped an Intergraph Pentium Pro system running XP. It had two scsi hdds and scsi CDRom drive. The sizes of the hard rives are 2.1 and 9.1gig and the cable is about four foot long with external mini scsi conversion board and connector attached. I'll check the scsi card in a 486 system at some as I've never had to deal with it in the past. If my memory is correct it booted from its own bios.

Other items were a brand new Pine VLB multi i/o card, some serial mice and a 12 to 9-pin vga cable that use to be attached to the 14" 28 dot pitch vga monitor back in the early 90s which was connected to my old 286/16. That'll be used on the A3000.

It's been a fun day and am looking foward to a good nights sleep.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Elminster » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44 am

300W 8ohm Non-inductive power resistor for a bit of passive PSU testing, another thread I was doing active PSU testing.
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Another kit for my daughter to solder, she has already done the memory game one, it worked first time. I was impressed as it was her first attempt. So I have got another kit that she said looked interesting.
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Post by shawty » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:41 pm

New Capacitors for my A5000 Power Supply

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Unfortunately, my PSU still reads the same voltages it did previously, and while they definitely needed changing, doing so has not made any difference and the 5k is still dead.

:(
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Post by Elminster » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:47 pm

Because you bought blues ones :-)

Is there a thread for you PSU issues?

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Post by shawty » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:51 pm

Elminster wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:47 pm
Because you bought blues ones :-)

Is there a thread for you PSU issues?
LOL... in deed... :-)

And yes RE: thread.... - viewtopic.php?f=16&t=17269&p=239549#p239549

I also have a post in the facebook group, link in the first post of that thread.
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Post by Elminster » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:57 pm

shawty wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:51 pm

And yes RE: thread.... - viewtopic.php?f=16&t=17269&p=239549#p239549

I also have a post in the facebook group, link in the first post of that thread.
Ah yes I had seen the topic, but didn't realise was a dead PSU, not that I am any help, I just find PSUs interesting. Mark (as in Mark1024) usually has some good suggestions.

I may have seen it on facebook but things just vanish over there, who knows.

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