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Compact, nice!
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Bought a Sharp MZ-800 with a an amber monitor for my collection and i hope it will arrive in the next week. It's the MZ-821 WITH a quick disk drive (the ordinary MZ-821 had a integrated tape drive and the MZ-831 had a printer included too). The drive is a 2.8" one ... i'm actually building a cable to play wav files for this computer. I love those not so common computers.
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YuT666 wrote:Bought a Sharp MZ-800 with a an amber monitor for my collection and i hope it will arrive in the next week. It's the MZ-821 WITH a quick disk drive (the ordinary MZ-821 had a integrated tape drive and the MZ-831 had a printer included too). The drive is a 2.8" one ... i'm actually building a cable to play wav files for this computer. I love those not so common computers.

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Very nice.
What about the software for it ?
Are they easy to get ?
Interested to buy one now I see one :o
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This is the best (and maybe the only remaining) Sharp MZ page.

http://www.sharpmz.org/

There are still updates and this site is there since 1998.

Here are games for the MZ-700 series (originally, but they work with the MZ-800 computers as well - you have to choose the 700 mode to use them).

http://www.sharpmz.org/mz-700/dldgames.htm

And some for the MZ-800.

http://www.sharpmz.org/mz-800/dldgames.htm

There is no built in basic language (only a very simple boot-monitor). Basic and other languages are available on tape and some for disk too.
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Great !
Thanks for the links.
Will use YT in my bed to see what all this is about.
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YuT666 wrote:Bought a Sharp MZ-800 with a an amber monitor for my collection.
Looks just like a real computer, doesn't it. You could have seen it in the library or the bank.

How well did these pro-stylings boost any sales of computers back in the day?
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This report and pictures, written by one of our PhD students, about our display of old computers at our graduation yesterday might amuse people -- particular the bit about the Beeb releasing Magic Smoke in the middle!

http://aaronsplace.co.uk/blog/2017-07-1 ... -2017.html

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Nice pictures, funny timing with the PSU capacitors. I was about to say 'hey, I recognise the guy from Computerphile in one of these pics' but then I realised it's actually you yourself who's posted the link, haha. Great videos by the way.
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My Amiga 4000 has seen some significant upgrades:
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The SD card now runs from an Acard AEC-7720UW SCSI to ide bridge into a CyberSCSI module on the accelerator card.

Zorro III cards on the right, bottom to top - a Deneb USB2 and flash rom card, a 256MB ZorRam, a Prisma Megamix MP3/FLAC decoder
PCI on the left, bottom to top - a monitor switcher and Realtek NIC, a 3Dfx Voodoo 3 3000, a Sonnet Crescendo 7200 G3 400Mhz PowerPC card with 192MB ram, a Soundblaster 128 and Prisma breakout board.

This A4000 is now pretty much upgraded as far as it'll go without going further into uber rare and insanely lolprice territory. Whilst a Phase5 G-Rex PCI daughterboard and CyberstormPPC accelerator would be very nice we'd be getting into serious outlay for very diminished returns.

But if anyone has a Sonnet 7200 G3 500Mhz or a G4 then please let me know!
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Finally got to set up my study after moving house in the summer. Some 8-but goodness here and all 6502-based of course!!
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For anyone looking, those Trinitrons are among the absolute best CRTs ever made - outside monitor territory and perhaps even including those (matching like-for-like).

Many earlier flatscreens, like my Daewoo DSL19M1WC, make a surprisingly crisp and clear picture from interlaced PAL sources. Though watching my quality VHS machines and old computers through equally excellent native screens always impresses me again. All is crisp and sharp and rich again.
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Here's my little collection!

No Acorns in the photo, sadly - my Electron's not been put up on the wall yet.

In the photo, roughly left-to-right:

Commodore CDTV and a bunch of Ataris: XEGS, Lynx Mk.1, Jaguar, Portfolio, 520STFM, Falcon030.

There's a fair few mods - but none break my golden rule: no case modifications!

The CDTV has an addon to provide standard 9-pin mouse and joystick ports, as well as a switch for CDTV/normal A500 mode. The XEGS has an internal add-on for RGB video output. The Lynx has a modern LCD screen and VGA output. The Jag has a 50/60Hz switch. The STFM has 4MB RAM and a Gotek. The Falcon030 has 14MB and an SD Card IDE drive.

All of the machines have their various RGB-outs connected to a 16-port VGA switch which in turn connects to an OSSC. The OSSC feeds video and audio to the AV receiver - everything looks great on a 47" TV!
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I recently picked up one of these, I wonder if its possible to read the floppies on an amstrad or speccy +3.

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Japanese version of KnightLore too! :lol:

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@displaced I like your vertical storage solution!

I need to update the thread with a number of additions :)

Photo links updated and new upgrades noted.
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trixster wrote:
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@displaced I like your vertical storage solution!
Thanks! I had to design and 3D print the wall brackets myself - nothing off-the-shelf quite did what I wanted. I even lined the inside of the brackets with white felt to prevent any possible plastic-to-plastic reactions.

I just don’t have the desk space to have all the machines out at once. But all I’ve got to do is slide them out and power them on in this setup.
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Great collection! You have some really interesting machines
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A few more machines:

X68000 Super HD
6MB ram, Midi card, SCSI2SD harddrive
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Rare X68000 keyboard and mouse
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Enterprise 128
SD Interface
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A3000
4MB, IDE podule
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Atom
Prime RAM/ROM board, Prime Colour board, AtoMMC, AtomSID, Matchbox Copro
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MSX2+
MegaFlashROM
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Amiga 500
ACA500Plus and Flashfloppy
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Amiga 3000
WarpEngine 060 accelerator, SCSI2SD, ZorRam 256MB, Deneb, CyberVision64 RTG card, GoldenGate 486SXLC2 50mhz bridgeboard, ATIMach64 ISA VGA card, SoindBlaster AWE64 ISA soundcard

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Wow! Some amazing collections on here :D
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An X68000 and an A3000, I'm super jelly :D
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Yeah, both are cool machines :) the bridgeboard in the A3000 is very special
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Hi Trixster

Being the fortunate owner of such a diverse and comprehensive assortment of machines, peripherals and upgrades, have you not considered inviting Neil - of RetroManCave fame - to make a YouTube video of your collection? I am sure many of us would enjoy watching that video with great enthusiasm!

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Hello Sanxion. I have actually chatted to RMC quite a bit on the discord channel. Problem is I’m in York and he’s down in the south west! If I head down that way he’s already said I have some stuff he’d like to take a look at :)
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Not that I think the distance is insurmountable but perhaps we need another "Neil" in the North of this blessed land!
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There’s only on RMC!
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I would be interested in knowing where you keep all your machines and if you use them all on a regular - or infrequent - basis?
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I have one corner of the loft, and I have to sit on the floor on a bean bag! But all the machines are connected up through four monitors using switch boxes via a combination of vga, dvi, svideo and scart through an ossc.
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Nice to see some old operating systems running on old hardware 😁

https://youtu.be/HMujpBCsgFI

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Some more piccies and a video 😁
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