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Post by trixster » Mon May 29, 2017 12:23 pm

Compact, nice!

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Post by YuT666 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:51 pm

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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Post by Zarchos » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:22 pm

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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Post by YuT666 » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:39 pm

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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Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by Zarchos » Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:28 pm

Great !
Thanks for the links.
Will use YT in my bed to see what all this is about.
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Post by Commie_User » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:05 pm

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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Post by SteveBagley » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:42 pm

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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Post by dhg2 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:55 pm

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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Post by trixster » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:06 pm

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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Post by kieranhj » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:40 pm

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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Post by Commie_User » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:01 am

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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Post by displaced » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:45 pm

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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Post by vanpeebles » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:13 am

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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Post by trixster » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:15 am

@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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Post by displaced » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:12 pm

trixster wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:15 am
@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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Post by stephen_usher » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:25 pm

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Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by trixster » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:16 am

Great collection! You have some really interesting machines

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Post by trixster » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:41 am

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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Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by Dan1975 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:48 pm

Wow! Some amazing collections on here :D

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Post by Ramtop » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:42 pm

An X68000 and an A3000, I'm super jelly :D
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Post by trixster » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:03 pm

Yeah, both are cool machines :) the bridgeboard in the A3000 is very special

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Post by Sanxion » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:37 pm

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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Post by trixster » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:12 pm

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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Post by Sanxion » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:33 am

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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Post by trixster » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:44 am

There’s only on RMC!

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Post by Sanxion » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:28 am

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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Post by trixster » Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:32 am

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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Post by martinw » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:15 pm

Nice to see some old operating systems running on old hardware 😁

https://youtu.be/HMujpBCsgFI

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Post by martinw » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:18 pm

Some more piccies and a video 😁
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