BT Merlin amber monitor

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BT Merlin amber monitor

Post by davidb » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:20 pm

Some time ago, I discovered the Acorn Electron World articles about the Merlin M2105. The user guide was particularly interesting because it possibly explains the origins of the monitor we used to use for our Electron. The monitor was a Watford Electronics refurbished job, badged with a BT logo, and it displays text and graphics with an amber tint. It's pretty heavy, with a metal casing, as I recall. It would be interesting to know if it was originally part of an M2105 installation, but I'm not sure how we'd figure that out.

The point to this message is that the monitor is taking up space where it currently resides, and it would be nice to reunite it with the rest of a working system - preferably under someone else's roof. :) I realised today that the next best opportunity to offload it (I mean, generously gift it) would be at the Videolympics/Homebrew Gaming Weekend event in August.

This is all a bit preliminary at the moment. If this is the sort of thing that would help round out a collection, particularly a public one, and you want to help make that happen, then speak up. Alternatively, if it's one of those items that people have trouble giving away, that would also be useful to know. :lol:

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Post by Arcadian » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:38 pm

I've got a Merlin branded Electron with Merlin interface but alas no matching monitor, hence would gladly take it off your hands at the Videolympics! :)
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Re: BT Merlin amber monitor

Post by davidb » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:04 pm

That was quick! :D

I hope it still works. It's pretty robust so I imagine it does, though it did have a habit of intermittently switching off after a while - power cycling it always brought the picture back, anyway. I would think that's a fairly easy problem to diagnose for someone familiar with monitors, and it sounds like a similar problem we had with a Acorn-branded Philips monitor - I think that just needed a capacitor replacing.

I imagine that we can discuss details of the handover closer to the event. You can PM me or send me an e-mail. :)

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