Show us your retro computers

Talk about non-Acorn classic computers/hardware/software here (including retro consoles)
soviet
Posts: 93
Joined: Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:05 pm
Location: Montevideo, Uruguay
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by soviet » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:14 pm

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
martinw
Posts: 1375
Joined: Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:31 am
Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by martinw » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:25 pm

DOS or CP/M sir :?: :D
9D8A618B-1B80-4062-9E6F-61247E5D7CD0.jpeg
BFCF94EA-189C-404F-9674-CD76969E70E9.jpeg
8)

Martin

stephen_usher
Posts: 64
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:47 pm
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by stephen_usher » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:25 pm

I was only able to attach 10 images to the previous post, so here are a couple more of my machines...

Sinclair QL with Super Gold Card clone (68020 processor @24MHz), Gotek and vDriveQL (SD card based Microdrive replacement).
IMG_1628.jpg

Atari 520STM (upgraded to 2.5MB RAM) with SF314 and 3rd party floppies.
IMG_1618.jpg

User avatar
trixster
Posts: 941
Joined: Wed May 06, 2015 11:45 am
Location: York
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by trixster » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:38 pm

I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by the QL. Is there much software for it? And much of a current scene? Has it had stuff ported to it over recent years like the beeb and Commodore platforms have?
A3020 | A3000 | A420/1 | BBC B | Master Turbo | ZX48K | NeoGeo
Atom | Amiga A4000 | A3000 | A1200 | A500 | PC Engine | Enterprise
Falcon | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD | Jaguar | X68000 | CD32

stephen_usher
Posts: 64
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:47 pm
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by stephen_usher » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:54 pm

trixster wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:38 pm
I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by the QL. Is there much software for it? And much of a current scene? Has it had stuff ported to it over recent years like the beeb and Commodore platforms have?
There's nowhere near as much as for many of the other platforms and the hardware is so very different from others that I don't know of any porting from other platforms. The biggest problems are with the graphics sub-system, which was never designed for games. Only 8 colours in the low resolution mode and no palette switching. Also, the sound system is possibly worse than the ZX Spectrum as it's controlled by the keyboard processor.

There is still an active, if small, development scene though it seems to be more hardware tinkering than software. Do a Google search for the QL Forum.

User avatar
1024MAK
Posts: 9236
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:46 pm
Location: Looking forward to summer in Somerset, UK...
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by 1024MAK » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:11 pm

stephen_usher wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:54 pm
Do a Google search for the QL Forum.
https://www.qlforum.co.uk/
Especially this sub-forum https://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=10

Mark

User avatar
vanpeebles
Posts: 607
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:01 am
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by vanpeebles » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:05 am

trixster wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:38 pm
I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by the QL. Is there much software for it? And much of a current scene? Has it had stuff ported to it over recent years like the beeb and Commodore platforms have?
Get one and get yourself over to the forum :D There are people porting software and stuff. A lad I know Xora, has ported a number of games and stuff recently. For example https://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1788

There is also a huge software collection DIlwyn's excellent QL site http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/

I think the QL is a superb computer, it's just so quirky and extremely unique, there is nothing else like it. 4 colour hi res, green and red mode is so distinctive.

I've also made my own adventure game on the QL, and that is nearly complete and ready for release :)

User avatar
trixster
Posts: 941
Joined: Wed May 06, 2015 11:45 am
Location: York
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by trixster » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:46 am

That’s a fascinating forum! Thanks for the links :)
A3020 | A3000 | A420/1 | BBC B | Master Turbo | ZX48K | NeoGeo
Atom | Amiga A4000 | A3000 | A1200 | A500 | PC Engine | Enterprise
Falcon | Saturn | PS1 | SNES | CPC6128 | C64 | 3DO | MD | Jaguar | X68000 | CD32

User avatar
vanpeebles
Posts: 607
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:01 am
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by vanpeebles » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:24 am

On a totally unrelated note, I've been doing some retro computer liveries for the game Gran Turismo Sport on PS4.

Image
Image
Image
Image

I'll be working on an Acorn one at some point!

User avatar
1024MAK
Posts: 9236
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:46 pm
Location: Looking forward to summer in Somerset, UK...
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by 1024MAK » Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:55 pm

You have way too much time on your hands :shock:

=D> =D> =D>

Mark

User avatar
vanpeebles
Posts: 607
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:01 am
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by vanpeebles » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:40 pm

Image
Image

Horace and the Spiddas :lol:

stuslayer
Posts: 78
Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:17 pm
Location: Kellington, North Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by stuslayer » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:44 am

Mine is very humble, but hopefully still something to appreciate! The A3010 is currently hooked up to my 25" AOC monitor, I have a small (15") old flat panel I may use, but I'm also considering getting the Benq BL702A that is recommended for these machines, and having it on a dual monitor arm next to the AOC (it might look a bit strange but good for space saving).
20191015_123046.jpg
20191015_123038.jpg
Then I have my little 8 bit area, with my Electron fettled by Mark at Retroclinic to get it working, and with Ramtop's ElkSD interface for getting stuff onto it. It's the earlier version without a case or RAM expansion. I also got a RGB to SCART adapter to use it on the big TV, which works really well. The Speccy is something I picked up for cheaps and it was working but I think some of the memory chips have gone. I need to send it off for repair. And an old Dixons tape drive which works!
20191015_123435.jpg
20191015_123413.jpg

stephen_usher
Posts: 64
Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:47 pm
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by stephen_usher » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:45 pm

That Electron's got quite a nice tan. ;-)

stuslayer
Posts: 78
Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:17 pm
Location: Kellington, North Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Show us your retro computers

Post by stuslayer » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:27 pm

I love the aged look of 80's computers. It's a bit like an old man's permatan

Post Reply