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Re: Compukit UK101

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Good afternoon all. First post on here so be gentle :)

I came across this forum after googling the uk101.
We've recently been clearing my parent's house and came across a Compukit UK101 in its original box found in an old metal cabinet in the workshop. All keys are there and from first glance looks to be all there. There's also a magazine advertising it with photos of the unit before it was launched.

Seeing as these are pretty rare now we're wondering what it would be worth and if there is still a market for them.

I've attached some photos below:
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The photo was in the box with the unit. Not sure if it is anything to do with throwing Compukit or not.
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Hello and welcome to the forum.
Yes these do have a following, its not often they turn up with the original box, its does has a Monitor Rom upgrade, if you are thinking of selling it it will be an easy sell, the magazine alone are sort after, prices do very I've seen these go from £250 and upto £450 depending on any add-ons with the computer.

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Welcome to the Forum, C3ptik . . . Enjoy . . .

Hope you hang around after you've offloaded your UK101. Oh! And good luck with that :D

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Welcome. :D

And offering goodies too. From the photos this looks to be an early version - the mains TX is the 'lethal' one. :lol:

It has 4K of RAM and looks to be totally unmodified. These are sought after. If it works you should get North of £350 for it.
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Re: Compukit UK101

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Thanks guys!

Before we think about listing it for sale on the Web is there anything I can help with in terms of photos or diagrams for anyone?
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I also have a stack (yes, a stack) of BBC microcomputers and a couple of Acorn models. He got into building them up and programming again before he passed away.
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Looking again at the pictures somewhere along the line it has lost some memory, these came standard with 4K of Ram with the ability to upgrade to 8K of Ram but this one has only 3K, but this is an easy fix and it has got a spare arrow up key.

If the machine had a few add-ons or upgrades then there would be a lot of interest in them with requests for pictures and info, but thanks anyway for asking about any extra pictures wanted before you sell it.

Nice honest machine, should be no problem to sell as it is, I wouldn’t recommend including the mug shots though.
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Here is a later Advert for UK101 Hardware and Firmware. It is from 'Computing Today' April 1982.
CT UK101 Advert (April 1982).jpg
I have also found a catalogue from Magnum Electronics that I sent off for in the Summer of 1982.
I have not heard of them since and wonder if this was all Vapourware, perhaps someone else on here had dealings with them?
Magnum Electronics (28.09.1982).pdf
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Wow. 01 telephone numbers and Access cards. Even when talking about retrocomputing, that's what really takes me back!
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crj wrote:Wow. 01 telephone numbers and Access cards. Even when talking about retrocomputing, that's what really takes me back!
I suppose you remember the animated Access card adverts?

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UK101 experts...

I'm looking for early text adventures... Are there any early examples on UK101 that you know of?

Was Galactic Hitchhiker, mentioned earlier, a "proper" text adventure? [I need to fine & fire up a UK101 emulator to give it a go]

Does anyone have any knowledge of memories of this program, TIKVA?

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Can anyone please tell me what I need to do with the .hex file mentioned below to load it into the UK101 java emulator?
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Edit: ah... may have figured it out from an earlier post there... monitor mode...
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Looking at my list of programs from viewtopic.php?f=45&t=6623&p=64822#p68580 - I never got round to completing.

Is there anything from that list that anyone would like uploaded?
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b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2 wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:10 am
Looking at my list of programs from viewtopic.php?f=45&t=6623&p=64822#p68580 - I never got round to completing.

Is there anything from that list that anyone would like uploaded?
I'm not that familiar with available UK101 software, so from the titles I'm not sure what's already been archived. How are they archived, WAV or just data dumps? Does the original Galactic Hitchhiker still require you manually adjust the terminal width?

Ultimately I'd like to see them all uploaded so that anything of interest can be added to the MAME software lists.
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I've built an OSI 600 REV. D board remake, which was a lot of fun.
The OSI and the UK101 are brothers. :)

http://www.osiweb.org/osiforum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=455

a great board. :)
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waltermixxx, that looks amazing! Are the schematics and gerbers available anywhere? It probably wouldn't take much work to adapt this to be a UK101.

Great work.
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Re: Compukit UK101

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b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2 wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:10 am
Looking at my list of programs from viewtopic.php?f=45&t=6623&p=64822#p68580 - I never got round to completing.

Is there anything from that list that anyone would like uploaded?
Sorry for the late reply.

Im curious about the program called DOS, could that be uploaded.

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Re: Compukit UK101

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All of them, please. [-o<

For the UK101, the best method of archiving the tapes is to convert to WAV files.

The way I did it was to record into my PC from a stereo cassette recorder using 22.xx kbps, though it still works at 44.1kbps. The recording could then be moved from my PC to a blank tape. Using a stereo to mono lead the tape was played back into my UK101 and it worked.

The problem with WAV files is their size. MP3 files do not appear to work though maybe OGG or FLAC files might (for archiving online and then converting back to WAV)..

If you can record one of the programs I can check it out. I am happy to host them for you. :D

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