Vintage computing forum?

By Tedster · 42 replies
Apr 29, 2006
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  1. 'how 'bout it? A vintage computer forum.
  2. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    what kind of stuff would it contain, I don't see many options, beside maybe.. stories?
  3. benken2202001

    benken2202001 TS Booster Posts: 115   +17

  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    oh , some us to inlcude myself still run vintage computers like old ataris.

    I know there are others that hae commodores, etc...
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Personally I see this getting as much action as the Distributed Computing forum, which isn't that much. So I'd hate to add another forum to the site and have it not used that often. Just my 2cents.
  6. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    I got a commodore amiga, not much to say about it because it never has had a problem... oh, and I have an entire laundry basket full of [games] diskettes
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I think you'ld be surprised. There's a big market out there for vintage computers.... I noticed it when shopping on ebay.

    People are quite nostalgic.
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Coleco's ADAM SmartBASIC and the ADAM Home Software Library, both on cassette. Found them when sorting my cassette collection.

    Found three 8" floppy disks (similar to the 5.25", but bigger).

    Also found a PSION Organiser II, Model CM, complete with manual and a module with Concise Oxford Spelling dictionary.

    Came across an old invoice from 12 April 1989 for an old PC:
    Motherboard with Intel 80386 20MHz, overclocked to 25MHz, 2 MB RAM, SFr. 4'520.-
    Floppy drive 5.25", SFr. 320.-
    Full towercase with 220W powersupply, SFr. 570.-
    Totalling: SFr 5'410.00
    Discount 15%: SFr 811.50
    Endprice: Swiss Francs 4'598.50 (= US$ 3'709.- / €2'939.- / £2'032.-)

    [me weeps]
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I've been looking all over to get my hands on SpartaDOS X cartridge and possibly an r-time 8 cartridge for an atari 8bit.
  10. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    Uh, a TRS-80 Color Computer,
    a NEC V20 processor alone on a library shelf...

    Do Athlon 64 X2s with 5¼" floppy drives count?
  11. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Chukles* haha hah

    The oldest thing I have is a 1ghz 64 mb 1gb hdd wich was purchsed in 97 $3,000

  12. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Looks like we have a vintage computing thread where everyone can brag with their stuff :)

    The oldest stuff I have are.. A 10MHz 80286 CPU and pieces of a 5.25" drive (I needed some components, so it had a nasty encounter with a saw and a soldering iron). Oh. And some bits of a teletype :)

    Oldest working/in everyday use thing.. An IBM 486/66 machine working as a print server.
  13. bradthegreat

    bradthegreat TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    does a late 80s Game Boy count? you know, one of the huge gray ones? with about 15 games? that's about it for me...
  14. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    I think we have to stick with mid-80s as a cut-off for vintage games..... anything after an atari ST or amiga has to be the limit.......

    anything after an ibm 486.....
  16. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    oh the commodor 64 and the 5'1/2 diskette drive (had two).. how i miss it.. (go BASIC: LOAD "*",8,1 :D)

    maniac mansion (AAHHH!! RUN AWAY!!!<< for those who've played it or a reincarnation of it..) and skate and die, sidewinder... few of my most remembered games out of thousands.....

    had an atari with a cassette thing.. but that got stolen...

    might have a couple of pong machines for the tv somewhere in the garage.. unless someones thrown 'em out..
  17. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    Favorite amiga games
    it came from the desert
    another world
    earthworm jim
    chase HQ
    P.P. Hammer
    Elephant antics (come on, I was like 5 years old when I got this thing)
    Willy Beamish (this game has like 27 disks)
    Blood Money
    Marble Madness
    Spindizzy HAHA! (best by far)
    ...and the list continues into eternity
  18. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    speaking of this, is there anywhere I can acquire an amiga diskette drive to connect to a serial port in a PC
  19. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    When Commadore was King

    My nine year old son like to see the old classic games on my C-64. I hook it up once in awhile. I have hundreds of disks with old games, allot just don't seem to work any more. I still have a tape drive for it.

    Now all you need is a emulator to play those old games. I think searching around you may find interfaces to connect old drives to modern PCs. If I could hook up my 1541 I could replace my old collection!

    I put together some 8086'es back then with EGA video. My C-64 out gamed them. My electronics teacher would tell my how much better Intel's CPUs where compared to the 6510(really just a 6502.) I made a interface to copy data to burn EPROMs to replace my fried ROM from a dead power brick and programed a little in x86 machine code. It sure was allot better. The 6502 only has three regesters!
  20. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    there are conversion kits for atari 8bits to interface with PCs and hard drives, I'm sure there is one for commodores.
  21. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    isn't the amiga 16 bit?
  22. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    has anybody here ever own a turbografx system, damn I loved that thing
  23. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    It's 32 bit. A 68000 motorola CPU, like the first Macs.
  24. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 226

    aw, some results on google say 16, some say 32 bit.. wasn't quite sure
  25. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    yes the amiga is 16 bit, so is the atari st
    later generation amigas were 32 bit....

    but the originals were 16.

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