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GENERAL => GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT => Topic started by: DBloke on March 11, 2012, 09:16:44 PM

Title: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: DBloke on March 11, 2012, 09:16:44 PM
Got one this weekend off a car boot for





£2
No pads, leeds or games.
have no idea if it works or not, got any bits for it about so I can find out?
Or got one?
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: rewind on March 12, 2012, 07:58:52 AM
they seem to be a bit rare!

looks like atari/etc controller plug, not sure about power supply, DIN or something?
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: Zeela on March 12, 2012, 09:32:34 AM
the grandstand Fairchild is a licensed version of the Fairchild Channel F, the first videogame with games on cartridges.

You can find more info about it here:
http://www.retrogamingcollector.com/Vintage-Consoles/Grandstand-FairchildChannelF.html
http://channelf.se

The controller is a bit special. It has a DB9 plug (same as Atari/Commodore) but it's not compatible.
The channel F controller has some special moves that a regular Atari joystick doesn't.
A picture of a controller:
http://www.retro-zone.org/pictures/collections/personal/grandstand_video_computer_controller_small.jpg

With this you can go forward, backward, left and right. just as a regular 8-bit stick. But you can also press down and pull up the knob as well as turn the knob left or right.

I have one Grandstans Fairchild as well as a couple of other versions of it. It's a nice old machine. And you should really try to get hold of the newly produced Pac-Man for it. It's by far the best game for that platform.
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: rewind on March 12, 2012, 10:05:09 AM
I have one of those sticks kicking around somewhere, I did wonder what it was for, but I thought it was atari!  :P
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: DBloke on March 12, 2012, 03:40:49 PM
^Any chance you want to get rid?
they seem to be a bit rare!

looks like atari/etc controller plug, not sure about power supply, DIN or something?


Port wise.
It has a RF hole and this
(http://a.yfrog.com/img532/7607/g8ofi.th.jpg) (http://yfrog.com/esg8ofij)

Looking at it It looks like I have to import to get games for it.
Not going to collect for it, just want to see if it works

It was quite a shock to see it in those little creates those people put assorted junk in to sell.
To think the guy probably got it out of a house clearance
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: Zeela on March 13, 2012, 08:14:15 AM
I have one of those sticks kicking around somewhere, I did wonder what it was for, but I thought it was atari!  :P
There was a Atari compatible version of that controller made after the end of production of the Channel F. It can be recognized by the button on the handle... Look here:
http://www.atariguide.com/10/1062.php

DPrinny: I might have a game or two to spare... Send a PM if interested.
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: rewind on March 13, 2012, 01:03:09 PM
I have one of those sticks kicking around somewhere, I did wonder what it was for, but I thought it was atari!  :P
There was a Atari compatible version of that controller made after the end of production of the Channel F. It can be recognized by the button on the handle... Look here:
http://www.atariguide.com/10/1062.php

Ohhh thats what I have. That explains my confusion re: atari compatibility then!
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: 1200xl on March 13, 2012, 01:03:26 PM
If you have $125 spare, there is ONE fairchild multicart left for sale http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/149932-fs-fairchild-system-channel-f-multi-cart-pre-order-now/page__hl__fairchild%20multicart__st__125

makes your cheapo find pretty expensive though  :o
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: 1200xl on March 13, 2012, 01:05:29 PM
I have one of those sticks kicking around somewhere, I did wonder what it was for, but I thought it was atari!  :P
There was a Atari compatible version of that controller made after the end of production of the Channel F. It can be recognized by the button on the handle... Look here:
http://www.atariguide.com/10/1062.php

Ohhh thats what I have. That explains my confusion re: atari compatibility then!

one of the first sticks that we had with our Atari 400. Huge fights over who would have to use it, bloody horrible stick
Title: Re: Grandstand Fairchild 2
Post by: DBloke on March 13, 2012, 07:20:53 PM
If you have $125 spare, there is ONE fairchild multicart left for sale http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/149932-fs-fairchild-system-channel-f-multi-cart-pre-order-now/page__hl__fairchild%20multicart__st__125

makes your cheapo find pretty expensive though  :o
Before I start spending money on it, I need to know if it works.

Is there one at RCM?