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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: Sinclair Spectrum Vega - anyone?
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:59:00 PM »
Being manufactured in Beeston near Nottingham as well. Not too far from RCM HQ, down the road a bit lol

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RCM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: New Fundraising for RCM. Save your rubbish !!
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:56:55 PM »
Using TerraCycle? Can you collect used coffee pods too as I know Tassimo have an arrangement with Terracycle for these and should be a few of us that could donate pods :)

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RCM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Important Announcement
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:45:33 PM »
Disappointing that they still haven't paid the donations out. Anyway I'm happy to do what I can to support. I don't want you guys to close :(

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Running a virtual Mac on my souped-up PC.
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:57:15 AM »
I ended up using VMWare for running OS X.  Just needed to use the "Mac OS X Unlocker for VMware" from http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/files/file/20-vmware-unlocker-for-os-x/ then everything else worked as expected.  This is on Intel CPU though and I believe on AMD systems you have to mess about with various AMD patched and kernels even when running under a virtual machine.

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:20:23 PM »
Change of plan. I've got one of these cables on order which I'll be using until I obtain a CDROM unit in the future. Then I'll recycle the cable into an internal mod :D http://www.amibay.com/showthread.php?62536-PCEngine-external-RGB-SCART-No-internal-modification-required-Order-thread

Still going to pop down to the museum for a nosey though :D

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / De-yellowing retro kit
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:53:40 PM »
How do you clean up your retro kit so it's nice and original looking rather than the horrible yellowed plastic look? Do you use a bucket of bleach or retr0bright etc?

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:50:11 PM »
Reminds me.. I have a bag of bits to bring down with me that you may find a home for.

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:26:10 PM »
Only one of ours is modded. :)

I'll have to take a look at that then :D
Been meaning to pop down for a while but it's just having the time. Need to make it more regular.

Could had just bought a Core Grafx with AV built-in but there is just something nicer about the original machine and it'll look nice all cleaned up. Next thing to pick up is a CDROM2 unit. Probably one sold as "non-working" as 9 times out of 10 it's just a worn middle gear. I have a spare gear being sent to me :D

I do need to sort my blooming soldering iron out. Only had it a week and it just doesn't seem to get that hot :/

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:17:40 PM »
Yeah they do . . . still need assistance with it? Or will you be okay now? :)

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Yes please. Do the museum PC Engines have mods already?

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:24:32 PM »
Found some instructions for taking composite from the expansion connector on the back. Made a quick cable up only to find that the machine isn't outputting anything. Knowing my luck I've bought a broken unit even though it was sold as working :/

update: I'm the muppet who didn't realise the PCE needs center NEGATIVE power.. doh. Now it works. Got sound from the back :D

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:26:28 AM »
Thanks Andy. Will be going to the next event in Leicester on the 21st :)

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OFF TOPIC / Can anyone help RGB mod a PC Engine?
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:49:36 AM »
I thought it would be so easy.. nope. Turns out my soldering skills are a LOT worse than I initially thought and I'm worried I'll cause some damage if I even try to do this.

Basically I need the unit modifying for RGB output via a 9pin DIN socket (Sega Megadrive2 style). The old RF block needs desoldering, wires attached to the ext bus pins to tap the RGB bits and bobs then all soldered up to the socket.

Anyone able to help with this please? I've looked around for anyone doing it on other forums and websites but either they don't get back to me or they just want to install a cable coming out of the side which is not what I want at all.

I have all the components so really just need a solderer. Anyone up for the task? Thank you :D

(slightly upset that I've spent money on getting all the bits, soldering kit etc and I'm a complete and utter idiot)

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: Danish Museum
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:06:52 PM »
HUGE collection. They would have some seriously huge rent bills for a building big enough to contain all that stuff.

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: C64 power supplies?
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:50:59 PM »
We had one recently that was 'playing up' - the symptoms were black screen when warm and random 'buzzing' from the C64 itself.
We changed the PSU and it went away completely - I would say we were lucky with that one. Literally threw it away - 'cos if it went . . . it would take the C64 with it! :(

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Yeah that's exactly what I've been reading. So it would probably be a very good idea for me to check the PSU and replace anything that looks slightly dodgy. I've been watching too many lukemorse1 videos on youtube so I want to get some retro kit and refurbish the lot :D

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: C64 power supplies?
« on: September 01, 2014, 01:40:16 PM »
I would get a known working one (c64 complete I mean) . . . you can get PSUs but they do occasionally play up a little.

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Yeah I'm thinking it'll be easier to just buy a complete system with PSU. What I'll definitely be doing is checking the caps and probably replacing them as they'll be getting on a bit and I've read that it isn't pretty when a C64 PSU decides to go "pop"

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