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COLLECTORS CORNER / woody.cool's Collection
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:05:19 PM »
Everybody else has done this, so thought I'd join in on the act.

Computers
Amstrad 8-bit
Amstrad CPC 6128
Amstrad CPC 464
Amstrad DDI-1 disk interface & Amstrad FD-1 external drive (external drive needs attention)
Amstrad MP-2 modulator (allows CPC 464, 664, 6128 to be plugged in to a domestic TV and tuned in via RF)
Custom 3.5" external floppy drive, it's a 720k really old PC floppy drive in a case ripped from a broken Cumand external Amiga drive

Commodore 8-bit
Commodore 64c - x2, both with Commodore C2N cassette unit
Commodore 16 - partially boxed, with Commodore 1531 cassette unit

Sinclair 8-bit, including Sinclair after Amstrad aquisition
Sinclair Spectrum 48k rubber keyboard - needs new membrane & metal shield, acquired with a really poorly done composite mod done on it!
Sinclair Spectrum +2 (grey model)
Sinclair Spectrum +2B (block model) with "Tech Shack" CF-IDE internal adaptor - my favourite Spectrum :)
Sinclair Spectrum +3 (drive belt replaced, but drive "read error" occurs constantly, head alignment probem ???)

MSX 1 compatible 8-bit
Toshiba HX-10 MSX (obtained at RCM Easter event)

Acorn Computers 8-bit
Acorn BBC Micro model B with MMBEEB and Audio lead mod
Acorn Electron, boxed, with colour composite mod
Acorn Data Cassette recorder (obtained at RCM Easter event)

Acorn Computers 16/32-bit
Acorn Archimedes A3010 with faulty floppy controller (I got a new drive from CJE Micros - doesn't work, but drive tested OK on another Acorn machine)
Acorn Archimedes A4000 - missing keyboard/mouse

Apple "PowerPC" range
Apple PowerMac G4 Blue/White
Apple PowerMac G4 "QuickSilver"
Apple eMac G4 1.42 Ghz
Apple iBook G3 "White dual-USB" model - x2

Commodore 16/32-bit (Amiga)
Amiga 500 - PAL OCS, KS 1.3, 512KB CHIP RAM, NO FAST RAM, red power LED, bot the original keyboard though
Amiga 500 - NTSC ECS, KS 2.0, 512KB CHIP RAM, 512KB FAST RAM, red power LED
Amiga 500 - PAL ECS, KS 2.0, 512KB CHIP RAM, 1.5MB FAST RAM, 68010 upgrade, ECS "Super Denise" chip upgrade, green power LED
Amiga 500+ - PAL ECS, KS 2.0, 1MB CHIP RAM, NO FAST RAM
Amiga 500+ - PAL ECS, KS 1.3, 2.0 & 3.1, 2MB CHIP RAM, 2MB FAST RAM (provided by ACA500), 128MB further FAST RAM (provided by ACA1220 plugged into ACA500 through port), 2x 4GB CF cards - "my favourite Amiga"
Amiga 600 - PAL ECS, KS 3.1, 2MB CHIP RAM, up to 10MB FAST RAM (depending on config), ACA620, 4GB CF CARD
Amiga 1200 - PAL AGA, KS 3.1, 2MB CHIP RAM, 4MB FAST RAM, 8GB CF CARD
Amiga 1500 - PAL ECS, KS 2.0, 1MB CHIP RAM, 4MB FAST RAM, 4GB CF CARD, DVD-ROM, twin floppy
Amiga A1011 external 3.5" floppy drive, DSDD (880k on Amiga)
2x Commodore A590 external hard drives for A500/A500+, both with 2MB FAST RAM
AlphaPower IDE external hard drive for A500/A500+ with upgrade AlphaROM 8.3 and 4GB CF card and 8MB FAST RAM
Commodore A570 external CD-ROM drive for A500/A500+ (includes CDTV ROMs)
ACA500, ACA620 & ACA1220 accellerator cards (see above for which systems they're in)

Atari 16/32-bit
Atari 520STFM with 1MB RAM (Marpet RAM upgrade) and TOS 1.04

Computer monitors
Philips CM-8833 Mark 1, features SCART (RGB), composite, TTL RGB
Philips CM-8833 Mark 2, features 9-pin RGB, TTL RGB and composite

Game Consoles
Sega
Sega Master System - Mark 1
Sega Mega Drive - Mark 1 - x2
Sega Mega Drive - Mark 2 - x2
Sega MegaCD - Mark 2, with the plastic 'extension' so it fits the MD mark 1 properly!

Sony
Sony Playstation "original" - mark 2 (no "parallel port" for cheat cart)
Sony Playstation 2 "slim" - strange controller port fault

Microsoft
Microsoft XBOX "original" - black - unknown version

Handhelds
Nintendo
Nintendo Gameboy "original" - beige/grey
Nintendo Gameboy "original" - ltd. edition "black" - boxed, with headphones, tetris & instructions
Nintendo Gameboy "original" - ltd. edition "red Manchester United" version
Nintendo Gameboy Advance - white
Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP - black

Sony
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) - PSP 1000 in black, with custom firmware

PC compatible hardware, some old(ish), some not so old
PC workstation/desktop architecture
Hewlett-Packard Pavilion t3200 - AMD Athlon 64, 2GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, Windows 7 Professional x64 (ready for when I get another 2GB RAM to install)
Compaq Deskpro - unknown P4 era model in black/silver - motherboard replaced, AMD Athlon XP, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, Windows XP Professional
"Custom" Small form factor "Mini-ITX" PC - Intel Atom Dual-core & Hyper-threading CPU @ 1.6 Ghz, 2GB RAM, 80 GB SATA HDD, Windows XP Professional
Acer Veriton M464 - Intel Core 2 Duo (unsure of speed at the moment, will update soon), 4 GB RAM, 1TB SATA HDD, Windows 8.1 Update 1 x64 Professional
Compaq Deskpro EN P3 series (unknown model) - Intel Pentium III @ 677 Mhz, 512MB RAM, 20 GB HDD, Windows "Fundamentals For Legacy PCs"
Compaq Deskpro P2 series (unknown model) - Intel Pentium II @ 400 Mhz, 384 MB RAM, 10 GB HDD, Windows 2000 Professional & Windows 98 Second Edition dual-boot
CV860A SFF PC, VIA EPIA @ 866 MHz, 512MB RAM, 4GB CF CARD, 3x LAN, Windows 98 Second Edition & MS-DOS dual boot
"Custom build" VIA EPIA 800 Mhz, 256 MB RAM, no drives, no OS installed - working but "spares & repairs" - v.noisy CPU fan
"Custom build" VIA EPIA 800 Mhz, 256 MB RAM, 20 GB HDD, no OS installed

Laptop/netbook/portable
Toshiba Satellite L30-11D - Intel Celeron 440 @ 1.8 Ghz, 1.5 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD, Windows XP Professional
Advent 5431 - Intel Core 2 Duo (unkown speed), 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, WIndows 8.1 Update 1 Professional x86
Dell Latitude D610 - Intel Centrino/Pentium 4 (unknown speed), 2 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD, Windows 7 Professional x86
Acer Aspire One A110 - Intel Atom (unknown speed), 512MB RAM, original 8GB SSD has died, no OS installed
"Cheap s**t" Omatek C8 netbook - AMD N70 (iirc) CPU, 512MB RAM, original 1.8" ZIF hard drive is dead, no OS installed
Samsung N145 Plus netbook - Intel Atom, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Professional x86

Servers
2x Dell PowerEdge 600SC - Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.8 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, both have 1x40GB IDE and 1x320 GB IDE HDD, one is running VMWare ESXi 3.5 and the other has Windows 2003 R2 Standard installed.
Acer server (unknown model) - Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.0 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, 1x Adaptec and 1x LSI MegaRAID SCSI controller, 1x 76 GB U320 SCSI hard drive, 2x 136 GB U320 SCSI HDD, Windows 2008 (not R2) Standard x86

Other non-computing hardware that may be of interest, could be considered retro?
Walkman / Personal Cassette Players
Sony Walkman WM-FX28 - features digital tuning radio (analogue radio with digital readout), alarm clock, chunky as a brick, circa 1993
Sony Walkman WM-FX212 - features figital tuning radio, auto reverse, dolby B noise reduction, circa 1996
Aiwa GS372 - features auto-reverse, dolby B noise reduction, MSP ("multi sound processor")
Aiwa PX547 - features auto-reverse, logic control, dolby B, remote control earphones, slim design, rechargeable batteries
Panasonic RQ-A200 Stero Recording Personal Cassette - recording from internal stereo mic or MIC socket (ideal for Spectrum, Amstrad etc.) & analogue radio.

Discman / Personal CD
Sony DE-440 - features ESP2 anti-shock, Mega Bass & "Groove", rechargeable battery, line out, remote earphones
Maxim (unknown model) - features anti-shock, bass boost, AM/FM radio (analogue), rechargeable battery

Personal Minidisc
Sony MZ-NF610 - features NetMD, MDLP, AM/FM Radio, remote earphones
Sony MZ-G750 - features MDLP, AM/FM, remote earphones
Sony MZ-R90 - features remote earphones

Retro TV electronics
Matsui 18" CRT television (unknown model) with remote, teletext, SCART (RGB compatible) and RF
Grundig 10" portable CRT television (unknown model) with remote control, teletext, SCART (RGB compatible), front composite AV and RF
Grandia 14" portable CRT television (unknown model) with remote control, teletext, SCART (RGB compatible) and RF - french TV with french manual
Panasonic "Sky Digibox" TU-DSB30 - not HD
Ferguson VHS Video Cassette Recorder - NICAM Stereo, Long Play, NTSC Playback

Cassette Recorders (non-personal)
Sanyo "uknown model" shoe-box style cassette recorder, as used with Spectrum, Amstrad, MSX, Acorn etc. computers - definitely a late 80s/early 90s unit.
Yamaha KX-300 "Hi-Fi Seperate" Cassette Deck - features full logic control, dolby B & C, dolby HX Pro, MPX filter, manual reverse, timer record, intro scan, AMSS (auto music search system), line-in, line-out, headphone socket, manual recording level, manual balance, manual bias control, type I (ferric), II (chrome) and IV (metal) compatible, really high quality! think it's a 90s unit.

Car Audio
Aiwa CT-X319 stereo radio cassette, auto reverse, line-in jack, external amplifier connection, circa. 1999 - removed from my old Vauxhall Corsa pre-sale.

Mobile phones
Nokia 6310i in black/gold
Nokia 7110 in green with flip-down (i.e. "The Matrix" phone)
Nokia 3410 in cyan/white
HTC 7 Trophy (I use this as a spare phone - runs Windows Phone 7.8)
iPhone 4 (not exactly retro, but already superseeded by the iPhone 4s, 5 and 5c range)
Sony Ericson T65 with phone camera add-on

I think that's all my tech of interest (apart from some crappy micro-hi-fi system in my bedroom) that may be interesting.

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Hi guys,

Some help needed - I picked up a PS2 slim + games for approx. 15 quid from the the local car boot sale.
Anyway, I seem to have a problem, the PS2 controller that came with didn't work, opened it up, all looked OK to me.
Borrowed a known working PS2 controller from a friend - this doesn't work either !!!!
However, the plot thickens .... an original Playstation controller (aka PS1 controller) DOES work, but the unfortunate problem is that not all PS2 games support using the older PS1 pads.

Any ideas? This looks like a console problem (not a controller issue) but not sure how to best got about repair (if at all possible)

Research on the internet suggests that the controller ports on the slim models of PS2 are NOT user replaceable.

Anyway, any help appreciated.

Cheers
woody.cool

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OFF TOPIC / Weird RCM website display issues in Safari on iPhone 3GS
« on: September 26, 2010, 09:32:35 PM »
Hi all,

I was browsing this forum from my iPhone 3GS earlier and noticed the following display issue:



The status line (where the top poster etc. appears) seems to overlap the line below.
Is this fixable? is it planned to be fixed? or is it one of those 'not a priority and will get done when it gets done' things?

Cheers
woody

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OFF TOPIC / Which browser should I use?
« on: May 05, 2010, 10:28:00 PM »
Hi all,

Been having weird problems with Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3 not wanting to display pages ... getting 'server not found' messages and long delays, despite having a decent connection and my other internet applications (MSN Messenger, download manager etc.) not being affected.

I have to keep refreshing for the browser to load pages, usually it happens on RCM forum and RG forum but has happened with my Yahoo Mail and other websites.
I don't get this problem with Internet Explorer 8 (although I actually hate IE)

I've ran an anti-virus scan and anti-spyware/anti-malware scan and it's all clean.

So, possibly looking at changing browser.
Which one should I go for? vote for your favourite please

Cheers
woody.cool

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FOR SALE / WANTED / FOR SALE: Amiga 1200 in tower with accessories!
« on: April 21, 2010, 02:56:02 PM »
Hi all,

Due to a change in circumstances, I am selling my Amiga 1200 in tower case.

It is of the following spec:
  • Commodore Amiga A1200 motherboard, revision 1D4
  • Kickstart 3.1 ROMs
  • Magnum MK-II 68040 accellerator (it's a rebadged Apollo card apparently)
  • 32MB Fast RAM (alongside the default 2MB CHIP RAM)
  • 4.3GB Hard Drive
  • IDEfix buffered IDE interface
  • DVD-ROM (unbranded)
I've installed Workbench 3.1, some useful utilities (such as LHA, LZX, PowerPacker etc.) and have installed an unregistered version of WHDLoad (registration is very cheap, and worth it)

I've posted pictures and a more complete ad over on AmiBay:
http://amibay.com/showthread.php?t=5893

I'm looking for £300 ish (the accellerator card alone usually goes for around £200 - £250 ish, so it's a bargain).

I prefer collection from Chelmsford, Essex but may be willing to take this machine to the RCM open day for collection there.

I accept PayPal payment in advance or cash upon collection, not bothered which.

Thanks for looking
woody.cool

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Not strictly retro (as in systems) but retro in the sense of the ability to run old OSes.

I'm wanting to run old Windows OSes (namely Windows 3.11/Windows For Workgroups 3.11 and Windows 95) in virtualisation.
I'm wondering which is the best tool to use. I've tried a few and have issues with all the ones I've tried.

I've used the following:
  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 SP1 - runs the VM really fast. Windows 3.11 is no problem, Windows 95 has random glitches (such as the fact it reckoned I had 4 floppy drives from F: to I: even though I didn't have it configured like that)
  • VMware Workstation 6.5.1 - resource hungry as fook .... it hammered my PC to fook constantly for what seemed like no apparent reason (especially as VPC didn't) and also, there's no 3.11 support .... it works, but is fiddly to set up
  • Sun Virtualbox - no 'guest additions' or drivers for anything earlier than NT4/2000/XP so struggled with drivers for VGA (but managed to fudge on a generic VESA VBE driver) and no matter how it was configured, networking just didn't work, no matter what settings I had chosen.
  • Qemu - currently using this at the moment, but my Windows 95 virtual machine runs like s**t and is so slow it's virtually unusable. It crashes/locks up regularly, even when doing the most basic of things (like displaying a dialog box/message box that's built in to one of the Win95 DLLs)
So, any ideas on which I should use? Is there any other, better product?
It's sounds like this is one of those questions that only some may be able to answer (I'm looking in AndyT's direction here ;) )

My PC isn't the best .... specs are as follows:
  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.2Ghz
  • 1GB RAM
  • nVidia GeForce 8500 GTS
  • 2x Hard Drives .... 1x 400GB SATA (partitioned as 80GB XP drive, the rest as data) and 1x 1TB SATA (just one large 1TB partition). There's plenty of free space on all partitions.
I know most people will say 'MORE RAM' but money's tight at the moment, so purchasing more RAM is out of the question until funds permit.

Thanks in advance
(oh, and if this post is in the wrong section, feel free to move it)

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For sale is the following:
  • Intel Celeron Dual Core @ 1.6Ghz
  • Heatsink & Fan
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
I'll chuck in a FREE motherboard, an ASUS P5G-MX.
The reason the motherboard is free, is because it's buckled/bent. If you install and use the motherboard you'll see that it indeed 'seems' to work, but you will be granted with nothing more than hassle in the form of constant BSODs in Windows and Kernal Panics in Linux.

I've tested all the components, and it is definitely the motherboard that is faulty.
The RAM was tested thoroughly with Memtest86+, SiSoft Sandra AND Windows Memory Diagnostics tools.
The CPU has been tested with various benchmarking/diagnostic tools also!

Not sure what to ask for, so open to 'sensible' offers.
I'm gonna take it to Retrovision with me as well, so if anyone who its going to RV fancies it, let me know.

Now for the boring part!

PLEASE NOTE: The above (especially the motherboard) comes with no warranty expressed or implied, the equipment is sold as 'spares' (you could also call the mobo 'spares & repairs') therefore I cannot give refunds for equipment found to be faulty once money has changed hands.

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FOR SALE / WANTED / SOLD: Woody.cool's tat!
« on: October 27, 2009, 11:47:35 AM »
Hi all,

The first of many items for sale.

I'm selling a custom built PC of the following spec:
  • Intel D845HV motherboard
  • Intel Pentium 4 CPU @ 1.6GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • nVidia GeForce 2 MX graphics card w/ 32MB RAM (was quite good back in the day)
  • 16x DVD-ROM
  • CD-RW (unknown speed & untested)
  • 40GB Hard Drive
  • legitimate/genuine Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3, all the updates done & a genuine COA sticker
I've installed AVG Free 9.0 on it, so it's got some anti-virus protection (although nowadays, I don't think AVG is as good as it used to be)
The machine has 6 USB ports (4 on the back and 2 on the front) as well as front & back audio connectors.

The case is a gloss black colour, but being a shop display model, has some minor scratches on it (nothing that looks too bad and it certainly doesn't affect the performance of the machine)

I've listed this on ebay too: CLICK HERE!
Any SENSIBLE offers accepted (baring in mind, it's got a legit Windows XP Home license)

If someone on here wants it (and the auction has enough time to go), I'll be prepared to end the ebay auction and sell it to you!

This is the only system I have in this case (the one pictured on the ebay auction) BUT I do have other similar specced systems for sale (once I've set up Windows and removed my old crap data off them or swapped the hard drives for ones I haven't used) in different cases.

Cheers
woody.cool

ITEM SOLD!

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OFF TOPIC / More bad news (again)
« on: October 26, 2009, 06:54:00 PM »
Well, this weekend just gone, I had some unfortunate news.
Looks like I'm out of work again :(

I went into work on Saturday (as per usual) and found the shop virtually empty (only about 3 PCs and a couple of laptops left) .... no phones, no till and more importantly, no alarm system.

Anyway, about an hour later, I got a text from my boss saying that he's closing the shop for good (it's not making any money) and that I could help myself to anything left in the shop (which I did do) however, it was supposed to be pay day, so I got no wages (I hope the sale of the goods I've 'recovered' will get me enough money to tide me other)

So, after that little episode, I got a call from his missus (as he was supposed to be getting married that exact same day) .... she had NO IDEA that he'd even closed the shop and apparently he didn't turn up at the wedding.

He promised me a call today (Monday) to explain etc. and to sort out the formalities (such as getting my reference to me) but I got no such call. Seems like the chap has 'done a bunk'.

To top this off, my car failed it's MOT and it needs a LOT of work doing to it (lot of work = expensive), which I cannot afford ..... on top of this, the tax is up at the end of the month!

Sorry to sound like a rant but I'm getting desperate now!
Expect to see some stuff of mine on ebay in the not too distant future :(

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OFF TOPIC / 1000th post
« on: October 21, 2009, 09:44:39 AM »
OH MY GOD!

I've now got to my 1000th post ......... :D
(not that I'm a post whore or anything like that)

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OFF TOPIC / Retro Gaming vs. Retro Computing
« on: August 24, 2009, 10:13:44 PM »
This is something that I've always wondered about, tbh.

We all share a love for these classic machines, but where does your love lie?
Are you more into playing games on this classic hardware? or are you a techy/geeky type and are really into the hardware and what it can do?

I've set up this poll so I can kind of find out what's more popular, the gamers, or the geeks :D

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Hi all,

Recently, I've acquired an RM Nimbus PC 186.
I'm after the pin outs or even a cable to connect to the RM's colour monitor connector, which is an 8-pin DIN socket (kind of like the C64's)

I've tried all the 8-pin DIN -> SCART leads I have, all with different degrees of success, but non of which produce a steady picture.
I've looked on t'Internet but am really struggling to find the information required.

Anybody got any ideas? or know the above info?

Cheers
woody.cool

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FOR SALE / WANTED / SOLD: Xbox 360 + games + accessories
« on: August 21, 2009, 03:43:47 PM »
This is gonna come as a bit of a shock, but I'm selling my Xbox 360.

I thought I'd offer it on here (and on RG forum) before I list it on Gamerbay and then evilbay (it it still doesn't sell)

tbh, I rarely use the 360, so here's what you get:
  • Xbox 360 console (in white) with 120GB hard drive and one official Xbox 360 wired controller
  • all the associated cables for connecting to your TV (I have the original 3x phono composite cable and an RGB SCART cable with audio bypass and digital audio output)
  • the box for the console, but the box is really tatty!
  • Xbox 360 official 64MB memory card (unused as far as I know)
  • Xbox LIve Arcade Unplugged (promotional disk)
  • Colin McRae Dirt
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agenr
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • Street FIghter IV Collector's Edition
  • Guitar Hero II, boxed, with GH2 Guitar
  • Rock Band, with boxed instrument pack (including Drums, Rock Band Guitar, Microphone and Rock Band USB Hub)
All items are in good condition (although there is signs of standard usage) .... everything is tested & working, but be aware, I will remove my Xbox LIve account from the hard drive before sale.
Please make me an offer (all sensible offers will be considered)

Please note: due to the size & weight of this lot, it's for collection from Northampton ONLY (unless you arrange your own courier)
Payment is either cash upon collection or via PayPal (if you're arranging your own courier, I want payment by PayPal please)

Unfortunately, I don't use the 360 much (it's been sat there gathering dust for about 6 months) and I really do need as much money as I can raise at the moment due to unemployment

Cheers
woody.cool

P.S. Pictures to follow .....

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Death of a loved one!
« on: August 17, 2009, 08:25:03 PM »
Sorry for the dramatic title, it's not a person that has died ..... but rather, one of my beloved retro computers.

Unfortunately, my VIC-20 has bitten the dust ... I've had Phu have a look at it, and he repaired it .... following that, I plugged it into a PSU that I was unaware was a VIC-20 killer, and now it's buggered, worse than last time :'(

Is anybody else as unlucky as me?

Please, if you feel compelled to do so, post your stories of losing your favourite machines!

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