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COLLECTORS CORNER / Re: jack_farmer's Collection
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:48:46 AM »
Thanks! Still working on expanding it   ;D

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COLLECTORS CORNER / jack_farmer's Collection
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:16:48 PM »
Listed some of my collection on the 'new members' bit of the forum, but totally forgot to put loads of stuff. Here's my current, mostly vintage Apple (in volume, at least, I'd forgotten how huge CRT's are!), collection:

MacBook Pro (mid-2012 13-inch), my 'daily driver' which I love!
Commodore 64C, with the Datasette, joystick and a bunch of games
iMac G3 "Bondi Blue" revision A, in the original box with every manual. Just like it was new in 1998!
iMac G3 "Blue Dalmatian" used for Spotify, the speakers are great :)
iBook G3, upgraded with WiFi, 640MB memory
Nintendo Game Boy Colour, in blue
Nintendo Game Boy Pocket, a custom-made transparent/orange combination (only one like it in the world that I know of, refurbished and like new!)
Nintendo DS Lite, in red
PowerMac G4, my next 'project'
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DSi XL, in black/blue
A Raspberry Pi (does this count? It does play retro games)
As well as a load of old (mostly Apple) manuals, keyboards, mice, power adapters, spare bits and etc.
Loads of games, software and manuals for all of the above^ a combo of discs, floppies, cartridges, books and files on external HDDs and USB drives

In the past, I've also owned (and regrettably sold, thrown away or exchanged):

Sega Mega Drive II
Power Macintosh G3 (blue and white) - refurbished and sold to another collector
A few other Nintendo DS'es (a silver DS lite, black DS lite, and a red/brown DSi XL)
Nintendo Game Boy, the original beige 'brick' - traded for my custom pocket
Microsoft Xbox (the original)
Nintendo GameCube, a rarer pearl-coloured one
Sony PlayStation 2, which died on me after almost 10 years of service!
Sony PSP 1000 (though come to think of it, it might be in a drawer somewhere)

I know my "retro" collection is actually fairly modern, but I like to have machines that I can still use on a day-to-day basis. I'm only just realising how much Apple tat I've ended up owning, but I just love the stuff they were making in the late 90's - early 2000's era; when they were still innovating and not just copying other companies.

In the future, I'd love to come across an Apple II (especially a IIGS, my favourite computer); a 'compact Mac' from the 80's or early 90's; one of the swivel-screened iMac G4's; and an old tabletop arcade machine (like an old Space Invaders machine). That's if I find any space for them!   ;)

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 20, 2015, 07:54:58 PM »
Thanks guys, I'm just worried that it would end up costing more than another working C64 on eBay  :-\

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:44:34 PM »
Fingers crossed!  :)

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:41:24 PM »
Thanks a lot Andy! I'll keep my eye out for cheap PLA's online. It must only be a matter of time before someone puts one on for a fiver  :)

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FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: Just a bit overpriced
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:39:38 PM »
It does say "offers" - maybe you could get them down to about £1200  ;D ;D
That is nuts though!

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FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: WANTED - 386 or 486 with at least 3 ISA slots free.
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:51:48 PM »
You could try the local tip maybe? I know ours has an area where the TVs and computers get left, and you could probably get one for very little or even free. I'm sure there would be something like what you're looking for.

Jack :)


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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:48:39 PM »
Thanks for that! I'd love a bread bin, since I have the slimmer (but far less retro-looking) 64C.

Jack :)

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:25:17 PM »
Turns out my PLA is soldered in, so it probably wouldn't be worth trying to remove it and soldering in a new one (at least with my poor soldering skills). I think my plan of action is to find another C64 online (perhaps with a warranty or guarantee) to replace mine; and I'll keep the dead one as a parts machine or something.

Thanks, Jack :)

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 15, 2015, 12:42:08 AM »
Thanks Andy, will do some more research tomorrow :)

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 14, 2015, 06:53:39 PM »
Fantastic  :'( - is the PLA one of the easily removable chips? If so, I'll just keep an eye out until a working one shows up cheap on eBay.

Thanks Andy :)

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Bizarre C64 fault
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:38:30 PM »
Hello,

I've just uncovered a new problem with my Commodore 64 (64E). Plugged into my TV via RF, it starts up just fine first time; but if I come to restart it for whatever reason I get a black screen. The C64 must still be powered on, as the red LED lights up, and my TV does not give a 'no signal' screen.  The black screen occasionally flickers, but I really have no idea what is wrong. It just seems to strange since when it does power up it works perfectly.

To get it powering up and working properly again, I have found that just leaving the C64 turned off for a while does the trick; but this is hardly a long-term solution!  :-\

I have cleaned the C64's board, checked for any 'chip creep' and checked for any broken traces or leaky caps; but this hasn't yielded any results. Where do I go from here?

Thanks in advance,
Jack :)

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: Sinclair Spectrum Vega - anyone?
« on: February 13, 2015, 05:21:01 PM »
Great! It's nice to see something cool and interesting being made locally.  :)

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: Sinclair Spectrum Vega - anyone?
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:54:28 PM »
According to the IndieGogo page, it's sometime in April. :)

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