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Hi from Durham

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:16 pm
by avrovulcan
Hi all.

Over the last 12 months or so I have ditched my model railway hobby to go back to my first love of computers. Specifically the repair and restoration of retro computers.

At the moment I have about 25 machines in my collection, which includes my old ZX81 which was my first ever computer bought for me in Christmas 1983. This has a Memotec keyboard, Memotec 16K RAM pack and an AGF Joystick adaptor. For reasons that escape me now I removed the cases from all the equipment, with the exception of the Memotec keyboard. I fired this up recently and was pleasantly suppressing to find after being stored away for the last 34 years, that it still works. :lol:
I also have a 48K Spectrum+ that wad bought as a birthday present in 1985.
To add to these iv bought another ZX81 and an original rubber keyboard 48K and 16K Spectrums, all of which have a composite video modification. Lastly I was very fortunate in finding a ZX80 (minus its case) on ebay for £45. This is in the process of being restored st thr moment.

Anyway looking forward to taking part on the forum.

Kind regards
Andy

Re: Hi from Durham

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:46 pm
by 1024MAK
Hello and welcome to our forum Andy!

:D :D :D

I hope you enjoy the forum :D

We are happy to help if you have any questions.

Mark

PS what are the other 20 machines?

Re: Hi from Durham

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:55 pm
by avrovulcan
Hi Mark,

Looking forward to posting questions as I've been out of the hobby for some time.
As for the rest of my computers:

Acorn Electron (Working)
Altair 8800 S-100 Buss Clone (Under construction)
Amstrad CPC464 (Faulty, Dead memory chip/s)
Amstrad PPC640 (Working)
Apple II clone (Under construction)
Apple Macintosh Plus 1MB (Working)
Atari ST 520FM (Working)
Atari 400 (Condition unknown)
Atari 800XL (Faulty. Video display issues.)
BBC Model B (Working)
Commodore VIC20 (Working)
Commodore 64 (Working)
Commodore Amiga A500 (Condition unknown)
Commodore Amiga A2000 (Minor battery leak. Condition unknown)
Dragon 32 (Working)
Jupiter Ace clone (Under construction)
Microsoft XBOX x2 (Working)
MSX2 clone (Under construction)
Oric Atmos clone (Under construction)
Panasonic Toughbook CF-28 (rebuild, parts missing)
Sinclair ZX80 (Faulty. Significant restoration required)
Sinclair ZX81 (Working)
Sinclair ZX81 (Working) Composite video mod fitted
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 16K (Working) Composite video mod fitted.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K (Working) Composite video mod fitted
Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ 48K (Working)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Omni 128K laptop (on order)
Sinclair QL (Working)
Sony PSP 1003 (Working)
Toshiba T3100E Laptop (Working)

My 'To get' list:
Oric 1
Oric Atmos
Apple iie
Commodore Amiga A600
Commodore Amiga A1200
Commodore SX64
plus anything else that takes my fancy :lol: :lol:

Re: Hi from Durham

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:48 pm
by 1024MAK
Hi Andy

That’s an impressive set of computers :D

I also have rather a lot (although I don’t know how many, as I gave up counting them a while ago :oops:).
Mine include:
Acorn Atom
Acorn BBC Model B
Acorn BBC Model B+
Acorn BBC Master 128
Acorn BBC Master Compact
Acorn Electron
Acorn A3010 (needs attention)
Acorn A3020
Acorn A5000
Acorn A7000+
Amstrad CPC464 (suspect faulty DRAM)
Amstrad CPC6128
Atari 520STFM
Atari 520STE
Atari 10240STE
Atari Mega ST
Atari TT
Falcon (one day I will fit a new RTC chip)
Commodore 64 (bread bin)(not powered it on for a while so condition unknown)
Commodore 64C
Commodore 128
Commodore 128D
Commodore Amiga A500 (Condition unknown)
Commodore Amiga A600 (Condition unknown)
Commodore Amiga A1200 (Condition unknown)
Memotech MTX500
Memotech MTX512
Memotech MTX512 S2
Sinclair ZX80
Sinclair ZX81
TS1000 (needs new keyboard membrane)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 16K (issue 1 board, I don’t have the original case or keyboard)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K
Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ 48K
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K (toast rack, faulty, also needs new keyboard membrane)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2B
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3B
Sinclair QL
Sharp MZ-80A
Sharp MZ-700

All are working unless indicated. In some cases I have more than one of each model.

These are some other 8 bit and 16 bit computer forums where I am a member:-

Acorn machines (Atom, BBC, Electron etc.) : StarDot forums
ZX Spectrum and clones: World of Spectrum and World of Spectrum forums,
Spectrum Computing and Spectrum Computing forums
QL: The Sinclair QL forum and the QL Wiki
Memotech MTX: MTX World and Memorum (forums)
Amstrad 8 bits: CPCWiki forums and Wiki
Atari: Atariage and forums
Atari ST/STF/STM/STFM/STE/TT etc Atari-Forum including a very useful Wiki
6502.org and forums
anycpu.org and forums
VCF

Mark

Re: Hi from Durham

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:58 pm
by Moggy
Hells teeth I thought for one minute I was looking at Lardo's to do list. :lol:

Welcome also Andy, you are among friends here good folk one and all. :D

Regards.

Moggy.

Re: Hi from Durham

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:29 pm
by Lardo Boffin
Moggy wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:58 pm
Hells teeth I thought for one minute I was looking at Lardo's to do list.
How did Mark get my xmas list for Santa?

Welcome Andy. Its a friendly place here. :D

Re: Hi from Durham

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:08 pm
by avrovulcan
Blimey :o that's one heck of an impressive collection .
I think my wife would notice if I had that much up the loft :lol:
I've just about got away with what I have.