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Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0

by billdeg - 09/26/2009
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Pictures from the Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 held September 12 and 13th at the Info Age Science Center in Wall, NJ USA
William (Bill)Dromgoole's "..Ohio Scientific Superkit with a homebrewed power supply and no case, 25x25-character display, and external parallel ASCII keyboard. The Superkit consists of model 500a CPU board, model 480 backplane, and 440b video card. Also installed are a model 430b cassette I/O interface with D/A and A/D converters and model 420c memory cards. .." One of my favorite exhibits.
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Examine using Front Panel - problem

by billdeg - 09/06/2009
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Last Post: [ Examine using Front Panel - correction ] 09/25/2009
This is a note to self. I have an Altair mentioned elsewhere on this web site, SN 220744K, and the front panel has been mod-ed to with both IMSAI and Altair front panel connectors so either CPU interface card can be used. When the Altair card in installed, examine does not work. Here is a substitute for examine in the mean time assume you're starting from 000 000 but you want to examine what's in c000. deposit load the following: 000 303 jmp [a7, a6, a1, a0 up] 000 000 lower [all down] 000 300 upper [ a7, a6 up] = c000 reset put all toggles down single step = watch for a15, a14 up = c000 now that you have jumped to c000, you can use the examine next. NEXT: try system with imsai CPU card, see if examine works. If yes, then it's the cable, if no, then it's the front panel (someplace). See also post about the power supply capacitor for this system, needs replaci... [ read more ]

Processor Tech General Purpose Module

by billdeg - 09/20/2009
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Last Post: [ Further attempts to fix PT GPM card ] 10/18/2009
For my own reference, I took some pictures of Bill Sudbrink's Processor Tech General Purpose Module card, which is similar to mine except that he made some modifications to protect some of the F000+ memory when CUTER and NorthStar DOS try to use the same spaces. Here are the pictures I took: Processor Tech General Purpose Module Mods for NS DOS and CUTER Of course now I have a problem with my CUTER program, I must have blown an IC. Next - find and repair the bad component. ... [ read more ]

Televideo TS-816

by billdeg - 09/19/2009
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I took this system out for a spin, it had been 4 or 5 years. Still works great. Here are some new pictures.
The Televideo TS-816 has no internal disk drive, only a tape unit, which is used for backup and restore operations. Fortunately the hard drive will still boot and support multiple terminal operations. I used the serial port from a laptop to load the BASIC program ELIZA from console mode and then ran the program on separate (Televideo) terminal in user mode.
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Site for info/pictures for S-100 Boards

by monahan_z - 09/08/2009
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Well I have spent the past 2 months putting together a central database of most S-100 boards with pictures, comments and (where possible) manuals for each board for the web site www.S100Computers.com. If I had known it was going to be so much work I'm not sure I would have started! Anyway most of the major S-100 board companies are there. I obtained pictures and manuals from all over the web, my own fairly large collection, and pictures and manuals sent in by a number of great individuals who helped out. They are listed in the acknowledgement section. From the S-100 Boards section of www.S100Computers.com you arrive at a central page from which you go to each manufacture. To get started go here:- http://www...0Index%20Page.htm As you can see we are still missing pictures of a few boards (or they are very poor). A number of manuals are missing. Pleas... [ read more ]

CompuPro Advertisements

by billdeg - 09/07/2009
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GodBout changed it's name to CompuPro in late 1980. Here are a few of the first ads from this era, 1980-1981: CompuPro CPU 8085/88 (8 - 16) CPU CompuPro Interfacer I and Interfacer II CompuPro Static RAM (various) CompuPro Product Listing Ad Download PDF format... [ read more ]

converting files from ascii to PRG

by billdeg - 09/06/2009
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Let's say you write, scan, or transfer somehow an ASCII file that contains a BASIC program. How do you get it to your Commodore? Here is how I do it. The files are here 1. Start with an ASCII listing of your BASIC program. Save it as "myfile.txt" 2. Download all of the files from TOK64 to your PC (MS Windows) 3. This command will copy your code to PRG format TOK64 /toprg myfile.txt If that does not work, you may have to type TOK64 /list to see all commands. 4. The program will convert the ASCII program to Commdore PRG 5. Use D64 Editor to pack the PRG file you created (MYFILE.PRG (and any others you may wish to add) into a single disk image. You can start by creating an empty 64 image and then import MYFILE.PRG into it. 6. I use MM64 with RR-net op... [ read more ]

MITS 1440 Calculator

by billdeg - 09/05/2009
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The MITS Model 1440 was a electronic calculator kit first produced in 1972 before the Altair 8800. This calculator was capable of performing square, square root, and memory storage. It had 15 digit LED readout.
The 1972 MITS 1440 Calculator restoration by Bob Grieb of TaunTek.com
There were 6 integrated circuits ("ROMS") but Bob replaced the one marked FDY 360B-7006 with a modern equivalent he made himself(!). He also replaced at least one zener diode. He sent me a complete write up of the repairs and notes. Additional pictures and documents related to the 1440 GENERAL DESCRIPTION (from the Theory of Operation section of the manual) "..The Model 1440 Calculator uses state-of-the-art MOS/LSI (Metal oxides substrate/large scale integratio... [ read more ]

IMSAI 1.4 BASIC vs. MITS 8K BASIC

by billdeg - 08/16/2009
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Last Post: [ Altair BASIC running on other machines ] 09/02/2009
I am working with the "Eliza" program found in the Jul-Aug 1977 Creative Computing magazine. It was written for MITS Altair BASIC, but I only have the IMSAI 1.4 BASIC. Lines like this are incompatible: 90 DIM C$(72),I$(72),K$(72),F$(72),S$(72),R$(72),P$(72),Z$(72) ..need to find a useful detailed guide to IMSAI 1.4 BASIC, better still a guide for converting MITS 8K BASIC to IMSAI 1.4 BASIC.... [ read more ]

Multi-Tech Systems MT25 EIA-CCITT

by billdeg - 09/01/2009
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Multi-Tech Systems MT25 EIA-CCITT Breakout / Monitor tester. A useful tool.
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Qume QVT-108

by billdeg - 09/01/2009
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The Qume QVT-108 terminal appears to be 9600 baud terminal. This terminal came with a CompuPro 8086/8085 system and was probably used as the console.
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Zorba GC-200 Portable

by billdeg - 09/01/2009
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Last Post: [ Zorba Repairs ] 07/20/2011
I have received a non-functional Zorba portable model GC-200. It's in nice cosmetic shape, but does not complete a boot cycle, no screen output, no attempt to access diskette. The portables of this era all seem to have similar problems.
The portable with the quirky name - Zorba - was one of the last great CRT portables. This portable had dual 5 1/4" drives and ran a CP/M. It had non standard looking 25 pin female serial, parallel and IEEE

Shugart SA801 Inventory

by billdeg - 08/30/2009
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Shugart 801 inventory 5 Shugart 801's, none have yet been proven to work. Enclosures: Lobo twin 8" drive enclosure. Xerox twin 8" drive enclosure SN: x973 013718 New Old Stock drive in box. M35982 3/15/1982 NOTES 1. Removed boot drive from Lobo enclosure and replaced with the new old stock drive. made jumper changes to match original drive 2. Xerox drives not used #1 #2 ... [ read more ]

Vintage Computer Festival Video 2008

by billdeg - 08/26/2009
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Demo of Space War on the PDP 8i captured on video, with ASR 33 and Calcomp Plotter: http://www.y...=JxVMtGFcc_s Towards the end there are a few snips of my exhibit from the festival as well. Here is a Youtube.com video of my Commodore SuperPet and D9090 from Dan Roganti: http://www.y...Mw0UEHoxU ...another one from Dan of the ENIAC development lecture http://www.yo...com/watch?v=TlZP3KeLRpw... [ read more ]

Timex Sinclair 1000 / ZX81

by billdeg - 07/11/2007
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Last Post: [ Looking for Sinclair Keyboard ] 08/23/2009
Here are some photos of some recently purchased Timex Sinclair 1000 / ZX81 items. There are 6 boxes of books and hardware, plus about 150 tape programs to catalog. Assembly programming for the Sinclair I can believe..Forth? I had no idea how seriously people took these machines. more to follow. I will probably put some of this up for sale, if anyone is interested, let me know. My favorite item is the Suntronics Sinclair keyboard kit. Makes the system so much more usable with a good keyboard. ... [ read more ]
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