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Rolf
March 28th, 2005, 05:35 PM
Anybody Know this Baby?
8 Bit Video Card.
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9 Pin D Connector.
2x 3 Pin Jumpers.
Branded: TAXAN KIF3800SP
#555SP
SUPER COLOR GRAPHICS ADAPTOR

No Date on Anything.
Nothing on the Net about it!
I know it was OK, or I wouldn't have kept it!
The best I can get from my CGA monitor is what I would call 'wrong freq lines'.
Depending on the Jumpering, I get either that, or no screen at all.
I have considered EGA (I don't have access to a Monitor), but the Name of the card throws me. If it is EGA, why call it Super CGA?

Chris2005
March 29th, 2005, 05:37 PM
It's probably (I'm actually positive) a pre-EGA 400 line card. You need a special monitor (Taxan, Tandy cm-1, yada yada) or an early multisync to utilize it. If you want to move it, I'm all years. We could still be close friends ;) if you sent me a digital pic of it either :)

Terry Yager
March 29th, 2005, 07:17 PM
Chris is prolly right. I looked it up in my 1985 Sourcebook, but it doesn't list video cards. Under Taxan, in the Monitor section, I find that Taxan offered at least one 400-line monitor, the Model 440, with a resolution of 740x400 @ a bandwidth of 25MHz. It's logical to assume they made a video card that could drive that monitor.
--T

Chris2005
March 30th, 2005, 04:56 PM
What is this sourcebook Terry? I remember there used to be a catalog of software years ago, all totally weird scientific and strange accounting items. Dark blue cover the size (nearly) of a telephone book. There would be like dozens and dozens of titles for the Tandy 2000 and TIPC and others. Any clue what I'm talking about?

Terry Yager
March 30th, 2005, 05:50 PM
What is this sourcebook Terry? I remember there used to be a catalog of software years ago, all totally weird scientific and strange accounting items. Dark blue cover the size (nearly) of a telephone book. There would be like dozens and dozens of titles for the Tandy 2000 and TIPC and others. Any clue what I'm talking about?

Actually, the full title is:
Bowker's 1985 Complete Sourcebook of Personal Computing
It's a comprehensive buyer's guide (1050 pages, 2.5" thick) to the state of computing as of 1985. (232 pages are dedicated just to software). 2 - 3 column-inches are given to most entries, and topics include such things as Hardware, Portable Hardware, IBM-compatible Hardware, Peripheral Hardware, Books, Operating Systems, etc. The Taxan monitor entry mentioned above reads:

Model 440. Screen: 12". Display: RGB or Monochromatic, 80 characters x 25 lines. Resolution: 740 x 400. Bandwidth: 25MHz. $995.00.

Bowker's published such anual guides over a period of several years. I used to have the 1984 Sourcebook too (which was only about half as thick), but I gave it to a friend several years ago. It's one of the most valued weapons in my computer collectung arsenal. If you ever get a chance to lay your hands on one, it's cheap at any price. (Mebbe you could turn one up on Amazon or sum'n). Search on ISBN 0-8352-1931-3.

--T

Terry Yager
March 30th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Ok, so I just searched Amazon on "Bowker's Sourcebook", and they have several copies from 1984 & 1985 available, from $2.13 - 20.00, and even one 1983 edition for $95.00:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/102-3963326-7148169

--T

Chris2005
April 3rd, 2005, 11:01 AM
doesn't sound like the books I was talking about. Thanks for the info though

Micom 2000
April 4th, 2005, 10:10 PM
I have a Taxan 775su monitor among my monitor stashes. It has a 9pin
connector and config swiches in back. A 1987 mfg.date. The majority of
EGA connectors I'm acquainted with had a DB15 connector. Can't remember if I ever used it but if I kept it, it was for a reason. Is there a date on the card ?

Lawrence