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vbriel
March 12th, 2006, 10:42 AM
For those who haven't read the Computer Collector Newsletter my newest project is a PC case that resembles an Altair 8800. I'm about 90% done with the prototype and still have some firmware to write but things are coming along faster than expected. The front panel of the case will be a functional replica of the Altair 8800 front panel. You will be able to store and load memory locations, run small programs in the 256byte onboard RAM. The 2 aux switches are being used to generate demo modes such as blinking light demos, simple light chasing games and other stuff like that.

In addition, the front panel has USB connector that allows it to connect to a PC to work with an emulator. The firmware hasn't been written for that function yet, but it is in the works.

You don't have to worry about loosing your DVD or floppy drives because the front panel is hinged to open up revealing your drives.

Here's a pic of the AltairPC in an early prototype stage:

http://www.brielcomputers.com/altairpc.jpg

Let me know what you guys think of the project.

Cheers,

Vince

Erik
March 12th, 2006, 10:52 AM
Very, very cool! :)

vbriel
March 20th, 2006, 08:39 PM
I have a new picture on my website. With the overlay panel it is really coming around nice. I can't wait to show it off at the VCF east in May! I just dropped a new Celeron D 310 and it is not your vintage Celeron of old, it humms along. Still working on the fun features on the front panel and I'm trying to come up with a cool pattern for the lights when the drive is being accessed. I was thinking just random lights but maybe I'll put a pattern to it. With all those lights, you'll know when you're accessing the hard drive!

Erik
March 21st, 2006, 06:48 AM
Hmm. If I get a chance maybe I'll set up my Altair and film it reading the disks. There is a particular light pattern that it does. . . :)

mryon
March 21st, 2006, 03:07 PM
oh man...that is so cool.

did I mention that I'm loving my Replica 1? ;)

amedic
March 23rd, 2006, 07:41 PM
So, are you going to make a kit to make these, or is that just Olad's bag?

alltare
March 23rd, 2006, 09:11 PM
Vince-

I like it. Please keep us informed of your progress.

steve

vbriel
March 25th, 2006, 05:42 AM
I'm not sure about a kit yet. This definately won't be like building a replica. It is much more hardware complex. I'm considering this idea though because building something always makes you respect and enjoy it that much more.

Vince