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About Gary C
Started with the UK national electricity company, the CEGB in 1983. Moved in to engineering and worked on DPS6, Intel Multibus, DEC VAX/PDP and programmed in CEGB CUTLASS.
Now in operations
Vintage computers and old cars
Assistant shift manager - Nuclear operations


Current fleet
TRS80 Model 4 - BBC B - Tatung Einstein - PCW9512 - PET 3032 - C64 - ZX81 - Spectrum 48K - Amiga A500 - VAX 3100.3300,4000VLC, 4000 Model 96, Apple II europlus.


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May 26th, 2018
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Quite couple of weeks

by Gary C on June 2nd, 2020 at 06:58 AM
Been a quite couple of weeks, Wife and I were off enjoying the sun and the garden.

Managed to get a few hours to work out how to increase the contrast on my VT420, a small adjustment to the +5V has brought it back, but not sure why.

But back to it today. Decided to put the original motherboard back into my Apple II europlus (replaced the failed board with a good one in the early days). The original had a failed CPU and a failed memory chip and I wanted to have the

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Good end to a great week

by Gary C on May 7th, 2020 at 06:09 AM
After rectifying my Einstein and sorting the sound out on my Amiga, I then decided to look at three other acquisitions. Two I have had for several months (a ZX81 and a VAX 4000 model 96) and one new one (A VAX 4000 VLC)

Firstup was the VLC. Powered up, system password changed and its working great. Not much more to say on that, other than its a great little machine. A VAX you can almost stick in your pocket. Buoyed by this, next was the 4000/96. This one was obtained some time ago,

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TC01 rides again and other adventures

by Gary C on May 2nd, 2020 at 05:55 AM
New VRAM chips arrived in the post, so after socketing the board last week, it was a simple job of swapping two out and two new ones in.

Glad I did socket the board as while the screen was now different, it still wasn't right. I had ordered 4 chips so put the other two spares in, and hey presto screen is now working. I now have at least one 'new' 4116 chip that is defective.

With the screen fixed, it was possible to boot the system using the original 3" disks I

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Tatung Einstein TC01 adventures

by Gary C on April 23rd, 2020 at 07:58 AM
Well, finally got around to powering up my TC01 last night.

Whirred and clicked and displayed a steady display but with a white box on the right and corrupt text on the left.

Typing commands caused the drive to read and the display changes, but still corrupt.

This computer uses a Texas Instruments video processor called a TMS9129 which uses its own ram to store the display. This unit allows multiple overlays to display sprites and graphics. Given the

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More Amiga

by Gary C on April 18th, 2020 at 02:14 PM
Well the Amiga appears to be fully working but the mouse is dead.

All four signals from the optical receivers seem to work but the LM339 is only putting out one pulse train. Its a simple quad op amp so either saturates at 0 or +5 dependant upon if the input signal is high or low. The + side of each op amp is connected to the encoder with the other tied.
25 on order (!, cheaper than 1) so will try a swap.

BBC glitched again. A fautless day after replacing IC20,

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