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  1. Thread: Ibm ps/1

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    It's mono, but if you plug in stereo headphones...

    It's mono, but if you plug in stereo headphones it plays through both channels.
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    There are also round IDE cables, which may be...

    There are also round IDE cables, which may be more practical than trying to squeeze a flat one through limited space.
    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61s1dHDfxLL._SX425_.jpg
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    Or just use a bulk tape eraser to remove all...

    Or just use a bulk tape eraser to remove all traces of formatting from the disk, then try formatting it again.
  4. 2019 update: Drew Kaplan retired a few years...

    2019 update:


    Drew Kaplan retired a few years ago, and the site isn't quite the same without his long writeups weaving his personal adventures into the ad pitch for each item.


    Now Global...
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    And now everybody loses. Photobucket's 2017...

    And now everybody loses. Photobucket's 2017 scheme to hold everyone's photos ransom for a $400 per year subscription fee backfired so badly and they've lost so much revenue that the hotlinked photos...
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    It has to be a prototype. The plastic case 128D...

    It has to be a prototype. The plastic case 128D was never sold in the USA because they could not get FCC approval for it. That's why they had to redesign it in a metal case.
  7. Looks like a Sager laptop that was sold under...

    Looks like a Sager laptop that was sold under dozens of brand names -- there's probably nothing Leading Edge about it except the logo that was put on the case.
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    Before declaring an old hard drive dead, try...

    Before declaring an old hard drive dead, try oiling the stepper motor. This method recently worked for me to bring back one old Western Digital IDE-XT drive that wouldn't initialize at POST to...
  9. Apple's composite monitors don't usually work...

    Apple's composite monitors don't usually work well with other systems because they have a lot of overscan (to compensate for the large border area in the Apple II's video output), so on other systems...
  10. The later PAL-territory Apple IIe's didn't...

    The later PAL-territory Apple IIe's didn't actually put out a proper 4.43 MHz PAL color subcarrier -- they just changed the vertical refresh rate from 60 to 50 Hz. So try feeing the monitor with a...
  11. Thread: Radio Shack

    by vwestlife
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    A look through a 1980 UK Tandy catalog(ue) if you...

    A look through a 1980 UK Tandy catalog(ue) if you want to see how it differs from what Radio Shack was offering in the U.S. at the time:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWxTCQf5gOU
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    I believe they came with the ATI Small Wonder,...

    I believe they came with the ATI Small Wonder, which provides CGA, MDA, Hercules, Plantronics (like CGA but with full 16-color graphics), and unusually, support for 16 shades of gray/green/amber on a...
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    Outside the UK it was sold as the Amstrad PC20: ...

    Outside the UK it was sold as the Amstrad PC20:

    http://www.zonadepruebas.com/viewtopic.php?t=6018

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  14. Thread: Radio Shack

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    There are several hundred independently owned...

    There are several hundred independently owned Radio Shack stores still in business today.
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    Tandy followed the original Shugart floppy...

    Tandy followed the original Shugart floppy controller standard, not IBM's modification of it (which later became the generic PC clone standard). For example, rather than using a twist in the cable...
  16. That one has a built-in floppy drive. You can...

    That one has a built-in floppy drive. You can tell because the case is deeper and the sides of the vent area are squared off, versus the original floppyless ST where the case is shorter and the vents...
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    Has the logic board been recapped? If not, it...

    Has the logic board been recapped? If not, it probably will need to be soon, especially if you have other common signs of failure such as faint or no sound or the system clock not advancing when the...
  18. I've never heard of Cyrix making any CPUs prior...

    I've never heard of Cyrix making any CPUs prior to the 486SLC and 486DLC. Math co-processors, yes, but not CPUs. Are you sure you aren't confusing it with an 8087 chip?
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    Call eBay Customer Support on the phone and plead...

    Call eBay Customer Support on the phone and plead your case. They can pull strings for you that normally aren't possible through the web site.
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    No one remembers Please Excuse My Dear Aunt...

    No one remembers Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally?

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  21. kHz, not MHz.

    kHz, not MHz.
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    I am unaware of any video game console which...

    I am unaware of any video game console which requires 60 Hz AC power to run correctly. In most, the circuitry all runs on DC, therefore the frequency of the incoming AC mains power is irrelevant....
  23. The Tandy 1000SL and 1000SL/2 are also popular 8...

    The Tandy 1000SL and 1000SL/2 are also popular 8 MHz 8086 systems that can easily have the NEC V30 swapped into them.
  24. Actually the EaZy PC uses the NEC V40, which is a...

    Actually the EaZy PC uses the NEC V40, which is a V20 with integrated peripherals. It has an 8-bit external data bus like the 8088.
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    Not from California Digital. They sold out of...

    Not from California Digital. They sold out of them in July 2017:

    http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?60030-What-happened-to-california-digital-and-the-tano-dragon&p=480292#post480292
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