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  1. #101
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    Pickers are screwing things up now. Can't even find mid-90's or early 2000's beige boxes at a yard sale or thrift store these days.

    I've gotten a few finds (non-Tandy) by talking to the people running yard sales and mentioning I love old computers.

  2. #102
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    Quote Originally Posted by keenerb View Post
    Pickers are screwing things up now. Can't even find mid-90's or early 2000's beige boxes at a yard sale or thrift store these days.

    I've gotten a few finds (non-Tandy) by talking to the people running yard sales and mentioning I love old computers.
    Agreed. Most of the old computers in my area end up in the local Bottle Depot (they do electronics and other recycling as well). Unfortunately, they don't allow anybody back there to sort through the stuff. Most of the GOOD stuff is long gone by now, but you still see beige boxes in the back that might hold some potential.

    Not sure what things are like in the US, but we're pretty big on recycling programs in Canada. I conversed with my local retro group about it, but organizing "rescue" operations like this, even for the sake of preservation, takes a lot of time and commitment to sort through stuff, since the Bottle Depot staff likely don't know anything when it comes to computers, let alone what to look out for. There's a few people that do this kind of thing, and have made arrangements with their local recycling centres, but they often end up hoarding the stuff while it gets sorted. There's also privacy concerns, since those old machines likely still contain some data (I always yank the hard drives before I send newer stuff for recycling).
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    Recent acquisition Tandy 1400LT.

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  4. #104
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    At least it's got a backlight. I was a bit dissapointed when I found out that my 1100FD didn't come with one stock. Apparently, the 1100HD did though.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 1000 RSX, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmetal88 View Post
    Recent acquisition Tandy 1400LT. IMG_20190905_193335.jpg
    can you tell me if your 1400 power supply has a (+) positive or (-) negative tip, I have been trying to get a replacement for my 1400 HD and I cannot find a proper psu for it.
    For Sale (only at TA19)
    550$, TRS-80 Model 3, S# 05098, 48K, Radio Shack HRG Card, Dual SSDD Drives, Langley St-Clair Amber Monitor: https://i.imgur.com/a0TjsaI.jpg
    375$, TRS-80 Model 3, S# 03572, 48K, DSDD 360K + Gotek https://i.imgur.com/fXOUP1W.jpg
    300$, TRS-80 Model 4, S# 15166, 128K, 2x SSDD Floppies https://i.imgur.com/1MOclFm.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Bureau View Post
    can you tell me if your 1400 power supply has a (+) positive or (-) negative tip, I have been trying to get a replacement for my 1400 HD and I cannot find a proper psu for it.
    The LT has a negative tip 15V supply, but I believe the HD actually uses a positive tip 12V supply.

  7. #107

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    Latest acquisition;
    1979 TRS-80 Model I, 16K Level II.
    Monitor,
    Expansion unit with 32K,
    5.25" Disk Drive,
    Quick Line Printer II,
    CTR-80 Cassette.
    Mint. With covers and manuals
    For Sale (only at TA19)
    550$, TRS-80 Model 3, S# 05098, 48K, Radio Shack HRG Card, Dual SSDD Drives, Langley St-Clair Amber Monitor: https://i.imgur.com/a0TjsaI.jpg
    375$, TRS-80 Model 3, S# 03572, 48K, DSDD 360K + Gotek https://i.imgur.com/fXOUP1W.jpg
    300$, TRS-80 Model 4, S# 15166, 128K, 2x SSDD Floppies https://i.imgur.com/1MOclFm.jpg

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    Nice Model 1 mate

    Im going to collect my CoCo 3 today, very exciting as I've never had a TRS-80 before. I asked dad for a CoCo 3 in early '87 but he bought us the 1000 EX instead (not that I'm complaining mind you).
    My Retro Collection:
    CBM: C64, Amiga 500 x2, 600 & 1200
    Mac's: SE, LC630 & Beige G3
    PC's: K6-III+ 500 System + Roland MT-32 & Tandy 1000 EX 640kb, 3.5" FDD, CF-IDE 4GB HDD
    Visit my Tindie store for Tandy 1000 Adapters for EX, HX, SX, SL, TX & TL etc

  9. #109

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    Quote Originally Posted by dJOS View Post
    Nice Model 1 mate

    Im going to collect my CoCo 3 today, very exciting as I've never had a TRS-80 before. I asked dad for a CoCo 3 in early '87 but he bought us the 1000 EX instead (not that I'm complaining mind you).
    Im an idiot, I miss read my mates note!

    Anyway, Im now the proud owner of a CoCo 3 Chassis ... does anyone have a motherboard theyd be willing to part with?



    My Retro Collection:
    CBM: C64, Amiga 500 x2, 600 & 1200
    Mac's: SE, LC630 & Beige G3
    PC's: K6-III+ 500 System + Roland MT-32 & Tandy 1000 EX 640kb, 3.5" FDD, CF-IDE 4GB HDD
    Visit my Tindie store for Tandy 1000 Adapters for EX, HX, SX, SL, TX & TL etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackepyon View Post
    At least it's got a backlight. I was a bit dissapointed when I found out that my 1100FD didn't come with one stock. Apparently, the 1100HD did though.
    Nope, 1110HD has an identical or almost identical screen, no backlight. I never seemed to mind though, I hauled mine all over the desert back in the gulf war and never had an issue using it indoors or outdoors. For sure the CGA monochrome looks worlds better than CGA color and I enjoyed quite a few games on it. Slow to update games with minimal scrolling fared best, Simcity was a favorite of mine.

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