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    Cool Computer Fun

    Late 2018 I took a break from the whole vintage computer thing. I accumulated quite a few machines and bought quite a few whilst living in NC for a year. I sold everything however.

    Then I moved back to FL last year and started with LaserDisc again. Trying (and succeeding) in finding equipment thru searches is very satisfying. Plus I finally managed to obtain some AC3RF (Dolby Digital decoding thru specialized equipment) stuff finally so that is really cool. I have watched a lot of great classic action and WW2 movies so far.

    Now I find myself exploring if I should get back into vintage computers again.

    As I knew Miami has far fewer opportunities to acquire vintage stuff and many sellers are completely delusional. But the search is still fun. Maybe I should just search for fun without buying. Then again: I do enjoy playing Warlords II, Defender of the Crown, Civilization I and some other games. Until I do not and get frustrated when I have too many desktops and concurrent projects.

    I am contemplating just getting one Pentium 233 MMX machine and leave it at that.

    Then again I said the same about just getting a Pioneer CLD-D704 but almost a year later I am up to close to 10 LD players again.

    Anyway: cool to read up on all the latest and greatest. Especially the MCA sound card topic is very interesting.

    The one challenge is the proliferation of classifieds' platforms outside eBay and Craigslist. Offerup / LetGo / Mercari / Facebook Marketplace and so on are very hard to search. The upside is (at least with LaserDisc) that it also makes it much harder for people to find stuff. Many sellers also appear to have a lower barrier with those platforms and often describe items with anything but what it actually is so that is kind of funny.

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    You'll need a 6502 machine too, though. Maybe a couple, I mean at least an Apple 2 and a C64. And a Z80 box. And a 68k Macintosh. And if you're gonna have a 68k Mac, you might as well get an Amiga too. And that P233 won't slow down enough for really olllld games, so you might as well get an old Tandy (or three) too. And maybe a few old Unix workstations. And if you're going to go that far, I mean it wouldn't hurt to grab a System/360 and a couple PDPs too, right?

    ....... Right?

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    -- Lee
    If you get super-bored, try muh crappy YouTube channel: Old Computer Fun!
    Looking to Buy/Trade For (non-working is fine): TRS-80 Model II,12,16,6000, Mac IIci hard drive sled and one bottom rubber foot, Hercules card + mono monitor (preferably IBM 5151), Multisync VGA CRTs, 040 or 601 card for Mac IIci, Decent NuBus video card, Commodore PC(286+), PC-era Tandy stuff, Aesthetic Old Serial Terminals, Amiga 2000 or 3000UX

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    Probably not. I have played with 8086 thru Pentium 3 in vintage / retro. Atari 1040 STF and Philips / Magnavox CD-I may be options but those are expensive.

    A 8086 thru 80286 would be good for some early CGA/EGA games like SimCity and Defender of the Crown.
    Last edited by PeterNC; March 8th, 2020 at 04:15 PM.

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    Bought an EGA CRT for $65 including shipping with a cut power cord. The gamble will be that in case the power cord can be fixed it may work. If not I may have a TV technician look at it locally. Negotiating another EGA CRT also.

    Kind of weird that EGA CRTs are easier to find than cheap OEM desktops right now.

    There is also an auction for a 5150 with 5154 going on right now. http://cgi.ebay.com/254533957005

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    PeterNC: Any recommendations on what LD player to get, if you're getting only one? I have an LD of Johnny Mnemonic ("Whoa.") that I sometimes feel should be viewed from the original media...

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    Cool

    Bought a OptiPlex GL 590. Looks like it may have a CR-563B and CT1740 in it (based on the text next to game port and audio connections). Wait and see.

    Looks like it could be upgraded to a Pentium 166 instead of a 90.

    https://stason.org/TULARC/pc/motherb...X-GL-OPTI.html





    Supposedly also includes a keyboard and mouse.
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    Thats a nice little box. They were made pretty well back then. I have two Optiplex GX1 machines (Pentium II/III slot 1) Really reliable.

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    I have owned other Dell machines before. They are really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterNC View Post
    I have owned other Dell machines before. They are really cool.
    Id love to get one of the first few generations of the Dell XPS line... ( 1 through 5) I used to have a few in charcoal gray, blue and silver] xps_dark.jpg
    The bottom psu is modular and slides out. It was a slick design. I used to run a couple as servers back in the day.

    Granted the last of them were made as dell was becoming trash, but the first few were rocks.
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    Cool. They may pop up from time to time. Searching is a big part of the fun. At least I think so.

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