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An Eclectic Canadian Collection of IBM PC compatibles

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    #16
    Originally posted by VintageVic View Post
    I do not know about your personal life, but I have a gut feeling that when a girlfriend comes in the
    picture, these treasures are exposed into certain risk level. Risk increases when the status changes
    into a 'wife'. The female companions can develope bad ideas to remove many treasures in your posession
    and replace them with other, not so funny stuff. Like a television - or what ever. Just hoping, that
    when there is a companion, there will also be appreciation for the vintage on her part .
    Communication is the key. My collections has survived 30 years of GF->WIFE because I made it clear I would keep them all in a section of the basement that wouldn't be dangerous to young children, look unsightly, etc. If my collection had sprawled into the general living areas, I'd be divorced by now.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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      #17
      Originally posted by VintageVic View Post
      Very very nice collection!

      I do not know about your personal life, but I have a gut feeling that when a girlfriend comes in the
      picture, these treasures are exposed into certain risk level. Risk increases when the status changes
      into a 'wife'. The female companions can develope bad ideas to remove many treasures in your posession
      and replace them with other, not so funny stuff. Like a television - or what ever. Just hoping, that
      when there is a companion, there will also be appreciation for the vintage on her part .

      If not, there is always the ebay, where excess stuff can change hands with other eager enthusiasts.
      Thank you! the following is Off topic, TL;DR She goes before the Computers.

      Well, I've been with my GF for 4 years or so now, and shes very familiar with my collecting habits. It's part of who I am. My Father and grandfathers were the same way with collecting stuff. If she can't accept me for who I am, well, we shouldn't be together...

      now like any "habit" it should be kept under control, I think she would have reason to get on my case if I became some kind of eBay junkie spending my entire paychecks on vintage computer crap and having nothing left to pay bills.

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        #18
        Originally posted by Trixter View Post
        Communication is the key. My collections has survived 30 years of GF->WIFE because I made it clear I would keep them all in a section of the basement

        A man cave ! Genious! This is the way to go .

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          #19
          Originally posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
          now like any "habit" it should be kept under control, I think she would have reason to get on my case if I became some kind of eBay junkie spending my entire paychecks on vintage computer crap and having nothing left to pay bills.
          That is what distinguishes people between "hoarder" and "collector". You're off to a great start.
          Offering a bounty for:
          - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
          - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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            #20
            Originally posted by Trixter View Post
            That is what distinguishes people between "hoarder" and "collector". You're off to a great start.
            a great start to which one?




            HOWEVER I did just get a boxed IBM EGA card. now I just need a 5154!




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              #21
              Awesome collection!

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                #22
                Nice collection !!

                I Don't see any CP/M machines ? I think you need few. Totally different animal and really fun to work on. I think you would like them if you're into DOS machines.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by MaCJaX View Post
                  Nice collection !!

                  I Don't see any CP/M machines ? I think you need few. Totally different animal and really fun to work on. I think you would like them if you're into DOS machines.
                  thanks! To be perfectly honest there aren't any CP/M machines that really interest me. My main usage and interest in these old machines is for gaming, and unless a CP/M machine came across my path locally (extremely unlikely) I don't really have any desire to go searching for one.

                  there are so many big $$$ Things I have on my wishlist (IBM 5154 & IBM JX for example) and I sorta want to get into MSX machines

                  so little time, so little money, so many cool machines

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                    #24
                    there are some recent acquisitions I am very eagerly awaiting, but it might be another week or two... GRUMP! international shipping -_-

                    some sneak peak photos tho I can't help but share as I'm WAY too excited.


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                      #25
                      Very nice, I'd be excited too .

                      What is that pc ? Are you willing to share the blow your wallet took for this one ?

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by pinkdonut666 View Post
                        some sneak peak photos tho I can't help but share as I'm WAY too excited.
                        Counting your chickens before they hatch is a sure-fire way to anger the shipping gods.
                        Offering a bounty for:
                        - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                        - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by VintageVic View Post
                          Very nice, I'd be excited too .

                          What is that pc ? Are you willing to share the blow your wallet took for this one ?


                          Leading Edge Model D (DC-2010E) it cost me $20US plus $20us packaging and $130US shipping.

                          the IBM 5154 after shipping and gouging was about $600cad and will hopefully be here tomorrow afternoon... fingers crossed it arrives intact.

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                            #28
                            Real bargain on the equipment itself!
                            It's a sad thing how much shipping costs.

                            For me, being EU citizen, I would have to add 24% VAT to orders outside
                            EU and then +10% for toll to the previous total. This makes my combined tax 36,4%
                            which is counted on items + shipping both. Your 170 $ would mean 231,88 $ to me, if I
                            had ordered the unit. Perhaps there is some small comfort in that for you .

                            Tax penalties and costly shipping pretty much limit me to acquiring vintage items from EU area.

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                              #29
                              Well Both items arrived in one piece thankfully!
                              I LOVE the sharp EGA graphics on the IBM 5154. something about a digital TTL display that is much more crisp than an analog VGA one.
                              I tried it out first with my IBM XT to get a good comparison side by side with the IBM PC & 5153.





                              of course the 5154 is much better match for the IBM 5170

                              I also did some period correct upgrades to my 5150 with a second quadram quadboard. I originally just purchased the quaboard for the expansion bracket but figured, why not install both to upgrade to 640k? so I did lol.






                              The expansion box is great for the 5 slot 5150, might look slightly silly sticking out the back but it really was a smart solution and I always wanted one but they seem fairly uncommon.

                              The Leading edge Arrived yesterday, and I was very suprised how clean it was inside for being an ewaste rescue.




                              unfortunately the keyboard has some problems, some keys don't work, and it was extremely dirty. not to mention yellowed. but I have cleaned it and am working on repairing the keys that don't work.



                              The Seagate ST225 that I'm guessing was an upgrade doesn't seem to work at all, it spins up and the heads move but it won't format or do anything useful. So I shelved it for the time being. I didn't really like the black Bezel anyway.




                              Surprising to me Leading Edge's CGA implementation seems to be extremely compatible with the original IBM CGA card. I have noticed all kinds of weird incompatibility with some software on clone cards. But My guess is leading edge basically copied IBM's homework 1 for 1.

                              I found a beige bezel cover that seems to fit the leading edge case well, and I dug out a know good 20mb 3.5" MFM drive and put it in there. Seems to work very well Now I just have to find a leading edge monitor, possibly an amber monochrome one for something different.



                              and there we go! basically my entire fun budget for the YEAR already spent. gotta love this hobby :P
                              Last edited by pinkdonut666; February 5, 2020, 11:19 AM.

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                                #30


                                Picked up this IBM Aptiva 2134 for cheap locally. Seems to be a pretty low hours machine, in very very nice shape. Still has the original IBM Mwave, 120mhz Pentium, 16mb of ram, and a 1.2gb Quantum hard drive.

                                it was still running the original factory preload of windows 95, which as you could imagine had it's fair share of issues...

                                But thankfully https://archive.org/details/AptivaProductRecovery

                                So i got the machine like factory "fresh" upgraded to 32mb of ram because why not, and tried out a game of the era that surprisingly runs great on this machine from 1996.

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