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Anyone here ever heard of a Sinclair 2068?

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    Anyone here ever heard of a Sinclair 2068?

    Hi I few weeks back I went to pick up and H-8 Heathkit and also received one of these 2068's by Timex/Sinclair. Has power brick and manuals and a video or video to demodulator cable with it. Just wondering if it is of value to anyone.

    Wow. Congrats on the H-8 too! I'm not overly familiar with them but always thought they looked neat lol. I get a bit lost in the 2000 series and what the differences in the models are so can't remember if i've seen a 2068 or 2086 or 2048. You have the manuals, how similar is it to a ZX Spectrum? I love that zx spectrum screen saver (screen shots of intro screens to games), seems like a potentially fun system if the software is obtainable.
    Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800


      The TS2068 is an Americanized and highly upgraded Sinclair ZX Spectrum, with a better keyboard, better graphics, better sound, a better BASIC, a monitor output, built-in joystick ports, and a built-in cartridge port. Unfortunately, all of the upgrades Timex did made it incompatible with most Spectrum software, unless you have the rare Spectrum ROM cartridge installed. Timex did have a small selection (about 30 titles) of TS2068-specific software available, some of which shows up periodically on eBay.


        BaryThrin: looks like this :::

        Regarding the H-8 got it with the H17 Floppy drive cabinet with 3 drives in it, Z80 CPU card instead of the 8080. 64K RAM board, Multiport 4 port serial H8-4
        2 floppy controllers the h17 board which is hard sectored and the h37 which is soft sectored. All manuals for the board and CP/M 2.2 manual and a few disks.
        Had the option of picking up the h19 terminal but passed on it. Which I am now regretting. When I 1st turned it on heard a crackle and some hissing. Thought
        there was a snake inside but turned out to be a shorted Tantalum Cap on the Memory board 12 volt side. After removing it booted up ok for the most part.
        Still needed some work on a couple of bad chips here and there but it's now working fairly stable.

        Oh I also picked up a Nixdorf pocket computer as well. Has a readout like the old Texas instruments line of calculators. Has a loose power plug I would like to replace or fix but can't open
        it up because there is an expansion cartridge in the way that I can't get out.
        Last edited by Chromedome45; January 24, 2014, 02:35 PM.



          Mine does not work, smoked. I got it in a pile of stuff, not sure when. I cleaned it up and it sits with the 1000 stuff.

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            Apart from what was already mentioned, I remember that Timex had quite a number of full page ads in COMPUTE! magazine for the TS2068, more than you might expect.

            Actually, Richard Atkinson posted back in November 2013 how to modify the 2068 to be 48K Spectrum compatible, if you're up for some modding:
            Anders Carlsson