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Adam Computer and Texas Instruments Peripheral Expansion box

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    Adam Computer and Texas Instruments Peripheral Expansion box

    I have had these two in storage for almost 20 years now. Was going to restore them, but I never got around to it and now I have no interest. I would like to have them picked up locally, but might ship. I am not asking anything for them, other than them getting the home they deserve and the restoration they deserve. However, if I cannot give them away with local pickup, I will entertain the idea of shipping. You would be responsible for packaging and shipping from either UPS or other carrier.

    The Adam is not the single unit. It is the expansion that connects to the colecovision game unit. It also has the printer as this is very important since it has the power supply. I really can't say as to if it works or not as I never hooked it up. Don't see why it wouldn't, but if not, it shouldn't be hard to repair.

    The expansion unit has a full height drive and I believe memory expansion. It probably has more, but I'd have to retrieve from storage and examine. The face plate needs the pegs glued back on as they sheered off in shipping.

    If there is interest in these items, let me know and I will retrieve and take pics. Local pick up will be in L.A., CA.

    ​Bumping this up. So far, not takers. I really hate to just dump it on Goodwill, but it has to go. I am attaching a few pics to show the items and maybe garner some interest.
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      I work in Burbank, maybe we can give these a good home.


        Originally posted by Towmater View Post
        I work in Burbank, maybe we can give these a good home.
        That would be great. The Adam is complete, with two tape drives. The only issue is the coleco console that it attaches to needs a little work as the RF is pretty weak. The TI 99/4A works and has the power and RF switching module and the expansion is a little battered, but is fully loaded with most of the modules.


          I also have 2 Apple Disk II units.
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            And the list keeps growing. I just found some PCMCIA cards and a Matrox Illumination Pro with both the BNC and S-Video cables.
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              I'd pay for shipping of the PEB, though I don't have any interest in the rest of the TI-99, as I already have one.

              You might be able to stick a label to it and ship it fedex ground to my workplace. With average packing, I imagine it probably will about as safe wrapped or unwrapped.


                Originally posted by Caleb Hansberry View Post
                I'd pay for shipping of the PEB, though I don't have any interest in the rest of the TI-99, as I already have one.

                You might be able to stick a label to it and ship it fedex ground to my workplace. With average packing, I imagine it probably will about as safe wrapped or unwrapped.
                I have one local interest, but if it doesn't work out, I think I can find some decent box and packing to get it to you.


                  Sounds good, thanks!


                    Originally posted by Caleb Hansberry View Post
                    Sounds good, thanks!
                    I will know after Thanksgiving.


                      I'm particularly interested in the PCMCIA and the Matrox, but can give everything not picked up a home. Sending you a DM as well


                        I would be interested in the ADAM if you were cool with shipping it. It's so funny how the PSU is in the printer.