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Posted Mon May 24, 2010 9:16 AM
This gentleman named Ira Goldklang maintains a great site and has been very helpful to me. He's got books, disks, whatever you need (if he happens to have extras at the time) and is usually willing to part with stuff for the cost of shipping plus a 'donation' to his site:
...the arcade type games are absolutely hilarious. Donkey Kong, Berzerk, Scramble, Frogger, Defender - they're so cool for what they are. I also enjoy the text adventures for the system. Great keyboard and classic b/w screen. This was the first computer I ever touched as our Junior High-School had a full lab full of 'em.
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Posted Mon May 24, 2010 9:21 AM
Indeed ...and to clarify what I mean by "hilarious", is how astonished you are after seeing some of these games, how well they look and play. They really are that good. Not much in the way of sounds though
Some of the games are really amazing for this system even with the limited hardware. There is a game that is like "House of the Dead" with parallax scrolling and everything. Really amazing what some people did back then!
Posted Mon May 24, 2010 9:26 AM
The odd thing is that I swear the brightness and contrast control dials barely turned. They're smooth with no grips so it's hard to tell, but I swear they either didn't move or didn't move much. Don't know if this is normal or not though.
People have talked about vinyl die for some of these plastic restore projects, but I've never tried it myself. I like the thought of dying the plastic though vs. painting it.
Those screws in the side. I wonder... if you have bad luck drilling 'em out if you might be able to take that sawblade piece on a Dremmel kit to it. Those things are super thin, but slice through just about anything.
And yeah - if after playing with the brightness and contrast controls you still don't see a ghosted white or horizontal lines that are somewhat angled, might be your monitor is bad. Good news is I doubt it. That was a decent RCA XL-100 monitor and I'm 99% sure it's fused. Yay for fuses! Bad news is, the fuse probably just didn't accidentally die. Might have a power supply issue in the monitor. Could also be a bad connection going to the yoke - but I kinda doubt. And it *could* be the video display chip needs re-seating. Who knows though until you finally get that puppy cracked open.
Posted Mon May 24, 2010 9:36 AM
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Regarding the brightness/contrast wheels - it could be they're stuck up against the case. I've seen that before. And weird they're smooth. Flip the 'puter upside down and see if they're jammed. If so, take a tiny/thin screwdriver to their outermost side and try to slide them closer toward the computer. That should free 'em up. If that still doesn't work - some contact cleaner (not WD-40) may be in order.
Posted Mon May 24, 2010 9:44 AM
Oh yeah, nearly 360˙. Maybe you're problem is as simple as that! lol
So they should move a fair bit then? I'll take a look at that tonight.
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Posted Mon May 24, 2010 10:20 AM
Well apps aren't an issue since I'd only be using it for games (unless that's what you meant). I was curious if a pimped out model 1 is comparable to a model III or 4.
No reason to. You'd just be limiting yourself app wise one would think. I'd stick with a III or IV, unless you have a line on a really nice I setup w/ expanded RAM (you really want 48k if you're going to do the TRS-80 thing), drives and such - all for next to nothing.
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Posted Mon May 24, 2010 10:42 AM
Correct, but the expansion interface brings that up to 48K. Still, I'm not sure how compatible that memory is. The TRS-80 is a mystery to me.
You might only be able to upgrade a Model I to only 16k of RAM.
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