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#1 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:37 PM

While bored last week I was Googling around and came across the Salora Manager Expansion Module #1 (Colecovision). Click on the photo to get a larger image. There's also some discussion here. I had never heard of this before.

Basically it's an expansion module for the Laser 2001 (Salora Manager) home computer that allows one to play ColecoVision carts on the computer. Not clear if this was ever actually released or was just a prototype.

J-F - a bit of an oddity but another CV clone worthy of mention on the CV museum website?

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:40 PM

If my memory serve me right, I do think Coleconut own one of these


Image already in the museum BTW ;)

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:03 PM

If my memory serve me right, I do think Coleconut own one of these


Image already in the museum BTW ;)

Cool - great news.

I must lead a sheltered life to have not heard of this before :D

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:05 PM

I would LOVE to have one of these though :)

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:21 PM

I would LOVE to have one of these though :)


I recently discovered a ColecoVision clone that strangely came inside a computer case that looks a lot like a MSX1 (it even has the MSX logo on it). You would agree to sell it for $3000. ;)
Oh, and I am pretty sure that I brought another one from Brazil that looked a lot like a pizza box. very rare. If you pay me $4000 I can try to find it. :D

Edited by opcode, Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:22 PM.


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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:40 PM

I would LOVE to have one of these though :)


I recently discovered a ColecoVision clone that strangely came inside a computer case that looks a lot like a MSX1 (it even has the MSX logo on it). You would agree to sell it for $3000. ;)
Oh, and I am pretty sure that I brought another one from Brazil that looked a lot like a pizza box. very rare. If you pay me $4000 I can try to find it. :D


Nah :lol:,

but I would be interested in Splice Vision ;) :D

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:50 PM

I would LOVE to have one of these though :)


I recently discovered a ColecoVision clone that strangely came inside a computer case that looks a lot like a MSX1 (it even has the MSX logo on it). You would agree to sell it for $3000. ;)
Oh, and I am pretty sure that I brought another one from Brazil that looked a lot like a pizza box. very rare. If you pay me $4000 I can try to find it. :D


Nah :lol:,

but I would be interested in Splice Vision ;) :D


How about the Onyx? Did you know I actually played one? :cool:

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:04 PM

I would LOVE to have one of these though :)


I recently discovered a ColecoVision clone that strangely came inside a computer case that looks a lot like a MSX1 (it even has the MSX logo on it). You would agree to sell it for $3000. ;)
Oh, and I am pretty sure that I brought another one from Brazil that looked a lot like a pizza box. very rare. If you pay me $4000 I can try to find it. :D


Nah :lol:,

but I would be interested in Splice Vision ;) :D


How about the Onyx? Did you know I actually played one? :cool:


Onyx would be nice indeed!


You already player one? ... Cool, how it was?

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:17 PM

Onyx would be nice indeed!


You already player one? ... Cool, how it was?


Like a ColecoVision, but in Portuguese. :)
Not, seriously, it was much closer to the original CV than the SpliceVision (which I have the manual and some flyers btw). Except for the controller that had a small joystick in place of the knob. I was 13 or something when I played it in a computer expo. I may still have the flyer somewhere... It was never released though.

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:19 PM

....(which I have the manual and some flyers btw).


If you're still interested in selling them, let me know,
Would be nice to add them to the Museum :)

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:27 PM

It's nice to see you back on the boards posting and having fun Eduardo. :)

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:42 PM

....(which I have the manual and some flyers btw).


If you're still interested in selling them, let me know,
Would be nice to add them to the Museum :)


Well, I can get you a copy, though you will need to wait until I go to Brazil later this year. :)
I got those directly from Splice, as I never had a SpliceVision.

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Posted Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:50 PM

....(which I have the manual and some flyers btw).


If you're still interested in selling them, let me know,
Would be nice to add them to the Museum :)


Well, I can get you a copy, though you will need to wait until I go to Brazil later this year. :)
I got those directly from Splice, as I never had a SpliceVision.


No problem, I'm not hurry, let me know if you got one for me

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Posted Sat Sep 1, 2012 2:01 AM

Greetings and apologies for resurrecting a year old topic.

I'm the owner of the Colecovision expansion in question (that photo was taken by me). We (the Pelikonepeijoonit) had heard rumors of these things for a while and knew people that claimed to have owned one in the 80s. Finally we managed to get one from a fellow collector and then later a complete boxed one in a bunch of Salora stuff. It was more than a prototype, though all of them were hand built. We assume a test batch was released and sent out to some stores, but as far as we know, we have the only two in collector hands... But if Coleconut really does have one, would be nice to know.

Here's some more story...

http://pelikonepeijo...=DESC&wrongVer=

And more pictures:

http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/1.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/2.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/3.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/4.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/5.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/6.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/7.jpg
http://parssinen.net...saloraex1/8.jpg

Here's what is says on the Salora Manager box.

http://parssinen.net...rinboksista.jpg

Here it is being mentioned in a Salora Manager ad.

http://parssinen.net...mainoksessa.pdf

And here's the manual that came with it.

http://parssinen.net...raex1manual.pdf

Edited by manu_pkp, Sat Sep 1, 2012 2:16 AM.


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Posted Sat Sep 1, 2012 12:42 PM

Cool stuff thanks for posting!

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Posted Sat Sep 1, 2012 5:29 PM

Thanks for posting all this great information about the Salora Manager EM #1 and posting links to the pics, PDFs and the website!

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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 1:20 AM

Hi all, sorry for resurrecting a 5+ years old topic

 

Manu, can you please confirm the power supply jack is actually not operating? Is the module self-powered by the Manager itself, no additional power required?



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 4:03 PM

And no, by the way I have never owned one of these. 



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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2018 12:08 AM

There is a power jack at its back, but I suspect it is of no use with the 'current layout' of the module.

 

I believe that the power jack was probably there since the module was first designed - as it was originally intended to work on the Creativision, which does provide enough power through its cartridge connector. Hence, an additional (external) power supply would have been necessary.

 

But since the actual item was then released for the Laser 2001 (which provides enough power through the connector where you attach the module), I believe that the power jack was just left there but was left disconnected intentionally.

 

Because I am having my unit repaired (I bought an untested module and it is not 100% working at the moment), I was seeking advice/confirmation from someone who actually owns a working module.

 

Don't want to necessarily connect the power module, if it is actually unneeded.

 

Manu has one of these, fully working, so I hope he can shed some light.


Edited by MADrigal, Fri Nov 9, 2018 12:08 AM.


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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2019 1:31 AM

I have just received my new Salora Manager computer today, with a lot of peripherals, floppy disk drive and a few original software floppy disks

At last, after months and months of waiting, I had the chance to test my Coleco Vision module.

I have 3 Coleco Vision games only: Donkey Kong, Q*Bert and Space Panic.

Donkey Kong and Q*Bert work flawlessly.  Space Panic did not work, but maybe the cartridge is broken (I cannot test it on another machine because I have no Coleco Vision console at all)

And I love the boot messages of the module in case you switch it on with or without game inserted :-)

These are the links to 2 Youtube videos of the module in action:

 

 

 

Hopefully within a few days I will be able to upload a video of the floppy disk system in action, and play obscure original software diskettes! Can't wait :-)


Edited by MADrigal, Sat Mar 9, 2019 1:32 AM.


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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2019 2:14 AM

On a side note, I received this strange joystick interface with the Salora Manager:

 

http://atariage.com/...to-identify-it/

 

Anyone (Finland-based especially) has ever seen any interface like this and can give me some background?



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Posted Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:41 AM

I have just received my new Salora Manager computer today, with a lot of peripherals, floppy disk drive and a few original software floppy disks

At last, after months and months of waiting, I had the chance to test my Coleco Vision module.

I have 3 Coleco Vision games only: Donkey Kong, Q*Bert and Space Panic.

Donkey Kong and Q*Bert work flawlessly.  Space Panic did not work, but maybe the cartridge is broken (I cannot test it on another machine because I have no Coleco Vision console at all)

And I love the boot messages of the module in case you switch it on with or without game inserted :-)

These are the links to 2 Youtube videos of the module in action:

 

 

 

Hopefully within a few days I will be able to upload a video of the floppy disk system in action, and play obscure original software diskettes! Can't wait :-)

 

That is so sweet!  Is it playing games slower than a normal NTSC Colecovision, though?  Q*Bert seemed sluggish to me.



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Posted Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:23 PM

 

That is so sweet!  Is it playing games slower than a normal NTSC Colecovision, though?  Q*Bert seemed sluggish to me.

 

The unit is PAL and so are the games.

To be honest, I have never played the NTSC Colecovision so I cannot really make a comparison.

But by watching at videos on Youtube, yes it seems to me that the PAL games are a little bit slower (50hz vs 60hz).

This Colecovision Module exists in PAL version only.



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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:23 PM

 

The unit is PAL and so are the games.

To be honest, I have never played the NTSC Colecovision so I cannot really make a comparison.

But by watching at videos on Youtube, yes it seems to me that the PAL games are a little bit slower (50hz vs 60hz).

This Colecovision Module exists in PAL version only.

ColecoVision cartridges are universal... there is no PAL or NTSC specific programming in the game code except for some recent Homebrew releases. On the other hand, the systems are region specific and games will play accordingly.



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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:38 AM

Thanks for the clarification. I always thought the ColecoVision games were either PAL or NTSC but what you say makes perfect sense.

Also CreatiVision games (using the same VDP) are 'multistandard' and work on both PAL and NTSC machines.






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