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Coleco Adam: Printer Cables Wanted

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#1 Milli Vee OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:21 PM

Anyone have any printer cables laying around ( see picture )? Either loose or attached to dead printers? If you do I would like to buy them from you for the power supplies I am building ( getting 18 gauge db9 cables is impossible and I suck at soldering ).






FYI this is the finished prototype in action :






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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:13 PM

Check with ANN/Bob Slopsema and eColeco/Terry Fowler.




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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:16 PM

Yes ECOLECO is where I got 25 around 10 years ago. However, I believe they are now out of stock.


While 18 gauge cable is better and the Coleco original cable is ideal. I did find a supplier online that is selling Gold plated 20 gauge shielded DB9 cables that are high quality. The problem is the price is $39.07 for 10 feet and $34.38 each when purchased in QTY’s of 25 or more. You could cut the male end off the cable and wire it directly to the power supply and the female end would connect to the ADAM Memory Consoles male DB9 connector (but the Coleco one is unique and would fit better).





You mentioned that you did not want to do any soldering. For $1.74 and free shipping from China you can purchase a DB9 female solderless terminal board that accepts around 19 gauge wire (remove the two screw terminals when used on the ADAM computer). You then buy 18 gauge wire and make your own cable using UL approved material.  




The following 9 conductor 18 gauge speaker wire is similar to what you need, but you need something that is rated for power.





Also the other day I noticed that EBAY now accepts classified ads. You would most likely find more success listing a classified ad on EBAY asking for Coleco ADAM printer cables.


I hope you find what you are looking for. Another option would be to contact a cable supplier like Cables Online or other computer cable company to see if they could make a compatible Coleco ADAM memory console power cable that does not violate any copywrites. If a minimum of 100 cables needs to be made, then I might be interested in splitting the order with you. You buy 50 cables and then I might purchase 50 cables. Might take 3 or more years before the cables and power supplies are sold.

Edited by HDTV1080P, Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:44 PM.

#4 Rey OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:22 AM

Milli it is safe to go with 20 gauge but no thinner than that. It was hard finding what you're looking for so I made my own cables. I see soldering will be a problem so be careful what you buy. Some of these cables can be way over priced and you're trying to keep costs down as much as possible. 


Only advice I can give you in your case is something like this > https://www.ebay.com...5.c100005.m1851


Use your own cable with it. 

Edited by Rey, Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:23 AM.

#5 Hannacek OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:58 AM

At this point, replacement printer cables are so scarce, you should save them for people who want to repair their printers. Just use regular DB9 cables and connectors you can buy anywhere.

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