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#1 Airshack OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:48 AM


As per usual Sparkdrummer is late for yet another Valley of the Sun TI Users Group Meetup. Your comments are encouraged.

Was going to ask him if he knew the whereabouts of Dr Ron Albright, of Orphan Chronicles?

Were the Collins Game Programmers starter packs ever shipped?

I guess Ill just play attack of the creepers until the old creeper himself arrives.

Join us next time youre in Phoenix!

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:45 AM

As usual, Shack said he was going to do one thing and did the other. He was supposed to text me and did not.

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:37 PM

Fight, Fight, Duck your heads.... :-D



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:46 PM

Thanks to blackbox for this post:

 

 

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:07 PM

First order of business at this month's VAST Meetup was examining the club's latest addition from www.shopgoodwill.com:

 

Sidecar Memory Expansion test  -- CHECK!

 

Sidecar Disk Controller test -- CHECK!

 

Sidecar RS-232 test -- CHECK!

 

TI's External Disk Drive test -- CHECK!

 

 

   Quite amazing to see all this equipment working like-new after all these years. Survived a Goodwill donation (God only knows what they did with them) and cross-country shipping.

 

   The biggest surprise was opening the box with the three auctioned sidecars only to discover Goodwill added three items not listed: Speech Synth, Xbox360 Hard Drive, and TI External Disk Drive.  

 

   Feeling Lucky! 

 

   Next Step: Locate documentation for the sidecars.

 

   Question: Anyone know if hooking all this up with a modded Speech module  **with 5V power pass-thru**  will have a negative impact on the performance/health of the sidecars?

 

   

 

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:12 PM

I still get a laugh when I see all those daisy chained components!  Stuff sure as bigger back in the early 80's!

 

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I bet some people would want to knock me upside the head for the following comment, but I'd gut those old side-car boxes and re-task them with more modern components.



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:14 PM

Zero mention of the XboxHD, Speech Synth, or TI External Disk Drive Unit? 

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:16 PM

I still get a laugh when I see all those daisy chained components!  Stuff sure as bigger back in the early 80's!

 

post-46538-0-17538800-1540846788.jpg

 

I bet some people would want to knock me upside the head for the following comment, but I'd gut those old side-car boxes and re-task them with more modern components.

 

 

Omega is obviously jealous because my 99/4 is longer than his! 



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:18 PM

 

 

Omega is obviously jealous because my 99/4 is longer than his! 

 

Bet mine lasts longer...  :lolblue:



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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:31 PM

No difference than plugging it into the console

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:20 PM

No difference than plugging it into the console

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Greg, Thanks!

I was wondering because it does in fact deliver power to a single contact. That power comes from the console so...I am concerned about that pin being active supplying unexpected power to the sidecar chain.

It’s true the power on that pin provides power to the new sidecar 32k card, and it plays well with the PEB.

Just want to be sure before I use a modded speech module with these less-understood components.

What do you know to put me at ease here?

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:47 PM

Greg, Thanks!

I was wondering because it does in fact deliver power to a single contact. That power comes from the console so...I am concerned about that pin being active supplying unexpected power to the sidecar chain.

It’s true the power on that pin provides power to the new sidecar 32k card, and it plays well with the PEB.

Just want to be sure before I use a modded speech module with these less-understood components.

What do you know to put me at ease here?

-James


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So if you plug in those sidecar devices directly into the console it would be exactly the same power on exactly the same pin so they must be designed just to ignore that power and use the power from their internal power supplies otherwise if you plugged it into your console without a speech synthesizer kablammo

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Posted Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:00 PM

So if you plug in those sidecar devices directly into the console it would be exactly the same power on exactly the same pin so they must be designed just to ignore that power and use the power from their internal power supplies otherwise if you plugged it into your console without a speech synthesizer kablammo

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That's right and kind of obvious now. Thanks Greg. Clear. No Kablammo is good.


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Posted Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:49 AM

Also, one additional note on the four Collins books/cassettes: they were released in English, German, and French. I have all three variants. . .and in answer to the US company that was selling them, it was Tex-Comp.






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