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  1. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    My current collection of Lynx computers; there are two Lynx 96 computers, two Lynx 48 computers (one of which has been upgraded to 96K spec) - and two Lynx 128 computers - one does not have the case badge.

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  2. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    All three machines in the Lynx family.

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  3. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    My current collection of Lynx computers; there are two Lynx 96 computers, two Lynx 48 computers (one of which has been upgraded to 96K spec) - and two Lynx 128 computers - one does not have the case badge.

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  4. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    To use a disk drive with the Camputers Lynx you need 96K or 128K, a disk drive with the Lynx Disk Controller - and the Lynx Disk ROM which connects to the back of the Lynx computer. The ROM adds several new commands to Lynx BASIC allowing the computer to boot from the disk drive, load and save files.

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  5. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    To use a disk drive with the Camputers Lynx you need 96K or 128K, a disk drive with the Lynx Disk Controller - and the Lynx Disk ROM which connects to the back of the Lynx computer. The ROM adds several new commands to Lynx BASIC allowing the computer to boot from the disk drive, load and save files.

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  6. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    The Lynx disk controller requires +5V and +12V lines. DO NOT GET THEM REVERSED - YOU WILL DESTROY THE DISK CONTROLLER!

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  7. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    Since I wanted to use an HxC 2001 floppy disk emulator with the Lynx, the disk controller was removed from the original Lynx disk drive and mounted inside the case of a broken Atari SF354. You can see how the Drive 1 line had to be soldered into the controller board, and the drive always reports READY, which is required as the Atari 14-pin cable does not carry the RDY line.

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  8. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    The Camputers Lynx used a disk controller with a WDC1793 chip. The first drive in the chain had the controller mounted inside the drive, and a second drive without a controller could be attached to the first

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  9. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    The Lynx to Scart video cable was adapted to drive the Commodore 1084 monitor.

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  10. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    From the Elborg.dk site, Creative Sparks' Delta Wing game loaded on a real Lynx 96K.

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  11. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    Two Lynxes - one 48K model and the other a 96K

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  12. From the album: Camputers Lynx

    Camputers Lynx 96 plays Centipede

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  13. As others have stated, with the Incognito expansion board, the original Atari 800 is the ultimate 8-bit Atari. It can run pretty much everything, the keyboard is good (albeit with a horrendous position), is almost indestructible, and you can bask in the glorious late 70s design language. But as I understand it, the Incognito is currently out of production and we don't have any firm dates on if or when another run will be done. Without Incognito, the 800 is quite limited. Many of the XL/XE era games, including later cartridges, need 64K, and many of the best games and demos released in the last 15 years need even more. Whereas there are RAM expansions for the stock 800, none of them AFAIK, follow the Claus Buchholz design, which is what pretty much all of the XL/XE software expects to see. So what do you want to do when you go home? If playing the early to mid 80s Atari classics is your thing then the 800 is great. If Bombjack, Numen, Commando or Yie Ar Kung Fu is your thing then the stock 800 won't help much. Or get the 800, and if/when Incognito 2 is available, you'll be set.
  14. Whereas there is some serious technical skills on display in this project, it is not something I find especially interesting. Retro computing for me is a mix of nostalgia, fulfilling cravings from childhood, exploring how different vendors brought unique solutions to common problems against a backdrop of limited resources and limited technology and just playing fun and unusual 8-bit and 16-bit games from a time when you didn't need to invest three months in a game to make any progress, have a controller with 23 buttons, join a clan, or buy your way to success through in-game purchases. David's project will doubtless use a USB-connected generic PC keyboard and output a rock solid display via HDMI or VGA to a generic LCD monitor. There will be no quirky game library to explore. No puzzling over why the unit wont power up only to discover it needs a cartridge inserted before it will do anything. No admiring the kitschy 70s design language. Or laughing at the goofy picture of the family crowding around the magical computer that we saw on the retail packages of machines like the VIC 20 or Dragon 32. The final product, while very impressive, will probably remind me of a Raspberry Pi, only without the ability to emulate almost every other 8-bit and 16-bit machine. Nonetheless I wish them luck with this.
  15. If you put a USA TOS ROM in a UK ST, wont that cause the keyboard to become mis-mapped? There are not a lot of changes between the US and UK layouts, but I would find it very irritating when I needed a back-slash or double quotes and kept having to go look up where that symbol is.
  16. If you have 48K RAM you can just load BASIC from disk.
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    Atari PC1

    Imported from Germany, this PC1 has been slowly restored and expanded.
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    From the album: Atari PC1

    I had a spare Atari STE power supply from Exxos which fits perfectly in the PC1 case. No more need for a 220V step up transformer.
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    From the album: Atari PC1

    The Atari PC1 plays Prince of Persia. They Keytronic 101 keyboard has been replaced with a Chicony 84-key unit. Although the Chicony keyboard is not a genuine Atari PC 84-key unit, it is the keyboard Atari used in their original promotional photos of the PC before they were shipped. The keyboard was sold as non-working, but again, this was due to the XT/AT switch being in the wrong position. It works just fine.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    The Atari PC1 plays Lemmings in beautiful four colour CGA. I was able to get a broken Chinon FZ506 floppy drive cheap, and since all I wanted was the bezel and drive latch it suited me perfectly. I need to retro-bright the drive now too.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Case badge restored and the new blue LED has had a larger resistor added to adjust the brightness.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Atari PC1 after retro-brighting with the STM mice on top, and the PCM mouse to the side.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Post mouse retro-brighting. The PCM1 mouse is a pleasant cream colour compared to the battle ship grey of the ST mouse.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    I found this mouse on Ebay. A genuine PCM1 mouse although badly discolored.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    The mouse on the left is an STM1 mouse. The one on the right is a discolored PCM1 mouse. The middle mouse is a discolored STM1 mouse.

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