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  1. There are a couple available on eBay https://www.ebay.ca/itm/115412955652?hash=item1adf25f204:g:sN0AAOSwj1hfPG~j
  2. Sounds like it could be a dead drive. I ended up replacing the one in my SE/30 with a SCSI2SD years ago when the original spinning rust failed on me. You could try asking at 68KMLA.org and see if they have any ideas on whether your drive can be salvaged.
  3. Sorry, rambled on and didn't answer your question. You can boot off of the Disk Tools disk, which comes with the set of System 7 disks. Then, either use the utilities on that disk, or a copy of Lido to get your hard drive working again.
  4. It has been ages since I've had to do this, but have you already tried the utilities on the Disk Tools disk that comes with System 7? I've used the Disk First Aid and HD Setup utilities on that disk. You could try using Lido. https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/lido-756 Here is link to another download of Lido, available for general redistribution under the GNU General Public License: Getting at files compressed in apple format without a running apple computer is an annoying chicken-and-egg problem. I think I made disk images with HFV Explorer, then wrote them to a disk using a USB floppy drive and either WinImage or MacDisk. I finally got a Floppy Emu from BMOW with a SD card preloaded with lots of utilities to make it easier: https://www.bigmessowires.com/floppy-emu/
  5. Fully loaded PEB with a p-code card, buy it now $200 https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Texas-Instruments-PHP1200-Peripheral-Expansion-System-99-4-UNIT-with-Cable-/275305741172?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276
  6. Sheesh. 38 bids and that acoustic coupler modem went for $200. I don’t get it. With prices like that I should sell mine, not like I’m ever going to use it. Yeah, I’ve noticed the same phenomenon. Makes me feel old. But then I think that for someone in their 20s tech from the 1970s and 80s is like tech from the 1930s and 40s is to me. I guess i am old.
  7. I need some help with my IIc monitor. Sometime in early December I used my IIc and then didn't touch it until yesterday, when I noticed that while I had turned off the computer I forgot to turn off the monitor. So the monitor was on for over a month and just cooking away. The monitor was in perfect condition before my stupid mistake, but now it is dim on the left side of the screen and overly bright on the right side of the screen. If I leave it on for a while, the brightness evens out a bit, but it doesn't go away. Is there anything I can do to fix this thing, or is it toast? I am really annoyed at myself for having done this. This is what it looks like on cold start: And here it is after running for a while:
  8. I didn't start using computers seriously for work until the early 90s, but the one thing I enjoyed working with computers in those days was when I had to crunch large datasets or process satellite imagery or whatever is that I would start the machine on processing the data and then just walk away while it did the thing. Depending on what it was doing, it could be 30 minutes, hours, or even overnight. So everything slowed down. I had a perfectly good excuse to go get a coffee, do some other work in the lab, read scientific journal articles, call it a day, or whatever. Especially when I was doing remote sensing work as often there was nothing else to do work-wise when all the machines were occupied processing data. Set up and run the script, and cool my heels until it completed. At least it was something that didn't involve sitting in front of a computer for hours on end. I don't do research anymore so now my work really is 8 hours or more sitting in front of a monitor, and no downtime unless the the network is down.
  9. While not vintage, Retroradionics makes a laptop ZX Spectrum clone that can be run off batteries. https://retroradionics.co.uk/#!/OMNI-128HQ-LAPTOP/p/75106221/category=0
  10. Sure, there is a ti99 in this ad, but look at the decor! https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Texas-Instruments-Ti-99-4a-Home-Computer-Gaming-System-/174952182691?&_trksid=p2056016.m2518.l4276
  11. Dang. I'll have to fire up my ZX Spectrum tonight and play a couple games.
  12. Other systems used a cartoon of a character, like Mario, rather than the pixelated game version. We should also consider the versions on the game manual.
  13. I love my ZX Spectrums, but they are not durable at all. Dead chips, bad membrane keyboards, faulty ram. Simple and easy to repair tho.
  14. Every last bit of my fairly extensive collection of ti99 hardware except for one cartridge works perfectly. None of my other vintage systems (Apple IIc, Macintosh, Tandy CoCo, TRS-80 Model 100s, Atari 800s, ZX Spectrums, various 80s and 90s PCs, etc) compare. I would put my money on the ti stuff outlasting everything else.
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