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About dmcdream

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    Belfast, Northern Ireland
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    Retro tech - everything from computer and game systems, to old home entertainment equipment.
  1. Hi Conezays, Thank you for looking at my AtariAge thread. In the end, I purchased 2 NTSC/US ColecoVisions: 1 runs via an HDMI connection, and the other, via a Composite connection. Firstly, to overcome the power supply issue, I purchased a Power Converter, from Electronic Discount in Belgium. Of course, with this converter being for the continental Europe market, I also had to purchase a UK plug adaptor, but these are very easily obtained locally. The HDMI console is, by far, the better one. Most modern/flat screen TV’s don’t differentiate between the 50hz/60hz output, so that overcomes the second problem. If you would like to find out more about purchasing a ‘modded’ console, I would urge you to contact Brian Burney from North Carolina. Check out his webstore: ColecoVision Upgrades & Sales. The reason why I purchased the second/Composite console, is that the HDMI modification makes the console unable to operate ‘Expansion Module 1’. Unfortunately, the Composite console does encounter issues with the 50hz/60hz output, so I had to purchase a PAL-to-NTSC Video Converter as well. I purchased this particular unit, from Bombay Electronics of Illinois. By the way, ColecoVision cartridges are not ‘region locked’. So, you can play foreign games, on whichever console you finally purchase (i.e. NTSC/PAL/SECAM). I hope this information helps. Regards, Allan.
  2. Hi Conezays, Thank you for looking at my AtariAge thread. In the end, I purchased 2 NTSC/US ColecoVisions: 1 runs via an HDMI connection, and the other, via a Composite connection. Firstly, to overcome the power supply issue, I purchased a Power Converter, from Electronic Discount in Belgium. Of course, with this converter being for the continental Europe market, I also had to purchase a UK plug adaptor, but these are very easily obtained locally. The HDMI console is, by far, the better one. Most modern/flat screen TV’s don’t differentiate between the 50hz/60hz output, so that overcomes the second problem. If you would like to find out more about purchasing a ‘mudded’ console, I would urge you to contact Brian Burney from North Carolina. Check out his webstore: ColecoVision Upgrades & Sales. The reason why I purchased the second/Composite console, is that the HDMI modification makes the console unable to operate ‘Expansion Module 1’. Unfortunately, the Composite console does encounter issues with the 50hz/60hz output, so I had to purchase a PAL-to-NTSC Video Converter as well. I purchased this particular unit, from Bombay Electronics of Illinois. By the way, ColecoVision cartridges are not ‘region locked’. So, you can play foreign games, on whichever console you finally purchase (i.e. NTSC/PAL/SECAM). I hope this information helps. Regards, Allan.
  3. Hi everyone, Greetings from (not so sunny) Belfast, Northern Ireland again! I spotted a promotional CBS-ColecoVision brochure for sale here in the UK, which I thought may be of interest to you. The seller states that it was produced circa 1982/83. Interestingly enough, if you look at picture 4, you will see that infamous early design of 'Expansion Module 3'/ADAM. eBay item # 201946069110 - CBS ColecoVision brochure
  4. Hi folks, I hope you are all keeping well. I was wondering if anyone could help me source the instruction manual and software, for the following ADAM accessories: ADAM 5 ¼” Disk Drive ADAMLink Modem. I have a DDP for it, however I don't have an instruction manual. If I could even get copies of the software/manuals (i.e. PDF versions) that would be a great help! If anyone can offer any assistance, I'd be very grateful. PS - Do you know anything about the ADAM 'AutoDialer' device?
  5. I was looking at the story behind the sad demise of the ADAM computer today. It's seems that it's not only the ColecoVision that's been "modded" over the years. I was particularly interested in this adaption: Coleco ADAM with VGA output I have spoken to the seller of this item ('Glenn') previously about CV "mods", however he has informed me that he "doesn't offer upgrade services". Is there anyone else that's tackled "modding" an ADAM like this?
  6. I came across this video from 2012 on YouTube today: Colecovision Expansion Module #1 - Deluxe Model It's a pretty impressive "mod"! Does anyone happen to know the person behind this particular creation?
  7. Hi folks, I've seen a UK/PAL ColecoVision for sale, which I’m considering purchasing. The option of “modding” a UK/PAL CV seems like a good idea to me. From the demonstrations I've seen, picture and sound quality are clearly improved. Unfortunately however, I don't have the skills or technical ability to install a Composite Mod Kit. I’m also impeded by a slight disability in my left hand at the moment (possible Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.) If I do get this CV console, would there be someone willing to install a good quality AV-RCA mod kit in to it for me? I would of course pay for all the associated costs with doing this. I appreciate this is quite a big ask, however I would be very grateful. I look forward to hearing from you all very soon. Kind Regards, Allan.
  8. Hello Claus, Thank you so much for that information. I appreciate the insight you've given me. I think I'll try and purchase a French CV. I can then be assured of better sound and vision, thanks to their Scart connection. And I'll have no worries about the power supply either. All I'll really have to purchase is an EU-to-UK wall plug adaptor. All the TV sets in my home are fairly new and each is equipped with Scart ports, so hopefully I shouldn't have any problems connecting a French console. I wanted to pick up on your reference to the CV Super Game Module. I read on www.colecovision.dk that Eduardo from Opcode Games was planning to release a new batch of SGMs in 2016/17. The website also stated that the French CV SGM version would be the last one to be built. It appears there is a slight difference with the French CV which prevents total compatibility with the current SGM releases.
  9. OK – So the upshot is that I perhaps shouldn’t get an American/NTSC CV because it has: 1 – A different electrical current, and 2 – A different signal rate output on the TV. When I started reading snippets from this and other forums, and watching more YouTube videos (including this one,) I quickly discovered what is a well-documented modern-day problem for the CV (and similar consoles.) Specifically, picture and sound quality on today’s flatscreen, digital TV sets. If I’m right, there are 2 solutions: 1 – (which has already been mentioned) Plugging the CV in to an RCA-to-Coax adaptor, followed by using an old RF cable to connect to the aerial outlet on a TV. 2 – “Modding” (as demonstrated in this video) the CV to accept an AV cable, using this Composite Mod Kit. It seems to me that to overcome all these issues as simply as possible, getting a French CV would be the console to go for. Would you all agree? With regards to the issue of SECAM, all the TVs in my home are pretty new (i.e. all purchased within the last 5 years or so.) Again, from what I’ve read, most modern TVs contain automatic circuitry that can switch between PAL-I (UK,) SECAM-L (France) and PAL-B/G (rest of Europe.) I don’t claim to be overly conversant with electronical equipment. And when it comes to computers, whilst I’m no Bill Gates, I know just enough to get me by in the modern age. I do therefore really appreciate the time you guys have put in to answering my questions so far.
  10. Hello everyone! Greetings from Belfast, Northern Ireland! On a whimsical search of YouTube earlier this week, I came across a video on the ColecoVision game system. Oh what memories I have of that particular console. Including my family, there were 4 of us in my street that owned one. Sadly for me, my parents didn’t purchase one until after the height of their popularity (possibly after the “crash” I’ve heard people speak of, I’m not sure.) This made getting game cartridges very difficult, resulting in us only owning a few. After being initially excited to see a video about the ‘ColecoVision Flashback’ game system, the reviewer didn’t seem all that impressed with not only the games included on it, but also the emulator’s sound quality. I then started toying with the idea of getting a second hand ColecoVision, so straight to Google and eBay I went. I was actually surprised by the availability there is out there of these machines, and its many accessories. One particular eBay auction I saw, was from a seller in Mission, Tx. The starting bid was rather high. Surprisingly no bids were made. The ‘Buy It Now’ price was even more astronomical! When I checked Facebook to see if there were any fellow ColecoVision fans out there that I could talk to, I was pointed in the direction of this forum. Before I start looking in to getting a ColecoVision seriously, I have a few questions I was hoping you guys could answer for me. I don’t claim to be overly conversant with electronical equipment. And when it comes to computers, whilst I’m no Bill Gates, I know just about enough to get by. Here’s what I need to know: 1 – Would an American/NTSC ColecoVision work in the UK? I seen reference made to a 'step down voltage converter.' Could someone point me in the right direction for one on Amazon or eBay please. 2 – How easy is it to connect a ColecoVision to one of today’s flat screen digital TVs. I believe this is possible through a 'game system adaptor.' Again, could someone point me in the right direction for one on Amazon or eBay please. (And perhaps explain what I need to do with it.) 3 – Can I play PAL/UK/Europe/|SECAM cartridges on an NTSC/US console? I’d be very grateful for any help you folks can offer me in finding the answers to these questions. I look forward to hearing from you very soon. Kind Regards, Allan.
  11. Hello everyone! Greetings from Belfast, Northern Ireland! On a whimsical search of YouTube earlier this week, I came across a video on the ColecoVision game system. Oh what memories I have of that particular console. Including my family, there were 4 of us in my street that owned one. Sadly for me, my parents didn’t purchase one until after the height of their popularity (possibly after the “crash” I’ve heard people speak of, I’m not sure.) This made getting game cartridges very difficult, resulting in us only owning a few. After being initially excited to see a video about the ‘ColecoVision Flashback’ game system, the reviewer didn’t seem all that impressed with not only the games included on it, but also the emulator’s sound quality. I then started toying with the idea of getting a second hand ColecoVision, so straight to Google and eBay I went. I was actually surprised by the availability there is out there of these machines, and its many accessories. One particular eBay auction I saw, was from a seller in Mission, Tx. The starting bid was rather high. Surprisingly no bids were made. The ‘Buy It Now’ price was even more astronomical! When I checked Facebook to see if there were any fellow ColecoVision fans out there that I could talk to, I was pointed in the direction of this forum. Before I start looking in to getting a ColecoVision seriously, I have a few questions I was hoping you guys could answer for me. I don’t claim to be overly conversant with electronical equipment. And when it comes to computers, whilst I’m no Bill Gates, I know just about enough to get by. Here’s what I need to know: 1 – Would an American/NTSC ColecoVision work in the UK? I seen reference made to a 'step down voltage converter.' Could someone point me in the right direction for one on Amazon or eBay please. 2 – How easy is it to connect a ColecoVision to one of today’s flat screen digital TVs. I believe this is possible through a 'game system adaptor.' Again, could someone point me in the right direction for one on Amazon or eBay please. (And perhaps explain what I need to do with it.) 3 – Can I play PAL/UK/Europe/|SECAM cartridges on an NTSC/US console? I’d be very grateful for any help you folks can offer me in finding the answers to these questions. I look forward to hearing from you very soon. Kind Regards, Allan.
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