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    Learning 6502 Assembly...
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    Retro gaming, old sci-fi movies, sci-fi novels, old Atari commercials, cars, Need for Speed, Fast and Furious, and many more...
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  1. The Color Computers are great computers, but for pretty much the same price, you could get a C64 over a CoCo 2, or a C128 over a CoCo 3. Commodore computers are just much better suited for the beginner computer enthusiast. They are iconic, popular, well supported, full of great games, and all in all, better than Color Computers.
  2. I mean, as much as I love the CoCo, it just can't beat the c64 which is only slightly more expensive.
  3. If you don't have too much room to sacrifice for your retro computer, I'd actually recommend the Tandy t-series laptops(preferably the Tandy 200, but the 102 or 100 is fine as well). They're cheap, they never break, they're pretty powerful, they have a bunch of built in applications, they don't require any external storage device for permanent storage, file transfers are easy with things like mComm, they have a really nice version of BASIC built in, and to top it all of, they're cheap. Really, the only drawback is the lack of games, which is the internal LCD's limitation. I'd recommend this as a secondary computer, unless their intention is anything other than gaming, then I'd recommend this as their first retro computer. For now, I've put together this: <$50......TRS-80 Color Computer <$100....Commodore 64 <$150....Commodore 64+SD2IEC/pi1541 zero <$200....Amiga <$250....Amiga+GOTEK <$300....Commodore 128 >$300....Refurbished Commodore 128+Ultimate 1541 II+1571x2+1902+new power supply Whattaya think?
  4. Can't the a500 output regular composite? Why would you want rf(especially for PAL systems)?
  5. What connectors do those old 70s terminals like the vt100 have on the back?

    1. patroclus99

      patroclus99

      The data serial-connector is a 25-pin RS-232-C for all your web-surfing needs!  And also for your bzzzzzt. . . bzzzzzt. . . bzzzzzt printer.

       

      I had forgotten all about using those old terminals, it was looking them up.  Here's a manual for the vt100 which was surprisingly hard to track down.

       

      I remember using these things in college, I never used a Digital vt100; but it was basically a clone, a Lear Siegler.  These were the funkiest computers I'd ever seen in my life, lol, just friggin' ugly.  It was the early 90s, and people were still using these things. . . like for listserv and word-processing; they ran off an IBM. . . errrr. . . 3090 I think.  It was always fun writing a paper on these things at mid-terms; everyone else waited to the last minute like myself, the night before due-date, all the lag, stutter, and hiccups . . . why did an entire page of text completely disappear. . . why did it freeze for 20 secs. . . is it ever going to print?  Gosh, I was glad to see these things go.

       

      I have to ask, what are you using one for?  I never could actually figure out what these dumb-clients (those Lear Sieglers were REALLY dumb) were really good for, other than database retrieval.  They were incredibly useful in libraries.

    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      @patroclus99 I've recently gotten into telnet BBSing using TCPSER, and I thought a very old dumb terminal might be an interesting thing to mess about with. Of course, they are ridiculously expensive and I don't have one(yet).

  6. My Compaq Portable II seems to be falling apart... The floppy drive died a few weeks ago and now the serial port died.

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      I also tended to observe that a vintage rig may fail at several points in different ways. And a whole thorough going over the machine is a good idea. All socketed chips removed and cleaned. All important caps examined. All connectors buffed up and spit polished. Drive mechanics greased with CD-ROM grease. Power supply connectors cleaned and tensioned if needed. Maybe even replace the drive data cables if they've been played with a lot - remember they are press fitted and the ribbon cable is not soldered. So that could be hanging by a thread or have oxidation. You would also clean the slots. Check the interface cards for corrosion. Route cables away from internal RF noise. Check the CMOS battery. And much more.

       

      IIRC if this is your machine:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_Portable_II

      ..I could spend a whole month of evenings giving it a tune-up. A lot of tiny detailed manual labor, you know. Prep it for the next 2 decades. I mean that's what it takes. But I don't do much of that these days anymore - my interest having switched to software.

       

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      Many vintage motherboard repairs I've done were for things like the wrong voltage having been applied to a port which blew out the protection or a periphery chip. Or a chip that was being influenced to operate incorrectly by contamination or shorts or another marginal chip that remains functional. Sockets a big thing too. Shit like that.

    4. bluejay

      bluejay

      Yeah, I have 2 of the multi IO cards and neither work. I've tried deoxit on the card slot and the connectors, and tried both of the 16 bit ISA slots. Didn't work. I'll have to take the whole thing completely apart and see what I can do to fix it. Meanwhile, I left my c128 off for too long and it decided to die as well. I managed to fix it partially but I think I may have to replace a few sockets. The thing originally came with sockets that have contacts only on one side. It also needs some new thermal grease. But a c128, unlike the Compaq, has no moving parts other than the keyboard so it shouldn't need as much maintenance.

  7. Whelp, I beat Simon's Quest. I needed a walkthrough(I'd like to see someone beat it without one) but all in all, I have to say it's not a bad game. I enjoyed playing it.

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    2. Razzie.P

      Razzie.P

      I know I'm in the minority, but Simon's Quest has always been my favorite of the 3 NES Castlevania games.   Lots of people seem pretty down on it, saying it could never be beaten without internet, walkthroughs, etc, but I've never really understood that.  I first beat it when I was 11 or 12 back in the day (no help at all) and all of the puzzles had clues at some point that told you what to do.   The only point I remember getting stuck when renting the game was kneeling by the lake.  Right before I was supposed to take it back, I figured it out and didn't want to return it.  The rest of the evening was smooth sailing after I got over that rough patch.

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      @Razzie.P Wow, I'm really impressed. I believe a clue tells you at some point that the blue crystal reveals a path under the lake or something. But I never thought someone would be able to beat it with no help at all. You're definitely in the minority:)

    4. schuwalker

      schuwalker

      I purchased this a week or two before Xmas in '88. My friends and I finally beat the game over Xmas school break soon after. The only spot we had trouble with was the red crystal (?) and resulting tornado. We actually called a Nintendo tip line for that one. Apparently that certain clue was somehow lost in translation over here. My biggest complaint is the boss guardians or lack thereof - wish there was one for each Dracula bodypart. Probably also throw in the final encounter with Dracula was way too easy.

  8. Don't laugh at me; The Grim Reaper in Simon's Quest killed me 7 times.

    1. Marcos Moutta

      Marcos Moutta

      I ain't laughing, I don't wanna go to hell

    2. masschamber

      masschamber

      sorry have to laugh, also let me offer you some cryptic advice that is probably a lie, offer the red crystal to the third tree in the forest.

    3. bluejay

      bluejay

      @masschamber Maybe you should audition for the next Castlevania NPC.

  9. You have to open the command prompt as an administrator. Type cmd on the search bar and ctrl+shift+enter.
  10. Everything works perfectly with TCPSER. I logged onto a bunch of BBSes and messed about in them. BBSing on a Tandy 200 is rather limited though, due to it's tiny 40x16 LCD. Yes. My Discord tag is Radio Shack.
  11. Thanks a lot! It finally worked:) I still haven't a clue how to dial stuff with it but the point is it works! By the way, does it support telnet only or does it also do good ole' dial-up?
  12. Is it just me or is Simon's Quest pretty damn fun?

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    2. bluejay

      bluejay

      🤷‍♂️

    3. chicgamer

      chicgamer

      Have you tried any of the re-translation hacks? There is one that re-translates as well as adds a save option and a map. To me, it's the definitive way to play this game, now.

    4. GoldLeader
  13. Yeah I can't figure out how to use this at all. Heck, I'm not even sure if it runs in windows 10! This stuff is ridiculously complicated... I've downloaded a precompiled one off the internet, and it runs but crashes a millisecond later. Which sucks.
  14. TCPSER doesn't seem to run on my PC... Does it run on modern computers? Would you mind awfully sending me a download link?
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