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About Armitage

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  1. I'm trying to consolidate all my systems to be able to use a wide range of RGB monitors without having a ton of different adapters and such. I have run into a strange issue: My IIgs displays fine on an RGB monitor with a custom cable, so I'm pretty sure the system itself is fine. I recently purchased a SyncSlayer 2 (SCART -> HD15 that can output TTL or lower voltage sync signals to both RGBc and RGBHV monitors). When used with other systems, this setup works flawlessly so I believe the SyncSlayer, its output cable, and the monitor are all ok. When used with the Apple IIgs, I get a weird distortion only at the top of the screen: Anyone seen this before? I checked the DB15->SCART cable from the IIgs to the SyncSlayer and there are no shorts between pins and everything is connected as it should be. The IIgs has never been recapped, but I'm not sure that's a problem or not since it displays fine with the other cable/monitor setup. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for the detailed info! The Transporter doesn't sound too useful in this day and age so I don't feel so bad about missing out on the auction now. Do you remember how much it cost back in the day? I remember some other similar products for other platforms often cost near as much or more than just buying the real hardware. I got a great deal on the IIgs I have now so no biggie. Someone else can enjoy this one!
  3. Mm tempting. If only I hadn't just bought another vintage computer yesterday! Will think on it
  4. I'm not super familiar with Apple II. Didn't you have to boot ProDOS from a floppy? How much was implemented in ROM? What I meant by real disk operating system was where you have a full set of user-friendly commands to move, copy, rename, delete, format, navigate directory trees, etc. without loading any special software. While you can do all of that with OPEN in BASIC, it's not what I would consider user friendly to the lowest common denominator set of end users. I was specifically thinking of the Amiga when I wrote that but later realized that it wasn't a good example since it still loads the OS from disk. The ST has all those functions in ROM, but doesn't really expose a CLI. So in retrospect, it's comparing apples to oranges.
  5. Great point. It's easy, and probably a mistake, to criticize these design choices in retrospect after using newer systems for the last 30 years. It's all about frame of reference. When I think about it, a lot of Commodore's contemporaries were the same way and it wasn't until the 16 bit generation that we started seeing real disk operating systems.
  6. I should have done that! The auction ended with no bidders. I could have picked up the machine for $75 if I had been paying attention. Instead, the seller relisted it with more detail and it's already over $200 with 26 bidders now that it's apparent what's in it. I'm completely new to the IIgs so I am not sure what I'm looking at here, but I can tell a missed opportunity when I see it https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-II-GS-Computer-The-Woz-Limited-Edition/174327965378
  7. Great, thanks for the info! This popped up for sale with no system configuration details or pictures of the inside so I had no idea what I was looking at.
  8. Hi Jim, I just tried adding a card in the video to link to your site but Youtube won't allow it until I sign up for their partner program which requires a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours 😕 In addition, they have removed the ability to even do a text overlay (e.g. "See Description for Purchase Link") recently too. I'm sorry the link in the description isn't great but it's the only option I have available to me until (and if) my channel ever becomes a real boy.
  9. Hey all, hot off the press is a new video about JiffyDOS with a little background, demonstration, and benchmarking. Might be useful to folks who have never used it before. Enjoy!
  10. Hey all, does anyone have any idea what this might be? All I can tell is it appears to be vintage and passes the onboard video through. I'd guess genlock but for the fact that it keeps the DB15 port. Anyone know?
  11. Nice haul! Yea, a good rule of thumb is to test the power supply before powering on a 64 for the first time. Good luck with the repairs!
  12. Glad you liked it! Haha, yea. I like old computers and old cars I guess Thanks!
  13. Hey all, I was going to do a video on the speech synthesizer but got sidetracked and ended up with this instead. It's sure to be remedial for you serious enthusiasts, but I'm just getting started and would like to make more TI content in the future so your support and constructive criticism are appreciated!
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