So on the weekend, as part of a local organisation, I did some volunteer work. In return I got some old systems donated to me. And what a donation it was!
While none of this equipment is in what I would call a “working state”, it’s all fixable and it’s all super interesting.
First up there was this 6 switch light Atari 2600.
As you can see it came with a library of games. Unfortunately it didn’t come with any power supply, and it doesn’t appear to power on. It’s hard to tell with RF systems at the best of times.
I’ll need to open it up, do some basic checking on all the usual things (Voltages, are we getting sane signals on the bus, that kind of thing) as this would be a classic to get working again.
Next up was not one, but two CreatiVision variants, with heaps of addons. One is a genuine CreatiVision, complete with plastic protecting the logo, and the second is a Hanimex Rameses, which is a lovely looking unit!
They came with 4 of the controllers I’ve been working on so much, a bunch of cartridges (Not so useful in this age of MultiCarts), a mostly complete “full” keyboard, a tape deck and a port expander. Awesome!
Unfortunately both were missing the power bricks. Oh well. I can always make one of those. I have not yet tested them.
After that was the TRS/80 – CoCo 2. This one has had all the custom chips removed, but I have located them and will get them back in a few weeks. This is a system I know nothing about. I look forward to getting acquainted with it more
Finally was a Microbee 128k premium. I’d been wanting a premium from before I built my 128k disk system.
The unit, inside, looks spotless. It currently boots the the disk command prompt and no further. Another one for diagnosis. Plenty of things for me to look at with it 🙂
All that space I cleared in my shelves the other week? Gone! Not that I’m complaining 🙂
Finally there was a Sega MegaCD II to go with my Sega MegaDrive. Again, no power supply, and I haven’t even tried powering this one on.