The Collection (As of 27/04/2021)

A quick document of what equipment I have, and what status it’s in, as of today. Monitors 2 x SVideo capable flatscreen monitos. Both support Composite, VGA, Component and SVideo. I use these for a lot of my older 8 Bit systems. They’re generic off brand. ACER-V226HQL. These are capable of syncing right down toContinue reading “The Collection (As of 27/04/2021)”

Holiday Retro Works

So I had some time off over the Christmas / New Year period, and planned ahead to have enough parts to work on a project or two. CGA Converter for Commodore C128 First up, I’d read about a CGA to VGA adapter, designed to work with Commodore 128 systems. It was a relatively simple design,Continue reading “Holiday Retro Works”

I declare 2021 the “Year of the Peripheral”

With a CPC 464 wending it’s way to me, and (hopefully) in the new year, my BBC Master and Atari 800xl arriving, I find myself in the strange position of having “enough” retro computers for now. No, I don’t have a TRS/80, a CoCo or a Ti 99/4a. I can live without for now. IContinue reading “I declare 2021 the “Year of the Peripheral””

The Collection (As of 08/10/2020)

A quick document of what equipment I have, and what status it’s in, as of today. Computers 8 Bit Commodore Vic 20, with a smattering of cartridges. Commodore 64c x 3. 2 working, one needs work. JiffyDOS, Floppy disks, Cartridge emulator, FDD emulator, Printers. Commodore SX64, DEAD. Needs the PSU rebuilt. Commodore 128D, Internal FDDContinue reading “The Collection (As of 08/10/2020)”

A light interlude of Yak Shaving

So here I am again, and yes, it’s been a while since I had any real progress with any retro projects. I’ve been working on the Commodore C128D and it now reads disks, which is good, but it doesn’t read them reliably, which is bad. I also don’t currently trust the unit, as some C128Continue reading “A light interlude of Yak Shaving”

Reocomputing: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Repost)

(Originally posted on LinkedIn Jun. 15, 2020) Retrocomputing continues to help me find my happy places. I’ve been extensively working on new things. I recently rebuilt the area all my consoles live, to simplify things, going from having to use four different remotes in various combinations, down to two, one of which is only usedContinue reading “Reocomputing: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Repost)”

Retrocomputing News (Repost)

(Originally posted on LinkedIn Feb. 6th, 2020) Well, I continue to collect old computers and consoles. It’s a fun hobby and exercises skills I don’t get to use at work as much any more. The pleasure of starting with a beat up old system and getting it working properly is a real buzz, and letsContinue reading “Retrocomputing News (Repost)”

Even More Retro goodness (Repost)

(Originally posted on Dreamwidth Dec. 22nd, 2018) So the Pi1541 arrived and I am amazed how useful it is. It’s not 100% compatible yet, but gets better every week. I LUFF it.I’ve built the PSU for the 1541 floppy drive and that drive is currently formatting up disks in the background.The C128D monitor is fixed,Continue reading “Even More Retro goodness (Repost)”