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    FREE stuff (most needs some repair) for pickup in PHOENIX, AZ

    I'm moving, and I've got a bunch of stuff that won't be moving with me, so if someone in Phoenix wants to come and pick it up, it's theirs. I've got a couple Kaypro 10's in which the hard drives, and the floppy drives work when removed and tested separately, but when they're installed, they...
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    Wanted: Microsoft Flight Simulator (1st or 2nd version)

    I'm looking for the first or second version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. IIRC it was in color, but very simple - you'd fly something like a Cessna around and try to land at a few different airports. I almost always crashed, but I think I might be better at it now I've aged somewhat. Anyone...
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    IBM 5150 & 5161 pricing from 1982/83

    About two years ago, I bought a 16KB-64KB 5150 and a 5161 from someone in Los Angeles (Ebay local pickup only) who was the original purchaser, and had bought them for their engineering business. He even still had the original boxes, but his wife had been using them to store Christmas ornaments...
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    Classiccmp.org & Bitsavers.org - both down?

    Is it just my connection or are Classiccmp.org and Bitsaver.org both down? (I've been trying for the past three days)
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    8" Flippie disk

    For those that haven’t seen a flippie before, here’s a photo of a manufactured 8” flippie disk. Note the label: Single head, double side, Soft sector, single density It had me stumped when I first read it – single head but double side? Huh? Before double sided drives became popular...
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    Switch setting for an 8087 in a 5150 – info in Tech Ref is wrong

    I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out why the Diagnostic disk wasn't listing the 8087 Math Coprocessor in one of my 5150s, and I think I’ve got it. At first I thought maybe I had a unique 5150 where a switch was built or wired incorrectly (I even removed the mobo to check continuity...
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    An IBM floppy disk drive ? (from a 5150)

    I just cracked open the box on a 5150 (64KB-256KB CPU) that I got about a year ago. I didn't recognise the drives - I've always seen Tandon drives in the 5150s. There's a pair of these things in this 5150, and by the looks of the screws and everyting else, they've been in there from day one...
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    Had my laugh for the day

    . Ebay item #: 110788551152 Described as: VINTAGE OSBORNE COMPUTER SERIAL # RS232 W/MANUALS & BLACK LEATHER CARRYING CASE That sure is a low serial number ;) For those that don't know what the front of an Osborne 1 looks like, here you go:
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    BOOT ERROR DC on TRS-80 Model II

    I’m getting a BOOT ERROR DC (disk controller) on my TRS-80 Model II. I’ve read about the error here: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?11858-TRS-80-Model-II I’m not always getting that error message. Sometimes when I turn on the power, I get INSERT DISKETTE, but when I...
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    Need a Terminator Pack for a TRS 80 Model II

    I'm in need of a terminator pack for a Model II. Its the thing that plugs into the back of the Model II where the Expansion Box cable would go, so that you can boot from the Model II without the Expansion Box. It would be a brown & black plastic thing approximately 4" long, 3/4" high, and 1 1/2"...
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    Old Apple Mac 128/512K manuals

    I scanned my the manuals that came with my Apple Macintosh 512K, before I got rid of the thing (I hate Apple crap). I scanned the following: - Macintosh (a user’s guide) 165 pages - dated 1984 - Macintosh MacPaint 32 pages - dated 1983 - Macintosh MacWrite 145 pages - dated 1985 Having had...
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    PayPal and their Send Money fees

    I thought about putting this in the Rants section, but it isn't one (it'll probably turn into one though). I've used the Send Money feature in PayPal before, and never realized there are sometimes fees associated with the deal. I only found out through reading about the terms, after the cork...
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    Small metal plate on top of a R/W head on an 800K drive

    Does anyone know what the small metal plate (with the yellow dot, red dot, and blue numbers) on top of the R/W head on this 800K Apple Mac drive is for? I found a simlilar plate laying at the bottom of a Mac 512K case, and it seems it's from the drive. The drive seems to work fine without...
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    Mac 512K user's manual

    Can someone tell me if there was ever a user's manual supplied with the Mac 512K, or did Apple just figure it was all pretty much self explanatory? (I didn't see anything on Bitsaver's)
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    IBM 5152 / Epson MX-80

    I just finished fixing a dead 5152 dot matrix printer (it had a dead on-off rocker switch of all things). In the process, I noticed something interesting. The IBM 5152 was manufactured by Epson and is the equivalent of their MX-80. Inside the printer, on the control board are sockets for...
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    Power Consumption

    Our local utility company made some kW meters available (just like borrowing a book) through the local library branches. With my electical bills ranging from a low of $ 70 in March to a high of $ 532 in August (for a 2650 sf house), and with all the talk of CFL bulbs and the like, I thought...
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    Osborne1 (tan case) power cord cover - now available

    Needing a power cord cover plate for another tan case Osborne 1, I decided to copy an original that I had on another Os1. And here's what they look like (remanufactured on the left, original on the right). It's not perfect but it looks pretty good. It's ABS plastic, textured on...
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    IMSAI schematics & manuals

    I noticed Ebay seller junk-mogul (not me) has some IMSAI shematics and various IMSAI manuals for sale. I didn't see anything IMSAI related on bitsavers, so I thought I'd post here to let interested parties know.
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    Aussie VCF Members

    Are any of our Aussie VCF members in or around the cities of Gold Coast or Brisbane in Queensland? I came across someone who used to have a garage full of vintage stuff, but sent most of it to a landfill because they didn't know of anyone in the area who was into vintage computers. They said...
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    Enclosure w/PSU for two FH 5 1/4" floppy drives - available

    Does anyone need an enclosure for two full height 5 1/4" floppy disk drives? I bought it for the two drives that were in it, so there are no drives (faceplates are in photo just so you can see what it looks like). It's got it's own PSU, and will come with an absolutely gorgeous bright red...
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