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    How about $1,000. for a 99/4

    Hey, check this out. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TI-99-4-no-034-A-034-COMPLETE-IN-BOX-all-orig-packaging-Texas-Instruments-ti-99-ti99-/251538346783?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESINDXX%3AIT&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=hjvJ2Mhq9gqIFOPQSU8rSN9gRSc%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc Wow, now that's something...
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    What computer would you have and WHY?

    I'd like to read the 'reasons why' some guys want a certain vintage computer. It's not the computer, but the REASONS - that are fun to read about. "I would really like to have, (insert computer name), because" . . . In my particular case, there are a couple machines: Commodore Colt: I first...
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    Partial to Texas Instruments

    It seems I'm slightly partial to Texas Instruments and their line of 'toys' over the years. Pictured http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=5503&d=1301864741 I have a beige TI994A with a keyboard from an earlier black and aluminum TI994A. A box of carts, (all...
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    Toshiba Libretto 50CT brightness/contrast question

    Perhaps someone has a quick answer to a question I've searched on, but can find no solution to. I have a Toshiba Libretto 50CT. My question is - How do you adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen? I can't find a satisfactory answer to this anywhere. Help is appreciated :)
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    Number Crunching

    Scrunching things down. In these (2) 22x56" cabinets I have squeezed in (17) vintage computers, (7) cassette tape units, (2) disk drives, misc. computer magazines, and many computer manuals. Not bad for a space less than 20 cu. ft. (About the size of the average refrigerator!) I still even...
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    Memory test error with Toshiba T1100

    My trusty Toshiba T1100 is showing it's age. I only fire up this machine every few months but just the other day it did the following: Upon booting (with a DOS 3.3 disk in A: drive) - the T1100 starts it's memory test. At 448K it gives 1 long beep and shows ERROR 700D6:0A and sits there. I then...
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    Radio Shack MC-10

    Post is a bit 'windy' - but here goes: A little over a year ago I posted a question as to 'which is better; Radio Shack MC-10 or the Timex 1000'. Search 'TRS80 MC-10 vs Timex Sinclair 1000' Ref: post quote = Now I realize, that from a historic standpoint the Sinclair's in ZX80, ZX81, and even...
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    How about a TI 99-8

    I must have been living in a cave, but I hadn't seen a TI 99-8 before. I have a bunch of TI 994/A's and related goods, and I'm aware of the TI 99-4 but seeing a real TI 99-8 'almost' gave me goosebumps! Here's one up on eBay right now; Item # 320455846441 And it's for sale with (what appears to...
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    Styrofoam stuck to cords

    Question: Anybody know the reason for this - I have seen Styrofoam 'stuck' to cords of vintage computers when they have remained in their original boxes. I'm wondering as to the cause. Is this just a chemical reaction between the Styrofoam and the vinyl covered cords? Inquisitive minds want...
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    Toshiba Libretto CT50 & CF cards

    Here's the thing - I have a Toshiba Libretto 50CT running win95. I'm using a 64 meg Compact Flash card in an adapter in the PCMCIA slot and everything works fine. My question be; Can I use a 1 gig or even a 2 gig CF card instead of the smallish 64 meg card? This has been discussed here in one of...
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    Looking for an MPS-803 manual scan

    I'm looking for a scan of the Commodore MPS-803 printer manual. Preferable in pdf format. I've Googled till I'm blue and I can't locate one. Any help to it's whereabouts would be appreciated :) You see; eons ago I bought a Commodore MPS-803 printer. It wasn't much, but it did the job at the...
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    Should we keep the boxes?

    It seems that with most official collectors the original packaging is very important. I know that many collectors value the original box almost as much as the unit that's in it. I on the other hand could care less about the original boxes. I've thrown them all out. I just don't want to store...
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    Buying a MAC advice request

    I'm at a loss when it comes to even rudimentary knowledge of Apple computers, so I'm looking for a little help. My history is TRS80 to Commodore and right into PC's with DOS then Windows. I'm at a total loss where Apples are concerned. Here's what I need to know: I'd like to have a MAC as part...
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    Texas Instruments TI-57 Programmable

    This is one of those, "you had to be there", things. I bought a 31 year old calculator off eBay and it arrived today. http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/picture.php?albumid=14&pictureid=203 You see, it was 1977 and this calculator - the TI-57 by Texas Instruments was the thing that kick...
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    TRS80 MC-10 vs Timex Sinclair 1000

    I bought a Timex 1000 back in the early 80's for $100. and it's companion 16K RAM module for another $50. My son 'frustratingly' worked with it, learning it's supposedly quick entry keywords and typing on it's less than useless keyboard. As if that wasn't painful enough, if you moved the Timex...
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    Acquired a very nice 1985 Toshiba T1100

    I bought a Toshiba T1100 off eBay for 99 cents! I'm very excited about this and I feel this machine will garner a front row in my vintage display models. I really like this thing. It's got an 8086 processor with 640k RAM, no HD at all, just (2) 720k floppies. It came with all the original...
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    A 300 baud modem for free!

    Hey check this out! I'm looking through my Ahoy magazine and I ran across this ad for a free Commodore 300 baud modem! How cool is that :) Here's the ad - http://www.flickr.com/photos/26131074@N07/2746703479/ Ok, so the Ahoy mag is from Oct. 1988 and maybe this deal is done (expired in March...
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    Radio Shack PC2 dim display

    No contrast adjustment My question is . . . has anyone else been disappointed in RS pocket computer displays? Models PC1, PC2, PC3, etc. Maybe it's just me, (I'm getting old) - but my recent acquisition of a Radio Shack PC2 is a bit disappointing. I can barely make out the display. I looked...
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    Always think retro

    You know, after an exhilarating game of Star Raiders on my Atari 800XL, or a robust game of Parsec on the TI994/A, or even a classic Sargon II game on the C64, I like to sit back and listen to some tunes. :D For that I decided to mod my 'necessarily evil', modern day PC's CD burner with a nice...
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    Couple new additions for me

    I added a couple more machines to my collection this past week. I picked up a nice Radio Shack PC2 in great condition along with an 8k RAM module. Been wanting one of these for quite some time. I remember buying a PC1 way back when they first came out in 81 or thereabouts for like $280. My wife...
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