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A quick tour of my Tandy 1000 EX computer

mojorific

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Awesome work dJOS. And thank you for sharing your work with a fellow Tandy EX owner!

Looking forward to receiving my adapter!
 

dJOS

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Awesome work dJOS. And thank you for sharing your work with a fellow Tandy EX owner!

Looking forward to receiving my adapter!

Thanks mate, I must admit that it feels really good when you create something that solves a problem for others too. :cool:

I'm really looking forward to seeing pics or videos from other EX/HX owners! :lovecircle:
 

jltursan

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Here're mine!:

I needed to mod a little the plastic cover; but it's worth the effort...and the sacrilege!:



Now it's easy to swap cards and the best....it works!. Thanks for the adapter! :)



I've also replaced the 8088 with a NEC V20. Looking at the double oscillators, seems that there's some overclocking possibilities; but I haven't been able to disassemble the motherboard (!) to try swapping crystals :p
 

dJOS

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Nice one, your case mod is really clean, well done sir! :cool:

Ps I love the way you've incorporated the external c.f. Bracket, that's awesome!
 

dJOS

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I've had some fun with my 1000 EX recently, I hid a Green LED under the Num-Lock light for my HDD activity light - it's a little dim but works well enough for my needs and it's just using hot-glue to hold it in place so it's easily reverted or changed if need be.

I also got around to finishing off my Gotek External USB Floppy Drive - it even has an OLED display now! :cool:

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dJOS

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I've made another video showing a the new OPL2LPT Parallel port Adlib Card and a Covox Speech thing clone working on my 1000 EX, I hope you enjoy it.

 

GrandPoobah

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Excellent work! Congrats! Definitely sign me up for one

Have you considered seeing if you can get to fit in an SX? It has a similar clearance issue when using a hardcard. Because I have a smartwatch installed, I can’t put my hardcard in either of the last two slots. The card ends up using three slots.
 

dJOS

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Excellent work! Congrats! Definitely sign me up for one

Have you considered seeing if you can get to fit in an SX? It has a similar clearance issue when using a hardcard. Because I have a smartwatch installed, I can’t put my hardcard in either of the last two slots. The card ends up using three slots.

No dramas, I've just ordered a different type of DIP socket compatible pin header so I wont have to use 3 relatively expensive DIP sockets - hopefully I wont need to modify that part of the design + I need to order the new PCB's so it'll be a few weeks away yet.

Can you share pics of the SX BIOS ROM location? It might not take much to make a compatible version.
 

GrandPoobah

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Sure thing. Here are shots from both the SX and the TX. They share the issue, but the chips are located differently. I'd be a-ok if the whole thing attached via ribbon cable so I could stick it to the side of the drive bay or something.

EDIT: I'm just posting a link to tvdog where he writes about it at length. The images were friggin huge

http://www.oldskool.org/guides/tvdog/TXSX.html
 
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dJOS

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Sure thing. Here are shots from both the SX and the TX. They share the issue, but the chips are located differently. I'd be a-ok if the whole thing attached via ribbon cable so I could stick it to the side of the drive bay or something.

EDIT: I'm just posting a link to tvdog where he writes about it at length. The images were friggin huge

http://www.oldskool.org/guides/tvdog/TXSX.html

It's doable, I'll see if the parts are available.
 

dJOS

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So I've got another new adapter available for the 1000 EX & HX machines, it uses my external floppy drive cable to allow you to add a standard 3.5" Floppy drive externally without needing a case or power supply.

I'm also having a cyber Monday 15% off stocked items sale.

Discount code: 040C19A7

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