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SNK NeoGeo Mini (40th Anniversary) JAP Version

October 23rd, 2018 1 comment
SNK NeoGeo Mini (40th Anniversary) JAP Version

SNK Neo Geo Mini (40th Anniversary) JAP Version.

The Neo Geo Mini is an all-in-one system designed like a mini arcade cabinet with 40 classic games on board.

The 3.5-inch 4:3 screen isn’t going to deliver amazing viewing angles or contrast, but it looks fine head-on and, critically, it displays everything in a crisp, native resolution, which is essential for the art of these games.

There’s a pleasingly substantial power button on the back as well as three USB-C ports — two for controllers, one for power. The back panel also houses a Mini HDMI port and a headphone jack.

The selection of games is not going to be for everyone, but then neither is SNK’s history in general.

Twenty-five of the 40 games are 2D fighters, including all 10 King of Fighters titles that ran on Neo Geo arcade hardware, three Samurai Shodown games, the first Art of Fighting, and four Fatal Fury games, including the eternal classic Garou: Mark of the Wolves.

Elsewhere, you’ll find side-scrolling shooters like Metal Slug 1 through 3, along with shmups like Blazing Star and Twinkle Star Sprites.

I took unpretentious photos, if you are interested in photos with a excellent quality of the neogeo mini just search on the net, also you can see i have not yet attached the stickers that are supplied as standard.

Now you can also insult me because I bought an object like that, saying the usual and banal phrase: but it’s a raspberry! you know that i couldn’t care less.

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source: theverge.com

Siel CMK-49 Computer Musical Keyboard

September 17th, 2018 No comments
Siel CMK-49 Computer Musical Keyboard

Many thanks to my friend Ciro of TI-99 Italian User Club for this fantastic gift.

The CMK-49 (Computer Musical Keyboard) of SIEL is a 49-key musical keyboard which connected to the C64 allows to you use like a piano musical keyboard.

This means that the CMK-49 doesn’t produce any sounds, it only communicate using the software (driver) provided with the C64. The sound is played by the SID.

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Download: Siel CMK-49 Software (D64/TAP) & Manual (86)

8bcraft RetroStone

August 31st, 2018 No comments
8bcraft RetroStone

The RetroStone is the latest device from developer Pierre-Louis Boyer at 8BCraft, and follows on from the successfully launched Raspiboy via a Kickstarter campaign last year.

The small RetroStone system is powered by a H3 processor which consists of 4 cores at 1.2GHz supported by 1GB of DDR RAM. Retrostone is compatible with Retrorangepi the Retropie distribution specially created for H3 boards. As you may already know Retropie is an awesome emulation station software.

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source: kickstarter.com 8bcraft.com

Exelvision EXL-100

August 31st, 2018 1 comment
Exelvision EXL-100

Many thanks to my friend Ciro of TI-99 Italian User Club for this fantastic gift.

The EXL 100 was done by people who worked at Texas Instruments. It uses a lot of technologies of the TI CC40 (like the basic and the CPU for exemple).

ll the hardware is based on Texas Instruments chips. The TMS 7020 is the CPU, the TMS 7041 manages all I/O, the speech synthesizer (TMS 5220) and the infrared receiver. The keyboard and the joysticks are linked by infrared to the CPU.

Several peripherals were developped for this computer : a dot matrix printer (EXL 80) and a modem (ExelModem). This computer didn’t have a great market success. It was above all used in schools.

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source: old-computers.com

Atari 1020 Color Printer

August 12th, 2018 No comments
Atari 1020 Color Printer

Thanks to my friends Charlie and Gerben for this fantastic gift which adds another piece to my Atari Collection that now begins to become respectable.

PenUltimate+ Cartridge VIC-20 3k-35k Ram Pack + Roms

July 1st, 2018 No comments
PenUltimate+ Cartridge VIC-20 3k-35k Ram Pack + RomsPenUltimate+ Cartridge VIC-20 3k-35k Ram Pack + Roms

The Penultimate+ Cartridge is a menu driven RAM/ROM cartridge for your Commodore VIC20 PAL or NTSC.

The Memory Expansion is selectable from 3-35k and include 70+ ROMS including tfw8b exclusive games titles.

Many thanks for this gift to Dave Curran of Tynemouth Software and tfw8b (The Future Was 8Bit)

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Click here to buy the PenUltimate+ Cartridge.

Some retro-Trash things received from a friend

May 22nd, 2018 No comments
Some retro-Trash things received from a friend.

Some retro-Trash things received from a friend. Thanks Gerben.

Below the list.

  • Philips Computer Monitor 80 (Amber phosphors).
  • Commodore Music Maker.
  • Philips MSX Data Recorder
  • Easy Bob Model 745 – RS232 Serial Analyzer/Tester.
  • Data Switch.
  • Taxas Instruments T-83.
  • 4-to-1 Parallel Auto Switch.
  • Zanussi Ping-O-Tronic (MOD. PP 7)
  • Lego USB 4 Ports HUB.
  • General Electric IFM Interface Module for C64/Atari.
  • Some Serial/Parallel/MSX cables and adapters.
  • Joystick.
  • External CD-ROM.
  • Mouse Pad.
  • Some Serial/Parallel/MSX cables and adapters.

Commodore Amiga 500 that i have bought back in 1987

May 19th, 2018 1 comment
My Commodore Amiga 500 that i have bought back in 1987

I decided to clean and fix my Commodore Amiga 500, it’s him, the one you can see in my old photos.

As you can see the switches and buttons are remained in place while the stickers has been removed many years ago.

The Commodore Amiga 500 has always been kept in a box, in fact it has the original color of the case and the keyboard.

The photos below are before cleaning, after cleaning and vintage photos.

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Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 – Repair & Modules full Recap

April 23rd, 2018 1 comment
Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 - Repair

Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100 – Repair/Recap & Modules full Recap.

Defects:

  • The Game cartridges on the Sega Genesis Module do not work but the games on CD-ROM work correctly.
  • The INTF Ass’y Interface has some leakage capacitors and in short circuit.
  • The PSU has some leakage capacitors and in short circuit.
  • Solder joint jumped out on the three connectors that connect the two horizzonal/vertical motherboards.
  • Some cold solder on the power stage.

Works that have been done:

  • Cleaning and Full Recap PSU.
  • Cleaning and Full Recap Sega Genesis/Sega CD PAC-S10 Module.
  • Cleaning and Full Recap Nec PC Engine PAC-N1/N1 Module.
  • Cleaning and Recap INTF Ass’y Interface.
  • Rebuilding PADs of the two pcb connectors.
  • Rebuilding cold solder joint on the power stage.

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Sega Genesis/Sega CD PAC-S10 Module Gallery:

Nec PC Engine PAC-N1/N1 Module Gallery:

Commodore Amiga 601 Expansion Memory Module (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Commodore Amiga 601 (Boxed)

The Commodore A601 provide 512k/1Mb of additional memory for the Commodore Amiga 600.

The RAM Expansion Module also provides you a real-time clock with rechargeable battery.

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Commodore Amiga A501+ (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Commodore Amiga A501+ (Boxed)

The Commodore A501+ provide 1Mb of additional Chip Memory for the Commodore Amiga 500+.

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Telephone Coupler (Modem) TI PHP1600 (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
Telephone Coupler (Modem) PHP1600 (Boxed)

The PHP-1600 Telephone Coupler (Modem) enables your TI Home Computer to communicate via a standard telephone.

With a TI Telephone Coupler (Modem) and the TI RS232 Interface (sold separately), your Home Computer can communicate with similarly equipped computers.

You can send and receive messages and data, transfer programs between Home Computers, and access information from consumer data services you subscribe to.

Description/Specs:

  • Data Rate: 300 baud.
  • Compatibility: Bell 103.
  • Interface: EIA-RS232C.
  • Modes: Answer, Originate, Test.
  • Duplex: Full, Half.

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VU-0001 Joystick for VG-5000 (Boxed)

April 23rd, 2018 No comments
VU-0001 Joystick for VG-5000 (Boxed)

The VU-0001 joystick can be used with the VG-5000 Computer series equipped with a VG-5200 interface.

Atari Program Recorder Model 410 (Boxed)

February 18th, 2018 No comments
Atari Program Recorder Model 410 (Boxed)

This version of the Atari 410 Cassette Recorder differs from the one inside the “Atari – The Educator” box only for the additional colored box that hold the simple one in white cardboard.

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Commodore 8032 / CompuThink Disk Drive / Woltron ROM-BUS

February 14th, 2018 No comments
Commodore CBM 8032 (HP - Early version 1980) - CompuThink Disk Drive Controller - External Dual Disk Drive - Woltron ROM-BUS Adapter

Commodore CBM 8032 (HP – Early version 1980) – CompuThink Disk Drive Controller – External Dual Disk Drive – Woltron ROM-BUS Adapter.

  • COMPU/THINK (CompuThink) Dual Disk Drive Controller with 8k RAM per commodore PET 8032 (It could be a Prototype or a Clone Board with ASSY 001-35 – DD DSK CTL COMP).
  • COMPU/THINK External Dual Disk Drive 800k DD/DS.
  • WOLTRON ROM (CompuThink C-DOS & TOOLKit) + PET/CBM Expansion BUS Adapter + PIA (Peripheral Interface Adapter) Motorola MC6821.

Unfortunately there is no documentation on the net of this Computhink card that seems to be a prototype or a clone, also there is no documentation or photos of the BUS/ROM Adapter by Woltron.

I spent sleepless nights looking for the starting SYS for the disk management software on the eprom, i have disassembled 24k of code (C-DOS Roms / Basic Roms Patched / Edit Roms Patched) in machine language.

I did it and found it the starting sys ($E790 – SYS 59280), although everything seems to work perfectly after the sys command is printed on the screen (*DOS-40*) and by typing the directory command ($d,1) or the format command ($f,1) the floppy starts to run correctly but the head does not move, while the exit command ($h) work correctly,
i need to say that i replaced the FDC1791 and some floppy disk logic and also one floppy disk drive, but nothing changed.

My suspicion falls on the PROM 82S123 there is no dump on the net, reading this PROM of 32 bytes, only the first 8 Bytes are filled, this is right ? we’ll never know.

All EPROM and PROM have been dumped and you can find them in the archive below.

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Download: C-DOS 4.0 - Basic/Edit Roms Patched - PROM 82S123 (240)