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PenUltimate+ VIC-20 Cartridge + Diagnostic DeadTest+ support

April 17th, 2019 No comments
PenUltimate+ VIC-20 Cartridge with diagnostic DeadTest+ support

The new version of the PenUltimate+ cartridge even if apparently it seems identical to the previous version, is not, because the new version has some modifications and a software update made to support the DeadTest+ Diagnostic software.

All cartridges produced since December 2018 supports the DeadTest+ diagnostic software.

The DeadTest+ Diagnostic software can be lauched via the menu or by holding Reset button down for 10seconds at power on.

Compared to the first version this new one brings even more ROMs (70+) and a brand new user interface.

Some tfw8b games have been included (The Future Was 8Bit) including Cheese & Onion, RodMan, Pentagorat (Easier edition) and many others.

And of course, it’s still the best ram pack you’ll ever stuff into your VIC20. 3-35k expansion ram can be selected direct from the menu.

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

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Commodore Amiga 500 Plus Kissed by luck + Floppy Drive Repaired

April 17th, 2019 No comments
Commodore Amiga 500 Plus kissed by luck

My name is “jaundice” and my last name is “lucky”.  :-)

Why “lucky”? because the battery used in this Amiga was not VARTA but GP, these batteries resist slightly to aging and release less acid.

The only defect of this Amiga 500 Plus was the Floppy Drive which did not read any Floppy Disk, the motor running slower than normal, it was enough replace a 4.7uF electrolytic capacitor to make it work again.

I thank my friend Igor for the donation.

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Atari Mega 1 – Atari Megafile 30 – Atari Monitor SM124

February 16th, 2019 No comments
Atari Mega 1 - Atari Megafile 30 - Atari Monitor SM124

Everything seems to work perfectly including Hard Disk and Floppy Drive.

I must thank my friend Ralf Schmitz for this gift.

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Fidelity CM14 Colour Monitor (RGB/Composite)

February 16th, 2019 No comments
Fidelity CM14 Colour Monitor (RGB/Composite)

This Monitor was usually sold in combination with the ZX Spectrum 128 (models with RGB output) or Sinclair QL but it works with any RGB source.

I have already an identical model in my collection but is rebranded PRISM QL14 and without protection glass.

My friend Gerben wanted to give me this model in good condition with the protection glass intact. Thanks Gerben for the excellent packaging, as you can see the glass has not broken :D

The operation test was performed with a Ultimate-64 with a RGB cable. I have also performed a video image calibration and i share the trimmer positions on the motherboard.

Fidelity CM14 Colour Monitor (RGB/Composite)

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source: worldofspectrum.org

Nice gift from my friend Federico di Dato

December 3rd, 2018 1 comment
Nice gift from my friend Federico di Dato

…in the photo:

  • Atari CX50 – Keyboard controllers (Boxed and in Mint Condition)
  • Joystick Cheetah – The Bug (Boxed)
  • ROM/Eprom cartridges for Commodore 64.
  • Commodore 1571 without Floppy Drive (Mobo/PSU working)

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 (192)

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 2 comments
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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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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