A new, old computer - Jay Maynard

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Friday, 11 March 2005

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1548 - A new, old computer

I finally received a computer I bought on eBay a few weeks ago: a TRS-80 Model II. The model II is a very nice system, for its era: it had a Z-80 processor (like most TRS-80s), a true 64K of RAM that could actually all be used at once, and 8-inch floppy disk drives. It will run CP/M and not require any modifications to common programs, unlike the model I or III. (The model 4 would do that, but it came along several years later.)

This one was packed in a particularly crappy manner: they put it in a box, then used a single layer of packing peanuts between that box and an outer box. Of course, it bounced around. The top cover was loose inside the box. Fortunately, nothing appears damaged.

The machine won't run, though. It appears the disk drive's lead screw is jammed. Tight. I couldn't budge it with even with a pair of Channel-Locks. Fortunately, it's the same disk drive I already have three of, so all I have to do is get it out of the box. Easier said than done: I'm off to the hardware store to buy a LONG 1/4" socket extension. There's one screw in there that's well and truly buried.

current mood: [mood icon] irritated
current music: Golden Earring - Twilight Zone

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Hey!! ya wants old computers? Hows about that old Acer in my basement?

It still has floppies and programming books to go with it.

(Monopoly is included)
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very cool
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Pictures! Must...see...pictures.
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Okkay...when I get back from the hardware store with new case screws, I'll take some.

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