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Yet more Amstrads added to the collection - ALT-386sx and PCW8256


Created on: 29-07-2020  By Gee
If you haven't guessed already, I like my Amstrad computers. Purely because of nostalgia and curiosity.
Recently whilst scouring eBay for all things Amstrad, I came across an Amstrad ALT-386sx laptop and thought it would be a great addition to my collection as it was both and Amstrad, and a 386 DOS machine. When I had bought that I called the gent to arrange collection and he then asked if I was interested in an Amstrad PCW8256 that he had lying around. Sadly, it had no keyboard or system disks. He told me he'd look for the keyboard, but when I arrived he told me he wasn't successful sadly.
386SX
BIOS
The first issue with the 386 machine was getting it to recognise the hard drive. The BIOS setti... Read More!


Replacing my lost floppy drive ability


Created on: 15-02-2020  By Gee
My recent PC build has meant that I now have a super fast computer, in comparison to the old beast I had. I say had, because I gave it to a friend who was using an old mac laptop (and it also got the huge massive pc case out of the house where space it currently at a premium).
I didn't exactly want to get rid of the old computer due to a couple of reasons. The main one being I'm a hoarder Collector of computers. That PC was made when XP was still very much king. Windows Vista was new, but was slated for taking up so much system resources. Just like any new Windows OS on release I suppose. Yet again I digress.
The other reason I didn't want to get rid of that computer was due to it still having the ability to n... Read More!


A new desktop PC in over a decade


Created on: 28-01-2020  By Gee
When I was at college studying computing tech support, I built a PC with the best of things that I could reasonably put on my credit card and not feel too bad about the debt. I was young and stupid, now I'm just stupid.
That PC had a (brand spankin' new at the time) core 2 quad Q6600 2.4Ghz CPU in a XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard. I fitted it with 2GB of DD3 RAM (which was fairly decent in 2008 AND DDR3 was quite rare to use then), Two XFX GeForce 8800 GS Graphics cards running in SLI and no idea what HDD I was using. This was a time when 4:3 aspect monitors were still available and that's what I was using for a while (until I bought something from a college friend). Windows XP was still king. Windows Vista was on the cards bu... Read More!


Commodore VIC20


Created on: 30-03-2019  By Gee
Ever since I watched The 8-Bit Guy's Commodore series, I have thought about grabbing a VIC20 and a C64. He seems to love them and a lot of other people do too.
I liked the idea of a VIC20 as it's such a restricted machine, in terms of memory and character display. I'm not sure why I like machines like this, but I do. Maybe I like a challenge of developing for them. Not that I've started developing for any machine yet.
Today I managed to pick up a VIC20 not too far from me, and it was a great deal. The person had a bunch of games on cassette and cartridge for it, as well as a 16k expansion cartridge. Once I got it home, I gave it a quick test and everything seems to be... Read More!


Commodore Invasion


Created on: 16-01-2019  By Gee
My Father-in-Law was pestering me a while back to sell some "old computers" for him and I had mentioned at the time that I wasn't so keen on helping as they don't fetch much money.
Now, that was quite unusual for me as I quite like old tech (you'd never have guessed eh!?). But at the time I didn't have the inclination to deal with them.
After having spent so much time watching people fix their old computing equipment on YouTube I thought I'd at least have a look at these computers. I asked if the computers could be looked out and I'd get things set up to get them sold on.

I was told that there was a boxed c64 (more modern style, not a breadbin sadly) with cassette drives and a pair of joysticks. Three or four am... Read More!


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