Commodore PC-10 III

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Commodore PC-10 III

Postby gavo on Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:15 pm

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Vint ... 693258.htm

I dont know why, but I quite like these old XT's clones (the Commodore ones I mean). I never owned an XT (of any variety), but remember being jealous of those people I knew who had them when they were state of the art. I reckon at $1 reserve someone is going to get a bargain - too bad I dont have anywhere to put it.
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Re: Commodore PC-10 III

Postby tezza on Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:16 pm

If I wasn't so pressed for room with my collection I would certainly keep it.

My second computer after my System 80 was an amber screen XT clone. Not the one on Trade Me. I think mine was a Redstone. I must admit checking the PC-10 III out and testing it brought back a lot of nostalgic XT memories.

At the time (1986-1990) the hercules graphics, amber-screen XT clone suited my needs well. Not that good for games (apart from Infocom ones), but for Word processing, keeping membership lists, exploring BBS's (remember those) and learning to program they were great!
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Re: Commodore PC-10 III

Postby Carcenomy on Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:46 pm

Dahhhh I never bothered bidding. Gutted!

I actually had four of these at one stage. The most dead one became what is now my home theatre machine. One was a fully working beast with a 20MB WD XT-IDE drive and dual 360k Chinons, the other two weren't functional but there was enough spares that they could have been revived. I gave them to a friend in Christchurch who has a pretty extensive personal collection and far better electrical engineering skills than I. Last I heard, he had two of three running. Should really prod him into joining up on here.
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Re: Commodore PC-10 III

Postby YetiSeti on Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:55 pm

[quote="Carcenomy"]Dahhhh I never bothered bidding. Gutted![/quote]
I have an eday one. In my hallway taking up space. Has (cute wee) Commodore monitor but not the keyboard. Untested. Are you up Dunedin way at all? I'd prob list it pick up only for the dollar it's likely to fetch.
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Re: Commodore PC-10 III

Postby Carcenomy on Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:01 pm

Fairly sure I've got a nice XT/AT switchable keyboard kicking around I could use. I'll flick you a PM next time I'm heading up, would be keen to take it off your hands :)
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Re: Commodore PC-10 III

Postby Carcenomy on Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:39 pm

So I did end up picking up the PC 10-III from YetiSeti...

She's fully loaded as far as the PC 10 series goes - 20MB WD90328X 8-bit IDE HDD, 640K RAM. She's a runner, but not without its issues. The old WD spins up fine but the head stepper goes crazy and the machine can't boot from the drive. The floppy drive had a business card jammed in it (!!!). And after hours of playing trying to get the WD going, it's stopped recognizing the last 128K of RAM, so it's now a 512K machine I guess :)

I was yarning to a bloke from Datalab and he did claim he could resurrect the WD without too much dilemma... might take him up on that offer.
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