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Postby SpidersWeb on Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:14 pm

http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vint ... 623471.htm

I had one when I was younger, and really badly want this.
But $300 and that's not the reserve? You have to be kidding me.

1987 Sharp 7200.
He's right though, the screen on these is excellent if it's working like mine used to.
On my one the hard disc had a mechanical failure, and as it was less valued then and I didn't have ebay to prove it was worth something, it was unfortunately disposed of.

Edit: drowned my sorrows and bought a 486DX/2 for 30 bucks pickup, yey.
Edit2: thankfully I've organised a room for this gear now
Edit3: go tezza go, fight for that AT keyboard :D hit him when he's weak, 2 minutes before auction closing
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby SpidersWeb on Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:14 pm

and it hasn't been powered up for two years :/
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby tezza on Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:49 pm

Yes. I'll pass on this one. As you've noted I have got a keyboard to get. :)
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby SpidersWeb on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:27 am

Another to "pass" on would be http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vint ... 798237.htm
Although I think the trader is genuine, just you don't see enough of these drives on trademe to gauge accurate pricing.
Untested I'd have trouble going plus $10 + postage. $200 would likely get you two to four MFM drives landed.

But I did find something which is fairly priced (not bargin basement, but fair)
Atari 800XL boxed (all except floppy drive)
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vint ... 866997.htm
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby SpidersWeb on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:33 am

Although that drive does have history. IBM fitted them stock to the PC AT but it was probably one of CMI's biggest failures, causing them to lose their IBM contract very quickly. Downside is I'd wager that drive probably failed back in the 80's.
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby tezza on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:45 am

SpidersWeb wrote:Although that drive does have history. IBM fitted them stock to the PC AT but it was probably one of CMI's biggest failures, causing them to lose their IBM contract very quickly. Downside is I'd wager that drive probably failed back in the 80's.


Yes, information on wikipedia would say that scenario is likely:-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Memories_Inc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_PC/AT
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby recycled on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:48 pm

SpidersWeb wrote:http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vintage/auction-457798237.htm
Although I think the trader is genuine, just you don't see enough of these drives on trademe to gauge accurate pricing.

Damn, that's good enough for me, I have an 8MB FH MFM drive in a box here, must be worth a lot more than $200. I'm finally going to get rich ;o)
Worst part is I gave away the controller card to a friend with a lugable so he could fit a 20MB HH drive so I can't test mine either. Blast, now it'll have to be a dollar reserve.
OK, not worth the effort, I'll keep it as the paperweight it is.

I don't quite think he's totally aware of what it is though. In the Q/A section the response to interface type is SCSI, though in the picture of the circuit the exposed copper of the expected edge connector for an MFM style drive may just be visible under the metal frame. So it's likely that this initial listing is to test the water, you will likely be able to get him to bring the price down, or maybe even an offer at the end of it.
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Postby SpidersWeb on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:30 pm

Yeah, being a nice bugger I posted up that it was MFM and explained it's importance in history and wished him well in the auction. Not sure if he's replied or not.
I really don't want it because I have MFM drives that definately work, but when I first clicked on the auction I thought it said $20 and got excited lol

If it works it might be worth $200 to the right person though given the drive that it is.

I'm currently being tempted by an ST225 that'll cost me $60 delivered, but have a local contact I'm going to go poke first.
Reminds me, need to find another 16 bit MFM controller, only have one and it throws controller errors. My 8 bit ones are BIOS + almost no options, in fact one has no options at all, its Type 2 for life.
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby SpidersWeb on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:11 am

Also see the Panasonic 150 on there.
It's actually from circa 1990 not 1980, but they're battery powered, not sure if hard disc or single 720K though
NEC V20 8Mhz etc
Missing alt key but for $30 that's a pretty good little toy. Low price and the seller has actually bothered to PLUG IT IN! Good work that man.
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby SpidersWeb on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:13 pm

That unknown condition CMI drive went to Fixed Price Offer of $80 and sold within minutes.
Just got the email. I was hoping it'd get relisted for sub-$20, because I would've happily gambled that just to see if I could get it to LLF.

I should put my squeeky NEC up for $50!
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby WelshWizard on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:21 pm

SpidersWeb wrote:Another to "pass" on would be http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vint ... 798237.htm
Although I think the trader is genuine, just you don't see enough of these drives on trademe to gauge accurate pricing.
Untested I'd have trouble going plus $10 + postage. $200 would likely get you two to four MFM drives landed.

But I did find something which is fairly priced (not bargin basement, but fair)
Atari 800XL boxed (all except floppy drive)
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/vint ... 866997.htm


My finger was itching to go for it, very nearly did but with four XL's some boxed and 3 XE's 2 of them boxed I did not wish to take the flack from the other half
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Re: grumble grumble

Postby SpidersWeb on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:53 pm

I'm glad there aren't as many x86 machines as there are Amiga's on trademe right now.
I'd be broke and unable to leave my room :/

Found a 2007 post by fluke this morning, it was someone who couldn't wait for e-day because they couldn't find anyone to take a room full of pre-286 machines D:

None of this is relevant, but it's *almost* home time.
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