Hi from a Sega SC-3000 nutter :)

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Hi from a Sega SC-3000 nutter :)

Postby honestbob on Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:04 am

Hi All

Just wanted to say hi.

Sega SC-3000s are my thing. The SC-3000 was my first computer when I was nine, and we've kept one in the family ever since. It was technically a very capable little home computer that just suffered from a lack of available software. The Basic language in particular was excellent, and it had a good local following in NZ and Australia. In fact, Australasia was about the only place outside Japan it had a sizable following, although it was also sold in small numbers through Europe.

I have about 4 or 5 SC-3000s, a couple of SF-7000s, and a Japanese SG-1000 II console. I'm not looking to sell any of that at the moment though, sorry.

A couple of years back I hooked up with the guys at SC-3000 Survivors (http://sc-3000.com) and did a bit of software restoration work on some old tape games.

That morphed into first a do-it-yourself multicart for the SC-3000 using DIP switches, then a full boot menu version of the cart which gives you instant loading of all the old tape games. That has consumed a lot of my spare time over the last year or so :) extra_anchovy has linked to that on these forums previously, but the main site for it is.

http://sc3000-multicart.com

I've also been posting various technical comments on the SMS Power dev forums at

http://www.smspower.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13351

I have a pretty good handle on the SC-3000 architecture now, so I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about it.

I'd like to say thanks to Tezza for his vintage computer blog in particular. I've had to learn everything required to build the multicart and repair my SC-3000s and SF-7000s from scratch over the past couple of years, and there have been lots of excellent hints and tips hidden in there that I've found very useful, especially on the repair side.

Cheers
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Re: Hi from a Sega SC-3000 nutter :)

Postby lizardb0y on Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:13 am

We'll have no nutters around here mate!

No, hang on... I mean; Welcome to the forums! You'll fit right in 'round here :)

That's a great collection of Segas you have there. Rest assured I'll call on your expertise when it comes time for me to restore my SF-7000 ;)
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Re: Hi from a Sega SC-3000 nutter :)

Postby tezza on Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:30 am

honestbob wrote:I'd like to say thanks to Tezza for his vintage computer blog in particular. I've had to learn everything required to build the multicart and repair my SC-3000s and SF-7000s from scratch over the past couple of years, and there have been lots of excellent hints and tips hidden in there that I've found very useful, especially on the repair side.


You mean someone actually reads those ramblings!?? :)

Thanks Bob, and welcome to the forums. The spirit of vintage computing is alive and well here. I've never seen a Sega SC-3000 in the flesh, but they look pretty interesting. It's good to see it being supported somewhere in the world.
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Re: Hi from a Sega SC-3000 nutter :)

Postby Carcenomy on Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:59 pm

Nice to see the SC-3000 is still alive and well. I have a couple myself, just not enough software to vindicate having them set up constantly like the Commodore 64 is. Flicky remains a favourite though!
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Re: Hi from a Sega SC-3000 nutter :)

Postby honestbob on Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:25 pm

Hi guys, thanks for the welcome.

You mean someone actually reads those ramblings!??


:) Yes, generally a very entertaining read and great encouragement to have a crack at fixing things yourself. Once you get the basic idea, you can achieve a lot with a little persistence.

Nice to see the SC-3000 is still alive and well. I have a couple myself, just not enough software to vindicate having them set up constantly like the Commodore 64 is. Flicky remains a favourite though!


Yup, Flicky is definitely one of the best SC-3000 games. And I know what you mean about having too many things set up - the missus isn't best pleased with my Sega test gear strewn around the kids playroom :) That was one of the motivations behind the multicart project. That way I can have a single SC-3000 set up with all the games I ever want to play within instant reach, and not having to endure 10 failed tape loads before the game you want finally works.
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