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How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby matsondawson on Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:20 pm

I just counted and it's about 90!
And that's only from 3 years collecting.
I keep wanting to sell any excess, but my mental condition prevents me from doing it.
I still regret selling an HX-20 2 years ago.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby mrad01 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:34 pm

3x Apple //e, 2x Commodore 64C, 2x ZX Spectrum, 1x Sega SC-3000, 1x Atari 800XL, 1x Atari 2600 Vader, 2x Mac Plus, 1x Mac SE

thats 13 machines in 2 months of collecting...

on January 20th, I have a new 2 metre tall display cabinet turning up to set them up in. Can't wait!!
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby kevman3d on Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:28 pm

lol! Let me be the sad minority - I have just 2 - ZX Spectrum and an Atari 600XL + 1050 FDD (but no software for it). I did have a ZX81 with 16k rampack/ps and manuals, but I managed to ruin the keyboard membrane by being lame enough to open it up for a look. In the end, I gave it to a friend for his personal collection several years ago.

I keep wanting to sell any excess, but my mental condition prevents me from doing it.


I know exactly where you are coming from. Though I did flog off a Speccy book I never read (to YetiSeti) and a second copy of an old Computer Input magazine... That was hard, but its not hurting any more. lol! :D

My mental state-of-mind is why I have a few box-loads of additional related stuff (mostly for the Speccy) that I've been unable to part with - dragging things from one house to another for 30+ years. Hundreds of cassettes, hundreds of magazines, a selection of books, and several peripherals... When I next get under the house, I'll do a proper inventory cause I'd like to know exactly what I have hoarded away. That's my new years resolution - to at least try and convince the wife to let me build shelves upstairs and bring it up into the dry house vs. damp dungeon. :lol:

Apart from the packaging, the cassettes may be well past their use-by date or just mouldy enough to ruin any tape decks. Its just nice to see all the case covers, old price tags and tape labels... If I'm desperate, I could always just download and write archived emulator files out to a tape deck so not so concerned.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby matsondawson on Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:37 pm

I wonder if people open their moldy vintage cassettes and put new reals in them?
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby tezza on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:57 pm

I've got 46. which I've written about on my collection page here:
http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/col ... /index.htm

..but I also have a few items extra to that namely a Commodore PC-5, a a Shimasu 286-16 and an a RCA CDP1802 (COSMAC) trainer. Plus a 486-DX.

Lack of room puts the brakes on my collecting. The only items I'm looking for now are:

A Mac 128
A Jupiter Ace
A Compucolour
Atari 800

An Altair would be nice but no hope there.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby kevman3d on Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:02 pm

machinecoder wrote:(They printed the Laser Basic Compiler User Guide Book with red pages to make it impossible
to photocopy ! ) I thought its cool printed on bright red paper.


I have White Lightning in my collection and they printed their tiny manuals on dark green paper for the same reason. That said, I never really read the manuals - I bought the software with dreams of writing seriously cool games - then I found I had to learn Forth to do it, and I tried - I think the reason I stopped was because one of the example programs actually didn't compile or work after I typed it in a few times, so the novelty wore off quickly - in the end I just opted to learn Z80 assembler. Much more satisfying... :lol:
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby machinecoder on Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:29 pm

tezza wrote:I've got 46. which I've written about on my collection page here:

Lack of room puts the brakes on my collecting.



If it was me, I would seriously consider getting rid of some of the furnture to make room...

Have you seen those shows about hoarders, appearantly you could box and stack them in the hall ways,
gets a bid hard to move about though.

Seriously though its good to see really dedicated collectors like you have so many vintage computers as they wont go to a waste dump or be neglected, basically they will definitely be preserved which is whats really important.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby Gibsaw on Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:34 pm

matsondawson wrote:I just counted and it's about 90!
And that's only from 3 years collecting.
I keep wanting to sell any excess, but my mental condition prevents me from doing it.
I still regret selling an HX-20 2 years ago.

Ye gods... No wonder I always end up having to spend so much to win bids against you. :)

I'm STILL kicking myself for some of my old disposals. I got rid of my original IIe and my 386DX40 and my 486's and I actually had one of the rare-as-rocking-horse-shit "Harris" 25MHz 286 machines that was so damned quick it just about could have run Doom... All gone now.

I have a mere 16 machines, not counting the 7 modern machines+laptops I have hanging around... Almost insignificant compared to some.. :)

Apple II (1978)
Apple II+ (w/CFFA3000)
Apple II europlus
Apple IIe (PAL Standard w/monitor II)
Apple IIe (NTSC 110v enhanced w/Philips 110v green) - This is the machine that I blew up in front of mrad01 :)
Apple IIe (PAL Platinum w/color)
Apple IIgs ROM01 (broken monitor, which is why I have one of those configurable CGA RGB's on the way.)
Apple IIgs ROM03 (RGB) w/4Mb + 10MHz accelerator)
Apple IIc w/green
Apple IIc w/IIc Color.
Macintosh 4/75 w/IIe card + a genuine 68040 (so in effect a quadra 605)
XT clone w/20MB that has bad sectors and a dodgy keyboard
noname clone 386sx Laptop w bad sectors and a dodgy LCD inverter.
AST 486DX2/66
PC Direct Pentium 90
Pentium II 440BX (Asus P2B.. one of the "classic overclockers"... Running a P-II-350 @392MHz with a Riva TNT.. This is my last "quake machine" before "Gibsaw" stopped playing competitively. :) )

... plus more Dell GX110's than I know what to do with.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby mrad01 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:09 pm

Gibsaw wrote:Apple IIe (NTSC 110v enhanced w/Philips 110v green) - This is the machine that I blew up in front of mrad01 :)


Oh yes, crikey..... did you ever get the Apple II power supplies I sent you?
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby Gibsaw on Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:17 pm

Yep... doing lots of reading about switching power supplies (in general).

So far from what I'm reading, it shouldn't be too hard. They should be fixable as long as I don't need any custom transformers.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby arjoll on Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:51 pm

Ok my collection is currently sitting at 17:
[*]Amstrad 6128
[*]Apple IIc, IIe x2, IIe Enhanced, Quadra of some description
[*]Commodore: PET/CBM 8032, VIC-20, 64C
[*]Compaq LTE Lite 486/25
[*]HP 85
[*]IBM PC 5150
[*]Sinclair ZX81
[*]Sord: M23 mk III x2, M23EX, M68

Plus of course various matching (and not matching) monitors, drives etc.

I think that's the lot :) Much of it is still untested, but I'm hoping to start working through more of the gear in the coming months.

My wish list now is mainly:
[*]TTL RGB monitor (for my Apple II RGB card and a backup for the Sords)
[*]BBC Model B
[*]Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k
[*]Sinclair ZX81 16k RAM pack
[*]Teac 100tpi 5.25" floppy drives, the Sord M23 mk III ones are a little flakey
[*]Anything else from Sord - there were quite a number around in NZ in the early-mid 80's but very few seem to have survived.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby acsi on Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:17 pm

Hmmm interesting and yet scary question. Off the top of my head here's my list (working unless otherwise stated)

Sinclair
ZX80
ZX81 (possibly 3 working examples) with ZXPAND and AY interfaces
ZX Spectrum 48k (a few working) with Divide and Divide+ interfaces
ZX Spectrum +3
QL - 4 non working. Ones close but the keyboard constantly stops working once it warms up.

Amstrad
CPC 464
CPC 6128

Commodore
C16
Vic20 - 3 working. 1 needs a replacement Vic chip.
C64 Breadbin
SX64

Amiga
A500
A2000 x 2 (1 x 68030 1 x 68040)
A1200 (68030)

Atari
400
130XE with keyboard fault
520ST
Stacy4

Oric 48k

Dragon32 - not working (RAM fault?)

Consoles
Atari 2600 - Several Vaders and Juniors
Atari 7800 x 2
Tunix

Apple
Is the G4 Cube vintage enough yet? x2
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby SpidersWeb on Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:27 am

Working list:

Amiga 2000HD
IBM PC 5150 256Kb
IBM PC XT 5160 256Kb 10Mb
IBM PC XT 5160 640Kb 20Mb (1987 Enhanced model)
IBM PS/2 Model 56SX
IPC AT 286
HP Vectra 386/20
Home build 386SX/33
Home build 486DX2
Acer 486DX2
Compaq Presario Pentium 233 MMX
NEC Powermate 286
Home build Pentium I got a few weeks ago
Home build Pentium I pulled from a rubbish skip
HP Pentium (can't remember the details, I got it for change, Windows 95 with USB that works!)
Toshiba T5200 386DX20 + math co-processor
Toshiba T3200SX 386SX16
Compaq 486C Portable
About 15-20 CRTs as well.

Plus the machines that need repair, that pile of working 486 and Pentium laptops, two Pentium 4's (media server + vintage network server), Pentium 3 laptop I fixed, oddly no Pentium II's. I also have a pile of working MFM hard drives, controllers, boxes of IDE drives (from 40Mb to 4Gb), boxes of keyboards.... I'm moving in two weeks, should be fun :S
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby WelshWizard on Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:56 pm

I don't really want know how many I have, if I do then the wife will want me to sell some. Best I can say is they involved Atari, Commodore, Apple Mac, IBM, etc.
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Re: How many vintage computers have you got?

Postby Corestore on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:22 pm

I don't have a formal list.

Back in New York a couple of years ago, I counted how many were in just my study; it came to 49. Not all of them 'vintage' by any means.

That didn't include the double garage and basement, or the machines back in the UK.

I'm guessing the total is 150-200 or so.

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