08/26/08: Items needed by Cambian, | Category: Classifieds | 8 comments - (Comments are closed)

Items needed

I came back to cocoing some time ago and got pretty hooked on emulators.

I recently got a coco 1 at a flea market for 5.00$ recently, OMG the old battleship grey beast with the chicklet keyboard back in my hands again.
This was the first computer I had as a kid, so I was happy to have one again.
I almost hugged it when I got it home.

Next, I got a coco2 on ebay in amazing shape in a box, looks like it was never even used its so white and clean. I’m thinking about getting a coco3 from cloud9 next. Getting the cpu is easy, its the rest that seems to be tough, even on ebay.

I am looking for a multi-pak, disc controller and disk drives though just a controller would be fine I can rig my own floppys. Also looking for orchestra 90, speech/sound pack, rs232 pack and joysticks, the white radio shack ones, not the black ones. Cm-8 monitor would be nice, but I’ll probably just buy that VGA converter that is available now. I could also use a cassette drive and cables for that. Right now I am leaving the poor coco2 on for days since I have no way to save the programs.

Also, looking for coco 2 keyboard to replace the chicklet keyboard in my coco1, or appropriate replacement keyboard for the coco 1 chicklet keyboard.

Also looking for game paks of any type. Do you have any of this and would you like to part with them to a great home with a fellow coco-nut? Please post here or contact me with pm.

REALLY NEED the joysticks and a cassette drive, I can get by for awhile with just those, but they are hard to find even on ebay. I can buy game packs on ebay but I have no joysticks to play with them :(

If anyone would consider trading any of the stuff listed for pc’s or pc parts I have alot of that around.

paypal preferred, please give prices.

Thanks!

Steven

8 comments to Items needed

  • random_rodder

    Some things are a royal pain to track down. The MPI was the most difficult for me. As for a CoCo3, I’d get with Mark@Cloud-9 and just do it. You can get a very good CoCo3 with a 6309 and be done with the hassle of eBay for that. Disk controllers are another issue; I know Mark has those on his ‘to do’ list, but, that’s off it the future a good bit. If you can find one, get one. Same with the MPI if you have to have one. I’d forgo the CM-8 and just get Roy’s VGA adapter. It’s best money I’ve ever spent on a CoCo item. Don’t know how many pics you’ve seen of the display, but, if you need to see a few more, go to my blog site, this post:

    http://cocom3repack.blogspot.com/2007/03/major-update-wpics.html

    There’s a few pics of a couple demos running on my repack project thru an HP 15″ LCD monitor. I can’t even look at a CoCo3 thru a TV anymore.

    As for joysticks, unless you’re just dying for the nostalgia, I’d go here:

    http://www.geocities.com/theother_bob/coco_page.html

    Bottom of the page he’s got a schematic for an Atari j/s adapter. Eventually will be including that in my repack…

    Later,

    Brian

  • Cambian

    Repack looks awesome. I saw your sight once but didn’t look at your 2007 posts to see your project really. I guess I saw the latest posts and thought you had not really started yet and moved on.

    Glad to see it, great idea and looks great. I tried repacking a pc into a coco 1 case recently for an emulator machine. can’t find a pc keyboard small enough to fit yet, but I think I will with some more searching.

    I’ve also considered repacking a faster pc into a tandy 1000hx case (that keyboard should work on a modern pc I think) for a “coco4″ type emulator machine with a coco feel.

    I agree with your suggestions, will keep looking.

    Hope you keep going with your project, looks awesome so far and the old trs80 chasis is a good idea, lots of room there!

    Steven

  • DarrenA


    I tried repacking a pc into a coco 1 case recently for an emulator machine. can’t find a pc keyboard small enough to fit yet, but I think I will with some more searching.

    Have you looked into a Happy Hacking keyboard. They are small but I don’t know if they are small enough. Kind of expensive too.

    [url]http://www.pfusystems.com/hhkeyboard/hhkeyboard.html[/url]

  • dentman42

    MPI definitely seems to be the worst to acquire. I ended up buying a lot to get mine, shipping sucked but the auction ending price wasn’t too bad. I think I paid like $60 or 70 shipped for a ’27B CoCo 2 (the last one, Tandy nameplate with the 6847TI VDG, the one with lowercase), a DMP100 (went to the garage without even testing), an FD-501 (drive doesn’t seem to write, no time to work on it, but controller seems to work) and a 3124 MPI (non-modded)

    If you’re going to run OS9 Level 2, you also need an MPI mod, which is a simple chip replacement for a 3024 MPI, more of a pain for a 3124.

    If you can get a modem pak and are ok with some soldering, they can be converted to RS-232 paks.

    I’ve got some extra controllers but I kinda hate to part with them considering how scarce they are. IIRC, I have a 3022, 3 3029s, a 3129, 2 FD-501s and a J&M w/ parallel port. (Somewhere I should have another 3029, but it hasn’t turned up yet. One 3029 and one FD-501 were bought at a thrift store about 10 years ago and of course turned up after I’d bought others off eBay). If you have no luck on eBay, I guess I could sell you a controller.

    3.5″ drives may be the way to go, they’re cheap and plentiful. You can get 360K 5.25′s on eBay, but you usually end up paying $20+ with shipping just for the bare drive, and you need to know which models are 360K. Getting back into 8-bit machines this year made me regret all the thrift store deals I passed up over the last 10 years. Tons of CoCo 2s, maybe a couple disk controllers, and tons of 360K floppy drives. I remember 10 years ago thinking $5 was kind of pricey for a CoCo 2 and almost passing up a CoCo 3 for $6.99 (it’s actually the one I’m using now. My original, purchased new at the Shack CoCo 3 is still pretty clean and safe in its original box).

    I still don’t have an SSC though I do have an Orchestra 90CC that I got at a tent sale way back when for a couple bucks and still haven’t plugged in (I found it and a CoCo 2 a few weeks ago while digging in a closet trying to find my old MPI, disk controller(s) and RS-232 pak, which still haven’t turned up).

    A couple things I do have a surplus of are 3.5″ (1.44) floppy drives and 4164 chips. Unfortunately only 4 or 5 of the 3.5′s have DS jumpers and only 2 or 3 can be drive 2 or 3, the rest are just 0 or 1. Some of them do have a jumper “block” on the board, jumpered with a surface mount “0 ohm resistor). When I have some time I’m going to risk modding one and see if I can wire up a dipswitch or jumper block.

  • dentman42

    Here’s an FD-501 controller on eBay, currently no bids starting at 9.99:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Tandy-Color-Computer-Disk-Drive-FD-501-Cartridge_W0QQitemZ220276579436QQihZ012QQcategoryZ3757QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    And there’s the stuff Thanatos is selling…

  • random_rodder

    I’ve also considered repacking a faster pc into a tandy 1000hx case (that keyboard should work on a modern pc I think) for a “coco4″ type emulator machine with a coco feel.

    I was working on this very thing this past weekend, though into a 1000SX. I was planning on using an AMD K6-2 500 running Windows 98 to run Keil’s CoCo3 & Model IV emulators. Due to the lack of any useful mounting points foor internal devices, this is looking more difficult than the CoCo 3 into a Model III. Probably back burner this one for a bit…

    Back on topic, in another thread a guy has a bunch of stuff for sale; looks like he’s got multiples to…

  • dentman42
    I’ve also considered repacking a faster pc into a tandy 1000hx case (that keyboard should work on a modern pc I think) for a “coco4″ type emulator machine with a coco feel.

    I was working on this very thing this past weekend, though into a 1000SX. I was planning on using an AMD K6-2 500 running Windows 98 to run Keil’s CoCo3 & Model IV emulators. Due to the lack of any useful mounting points foor internal devices, this is looking more difficult than the CoCo 3 into a Model III. Probably back burner this one for a bit…

    How about using the double ended hex posts as standoffs with short screws up through the bottom of the case to hold them in? If there’s room and mounting points are the only obstacle, that should be easy to overcome.

  • random_rodder

    How about using the double ended hex posts as standoffs with short screws up through the bottom of the case to hold them in? If there’s room and mounting points are the only obstacle, that should be easy to overcome.

    That’s what I’m going to do. The next part is the power supply and mounting for the HDD. There is no easy replacement configuration for the power supply. Figure I’m going to have to use an external CDROM; I’m not hacking up that 1000SX case!!!