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#110240 - 07/10/17 05:40 AM Free stuff in BC Canada  
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Is there anyone who is close to Courtenay on Vancouver Island in BC who is interested in some old computer stuff for free? My father just recently died and my mother is looking to downsize the family farm, so I'm getting rid of stuff I've stored there when I moved to Japan 10 years ago.
If you are not able to come to Courtenay it may be possible to bring some items to Victoria. Whatever doesn't get taken will probably be put in a landfill unfortunately.

-Franklin Ace 1000 (Apple II clone) w/ dual 5.25" disc drives - Worked fine when stored but PSU blew a cap when I started it up recently
-Commodore PC30III (or similar, don't recall) with some manuals
-Star dot matrix printer for Tandy CoCo3
-A dot matrix printer for C64 (don't recall brand)
-Two different Tandy daisy wheel printers for Tandy CoCo3
-A dual double-side 5.25" floppy drive for Tandy CoCo3
-A pair of old monochrome monitors (unknown working condition)
-Various x86 computers, including a newish (~2003/4 era) one in a very nice Antec server case
-A Compaq 8088 suitcase computer with external 10mb hdd (worked fine when stored but won't POST now)
-Bunch of random parts, cables, keyboards, etc.

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#110244 - 07/10/17 02:26 PM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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Wow, I'm about an hour from Courtenay and would be interested in most of that except for the printers and the newish PCs. Unfortunately the weekend just ended but I could probably head up Tuesday evening.

#110260 - 07/12/17 05:05 AM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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Got back home with the haul, will have to take some photos once I get some time to clean things off and see what works. Turns out the Commodore is a PC40-III which actually works out nicely because it's VGA and I don't have an EGA monitor. Not in MAME but it looks like the BIOS is already dumped and on Zimmers. There were a few disks with the manuals which will get the Kryoflux treatment. I've recently met some EE types at the newly established Oceanside makerspace so we can hopefully have a look at getting the Franklin and Compaq going again.

The printers and x86 PCs and various randomness like a 17-19" NEC MultiSync are still there but probably not much to interest anyone, I left contact info for the Nanaimo and Oceanside makerspaces just in case.

Thank you very much!!

#110262 - 07/12/17 10:29 AM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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I don't recall if I ever tested the Commodore after I got it. Take a look inside at what cards it has. Might still have something needing dumping.

Don't know if you took the Compaq suitcase, but I'm guessing it's a PSU cap issue just like the Franklin since it worked when stored.

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#110361 - 07/20/17 05:31 AM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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Some photos, as promised. (More in the Twitter thread.)

The haul:

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So yes, I did get the Compaq suitcase. Haven't really looked at it or the Franklin yet.

The Commodore PC does not have any cards installed. (The motherboard has VGA built in.) Tried to power it up and the fans run and the power LED comes on but no VGA output and no POST beep. Took it apart and removed these bad boys:

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Fortunately there doesn't seem to be much in the way of actual corrosion damage to the PCB, moreso the case behind them. The PSU is outputting the correct voltages and I'm not much of a hardware guy beyond that so I'm a bit stumped for now.

So that's 0/3 on computers for the time being but fortunately 3/3 on the monitors, they all seem to work fine and look very nice when hooked up to other machines in my collection:

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Didn't find much in the way of original software disks but what there was has been Kryofluxed and should be heading to a software list in a MAME near you:

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#110362 - 07/20/17 07:56 AM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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Thanks for posting pics. Seeing the clean output on the mono monitors makes me miss them, but I don't have any mono computers to hook them up to anyways, haha
Looks like you never took the dual floppy setup for TRS80 COCO. Actually glad about that because I might end up needing it to start archiving all my COCO disks next year.

If you're up to it I can see about temporarily lending you whatever original (non-copied) COCO3 and C64 discs I have for Kryofluxing. This'll all be next year though when I next visit Canada.

I still need to figure out a method for archiving the rest of my COCO3 discs. If I can find a multipak interface it'll be easy, but MPI are hard to find nowdays. If you find one in a thriftshop somewhere scoop it up!

#110363 - 07/20/17 09:29 AM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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hi

whoua Windows 286 original !!!

can you please share kryoflux dumps ?

thanks in advance

#110366 - 07/20/17 02:21 PM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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I did get the dual floppy setup, it's underneath the Franklin. I don't really have any use for it though, I just wanted to save it from the recycler, so you could have it back later.

Unfortunately I don't have a flippy modded drive for Kryoflux dumping of non-PC 5ΒΌ disks. I can do basic (non-copy-protected) C64 dumps with a ZoomFloppy but you're probably better off sending C64 originals to Peter Rittwage.

#110369 - 07/20/17 05:26 PM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Justin]  
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I'm pretty sure these Windows floppies you posted above are not C64 disks ;-)

But if there are others that you didn't post, then yes, those should be sent to someone from the C64 preservation community

#110370 - 07/20/17 05:44 PM Re: Free stuff in BC Canada [Re: Jarvik7]  
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Yes those ones are PC disks and I'll post the Kryoflux files when I get a few minutes to get them organized.

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