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    Wanted: Old Computers

    If it's old (pre-1990), before you scrap it, get in touch with me. If you're not sure what you've got, I'm also happy to answer questions (or at least try to).

    Edit: Old digital calculators/adding machines too!

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    Wanted: Old Computers

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    got a couple socket 3 machines I cant bring myself to rip apart.
    one I know runs but don't have the floppy disc to go any further with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon View Post
    got a couple socket 3 machines I cant bring myself to rip apart.
    one I know runs but don't have the floppy disc to go any further with it.
    I know how you feel. There are some machines I just would never be able to take apart. Nostalgia -- or respect for the elderly, if they're really old -- kicks in.

    If you want to play with them, tell me what software you need.

    Or if you want to sell them, tell me what they are. They're not quite "vintage" (yet, anyway), but there's some demand for 486 machines.
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    Ok, here is my review. As some of y'all know, I got a whole bunch of vintage finger cards from IBM AT computers. Flimits quickly contacted me about them and over the course of about a week, we worked out a price. Even after shipping to NYC from Texas, I still made a good profit off of the boards I sent. She is very kind, patient and accomodating. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to sell their vintage computer equipment for more than scrap value. I will defidently be using her services in the future. Thanks a lot!

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    Gravitar......great review.

    Flimits.....I have a few TI99 4A (Texas Instruments) that might work. They look like they were networked because I don't see anywhere to hook up a monitor. Are these worth anything to you?

    These bring back the memories. I took a computer class in 1984 and we used Trash 80s that were similar to these. That's Radio Shack TRS-80 for those of you who haven't had to work with them..lol. They were all networked together and hooked to a cassette tape drive for the software. Talk about slow searches. I think I remember the monitors not hooking directly to the terminal, but to a trunk line somehow. These machines were slow, finicky, horrible, wonderful and awe inspiring. We hated them and loved them and I kinda wish I had one again. Maybe I can trade some stuff I find scrapping for one. Ah, nostalgia.

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    Hi Pnutfarmer.

    The video port for the TI-99/4A is on the back right side. It's a big 5-pin DIN connector, and the computer came with an RF video modulator that let you connect it to your TV. A complete TI-99/4A in working condition usually goes for about $20 - $35 today (maybe a little more if it's mint and/or includes some games). The problem is that it weighs 5 lbs., so the cost of shipping one of those units may be about 1/2 the price of the computer. If you're interested in testing yours to see if they work and want some help, send me a message.

    Watch out for TI-99/4's (no A), though. This is the model that came out before the TI-99/4A, and although it's a lousier computer, it's worth a lot more because it's more rare (and it was the first of its kind).

    Some of the TRS-80 models are still pretty easy to find and not too expensive. They're costly to ship too (and you never know what damage might occur in transit), so if you feel like succumbing to nostalgia and picking one up, start with local searches. Here's a picture of one for anyone reading this and wondering WTH we're talking about:

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    I've got an old S-100 bus computer that came out before the Trash-80's. Bought it about 1981, give or take a year or two.

    It has a processor board with an 8085 and 8086 processor. 64K ram board (fully loaded!) and dual 8" floppies.
    I have an IBM dumb terminal for it...can't remember the model number but its one of those ones with beautiful green monochrome characters.

    Ran on CP/M. I used Microsoft Fortran with it. Don't even want to remember how much I paid for it, but I didn't get much change back from $10K.

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    FL is my new hero. It's like ask a tech!

    Once again glad you found us FL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawmilleng View Post
    I've got an old S-100 bus computer that came out before the Trash-80's. Bought it about 1981, give or take a year or two.

    It has a processor board with an 8085 and 8086 processor. 64K ram board (fully loaded!) and dual 8" floppies.
    I have an IBM dumb terminal for it...can't remember the model number but its one of those ones with beautiful green monochrome characters.
    Is it the Compupro System 8/16? That one had the dual processor. Does it look like this?

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    @Sirscrapalot: You sure know how to make a person feel welcome! I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate that. Thanks x 1,000,000!
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    Just got these in today, Commodore Amiga 2000, Tandy 1000 SX with keyboard and monitor, 12/286 by Leading Technology today, anything you may be interested in.
    I have not tried to power them up. I also have a Dubner 5000.

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    Brandon: Yes, those are interesting. Can you send pix? Thanks.
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    No problem, it may take a few days, have a packed weekend, soon as I get a chance i'll send you some pics.
    Where in NY are you at?

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    Excellent! Good luck with this FL : )

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    Shipping is one of the main deterrents for whole computers, even if it's simply the tower. The biggest winner is the shipper, and the biggest loser is whoever has to pack it ; )

    Parts are not so bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLimits View Post
    Is it the Compupro System 8/16? That one had the dual processor. Does it look like this?

    I bought mine in a generic box. But the size looks about the same. I'll have to dig it out and get some photos. It seems to me that the CPU card was a "Godbout Electronics". I didn't have any software that could run both processors or even switch between processors.

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    Godbout Electronics became CompuPro. Here's a brief backgrounder: S100 Computers - CompuPro History

    Whatever your S-100 system is, it's a good one. I'm amazed you've kept it all these years.
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    what about a commodore 64 with floppy drive, 1541 disc drive, data cassette, Epson Homewrite 10, and a lot of software-mostly floppys?

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    im in naples,ny where abouts are you? and i might be getting a few computers soon!

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