Today I Received...

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Re: Today I Received...

Postby robheaton » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:25 pm

Currently studying for the foundation amateur radio exam.
(Exam booked for the 21st July!)

My current cheapo radio was starting to play up, so decided to invest in something decent!

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Current Retro Hardware :-
ZX80 Clone, ZX81 + Chroma + ZXPand + Zeddynet, Just Speccy 128, Speccy 48K x2, Spectrum 128 +2, BB Sinclair QL + Trump Card Clone, Aurora + Super GC + QubIDE.
BBC Model B 32k + Datacenter + Z80 Tube, BBC B+64K, BBC Master 512, BBC Master 128k + Datacenter & 6502 Tube, Risc PC x2.
Amiga 600, Amiga 1200, Commodore 64 x3, Commodore 128, Commodore 128DCR, C64 Ultimate, VIC 20, Sega Megadrive, Mega CD + 32X, Sega Megadrive II + Mega CD II, Sega Saturn.
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Re: Today I Received...

Postby bwinkel67 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:13 am

Got my copy today (just under $11 including shipping -- was supposed to be used but came brand new still in shrink-wrap):

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Should make some fun reading (and leafing through for the pictures).


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Re: Today I Received...

Postby NormanDunbar » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:09 am

Looks like you got the Australian/New Zealand version, it's upside down! :D


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Re: Today I Received...

Postby Sparrowhawk » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:30 pm

So today I received this!

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(the board on the left, not the laptop!). The Z80-MBC2, a Z80-based computer on a board with 128K which runs CP/M (2.2, 3.0), Q/PM, Collpase OS etc and comes with SD card based disk emulation (sd card provided).

You plug the Serial to USB cable into a USB port, fire up something like picocom and suddenly there it is! CP/M. Zoom into the laptop screen on the image to see the output from the board.

The build quality is really superb, and it came very well packaged too. Almost no documentation other than how to assemble the 4 parts, so I had to go online to be able to get the Linux laptop to see the board (involved installing and compiling a driver, but nothing too complex and I believe that the Windows version is a binary install).

The very first game I played on a real computer (ie not a Pong console, or LCD game etc) was Star Trek on a RM 380Z under CP/M, and that is included too.

Quite nostalgic really :)

I bought it fully assembled on eBay as there is a by-law which prevents me from ever trying my hand at anything more complex than changing a fuse! :D

If you are interested, the project is here https://hackaday.io/project/159973-z80- ... 0-computer


a.k.a. Jean-Yves !

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