A Grand Day Out

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Re: A Grand Day Out

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So, I bit the bullet and pulled the MZ700 apart again to clean the keyboard, which seems to have been very successful since the cursor keys now work and the space bar, which was intermittent is also working nicely.

It's a PCB not dissimilar to the ST, so it was just a question of cleaning the contacts with some IPA. In terms of the keys themselves, they have rubbery carbon based bridges, so they got a clean with IPA too.

Nice simple KBD TBH, not a lot to go wrong. Just lots of tiny screws like the ST!

As for the cassette, I made a jumper out of half an 18 pin socket:

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And here it is fitted:

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All buzzes out fine when fitted, and my favourite test game is loading just fine :)

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Much happier with a removable solution :)
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Re: A Grand Day Out

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OK, so the PSU has just arrived for the C128 :)

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So I should hopefully be able to get on with the C128 very soon :)
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Re: A Grand Day Out

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:dualthumbup:
Intro retro computers since before they were retro...
ZX81->Spectrum->Memotech MTX->Sinclair QL->520STM->BBC Micro->TT030->PCs & Sun Workstations.
Added code to the MiNT kernel (still there the last time I checked) + put together MiNTOS.
Collection now with added Macs, Amigas, Suns and Acorns.
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stephen_usher wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 1:27 pm :dualthumbup:
Very much looking forward to feeding it some electrons.
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Re: A Grand Day Out

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rubber_jonnie wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:22 pm
stephen_usher wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 1:27 pm :dualthumbup:
Very much looking forward to feeding it some electrons.
With working ULAs?

From little Acorns mighty Commodores grow. ;-)
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ZX81->Spectrum->Memotech MTX->Sinclair QL->520STM->BBC Micro->TT030->PCs & Sun Workstations.
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stephen_usher wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:59 pm
With working ULAs?
I believe so, yes.
stephen_usher wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:59 pm From little Acorns mighty Commodores grow. ;-)
Indeed they do :lol:
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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And the electrons flowed:

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So it's booting to 128 mode and the PSU works.

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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Nice to see you’ve got it running @rubber_jonnie, what are your plans so far for it?
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PhilC wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 5:11 pm Nice to see you’ve got it running @rubber_jonnie, what are your plans so far for it?
First off a cleanup, then I'll fit some heatsinks and run through the diag tests see what's what.

Not thought any further than that.
BTW what is the empty socket for at top left?>

I think you said but I can't remember!!!
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Re: A Grand Day Out

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@rubber_jonnie thats for a function rom and is empty as standard.
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