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Everything posted by Strider

  1. The YM2610 was a great chip, I always loved the "arcade" style sound, and this chip (and other similar ones) was at the heart of a lot of arcade cabinets. :) I am already a fan of Metallica and Motley Crue. I guess I forgot to mention the 80's/90's also included rock. I am just not a fan of many bands past the early 2000's. For my rock needs, I mainly turn to names like GnR, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Aerosmith, KISS, Poison, Ratt, and other such "hair metal" of the era. Though I actually like and listen to far more than I can list here. I don't go much "heavier" than Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Skid Row, Motorhead, or bands like that. TO be honest, I don't listen to much of it these days, unless I happens to be on the radio. My musical tastes definitely lightened up as I got older. :)
  2. For me, it's mainly 70's/80's music, and 80's/90's country. Though I listen to songs from a wide range of genres, with only a few exceptions. I don't care for opera, but I do like classical and instrumental. I don't like most metal or rock where the singer is either screaming or sounds like their trying to eat the microphone. Lastly, I don't care for must that feels "hateful" or "negative". I listen to music to relax, unwind, or be happy. More relevant to retro-tech, I really enjoy a lot of old video game music. There were a lot of good songs written for games, some of my favorites being from the Castlevania franchise, Blaster Master, and Mega Man franchises. I also used to love Amiga "mod" music, using old school "trackers" to see what I could come up with, and play what I found on different BBS and other boards back then. So much fun!
  3. The word "clone" just isn't used enough anymore, now we just call anything not from a mainstream manufacturer a "knockoff". lol Back then, while some "clones" were indeed of poor quality, many were not bad, and some were great, just underrated and never hit the mainstream for whatever reason. Yeah, I used my Plus/4 mainly for productive work at the time, but I did have about a dozen games for it if I recall, most on cassette of course. I actually liked the built in word processor and owned the 1551 drive. I just wish it had done better, but I fully understand why it didn't do well and it was at least much better than the C16. Though the C64 and Amiga 500 were my favorite all time computers in the Commodore lineup. :)
  4. Speaking of "odd" computers, we all remember the Commodore Plus/4. Not a popular computer, but I actually liked mine. Anyway, ran across this on Amazon, and had to laugh. This would have been the most powerful computer on the planet in 1984. I love how they had to note "NOT AN AMD Ryzen 7- the year was 1984!". haha I just had to share it. https://www.amazon.com/Commodore-Computer-Vintage-Retro-Gaming/dp/B07H4XBY4M/ Same here. Even with all their flaws, the sheer variety of different computers and styles back then was exciting! They spent a lot of money on the Adam, tried so hard to market it, and keep the price down. It just had too many flaws and didn't stack up to it competition. A real shame really, it was neat. Especially the fact it could create and EM field and damage your tapes/disks nearby. I mean, it had shielding, not sure what they did wrong, but that was huge. As was it's high failure rate.
  5. Thank you! Sometimes, half the fun is in the troubleshooting. Makes getting it working all the more rewarding. :)
  6. Excellent! Can't wait to see it. And... Just got it working! My "stock" A500 settings were not so stock after all. I dove WAY too far into this. I finally just deleted my A500 profile, ran the A500 Quickstart settings, bumped the CPU speed to 200% and drive speed to 800%, working like a charm! Sort of a "nuke" solution since I am not sure what I was overlooking, but it worked. So now I setup an "LCP" profile so I can play it with one click. I'm a happy man, with a happy LCP!
  7. Glad to know my memory is not as bad as I thought. I have 4 different ADF's now, all do the same. Of course, they may have all been imaged by the same person or method. I will get this figured out eventually. It was that very video that made me want to play it again! That and your C64 version longplay. Both great videos as always. To be honest, I don't think you have a video I haven't seen.
  8. That's a neat design with the plotter and color scheme, never seen that particular model, didn't even know it existed. I did see an MZ-800, but it was all beige, same shape, just with a tape drive. I know there were quite a few MZ variants, but never owned any. The 800 I seen was in a second-hand shop, no idea if it even worked, that was in the mid 90's sometime. It amazes me how many different "personal computers" existed, especially in the 1980's. Almost all of them incompatible with anything outside of their own line, and even within some of their own lines. It was definitely a different world, and in my opinion, a more exciting one.
  9. Glad I am not the only one. Perhaps it is just an issue with WinUAE. I have looked, yes, but not posted. Guess I will need to create an account over there as well.
  10. I do a LOT of retro emulation, having parted with most of my old hardware due to space and time constraints over the years. One of my favorite tools is WinUAE for my Amiga emulation needs, and it works wonderfully a vast majority of the time. I recently decided I wanted to play around with Little Computer People again, after seeing Perifractic's video on it actually, and I finally got around to it yesterday. I used to love that game and would let in run for hours on end as I played on my NES. Getting it up and running on WinUAE was a snap, and it runs great, save for one issue I don't remember having on the original hardware. I never played any other version except Amiga. I was curios if anyone here may remember this happening on original hardware, or having the issue running it via emulation. Basically, the colors for your character and dog change, it looks like between 3 different patterns, including all black. It also seems to be limited to the characters only, not the environment, and it happens as you play in real time. It's not different on each boot of the game, it changes as they move around on screen. Is my memory faulty? That's a very good possibility. I don't have my Amiga anymore to try it out. I took a few screenshots to make this easier. As you can see, the color pattern changes, it seems random as they move around, but I am not sure. This is how they are supposed to look... I have tried multiple different configurations from stock A500, A1200, and a LOT in between. Far too many to list here, and searching it online did not yield anything really helpful. Short of messing with memory configurations and no "Fast RAM" or expansions, that didn't help. The game plays just fine, the issue is purely graphical. I have also tried different disk images, all the same. Any ideas? Those familiar with the game and/or WinUAE? Edit: I have also noticed when my LCP plays music on the piano or record player, him and the dog flicker rapidly though the color patterns while the music plays. Odd.... Oh, and his name is "Tucker". lol Thanks!
  11. I was just too much of a Commodore "fanboy" back then. I often compared most other computers to Commodore, and in my 80's mind, most fell short. I think I expected more from Radio Shack since I was a huge fan of the company in general. My loss really. Either way, once I revisited the Color Computers, I really liked them. I didn't like the chicklet keys on the CoCo 1 or the flat keys on one of the CoCo 2 models, but I owned a CoCo 2 64K with standard keycaps and CoCo 3 128K. Loved them both. I ended up giving them to a friend and Tandy collector in 1999. I got to see a CompuColor II, at a "friend of a friends" house, it was before I owned or even liked computers, that didn't happen until 1981. The one thing I remembered the most was that keyboard! It did look so cool, so sci-fi. Especially since I was a Star Trek fan. I think that's why I liked the TI-99/4A so much, it was my first computer, and I thought it looked like it came out of a sci-fi movie. I often wonder if any of the hardware I owned is in a landfill now. If I could, I would give it all a proper home. As I got rid of my collections, they went to other collectors, but who knows.
  12. It's got a very clean look to it, never seen one of those before either, very cool! I had issues getting programs to work on the Adam as well, I remember some carts not wanting to load, but they worked in my Colecovision. Never did figure out why. The "heavy" construction from the 70's and 80's is something I actually miss at times. My first computer was a TI-99/4A, and I had a Peripheral Expansion Box with it. That thing was heavy! Almost all metal, housed it's PSU, disk drive, and expansion cards (many of them were in metal enclosures themselves). That thing weighed a ton, and oddly enough, I loved it. To this day, my modern system sits in an almost all steel case (HAF 932). I dislike plastic and thin sheet-metal cases. I think it's more due to quality and robustness than anything. I do a lot of work inside these machines, so I want them to hold up.
  13. The cigarette lighter power option would have been awesome! About 20 minutes from where I lived was a huge computer/hardware reseller. Basically, they would go in and buy up all the "old" hardware from large compaines after they do upgrades, repair and sell hardware, and buy from other liquidators to sell on their floor. They literally had pallets of computers and racks upon racks of hardware for sale. No idea if they are still there, I moved away in the early 2000's, but I would go in a buy up barebone systems, get them up and running, and sell them in my small hometown. A nice little side-business at the time. Profits I sunk into my own computers and hardware. That's also where I got my first laptop. Looking back, I really wish I had given the luggable portable computers more of a chance, there are a few I would love to have today. Hindsight is 20-20, live and learn, and all that jazz. Edit: Wow, that place I would go to buy all my used hardware from is still around, and it looks like they have expanded a lot in the past 15+ years since I moved away. Now I want to to go back and see what they have. haha https://www.epcusa.com/about-us/
  14. I actually can't recall if our Radio Shack sold surplus or not, I don't think they did, but I could be wrong. I would have found that cool. :) I never owned the MC-10, in fact, back then I really didn't care for the TRS-80 line of computers. I was talking about that in another thread, while many people called the TRS-80 Color Computers "Coco", we called them "Trash-80's". It wasn't until many years later, after they were long obsolete, that I grew to appreciate them. I really never got into the small form factor computers of the era, with the only exception being the ZX Spectrum. Or any of the pocket computers, I just didn't see the point of them at the time. I have never seen one of those before, looks neat actually. I also never had any luggables, I didn't get my first "laptop" until sometime in the mid 90's I think it was. Pretty much for the same reason I didn't care for other portables or small form computers, they could not do what I wanted and were so expensive for what little they could do. That's how younger me looked at it anyway. haha
  15. To keep the retro computing theme going, what was the oddest or non-mainstream computer you ever owned? Perhaps something that was a commercial flop, rare, or just weird. Mine has to be the Coleco Adam. I got one in late 86 i think it was, second-hand from a local shop. It didn't work but I thought I knew the issue, and I was right, the PSU had stopped working. After replacing a blown capacitor, it was up and running. I also had another one given to me many years later (late 2000's). I tore through my photos but can't find any of my Adam, sadly, I got rid of it a few years ago. Taking up way too much space and kept having to me maintained. They were VERY prone to failure. I had the dual cassette version with no expansions and never owned the disk drive, but I did have a large games library since I had so many Colecovision games at the time. I also managed to snag some of the "Super" versions of the games, basically enhanced versions of games that came on cassette with "better/more" graphics, sounds, and sometimes more content than their cartridge counterparts. I had Super Buck Rogers, Super Donkey Kong, and DK Junior. I only had the "Smart Filer" (organizer software) and "Smart Basic" programs for it, and I managed to kill the Smart Basic cassette becasue I was unaware of a huge issue the system had back then. Overall, it was a neat system with far too many flaws, many I could not just look past. Especially compared to other systems. > It could release an electrical pulse that damaged cassettes or disks that happen to be close to the system when powering it on. Yeah, it had a friggin' EMP. lol > It booted to it's built in word processor software. It wasn't bad, but I much preferred loading into BASIC. The WP software was also glitchy and required a hard power reset to get out of. > You want BASIC, you have to load it from cassette. > The cassettes were proprietary, as were the drives, to maximize space and speed. They were not compatible with off-the-shelf cassettes. The loading of software was also done automatically, no load commands. > The PSU was located IN the printer. NOT the computer itself. So there was no option back then to use the Adam without the printer. It was also prone to failure. Here is a very good video I found that sums up the Adam quite well. I did have fun messing with it, but compared to Commodore or Apple, it just didn't stand a chance. Maybe that's one reason it was a huge flop. Either way, what's your story?
  16. For a while there, I had quite a few different machines running other than my main "DOS/Windows" PC. Mainly Commodore/Amiga and Tandy machines. By that point, I was picking up "obsolete" computers I had missed out on earlier, just to play with them. I had a good job and could afford to indulge, while in the 80's, I was still in school, and those computers we so expensive. By the 90's you could pick them up second-hand for pennies on the dollar. I really liked DOS, not really sure why, even when I had Windows installed I was still spending most of my time in DOS. It was Windows 95 that started to slowly pull me out of it, that, and support for most games was slowly moving out of DOS. I would have loved to have seen Commodore survive as well. The Amiga line of computers were so far ahead of most of the other home offerings, at least in my opinion. Like I said, I loved their graphical and sound quality, and it would indeed have been cool to see large developer support for "AAA" games on the platform. If it had only survived... I was actually torn between my love for my Amiga and moving to "PC". They both had pros and cons, but like I said above, the fact I could build/upgrade my PC and trick it out to make it do what I wanted sealed the deal. I am a very hands on hardware guy. Software and coding was fun, though I am not very good at it and have not done it in years, my love was in the hardware. Some people liked fast powerful cars, I liked fast powerful computers.
  17. Amazes me that so many people stayed on Commodore and other systems so long into the 90's. I was on the Commodore train for a very long time, my very last system was the Amiga 2000 HD (mine had dual 1.44, a 5.25 floppy, and a 50'something MB hard drive on a card), and I loved that thing. Was still using it into the early 90's. My main holdout was the sound and graphics quality and overall gaming experience. For me though, once I moved to DOS/IBM PCs' I never looked back, except for nostalgia. Once those machines could "game" like I wanted and I could build it all myself, it was over. That all started happening for me in the very late 80's and by 1990, I had moved almost all my daily use to a 486 based machine. I still had a C64, Amiga 500, the 2000 HD, and a few other computers, but I had all but stopped using them. In fact, the only computer I bought outside the traditional IBM style back then was the Tandy 1000. I really liked that machine as well. Kept it around a long time too. haha
  18. My dream computers existed in the early/mid 90's, was just talking about them in a different thread, Silicon Graphics machines were high on my list of wants but could never own. Significantly too expensive for what I wanted back then. haha As for my own dream home computer, I was lucky enough to own what I considered the "best" for me. At that point, I was building my own machines and upgrading whenever possible. That's where a LOT of my money went at the time. I was a bit...obsessed. haha An Intel Pentium based PC, 16 to 32MB+ of RAM, and a Sound Blaster AWE32/AWE64 Gold. Must has 1.44 floppy and optical drive. DOS and Windows were my OS of choice since it's what everything was made for. I really liked Windows 95. The video card... also more difficult for me, as I owned several. I really had no "brand loyalty", I liked ATI, Nvidia, and 3DFX through the 90's, as long as it did what I wanted. Many of my cards were ATI and 3DFX through that time frame, I didn't own many Nvidia cards. Good times.
  19. Wow, this brings back memories. For a short time back in the early to mid 90's, I got to work on a couple SGI machines at my local ISP. Well, I played around with an Onyx in spare time but actually worked on an SGI Workstation (Model 330... I think...been a while). They even had a Challenge in house if I recall correctly. So much money and power under one roof for a small town service provider. I worked for them a couple days a week to help out as they did a lot of side-work for other companies. In return, I got free web hosting, internet access, and use of machines they had in house. It blew my mind back then. Those SGI machines were so far out of reach for most individuals that having the opportunity to work and play on a couple of them was so awesome to me. On a side note. For me personally, I use "retro" for new things that look like or based on old tech/games, "classic" for actual old games/hardware(late 70's 80's and 90's mainly), and "vintage" for anything older than "classic" (early 70's and back) or not specifically computer related. :P
  20. I often tell people it was the 70's and 80's tech that sparked my love of computers, but the 90's is when I really dove in with both feet and never looked back. Once you could really go out, buy all the parts, and go home and build yourself a computer. I loved my 80's machines, but once you could do it all yourself, I never bought a computer again. Of course, I was lucky enough to live in an area with several computer shops and a warehouse store that sold all the parts you could ever want. Good times. haha
  21. I haven't watched anything like that in a very long time, mid 90's, so over 25 years now. lol However, back in the 80's one show hooked me, and I had no idea what "anime" was at the time. It was called Robotech, of course, I later found it it was originally Macross in Japan. I really enjoyed that series. I really liked the theme music, such a great score, and the fact the series was later remastered. When it originally aired, it was my favorite show on television. Later I enjoyed the Guyver series, I even liked the live action film, all be it a corny film. If you haven't noticed, the nickname I use to this day is from a manga based video game that I loved when it came out back in the late 80's. The Strider series across all platforms are some of my favorite all time games. Not sure if you can count shows like Voltron, since it was really an adaptation from Japanese series, but I still really enjoyed it back then. However, I have not really seen anything past the mid 90's.
  22. I think that was the single player "Knights of the Old Republic" game... but I may be mistaken. I know there are unofficial community patches for that one.
  23. @paulscottrobson This is very true. What made me wish for a computer with upgrade or hardware config options back then was the fact that some games ran and looked different depending on the system you played it on. Since it had to be coded for each of it's target platforms configuration and/or limitations. I just thought it would have been cool to have one computer you could swap out parts to get the performance and look you wanted, or to play games meant for newer hardware than you had. Of course, this was back before I fully understood how it all worked, that there were no real "standards" like we have today, everyone pretty much did their own thing. As much as I love retro computing, I truly am thankful that we have the standards we have today, and pretty much everyone follows them.
  24. @FalkenIt just shocks me that at one point, we thought radioactive toys were a good idea. After reading this thread, I started looking around at kits still available, and I ran across this one... https://www.amazon.com/Maxitronix-200-in-One-Electronic-Project-Lab/dp/B0002AHR04/ I had a similar one back in the early 90's, though I don't recall it costing so much, and I can't remember the brand. Though it was probably from Radio Shack since most of mine were. I have actually started buying a lot of "soldering project kits" to do, just for fun. I love to solder and build, and don't get to do it nearly enough. haha
  25. The 80's version of me really wanted one thing, cross platform compatibility.... Not possible with the different architectures of the era, but one could dream. Anyway... At it's most basic, my dream computer would have been a 16-bit machine, with a TI-99/4A style expansion system (not the daisy-chain, I really liked TI's PEB concept for the 99/4A), and a Commodore logo on the case. The idea of an "upgradeable" computer really appealed to me. Not just adding peripherals, but having different config options, CPU/Video/RAM/ROM options. Being able to drop in a faster or better core components, something we take for granted today, really wasn't a thing back then. You wanted a better computer, you bought one. I think that's why I made the jump to "IBM clones" so easily during the 80386/80486 era. You really could build your own machine. I would loved to have seen that much earlier.
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