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Re: Additional USB, LAN, Serial ports

Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:27 pm

bob.green wrote:My first computer actually had to be assembled and every component soldered in place.
Might that have been a Nascom by any chance?

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Re: Additional USB, LAN, Serial ports

Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:46 pm

Close! It was a Compukit UK101 which was based around the 6502 whereas the Nascom was Z80 based. I never really got on with the Z80, but loved the 6502, and later, the 6809.

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Re: Additional USB, LAN, Serial ports

Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:52 pm

Mine was a Nascom. I liked Z80 - although at the time it was all I knew. Got to know 6502 later, through the Beeb.

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Re: Additional USB, LAN, Serial ports

Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:58 pm

bob.green wrote:Close! It was a Compukit UK101 which was based around the 6502 whereas the Nascom was Z80 based. I never really got on with the Z80, but loved the 6502, and later, the 6809.
I had one of those for while - had borrowed it from the guy who made it. I remember writing a snake game in basic.....

Then bought an early Beeb.
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Re: Additional USB, LAN, Serial ports

Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:01 pm

bob.green wrote:Close! It was a Compukit UK101 which was based around the 6502 whereas the Nascom was Z80 based. I never really got on with the Z80, but loved the 6502, and later, the 6809.
The UK101 was a fine machine :)

It was my first computer too. Day trip to London, underground to Edgeware Road, hand over a wad of savings, then straight home to solder. Worked first time :D

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Re: Additional USB, LAN, Serial ports

Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:48 pm

Ridiculously off topic :D but I took a day trip to London and then the overground out to New Barnet and bought my kit direct from Comp Shop. Couldn't quite believe I was handing over so much hard-earned cash, but it was assembled and working in the small hours of the following morning after the journey back to Essex. Great machine for hacking though:

o Put a d/a converter on the row driver for the keyboard matrix
o Added a General Instruments AY-3-891[02] Sound generator
o A small mod to get cassette writing at 1200 instead of 300 Baud
o I failed to get it to interface with an 8" floppy disk drive though (later succeeded with my modified Dragon 32)
o ...

Happy days!

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