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1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:35 pm

First of all, I'm not sure if I'm permitted to put this ad up as it's not pi related, and if its not allowed I apologize. But it is geek related, as my missus would say, and I know there will be some on here that will appreciate the nostalgia.
I've got an old(1988) Amstrad PPC640 portable PC that I am reluctantly moving on. I've had it for about 10 years and it just sits in a cupboard. Were having a major clear out and I've been told ' its got to go!'. But I would really like it to get a new lease of life rather than ending up in a landfill site.
The computer worked last time I fired it up and I will test it before anyone takes it away. Its got its power supply, manuals some discs and its carry Case.
For the technically minded here's some gumph about it.....

8088 CPU @ 4.77 MHz
2 - 720K FDD
640K RAM
LCD Screen with MGA/CGA video connector. Optional external monitor available gets DC power supply from computer. Or you can use a regular Mono or CGA monitor and control video mode with built in DIP switch.
101 key keyboard
2 Serial Ports
1 Parallel Port
Real time clock
Uses 10 "C" batteries or 12 volt AC adapter
Internal 2400 baud Modem w/standard telephone connection.
Software supplied with computer: MS-DOS 3.3 w/special Amstrad functions CrossTalk Mirror 11
Weight with carrying case, manuals, power supply and OEM disks is 22 lbs.

Realistically I don't think it has much financial value, so I'm up for a swap....anything raspberry pi related....try me.
Its quite hefty, so collection would be preferred but I'm prepared to cover the postage anywhere in mainland UK.
Thanks for looking and thanks to the forum admin for letting me post this.
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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:50 pm

There's some stuff on a mirror of my twin brother's website at: http://www.freetimeweb.nl/home/computer ... rtable.htm

He said a PPC was worth nothing back in 2005.
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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:05 pm

Yeah not worth much as i said but a shame to just bin it. Someone might fancy a trip down down memory lane!

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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:08 pm

If I had one I'd offer it to The National Museum of Computing (at Bletchley) or the Centre for Computing History (in Cambridge) as it's possibly rare enough to be a museum piece.
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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:21 pm

Or, if you're in Wiltshire: https://www.museumofcomputing.org.uk/
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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:58 pm

Wow! That's a blast from the past, if ever there was one. :)

I'd be tearing my hair out waiting for that to do any 'real' computing. :lol:

A collector, or a collection, would definately be a good place for it - thanks for the memory. 8-)

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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:22 pm

10x C batteries, how long would a set of them lasted you? I bet Duracell and Eveready (and any other popular battery manufactures) hoped they sold well.
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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:32 pm

Paeryn wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:22 pm
10x C batteries, how long would a set of them lasted you? I bet Duracell and Eveready (and any other popular battery manufactures) hoped they sold well.
My first laptop used 10x D NiCd cells which gave it up to 4 hours of run time. It was fecking heavy though!

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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:16 am

10 C batteries would give you about 1 hour of use.

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Re: 1988 Amstrad PPC640 Portable Computer

Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:07 am

Balrog68 wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:16 am
10 C batteries would give you about 1 hour of use.
Ouch, so just for emergency use then ;-)
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