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    Question Surviving Tech from the 80's?

    Just looking at my desk and saw some antistatic bags from the very early 90s if not the 80s. What Tech do you have that is just as useful today as it was in the 80's if anything?

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    Our phone system is a BT Norstar digital PBX system - late 80/early 90s. Still works, cheap to maintain, lots of spares about, all the features we currently need. No way I can justify spending out on it.

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    Me! I'm not in great shape, certainly not as good as when I was pristine in the 80s. But I'm surviving, I still work.

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    An original NES from 1986 which still works
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    All at my mothers house

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    My Dragon 32, sitting here in school funnily enough

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    Still got a 100% Working (and near mint condition) Commodore 64, with about 100 tapes, a few cartridges and a working tape deck.

    It's still brilliant, even today.

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    My VIC20 with a tape deck, joystick, several games and a 3,8,16k switchable RAM extension cartridge. And yes, occasionally I still play Jetpac on it

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    Awesome! You still have working joysticks? I must've gone through a dozen over the years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Awesome! You still have working joysticks? I must've gone through a dozen over the years!
    Yep, still on the original one, lags a bit at times moving to the right and the fire button is less than 100% responsive but still responsive enough to try and pick up the fuel while firing at those blurred cloud things that home in on your location

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    My Amiga 500 is still set up in my mancave with working joystick and all got boxes and boxes of floppy discs from the covers of Amiga Power, Amiga Action, Amiga Format and The One. My original breezeblock GameBoy is in a cupboard in there as well.

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    I have a Philips Videopac G7000 (1978!!!) laying about. Fired it up the other day - what an absolutely brilliant console it was. Much better than the Atari rubbish that was doing the rounds at the time


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    I still play Jetpac on it
    Aghhh, Jetpac

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    A 486 66MHz CPU sitting at home and I bet it still works (if I had something to plug it into)!

    I also have a PII 350MHz on Slot 1 which is massive compared to some modern processors! I can't remember if it's the one that could have its bus overclocked from 66MHz to 100MHz, making it a PII 450MHz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    A 486 66MHz CPU sitting at home and I bet it still works (if I had something to plug it into)!

    I also have a PII 350MHz on Slot 1 which is massive compared to some modern processors! I can't remember if it's the one that could have its bus overclocked from 66MHz to 100MHz, making it a PII 450MHz!
    The 350MHz PII was the first to use a 100MHz bus. To get 450MHz from a 66MHz FSB part, you would have needed a 300MHz PII The actual processor itself isn't that much bigger, the reason the packaging was so big was that the processors L2 cache was external to the CPU and needed to be mounted on a daughterboard. As soon as they could get it on-die, socketed processors came back into vogue
    Last edited by Norphy; 17th March 2014 at 01:56 PM.

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    I think you might be right - 4.5 x 66MHz = 297MHz (rounded up to 300MHz) and 4.5 x 100MHz = 450MHz.

    Amazing the useless information we remember!

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    Got a few Spectrums and a QL.
    I've got a Merlin from the '70s. I loved this game. Perhaps I'll plug it in to see if it still works.
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