[Coco] New CoCo'er, Some Q's and looking for hardware

Richard E. Crislip rcrislip at neo.rr.com
Thu Feb 25 11:51:23 EST 2016

On Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:29:24 +0000
"admin at kd8cgo.com" <admin at kd8cgo.com> wrote:

> On 02/24/2016 10:35 PM, Barry Nelson wrote:
> > For a video adapter you could also try this:
> > https://hackaday.io/project/7366-coco-3-rgb-to-scart-to-hdmi-cable
> >
> > This project will describe how to create a SCART video cable for a
> > Tandy Color Computer 3. SCART is a European video interface
> > standard. In my case I use a SCART to HDMI interface to allow my
> > Color Computer 3 to display on my modern wide screen TV.
> >
> > Another good item to pickup is a CoCo SDC:
> > http://cocosdc.blogspot.com I believe it can be obtained from:
> > Zippster <zippster278 at gmail.com>
> >
> > This is VCC, is very nice CoCo 3 emulator:
> > https://github.com/VCCE/VCC/releases This is a virtual hard disk
> > image for VCC:
> > http://www.colorcomputerarchive.com/coco/Virtual%20Hard%20Drives/NitrOS-9%20L2%20V3.3.0/
> >
> > This site also has a ton of other software and documentation for
> > the Color Computer: http://www.colorcomputerarchive.com/
> >
> > Welcome to the list and good luck with your CoCo 3. When you get
> > 512k of ram, try out the Donkey Kong port that was recently done,
> > it's pretty awesome. If you have any young relatives, show them the
> > machine when you get it setup, they should enjoy it, and they'll
> > learn something about computer history.
> >
> Barry, I think Zippster might be able to hook me up with some of
> these components, that would be a great head start for me!  If not,
> that SCART option looks like it does a pretty high quality picture
> too, very nice!
> I had come across VCC, but it doesn't seem to have a Linux version 
> unless I missed it.   I'll keep an eye on it, I had thought about 
> looking into emulators, took a look at MAME/MESS and looked like I
> would need to devote a few hours to figuring that one out, I may get
> around to it though...
> First I had seen of the Color Computer Archive, too!  I'm not sure
> how I missed that one in my searching previously, that's a bookmark
> for sure.
> I have some younger nieces and nephews, not local, I wonder if they
> are computer geeks like I was as a kid...   There is something very
> pure about booting up right into a development environment that is
> lost with newer hardware, I think.  I love the Raspberry Pi, Arduino
> et al, but this takes me to a time before most computers were seen as
> appliances... now replaced for most with locked down proprietary
> smart phones and tablets, ugh.  No one's going to learn coding on one
> of those, most likely.
> Thanks,
> --John, kd8cgo

VCC will run with Wine on linux. It can be a little flaky (my
experience) but it does work.

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