[Coco] New Coco3 owner

Bob Devries devries.bob at gmail.com
Sat Aug 5 01:39:34 EDT 2006

If the RF connector has been pulled out (It happens), it is repairable. Buy 
a suitable PANEL MOUNT RCA type socket and mount it in the hole. With luck 
the wire that connected to the centre of the connector is still there, and 
can be attached to the back end of the new connector. It's a tight fit, but 
it is do-able. I've repaired a few that way.

Regards, Bob Devries, Dalby, Queensland, Australia

Isaiah 50:4 The sovereign Lord has given me
the capacity to be his spokesman,
so that I know how to help the weary.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark McDougall" <msmcdoug at iinet.net.au>
To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2006 1:31 PM
Subject: [Coco] New Coco3 owner

> Hi all,
> Having at one time owned an original silver Coco 1 during its hey-day, 
> I've
> been a lurker on this group for about 2 years now.
> To be honest, I never really did get "into" the Coco as much as other
> computers I've owned. My father bought it for me whilst I was in high
> school, between him owning a TRS-80 Model I and him then buying me a Model
> 4P for "serious" use when I started uni.
> However, for a couple of years I did use it regularly and we attended a
> local monthly Coco users group religiously. By the end I had a
> (third-party?) floppy disk controller and an extra 32KB to allow me to 
> play
> disk images of ROMPACKs. I even booted OS/9 (Level I?) once! Alas, after I
> stopped using it it was given away - *long* before I would develop an
> interest in "retro" computing.
> More recently I've become more interested in the Coco again, particularly
> since I started my FPGA emulation based on John Kent's CPU09 core. I've 
> even
> submitted an article which should appear in the next CocoNutz eZine!
> Unfortunately, my time is forever divided amongst a multitude of "retro"
> interests - but I have been on the lookout for a Coco for quite some time
> now. I even seriously considered buying one of the "new in box" coco 3's 
> but
> in the end decided that NTSC and 110V was just too inconvenient.
> However, to my utter delight I was offered the chance to give a PAL 128K
> Coco3 a new home - which I picked up yesterday afternoon about 2 hours 
> drive
> away from where I live. It is in pristine condition and never been opened
> (until last night). Attached was a Tandy FD-500 disk controller.
> It had never been powered on by its previous owner - it had been on 
> display
> in a "mini computer museum" for about 5 years! Naturally the first thing I
> wanted to do was plug it in - and given its condition and the facts that 
> it
> had never been opened and there was not anything rattling around inside, I
> threw caution to the wind and tried it immediately. Perfect! Even tried my
> DoD cartridge too!
> A few questions tho'...
> It doesn't appear to have an RF connector in the back, despite the 
> existence
> of the metal can around what would/should be the RF modulator and the
> channel switch. Should it have one? Has someone pushed too hard and 
> snapped
> off the connector and pushed it into the can?
> What sort of quality should I expect from the composite output? 
> Admittedly,
> I've become used to seeing the output from MESS and my FPGA board (VGA) 
> but
> I didn't expect washed-out colours and fuzzy text.
> BTW I've since learned that the FD-500 requires a 12V supply and hence
> requires a multi-pak on the Coco 3.
> Anyway, it's quite exciting to have a *real* Coco in my collection now. At
> some stage I'll look into getting a compatible disk controller (are any 
> 3rd
> party *floppy* controllers considered "better"?) and also a 6309 and
> SuperIDE controller (I need to see what all the fuss is about Nitros09)!
> Would also love to play Nickolas's Donut Dilemma and Pacman Tribute on it 
> too!
> Regards,
> -- 
> |              Mark McDougall                | "Electrical Engineers do it
> |  <http://members.iinet.net.au/~msmcdoug>   |   with less resistance!"
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