Adelaide Retro Computing Meeting April 2016
Last night was the April 2016 meeting of the Adelaide Retro Computing Group, and it was our biggest meeting yet!
On the Amstrad front we were well represented there, with quite a number of Amstrad CPC machines, including this CPC6128.
Paul from Retrospekt brought a number of Amstrad systems in, including a Amstrad 464, 6128, 6128 Plus and GX4000 systems:
Here is the CPC6128 in action:
Paul showing off some games for the Amstrad CPC464:
It was great to see lots of Amstrad equipment on display!
Amstrad external 3" floppy drive on display (note that Amstrad computers used 3" floppy disks, not 3.5" floppy disks, which can be flipped over to access the other side data):
I bought in the Gotek drive and original Amiga 1010 floppy drive and run several demos on the CDTV during the night, although the CDTV's main duty was playing background Amiga music from CD for the meeting itself - Immortal 3 and Lizardking's CD albums if you are curious:
I also ran the Psygnosis demo CD for the CDTV:
Also on the Commodore front we had several Commodore Amiga systems present, including this Amiga 500 with A590 hard disk converted using a SCSI to SD converter that we also saw at the last meeting:
Nathan brought in his Commodore 64 Reloaded computer, which was put inside a brand new transparent remade C64 case. He also made the arcade joysticks himself using proper arcade components and Jaycar kit boxes large enough to house the components:
Close up of the C64 reloaded, with a Chameleon64 attached to the cartridge port:
Here is the C64 reloaded running nicely:
Nathan also brought a repaired C64 board, which was used in his presentation later:
Here is the repaired C64 in action:
In addition to the customised case and keyboard, this machine has several cartridges installed and some very interesting audio functionality using an attached amplifier:
Rear view of the system:
Next was a Amstrad MegaPC, a computer made by Amstrad in the early 1990's that was a Sega Megadrive and a normal 386 PC in the same machine!
Here is a closeup showing the PC side of the machine is active, with the front slider used to switch to/from Sega Megadrive mode:
Loading Megadrive rom images from a special micro sd cartridge with lots of games on it:
Playing Zool on the Amstrad MegaPC:
A Commodore Amiga CD32 was also on display:
The Dub CRT Commodore 64 system continued to get a lot of attention during the meeting:
It was great to see so many people and a lot of interest in Retro systems:
We then moved into the presentation section of the evening, with Paul from Retrospekt doing a presentation all about Amstrad systems and history:
Moving the meeting from the smaller room to the hall really worked out well and even though it costs us more money, it will be the permanent room used for the show from now on:
Paul's presentation was fantastic and very interesting.
Paul showed each of the models in the Amstrad CPC line that he had brought in, and peripherals as well:
The ultra rare CPC6128 plus, never sold in Australia:
Who knew that Amstrad systems had a light pen accessory?
For our second presentation of the night, Nathan Butcher gave an interesting presentation on the Commodore 64, his history with the systems from the Sinclair ZX81, type in programs and Gamebase 64 preservation work he is involved in:
Particularly interesting for me was his coverage of magazine type in programs for the Commodore 64, which he types in as part of his work with Gamebase64 to preserve these programs forever:
Nathan also explained the internals of a Commodore 64, the chips and common failure points:
It was very interesting, and I am glad to know people like Nathan are making sure that all Commodore 64 programs are being digital preserved for future generations.
George than went around the hall and covered the systems on display for all present. We had a lot of people at this meeting!
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Thank you to everyone for attending the meeting, it was a lot of fun. We are looking forward to the next meeting in early May 2016 - hopefully we see you then!