Vintage Computers

Computers are as much a hobby as they are work. Underatanding electronics has always been a part of my life and it has aided in my ability to perform a host of computer services for a living. Radio Shack, Apple & Commodore workstations were all around me at school. I had friends making copies of my BASIC language notebooks when I was in 7th grade. I have a real love for the vintage PCs of the late 70's. I have rebuilt and refurbished; TRS-80 models I-III, Commodore PETs, 2000 & 4000 series machines, Apple IIe&c models, NeXT and Macintosh SE30 computers. I have also rebuilt & sold old UNIX servers, SCO & VAX VMS OpSys, DEC Alphas and I still maintain a 386 installed up with the Microsoft XENIX op sys.

I have a large pile if you will of these vintage 70's machines, although due to consolidations on space & storage, I have parted ways with a number of my duplicates. In most cases my vintage PCs have come to me by way of clients unloading old systems or word of mouth. The Commodore PETs came to me from an out of town connection and were at one point were my only pursuit in collecting this type of vintage hardware. I have found The Commodore PET line of home personal computers unique in almost every way possible, ahead of it's time in design and style. The photo to the right is looking down at the Commodore PET PCB and power supply, all original & still functioning. The upper chassis of the PET opens up like a convertible, literally lifting up the hood to look at the engine. Awesome!

Hardware & Software, and lots of the early day Microsoft stuff. Old monitors, disk drives, cables and manuals, can all be found in my pile of vintage pc stuff.

From this page I will build links to pages displaying the machines I have. Post links to where I get my parts for rebuilds & show you, what you could do to refurbish that old vintage computer of yours. Email me if you have a question pertaining to a vintage machine you might or to inquire about any of the machines I have mentioned on this page.

I just recently moved my vintage pile from my office storage to a room in our house, so I have gone through another consolidation. From here I will be able to construct more of a presentation of the select machines that I am going to try to preserve for this website's presentation. Check back as I will eventually get these pages up for your enjoyment. Thanks for the interest.

I have refurbished & maintain a number of classic or vintage computers built between 1975 - 1990.
I also own most all of the original manuals for these models. Lots of cassette, 8" & 5 1/4" Software. My next additions to this page will be more of a catalog listing of the remaining stuff.

Currently I specialize on these models & their available hardware, acessories & manuals.

TRS80 model III
Commodore PET
Apple II & Macintosh
Microsoft XENIX operating system
3.5", 5 1/4" & 8" Disk Drives
hard drive systems for the TRS80 computers

mac apple commodore trs80


Acorn Emulator
Apple II emulator
chaos computer
old computers
TRS-80 III graphics card
TRS-80 page
xenix ref 01
xenix ref 02
xenix ref 03
xenix ref 04

commodore PET guts


Personal Computer History Documentaries & Videos

More Vintage computer stuff to come...

Extreme Computer History

The intellivision Playcable Network 1981

Introduced in 1981, PlayCable: The All Game Channel enabled local cable operators to send Intellivision games over the wire with the TV signal. Subscribers used a special converter -- the PlayCable Adapter -- to download the games to play on their Intellivision Master Components. While only available in areas of California, PlayCable was discontinued in 1983.

The PlayCable Company was a joint venture of Mattel and General Instrument, the company that designed the Intellivision chip set. The units themselves were manufactured by General Instrument's Jerrold Division, which supplied cable TV converter boxes at the time.

The PlayCable matched the original Intellivision Master Component in design. It plugged into the Master Component's cartridge slot and hooked up to the TV cable. Switching on the Intellivision brought up several pages of on-screen menus, displaying the available games. Twenty titles were available at a time, rotated monthly. The object code for these games was being continuously broadcast over the cable; when one was chosen, its code would be "tuned in" and fed into the PlayCable's memory (taking about 10 seconds). The system would read the PlayCable's memory as if it were a cartridge.

PlayCable was way ahead of it's time!
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