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A > ACORN COMPUTER  > Electron


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Sunday 12th April 2015
Julie Moualhi (Thetford Norfolk UK)

I have a acorn electron computer in my spare room in a box with games etc was wondering if it''s worth anything I have had the computer for the past 30+ years

Sunday 13rd April 2014
Mikael (Sweden)
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I only now got some Electron Emulators, but in old days did I have an Texas Instrument TI994A. And a Lambda 8300, then a Commodore 64. But I sold them after a while, I am very interested in programming Basic.

Saturday 24th August 2013
Anne Bokma (The Netherlands)

Wednesday 15th May 2013
Marc (The Netherlands)

I loved this machine. I bought one in 1985 when it got dumped on the market. It costed me fl 100,$ (appr. 45 euro). Bought some games too (Androids!). Later on I bought the Plus 1 and a double-density 5,25" drive! A new world opened up to me. With the RAM extension, you could load programs into the upper memory, like Pascal. And program the RAM with your on boot loaders. I have programmed a lot (VDU codes!). I frequently bought the Electron User magazine, and type the code from the magazine. When I moved to my current house in 2005 I gave the Electron away to a friend.

Friday 18th January 2013
Rob (Australia)Moved to Aus in ''95 (Australia)

I loved the Acorn Electron. It was my first PC in approx. 1987. A BBC compatible so cheap BBC games from the poxy games shop in Southend,..most worked. I used to start loading the game and then have dinner while waiting!!.. It was pretty great at the time, before games consoles $ game boy.
Even wrote some games out of the manual.
It was about that time that Commodore64s came along which ROCKED! Thanks Barry Taylor for the C64!
It was 20 pounds well spent!

Monday 10th September 2012
David (Canada) moved from uk in 2007 (Canada)

I was 14 years old when the Electron appeared and i begged my dad for one i belive they cost 299 even in 1983 that was a lot of money.
I used to buy the magazines and type in programs, i bought many games for it one of my memories is of a game called Citadel , one thing i do remember is borowwing games off BBC owning freinds and finding
the Electron couldnt run some, think it was a graphics issue
I have very fond memorys of that machine i held on to it until 2007 when i moved to canada, i gave it to a freind and it was still working.
I also remember the powersupply issues i was on my second when i gave it away.

Tuesday 3rd May 2011
Simon Lyne (United Kingdom)
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I got hold of an electron a while back (restored it, seen on my website). I have a real soft spot for the electron. It was underpowered but still a very caperble machine. A good programmer could do magic with this machine and its a shame that the ULA took so long to develop.

Friday 25th June 2010
kev smith (northampton UK)

i loved my lil electron, i still have it up in loft at mums and used it about a year ago, since then im using an emulator to relive old days of the classic games.

i find it amazing that even now - acorn technology is still in use - i only just found out that most mobiles use what is essentially an acorn chip -

brilliant computer - right gear - just a little bit too late

i did get a spectrum eventually and i hated it - if i could get hold of a BEEB id use that too

Monday 12th April 2010
A. Trent Phillips (United States)

Many older PC video cards like my Hauppage Brand card can be set to NTSC, PAL and SECAM analog standards as well as being switchable to the appropriate Channel / Frequency table. Having a monitor with a refresh rate of at least 50 Hz will also be a BIG help. If it hooked into a common TV set (UK or USA), you SHOULD be able to hook it to a decent, if not older, video card.

Saturday 6th September 2008
Jezza (UK)

I loved my little Electron. I learned to program on it, played loads of games Elite!!, Repton, too many to mention. It was a great little computer with a really nice keyboard, much easier to use than the Spectrum rubber keys. I sometimes think about buying another one now but maybe the memories are best left alone. (Power sockets and bricks were a problem though.)

Thursday 13rd April 2006
Nigel (Australia)

Two common problems with the power supply on these machines; the PSU itself tended to run hot and die, and the PCB mounted power supply socket used to disconnect from the solder connections and/or print on the PCB, as there was no strain relief.

Wednesday 29th June 2005
naes (Hull, England)

I was wondering whether it was possible to rig up an Electron to a TV card. Does anyone know what frequency range of the TV output port.

Wednesday 3rd November 2004
Tom Brennand (London UK)


I have 2 Acorn electrons but neither of them are working. In my opinion the little gems are too good to go to scrap so I was wondering if anyone would be able to help with the repairing of these.

Basically they both seem to have the same problem apart from a slight difference. When I turn them on, one has a totally white screen, and the other a totally yellow screen. There is no BEEP like you normally get.

Any ideas??? please email me with any feedback. Thanks


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