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T > TANDY RADIO SHACK  > 1000 EX


 

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Sunday 29th December 2019
Jean-Pierre Desclez (France)

Bonsoir à tous,

Le TANDY 1000EX a été notre premier ordinateur. Nous l''avons d''abord utilisé à la maison et je l''ai ensuite emporté quasi chaque jour à mon boulot pour y faire de la bureautique. J''utilisais principalement un traitement de texte rudimentaire (WRITING ASSISTANT) et un tableur (MULTIPLAN qui doit être l’ancêtre de EXCELL). Je ne vous dit pas la vitesse d''exécution par rapport aux machines actuelles :-) ... mais il m''a rendu des services appréciables.

J''étais parvenu à bricoler la machine en remplaçant le floppy 5 1/4 par un disque dur de 42 Mb. J''avais pour cela dû découper un peu l''intérieur du boîtier :-) $ l''intérêt de l''affaire était que le disque dur bootait la machine, contrairement au disque dur externe fourni par TANDY qui n''était que de 20 Mb, qui ne servait qu''aux data et qui ne pouvait donc booter le PC et qui coûtait 2 fois le prix de celui de 42 Mb. Ce disque de 42 MB devait encore fonctionner à l''époque par le biais d''une carte contrôleur qui n''était pas compatible avec les slots TANDY $ heureusement, TANDY commercialisait un adaptateur permettant d''utiliser une carte "normale. J''avais également augmenté la mémoire du PC en utilisant la carte commercialisée par TANDY $ par contre il fallait encore ajouter à cette carte des puces pour atteindre les 640K (256K je crois me rappeler). Ces puces coûtant à peu près autant que la carte $ j''avais donc acheté des puces de même référence dans une magasin d''électronique et j''avais économisé la moitié de leur prix.

Et vous savez quoi ? La machine fonctionne toujours !!! Le seul problème est l''écran : la carte fournit un signal CGA et j''aimerais utiliser un écran actuel (soucis de place). Quelqu''un aurait une solution (module de conversion...) ? J''ai récemment trouvé ceci :

https://www.arcadeworlduk.com/content/CGA-VGA-Manual.pdf

Des avis éclairés sur cette carte ?

Cordialement,


Tuesday 20th December 2016
Yan (Brazil)

Really very good old times! I think your computer not recognizing the hard disk is most probably because the HD or interface is dead. It was very common at that time. I have lost some of mines with very few use. The first I had that died was a 30MB Seagate...


Thursday 1st October 2015
Mike Kaltenhauser (canada)

I used mine all the way up to 1989, I used to surf the web, I mean BBS by dial up back then. Played dungeons and dragons, and Chess written in Turbo Pascal.


Tuesday 21st April 2015
Fred Howe (New York State, USA)

I received a 1000EX from my wife for Christmas, 1986. She bought it on installments of $25.00 per month on our Mobil gas card. It came with 256k ram, DOS 3.2, Deskmate software, the CM-11 monitor and a DMP-130 printer, in several boxes. I loved playing with it, and soon had it tricked out with the memory expansion board with 640k of ram, a mouse, and second, external floppy drive. Although Tandy officially swore it was impossible, I searched and found a manufacturer who made me an interface board and sold me an external 40mb hard drive with its'' own power supply. I don''t think I could boot off the hard drive, but the computer recognozed it on bootup and I sure loved all the storage space. I could run dozens of programs straight off the hard drive. After a while, I moved on to bigger and faster computers, the first of many being an NEC 386 running DOS 6.0 and a 60 mb hard drive with 2mb of ram. Ahh, the good old days!. Flash forward 29 years to today, I still have the EX, and it still bootd up and both floppies still work. Unfortunately, something has gone awry with the DOS 5.0 boot floppy, so the computer doesn''t recognize the hard drive. Or, worse, something has gon wrong with the hard drive. it spins up, but it doesn''t talk to the computer. If anyone ahs any insight as to what parameters I should have in the autoexec.bat ans config.sys files, I''d love to tyr to get this beauty back in fighting shape. Ifg you think you might have something to offer, e-mail me at lawlessman1@hotmail.com. I cna send you the current contents of those files, if it would help.


Sunday 28th August 2011
jeaston444

I think the game you played was Space Quest


Monday 13rd December 2010
Ray (Canada)

I remember this little computer, my dad bought me one when I was just a kid. I remember playing a Star Wars game of some sort on it, and being overjoyed when I learned how to print out text with BASIC. I was about 5 or 6 when I got it, and I don''t think a day has passed since, when I have not had a keyboard under my fingers. This Tandy began my intelligent life.





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