Old Amstrads came to my work for repair.

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  1. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    So 3 old amstrads from 1987 came into our work shop for repairs.

    2x pcw9512 and 1x pcw9512+

    The elderly gent still uses them every day!
    ok he has a windows laptop as well but prefers the Amstrads.

    Yesturday and today I got to taking a look at them.

    the two 9512 models are dead. One shows no signs of life the other makes a momentary click when powered on and that's it.

    The 9512+ works but the 2.5" floppy is intermittent at reading discs. It brays a lot, like a horse/donkey.

    The customer requested if we could swap drive from 9512 to the plus model.
    After stripping down the plus model the drives cannot be swapped.

    the non plus models have a different type of floppy I never seen before.
    A CF2 type disc.

    Due to differences inside the case and the case facia we cannot swap to drives.

    It is an unusual machine in our repair shop so I took plenty photos.
     
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    I would definitely like to see some pics. :D I'd also love to know what he's using them for today. I have a fascination with putting "useless" technology to use today
     
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    Not familiar with that model, think it was a dedicated word processor I had the 1986 Amstrad 1640 with 20mb HD 51/4 floppy 640k memory :D

    It also ran a window type environment call Gem that sat on top of DOS 3.1
     
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    I'll get photos up tomorrow.

    These models have no HDD.
    They boot from floppy disk.

    They are word processor only and this is what the gent uses them for.
     
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    all 3 he dropped off the tubes sill work.

    don't make 'em like they used to!
     
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    Bliss! Ours had no hard drive and only 512k of RAM... but we did have a second floppy drive so that's something :p

    Gem was interesting at the time!
     
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    I also had a separate unit that used your TV as the screen and your standard phone as a modem and allowed home shopping for groceries and that was 30 years back :D it never took off but way ahead of the curve we take for granted now
     
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    http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/CF2_Compact_Floppy_Disc

    one of those disk technologies that never caught on.
     
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    One of these got me through my undergrad. I was using a Smith Corona manual for my papers, and it was killing me. Bought one of these babies at Sears, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude. Seriously.
     

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