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Offline chrisNova777

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kerri chandler
« on: August 04, 2017, 11:10:53 PM »

    My love for computers and programming games began about 24 years ago with a machine called the Challenger 2P. My best friend Stephen Thomas had gotten it for Christmas and I just got my second Technics SL-B1 and a Gemini mixer. What a Wonderful Christmas for a couple of 14 year olds.  I think the only thing that didn�t make us both nerds is that I was a DJ and we just practiced all the time. But when we weren�t messing around with turntables, we would both start learning how to program this Machine(Challenger 2P). So every day we would sit there and take turns at his house programing this machine which was in �Basic". Neither one of us could type so it took days to get a page of code done, But it was magic when we got the programing right! The first game we made was a game that had the USS enterprise shooting a little black and white dot, (We used an old Black and white TV for a monitor). But WE WERE HOOKED!! This began my love for music and computers.

    Kraftwerk became a huge part of my being, wondering how they made their machines, There was this company not to far where I lived, that still exists,called The Electronic Barn. We would get parts and hack the Machines and build things to make music and whatever else we could dream up. The parts were cheap, so we were able to experiment.

    After that we got hold of all sorts of other Machines and modified and programmed them:
    Trs80�s(trash 80),
    Timex Sinclair,
    Atari 400 and 800,
    Commodore 64,
    Pet 2001,
    IBM PC JR,
    Magnavox Odyssey(with the voice module)
    But no matter what machine we used, we always programmed some kind of game.

    80286 @ 8Mhz

    So about 3 years went by and I got my hands on a Compaq portable (it wasn�t really all that portable by today�s standards) but that�s when I learned how machines and music could be combined (Mpu 401 and Texture).

    So here it is 24 years later and I�m re-living my childhood and digging out all these old machines to make music again. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did making it. It has always been for me a labor of love to tame these machines and make them have a soul of there own.

    Machines used for this project :
    • Commodore pet 2001 (Wait 6502,1) with Eprom and cassette backup loop,
    • Sega Dreamcast,
    • Vectrex,
    • Challenger 2p,
    • Oddessy,
    • X- box,
    • opl-3 hacked sound card,
    • Ibm pc Jr,
    • Trs-80,
    • text to speech,
    • C64,
    • intellivision,
    • Pet 2001,
    • Atari (ST?),
    • Speak and Spell,
    • Nomad,
    • 8086 & 8088,
    • Turbografx

    Intel 80286 @ 12 MHz

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    Re: kerri chandler
    « Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 03:21:41 PM »

    The Compaq Portable II had room for additional after market upgrades. Compaq manufactured four memory expansion boards, 512kB and 2048kB ISA memory cards and 512kB and 1536kB memory boards that attached to the back of the motherboard.[4] With 640kB installed on the motherboard and both the ISA card and the expansion board, the computer could be upgraded with up to a maximum of 4.2MB of RAM.[2][4] The motherboard also had space for an optional 80287 math coprocessor.[4] There were two revisions of the motherboard, they were functionally identical although the earlier version was larger. The motherboard had four ISA slots for expansion cards, two 8-bit and two 16-bit. However, the first 16-bit slot was already occupied by a CGA graphics card and one of the 8-bit slots was used by the ATA drive controller board, leaving two available to add cards to. The keyboard is hardwired in but it uses standard PS/2 signaling, so a DIN or PS/2 socket can be retrofitted to allow use of common PS/2 keyboards (but not USB ones).