Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Mar 2014 17:35 UTC
Microsoft

Not too many people will recall the short-lived era of the "MSX" initiative which was slated to pretty much take over the non-existent middle world where consumer electronics met personal computers. It was always believed, back then, that this is where the sweet spot of profits would emerge. What emerged was instead laughable MSX. It was one of Microsoft's greatest flops.

The MSX was one of the first computers I ever used. I did basic BASIC stuff on it when I was a kid.

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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 10th Mar 2014 05:48 UTC
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2011-05-12

Last year I dusted off my MSX collection only to sadly find out only one still had a working disk drive.

I think the MSX was just too late to the market. Most people around me had a Commodore 64/128 and other people bought them because them they could get pirated games from the ones who already had them. Nobody cared much about specifications, just the "free" software mattered. Then the 16 bit era started with the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST.

The MSX and certainly the MSX II computers were pretty cool 'n' nice and it's a shame they didn't do better.

If anyone in The Netherlands wants to do a drive by (near Arnhem) they can pick up the lot. It's a couple of MSX and MSX II computers + bunch of software.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by kokara4a on Mon 10th Mar 2014 09:10 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
kokara4a Member since:
2005-09-16

Last year I dusted off my MSX collection only to sadly find out only one still had a working disk drive.


It's funny, that the most future-proof vintage computers turn out to be the ones with cassette tape interface. The cabling is super simple and you can play back the program from your smartphone.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 10th Mar 2014 09:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Indeed and you can still easily buy tapes.

I don't know what's wrong with the internal disk drives. One of them makes a high pitched noise and I think the other one just doesn't work.

My guess is dust and/or a little oil needed.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by wazoox on Mon 10th Mar 2014 11:25 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
wazoox Member since:
2005-07-14

Usually floppy disk drive fail by their rubber belt, which dries and break. I've opened several floppy drives and replaced the belts with ordinary rubber bands of roughly same length, and it just works.
Very old floppy disks work fine too. I have many floppies from 1987-1995 and they all work perfectly well; in fact the younger ones are much less reliable than the old ones.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by daedalus on Mon 10th Mar 2014 15:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

Which floppy drives had a rubber band driving them? Are you sure you don't mean tape drives? I don't know of any "modern" floppy drives with a belt drive, and would've thought the precise positioning needed would mean belts were a no-no... But I'd love to read about one if there was, some of that old tech is fascinating!

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