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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #30 on: 2009.March.12. 20:50:27 »
I writed a small program for you, it is copy the start of the cartridge memory to the screen, and we can see what your machine see in the cartridge.
I also attach the .WAV converted version of the file, you can record to tape, and load to your machine. (Or directly connect the PC sound output to the EP tape input)
In the WP press the F1 and Enter for load program.

There is the example screen shot for what you see with working cartridge:


Make a photo what you see on your machine!

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #31 on: 2009.March.13. 19:29:58 »
Well... What can I say, I'm more than indebted for your trouble... You are really ace!

Unfortunately, I thought I couldn't do it because I have no tape recorder (don't laugh; I always owned Amstrads, so I had everything I needed built-in :D ), but then I realized what you said, that I can connect it directly. Cool! Will try!

I am also going to open it up and take a peek inside (really, are there any photos of the insides of the machine?) and try to figure if there's anything wrong by looking at it.

Thanks again, mate!


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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #32 on: 2009.March.13. 20:06:16 »
I am also going to open it up and take a peek inside

The only problem: your machine is in a very good new condition! But for open it need to broke the warranty label :(
With sharp blade you can lift the paper corner from the screwhole! Do it very-very carefully, and it is will be near to unnoticeable :-)

More hard work with the cartridge because the EP64 cartridge have sticker. The EP128 cartridges are pure (cost reduction?), these are not too rare, but the EP64 cartridge with undamaged sticker is a extremly rare!

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really, are there any photos of the insides of the machine?
There is a lot of photos.

Firstly see what detect my program in your machine and after we can thinking about the problem.

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #33 on: 2009.March.14. 09:22:56 »
Boy you're right... I didn't think about breaking the seals!!! I always open up my machines and take high-res photos of the insides, but I don't think I've ever had a machine in so good a condition and you're right, it'd be a shame... so I just looked at your photos :D Is the 64 cartridge really so rare?

However, I was toying around with the thing last night, cleaning and scrubbing and cleaning again, checking the connections, trying to decide whether any line needed retracing, and all of a sudden, it worked!! Go figure... :D

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #34 on: 2009.March.14. 09:41:41 »
Is the 64 cartridge really so rare?
Yes, specially got a standalone without machine and have a unbroken sticker.
In the last four years I only got one "not working and hole at the screw" from the eBay.

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it worked!!
Great!!!  :smt038

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #35 on: 2009.March.14. 09:50:52 »
Only one? Wow...

Ok people, I'm accepting offers for my MINT 64 cardridge :D :D :D

I'm very happy that I got it working, but it got me thinking - probably the server didn't test it!!

By the way, speaking of rarity, how many 64s and 128s were manufactured anyway?? I've seen different numbers...


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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #36 on: 2009.March.14. 20:25:08 »
By the way, speaking of rarity, how many 64s and 128s were manufactured anyway?? I've seen different numbers...
Currently the largest know serial number for EP64 is a 73433. For a EP128 is about 26000, most of them sold in Hungary :)

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #37 on: 2009.March.15. 09:28:26 »
Ah so it's much more than I thought... Were all of these sold? 100k is not a small number, I wonder how many still exist and how, after this production run, it's become so rare...


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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #38 on: 2009.March.17. 10:32:29 »
Were all of these sold?
It is good questions! We heard about some unsold stores are pulped in the 90's years in UK, but don't know it is true or not? And if true then which type and how many hw pulped?

We know about 20000 Ep128 sold in Hungary, 4000 EP64 in Egypt, 3000 in Sovietunion. But don't know how many sold in UK, Germany, Spain, Netherland, France.

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #39 on: 2009.March.17. 14:29:00 »
I think that there was a very minimal amount sold in the west, as the company went under very fast and there was fierce competition. I frequent western european fora and, really, noone ever speaks about these machines... Maybe we should put this question on RetroGamer's forum, since it gathers people from all over.

But, really, if what you ay is true, we have 73000 machines unaccounted for, and that's much more than several machines that are being discussed around...

However, just a thought: we discussed about the highest known serial number for 64's and 128's, but what are the LOWEST known numbers? It could be that numbering did NOT begin from 0000001...


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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #40 on: 2009.March.17. 14:37:01 »
However, just a thought: we discussed about the highest known serial number for 64's and 128's, but what are the LOWEST known numbers? It could be that numbering did NOT begin from 0000001...
I have a EP128: 00996  :ds_icon_cheesygrin:
In the last few years I see least two EP64 machines in the UK eBay which are lower than 01000!

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #41 on: 2009.March.17. 15:39:46 »
Oh cr@p! This means there are tens of thousands of machines not accounted for... I think it does make sense, numbers-wise, that they were binned :(


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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #42 on: 2009.March.19. 15:27:46 »
Hi,

It gets even trickier than that - my first EP128 has the serial number as : -

L582 (it could be LS82) - so they didnt all use standard serial numbers !!

My EP64 has a normal serial number (035921)

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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #43 on: 2009.March.19. 17:49:53 »
Ooops, rats that's getting bad...

Has anyone contacted the people who made them? Are there any interviews, do we know their names, as with other machines?


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Re: New Owner Questions
« Reply #44 on: 2010.August.31. 04:00:29 »
How would I convert a downloaded PRG and COM file game to a WAV file to load into my real Ent64? I have tried googling but sadly the words Enterprise and 64 bring up a whole load of modern computer stuff. I am assuming there is an app to do this but I cant find it anywhere.