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Short introducing ourselfs
« on: 2019.September.01. 11:11:29 »
Hi together,

it's quite a while ago I ask for an account for the Enterprise forum, but never used it yet. So now it's Sunday and really time for it!

My name is Carsten and I come from Germany. I bring in myself into a computer museum in my spare time and for free about three years now. Here we try to keep the old things running and in our exhibition everyone can use the old parts for taking a short time travel. A few month ago a collegue wants to pick up an old IBM pc and the seller has more computers to sell. That's why we have a Enterprise 128 (German edition) now :)

Some facts about myself. Now aged 54 years, two adult sons. Starting my computer knowledge with a ZX81 with enormous 1024 Bytes of free memory aged ~14. My stepfather gave it to me, because he changed to Schneider CPC464. After a while I also get the 16 k MemPack, so now it was a "real" computer. ZX Spectrum was the next step, afterwards a Sinclair QL (also not so much sold, like the Enterprise too). And at least an Amiga 2000, running Fido-node software and an Amiga bbs for dialing in with modems ;) For PC training purposes I added a 286 bridgeboard later. And since the birth of my youngest son in 1995 the whole range of the PC era.

I have written a short story about our museum Enterprise 128 in German about the reparation with some pics. Because google don't translate complete websites any more I have looked up the direct links for you:

English
Hungarian

And for all which are interested (coming from northern Germany), at Oct. 3rd 2019 we have our open-door day

Nice sunday and Greetings
Carsten
« Last Edit: 2019.September.07. 19:17:43 by ExcaliburGER »

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #1 on: 2019.September.01. 13:34:54 »
Welcome here!

Amazing Enterprise configuration!!!
Can we ask some more photos about it? Especially about the monitor! (It is ultra-very-rare!)
And if possible ther serial numbers to the big EP inventory.

Hard work with the EXDOS! If you ask earlier :oops: then I write the hint: replace the two 74LS266.

If you need, I try to find left SHIFT key from a broken machine.

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #2 on: 2019.September.01. 14:06:31 »
With the hint about the LS266 it's not really a pity, I like to solder - if it works afterwards ;) Now all IC's are socketed well and easy to replace next time.

I will take some more pictures on next Saturday from the monitor and the other parts as well. The monitor works after some hours of coming back to live (some scratching at the starting phase) very well and has a nice stable and coloured picture now. I had no idea that it is so rare as you describe. It wasn't so expensive as I tought, in the original papers there is also a price list included (will also photograph it).

Yes, if you have the chance to send me the original green shift key - that would be phantastic. My idea was to build up a 3d-DIY-scanner - an idea which I take quite a while - and reprint it. But first it's visible that it is printed and second the color and the printed Shift wouldn't be such nice. Are left and right Shift keys are the same, I have swapped it at our exhibition machine. Originally the right one is broken. So take a look, if you have one for me and send me a PM.

My serial at near mid of 10 tsd. I have attached. It's a version with German keyboard layout and the additional switchable ROM cartridge contains an English and a German version of the ROM.

One question at the end, there is a ROM containing the FORTH language in the wayback machine archive. Does someone of you has experience with it? I'm a big fan of Forth since my first programmer days :)

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #3 on: 2019.September.01. 14:29:29 »
I like to solder - if it works afterwards ;)
:ds_icon_cheesygrin:

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I will take some more pictures on next Saturday from the monitor and the other parts as well.
Thanks!

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I had no idea that it is so rare as you describe.
We never see this type, only one few years ago on Ebay. I bidded up to 500 euros, but don't enough :-(
I have a green monochrome version of it. (It is also only one what we ever see!)

Printer are also rare, until now we know only 3 existing piece.

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It wasn't so expensive as I tought
I think the main reason for the rarity: these are not sold in Hungary where the most of Enterprise machines sold.

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So take a look, if you have one for me and send me a PM.
Ok, I will look about it.

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One question at the end, there is a ROM containing the FORTH language in the wayback machine archive. Does someone of you has experience with it?
There is the man who wrote it! :ds_icon_cheesygrin:  Bruce Tanner, he is also wrote the IS-BASIC.
You can also find a loadable version of Forth, but if you have a EPROM programmer, then you also can install it.
IS-FORTH user manual at my page.
FORTH topic on the forum.

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #4 on: 2019.September.02. 08:52:41 »
Welcome here :)

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #5 on: 2019.September.07. 19:16:19 »
Hi, I took some pictures today for the Open-Door day next month. They are unassorted, so you will find some Apple / Commodore pics within. Hopefully not dramatic. If you like you can repost the Enterprise pics here - maybe there is a special thread about it.
The printer is a Mannesmann Tally, the manufacturer of the monitor isn't really visible to me.

Pics via cfulde.de

All the stuff is packed together and in 2 weeks we will exhibit it at Classic Computing 2019. I will carry them at home after the show from Saturday and bring it back on Sunday. As you discribe they will be irretrievably, so no need to leave them alone over the night ;)

Have fun and a nice weekend,
Carsten
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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #6 on: 2019.September.07. 20:34:37 »
Hi, I took some pictures today for the Open-Door day next month.
Thank you very much!

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They are unassorted, so you will find some Apple / Commodore pics within. Hopefully not dramatic.
Don't problem :-) Awesome collection!

Only the EP drive photos missing :oops:

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The printer is a Mannesmann Tally
Yes, it is know. But it is special custom version made to Enterprise, in a EP gray color. The original MT are brown.
I don't know there is any difference in ROM, for example in character sets.
Do you have a manual for it? There is it a scanned version.

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the manufacturer of the monitor isn't really visible to me.
It is a CIAEGI. There is a manuals of a green monochrome version.

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #7 on: 2019.September.09. 19:30:39 »
Thanks for all the useful manual links. Downloaded them all, because I haven't any manual except the main manual. The photos from the diskdrive I send as PM.

I have attached a photo of the original price list from Germany of 10/1988 in German Marks.

When I add all the equipment together the new price was 1527 DM - in 1988 this value matches 873$. This is a value ranges from $1,630 to $3,430 for today.

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #8 on: 2019.September.22. 21:11:45 »
A small impression from ours yesterdays and todays exhibition at the "Classic Computing" in Lehre near Braunschweig. In the foreground you see the exhibited Enterprise 128, which has impressed much people on the two days. Back of my notebook it's a repaired Mac SE/30 with network card and at the most left of the table under the aquarium is our Magnavox Odyssey. Maybe the older of us can remember this fully analog piece of hardware (introduced 1972 to the market). The big black box behind the Ent is a "portable AS/400" :)

Greetings Carsten

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #9 on: 2019.September.23. 00:23:15 »
A small impression from ours yesterdays and todays exhibition at the "Classic Computing" in Lehre near Braunschweig. In the foreground you see the exhibited Enterprise 128, which has impressed much people on the two days. Back of my notebook it's a repaired Mac SE/30 with network card and at the most left of the table under the aquarium is our Magnavox Odyssey. Maybe the older of us can remember this fully analog piece of hardware (introduced 1972 to the market). The big black box behind the Ent is a "portable AS/400" :)

Greetings Carsten

Enterprise monitor, and printer... :-)

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #10 on: 2019.September.23. 09:01:13 »
Nice exhibition! :smt038
I see the broken SHIFT key replaced :ds_icon_cheesygrin:

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Re: Short introducing ourselfs
« Reply #11 on: 2019.September.23. 11:27:16 »
Sure that, was nearly the first I have done after the stuff was placed on the table :) And second was to "label" the diskette drive as Enterprise equipment  ;)

The monitor has to wait a moment with labeling, because I want to remove the old and bad sticker residue.