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Most reliable retro computer?

Post by skylarking » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:13 am

I think it has to be the Apple //e - I've got a few of them, and they're built like tanks and have never caused any problems, and always run like a dream.
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Post by woody.cool » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:31 am

Also you can put the BBC Micro & the Acorn Archemiedes under most reliable - I still have a few of them.

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Post by StarEye » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:39 am

Is there even a question? Amiga of course.

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Post by woody.cool » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:48 am

StarEye wrote:Is there even a question? Amiga of course.
Yes .... very reliable except one component - the internal floppy drive of the A500+ .... I went through a new floppy drive every 12 months!

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Post by CrookedMouth » Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:12 am

my amiga lasted 7 years . no floppy drive problems, but it couldn't even handle getting burnt up in a house fire. I expected more.

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Post by psj3809 » Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:31 am

I always heard things about the Speccy overheating etc, i've been very lucky with my retro computers, Spectrum +,+2, +3 and later my Amiga all worked without any problems thank god

To a kid of about 12 if my computer had broken down i would have been gutted plus to wait for a replacement if i could manage to get one

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Post by Lindopski » Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:25 am

By far and away the BBC Micro when they were faulty at school the teacher used to lift the front and drop them down and they would work again,something to do with the chip connections, amaingly strong machines.
the weakest weaklings I have come across are the Saturn and the dreamcast (especially the DC) both weak and useless.
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Post by Cornelius » Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:35 am

Yeah my macintosh works well still.

So does my V-Tech Talking Computer. Don't ask me how I know that...

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Post by skylarking » Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:56 am

Cornelius wrote:Yeah my macintosh works well still.
Yeah, I still have lots of old Macs, back to a Mac Plus, and they all still work fine.
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Post by The Last Ginja » Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:09 am

I still have and use my Vic 20 from 1982 no problems.

Although my breadbin C64 doesn't work now, it powers up but won't output a pic. Slightly OT if anyone has any ideas to fix let me know!

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Post by MonkeyPete » Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:01 am

Lindopski wrote:the weakest weaklings I have come across are the Saturn and the dreamcast (especially the DC) both weak and useless.
I've had absolutly no problems with my Saturn that I brought on launch day way back in 1995.

I am on my 3rd Dreamcast however. All problems relating to the internal battery for some reason, strange how it never happened once I got a utopia disk. :wink:

The worst console has got to be the original mk1 PSX, now that was utterly useless!

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Post by roberthazelby » Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:48 am

StarEye wrote:Is there even a question? Amiga of course.
Whilst I'm a big Amiga fan I have to disagree with this.

I've found bog-standard Amigas (ie. unexpanded) to be reliable, but as soon as you add a hard drive you experience the 'joys' of invalidated drives, and if you add to much hardware inside a normal Amiga 1200 it'll overheat and reset every so often.

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Post by demon cleaner » Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:36 am

Yes .... very reliable except one component - the internal floppy drive of the A500+ .... I went through a new floppy drive every 12 months!
Same here, some floppy drives died. I still have 3 C64 and they still work like the first day, very reliable. I think that a lot of retro computers are very reliable.

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Post by P-Head » Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:38 am

My internal drive held up nicely, I did go through one external drive though.

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Post by thl » Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:07 am

roberthazelby wrote:
StarEye wrote:Is there even a question? Amiga of course.
Whilst I'm a big Amiga fan I have to disagree with this.

I've found bog-standard Amigas (ie. unexpanded) to be reliable, but as soon as you add a hard drive you experience the 'joys' of invalidated drives, and if you add to much hardware inside a normal Amiga 1200 it'll overheat and reset every so often.

Unexpanded Amiga = reliable
Expanded Amiga = random factor, weave your spell!
It happen so many times. When I was loading up the floppy disc, it keep resetting by itself. I don't know what's causing it, but it's just so annoying. :x

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