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has anyone got/had one of these?

Post by STranger81 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:36 am

I was looking through an old mean machines and saw this and just wondered if any one on here has one of these or has ever owned one? I think I read somewhere a long time ago that the monitor was fine for the PC side of things but flickered when used as the megadrive screen?

I know this has probably been mentioned before with it being a fairly quirky item.

Didnt know if this would appeal to collectors or if its a more specialist item.

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Post by Coopdevil » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:48 am

I saw one once in the window of Dixons/Currys/Rumbelows (one of the three anyway) in Stourbridge which must have been in early 92 since it was when I was at sixth form college in the town. Remember thinking it was a load of tosh even then, I mean who was it aimed at? Someone who was in the market for a 386 (not cheap then by any means) but didn't actually own a television to hook an MD up to?
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Post by Sureshot » Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:09 am

Your bandwidth limit has exceeded on the picture (use Photobucket instead!) but I'm guessing you're talking about the MegaPC?

I remember seeing ads for them back in the day but never owned one. The specs of the PCs were rubbish anyway, so it wasn't really worth it. Someone had one at Fusion.

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Post by FatTrucker » Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:56 pm

I think they are one of those uncommon bits of kit that were produced in very small numbers are really quite rare but have very little monetary value today, because their small product run and limited ownership were as a result of them being not very good or desirable.
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Post by oldtimer » Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:08 pm

Yes...i do have one of those.
Unfortunatly it is a non working one.
I found it in a carboot sale...it cost £3.00 quid.
Bought it as non working so i cant complain,although ive never really looked at it closely.
It was the base station only...no monitor .
Just really gathering dust really.

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Post by woody.cool » Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:48 pm

I've been after one of these for ages. I want one .... NOW!

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Post by supermario » Fri Sep 26, 2008 2:59 pm

In my first job I used to sell those !
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Post by oldtimer » Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:56 pm

Honestly m8.
Dont bother.....
Its an old PC With a Megadrive slot in the front....thats all.....
Now a Terradrive,,,.....thats different.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:22 pm

oldtimer wrote:Honestly m8.
Dont bother.....
Its an old PC With a Megadrive slot in the front....thats all.....
Now a Terradrive,,,.....thats different.
my sentiments entirely

Never heard of a Terradrive , though
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Post by rupert » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:30 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:
oldtimer wrote:Honestly m8.
Dont bother.....
Its an old PC With a Megadrive slot in the front....thats all.....
Now a Terradrive,,,.....thats different.
my sentiments entirely

Never heard of a Terradrive , though
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_TeraDrive


A key paragraph to note..

Amstrad Mega PC

A similar, but unrelated system was manufactured by Amstrad and sold under the name Mega PC in PAL areas such as Europe and Australia. Its success was very shortlived due to its high retail price of £599 (about $1200). Given that it lacked several key features which the TeraDrive boasted, it made its price tag unattractive to consumers, even though both products were marketed in different countries. Although it boasted a higher specification than that of Sega's TeraDrive, it was unable to act as a Software Development Kit due to the inability to interact both the PC and the Mega Drive together, as it was essentially just a PC with a Mega Drive bundled inside.

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Post by Lentini2001 » Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:05 am

I remember these!! So nearly brought one, so glad I didn't!

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Post by pforson » Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:24 am

I wanted one when I was a teen. But my Dad being the brains pointed out that for the same money you could buy seperate megadrive and PC - the PC being higher spec.

In the end we just got the PC. In hindsight this was good, because love the megadrive as I did (I have one now). PC games in the early 90's were at their peak.
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Post by tekaotaku » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:30 pm

Used to have one, froma carboot sale about 10 years for £20, but like others have said, a crappy PC (386 and 486 variants with custom amstrad OS) with a megadrive built in. Shame they didnt just mareket the terradrive (286 and 386 variants) over here, at least you could access the megadrive 68k core from the PC side of of the terradrive, I remember reading about it that it came with a megadrive game creator kit and you could make and compile your own megadrive games for use on yours and others terradrives....missed opertunity.

Check out assembler for detailed pics

http://assembler.roarvgm.com/

obviosuly pick the terradrive section :wink:
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Post by nwosteve » Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:47 am

Yes i have one and it works great. Bit pointless really though now, just got it as a retro curisoity.
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Post by David » Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:48 am

I remember seeing the ads for these in Mean Machines Sega all the time.

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