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Your old stuff that still works?

Post by MattyC64c » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:47 am

For this thread I'm wondering what stuff you've got that's pretty old, but still works? It could be games, Consoles, CD's, Music CD's. Stereo's, TV's, VHS players, you get the picture..

Of course, I know many of you collect old stuff, but I thought the thread would be more interesting if the 'old stuff' you have was bought originally new and still actually works. Or you can tell us about some of your old stuff that no longer works, but you wish it did...

Now I'll admit, I don't have many old things that still work. I do have the following though working:

A VHS player from 2001 - Okay, it's not all that old, but it does play some of my old VHS tapes from the 80's :D
A old Sony Walkman circa 1998.
A Sony Minidisc player - 1999

Quite a few old CD's from the 90's. I couldn't find anything from the 80's though. Looks like my oldest CD dates from 1993.
Also found some old music cassettes, their all from the early 90's though.
What have you got?

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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:41 am

I think the oldest electronic thing I own that I've had from new is my Galaxy Twinvader: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/CGL/GalaxyTwinvader.htm
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by ZXSabreman » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:06 pm

I still have my old Space Invader watch my mum bought me for my Eleventh birthday, I put a battery in it the other week and it worked, I was well chuffed, it sits proudly on my retro toy shelf :mrgreen:
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by necronom » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:34 pm

A few that I've owned from new and still work:

Amiga 500 (with GVP hard drive add-on) from 1987, A1200 (1993), Sony TV (circa 1988) - these last two were switched on 30 minutes ago.

I have a Tomytronic 3D - Thundering Turbos (1983), that still works perfectly, and a Time Out (Game and Watch) - Fireman Fireman from 1980, I think.

Oh, and a Big Trak from 1979. The trailer is damaged, so that doesn't work now.
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by JazzFunk » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:19 am

I got two of those 'disco scratcher' things from Poundland in 2001, used them a few times before getting bored, and stuck them in the bottom of a drawer of junk. Had to go in that drawer of junk the other week, rummaged around, and BOTH of the 'things' went off, quite amazing the batteries still worked!

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Post by oldtimer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:51 am

ive got some really early first generation Amstrad hi fi equipment (Amps/cassette decks/tuners)i still use from the 70s ,
Dunno what it is about Amstrad stuff ,but ive collect it as a separate hobby,got loads of it plus Binatone stuff too from the 70s
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by Sputryk » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:14 pm

Sputryk wrote:Still got my one and only CD system which still gets regular usage (listening to it even as I type). It's a Pioneer - model PD-Z81M - their first release of a 6-disc system back in 1986. Bought it to accompany the Pioneer midi system I bought the same year and which is also still in use. Great system!

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This is still in use. One speaker now needs a bit of volume to start making noises (and on low volume occasionally turns silent), and it's net covering inside is a little torn, but as it is entering it's 27th year I'll forgive it it's foibles.

Haven't got much else from my younger years. Threw out Big Trak as the box got savaged thereby losing all it's value. Also threw out my Harmonograph and kind of regret that now. Not sure if I still have my Scramble table top 'Granstand' game or not. Do have an Acetronic 1000 from it's first year of release, though I think the 'sticks need a bit of attention. And my Hitachi Nicam Stereo video machine dates from '96.

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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by Megamixer » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:29 am

We had an old mid-90's Texas Instruments laptop that still worked, running Windows 95. A massive 1GB HDD included :lol: . I say 'had' because it came out of storage for a little test and since last being used a few years ago, the CMOS battery on the motherboard had died. The fact that it lasted around 15 years seems like a miracle itself.

Anyway, couldn't replace it and with it being dead, the computer didn't recognise any of it's hardware or the OS so it was useless. The battery itself was obsolete and soldered onto the board itself so after salavaging a few bits off of it (such as the ancient RAM and Pentium II CPU), the whole thing was sadly skipped :( .

The interesting thing is that the PC said to replace the CMOS battery on the start-up screen and yet neither the owners manual or technician's manual (the latter downloaded from the internet) gave any indication on how to do so. Perhaps with the battery's huge life, the makers didn't expect anybody to ever get to the stage of wanting/needing to replace it? I dunno...just a shame to bin something so old that was otherwise fine.
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by r0jaws » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:02 am

It wouldn't have been too difficult to desolder the old battery and replace it. Shame it went in the bin really. But if you don't know how too, or don't have the equipment for, this type of job binning it seems the only option. Unless you give it away for recycling.

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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by Megamixer » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:10 am

r0jaws wrote:It wouldn't have been too difficult to desolder the old battery and replace it. Shame it went in the bin really. But if you don't know how too, or don't have the equipment for, this type of job binning it seems the only option. Unless you give it away for recycling.
I got my Dad to check it out since he's had years of soldering experience repairing boards for household appliances and he didn't think it would be easy. Like I said though, there was no information on what the replacement battery was and the computer itself was extremely hard to get any info on at all. It's already been binned now as part of a clearout anyhow. A damn shame still.
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by snowkatt » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:14 am

i have a 1998 toshiba satellite p2 266 mhz
its still working perfectly even its battery still holds a charge

i tend to use it to play dos games and games that need win 9x its loaded with win ME
( finding drivers for this thing under 98 is impossible ME at least has a load of drivers available )
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by Fishsta » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:29 am

At last check, the following items still work:

One of my TI99/4A home Computers - 1981
All cartridge based games for it work fine, but I'm struggling to get the tapes to work. Which is a shame.

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Probably the pride of my collection, tbh. Check out the joysticks:

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A few handheld games:
Galaxy Invader 1000 - 1980
BMX Flyer - 1983
Alex Higgins Cue Ball - 1980

Nintendo Game n Watch games:
Snoopy Tennis - 1982
Donkey Kong II - 1983
Bombsweeper - 1987 (?)

And a Tomy Turnin' Turbo Dashboard... 1983.

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My dad's Aiwa sound system must be as old as me at least, and I know he has one of those old reel-to-reel sound systems which must be from the 60s at least.
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by snowkatt » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:58 am

i had that dashboard !
well not exactly like that
the screen of mine was bigger ( same display though ) and the lay out was better too ( screen behind the steering wheel )
i dont remember if it was by tomy though

mine looked more like this http://www.tesouvienstu.com/te-souviens ... -dashboard
dunno if it was the corvette though
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by Sega2006 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:09 pm

Im not as old as most of you so my old stuff owned from new, Im a chronic fettler though so Ive got alot of vintage stuff that Ive restored or Im in the process of doing, current oldest WIP is a 1940 Pilot Major Maestro which partially exploded in my face when I last worked on it, oldest working unit is the 1951 HMV 1122 (little known fact is HMV started its life as The Gramophone Company and primarily manufactured Gramophones and classical music records), theres a 70's system in the loft Ive yet to test that my dad got with his first apprentices wage so I guess that would possibly class as our oldest item that still works (possibly), other than that is my yellow DMG gameboy or Saturn as I know my Coke can Walkman was post them and most of my other stuff I havent owned from new so it doesnt really count.
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Re: Your old stuff that still works?

Post by ootini » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:16 am

Fishsta wrote: And a Tomy Turnin' Turbo Dashboard... 1983.

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Wow! I love the way this site keeps helping to dust off some long forgotten memories stored rights at the back of my mind. I had one of those! I remember getting a very large and heavy box from my Aunt for Xmas one year and being really excited about what it was. I remember it tool a ridiculous amount of batteries and practically ate them. I think i used it in a "Lets see what happens when you throw this out the velux window of the attic room onto the patio below" competitions I used to have with friends back on the pre-teen years.

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