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We here at B3ta love it when a plan comes together. Tell us about incredible projects and stuff you've built by your own hand. Go on, gloat away.

Thanks to A Vagabond for the suggestion

(, Thu 17 Nov 2011, 13:12)
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DIY Z80 computing
I'd long wanted to put together a Z80 computer of my own design and finally got around to it last year.

Z80 computer displaying b3ta Z80 computer's guts Z80 computer running Zork

It has a 10MHz Z80 with 64KB RAM, a 320x240 pixel display (monochromatic; can be displayed on a built-in LCD, on a TV or a VGA monitor), uses a PS/2 keyboard and has a serial port for data transfer and a parallel port for printing. An SD card is used for storage. It runs CP/M 3 (you can just about make out Zork in the last photo).

The thing is, having spent a fair amount of time designing and constructing the device I haven't actually done anything with it beyond recording a dull video for YouTube...
(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 19:20, 11 replies)
I'm actually quite impressed
I'm just not sure why.
(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 19:39, closed)
Thanks anyhow.
If it's any consolation I'm not really sure why I did it either... :-)
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 2:21, closed)
I liked this.
I popped a post up on pouet for you.
(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 21:43, closed)
Not been to pouet in a while... Probably lots to catch up with! :-)
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 2:20, closed)
But you did it anyway. Good stuff. :)

(, Sun 20 Nov 2011, 22:46, closed)

(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 2:19, closed)
I paid $1800 for a Z80 computer
I ended up giving it to the kids and they would pull out the memory IC's and leave them pointy side up in the carpet.
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 0:54, closed)
on both points! (Well, probably more than two points).
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 2:18, closed)
The winner.
Very impressed.
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 12:57, closed)

BTW, you sound like Fred Harris describing the Beeb.
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 13:08, closed)
Haha, thanks!
(It's all an act, in reality I have a thick Yorkshire accent).
(, Mon 21 Nov 2011, 20:22, closed)

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