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Received my kit today!

Postby sanman » Jul Tue 13, 2010 1:15 am

I received my kit today. Thanks Vince!

The build quality looks real good.

I was thinking of finding a place to paint he case blue.

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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby elchucko » Jul Tue 13, 2010 8:54 am

Yes I received my kit on Monday. The quality of the pcb's and other parts looks to be excellent! I'm ready to start my build. I'm am old electronic guy (since 1963) but I haven't built a kit of any sort for many years. I "broke out" my tools and found my soldering iron does not heat up well so I'm off to Radio Shack (or internet) to purchase another one.
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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby jsissom » Jul Tue 13, 2010 9:35 am

I too received my kit. It hurt like crazy not to be able to start on it last night, but life got in the way. I hope to start on it tonight.
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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby vbriel » Jul Wed 14, 2010 7:05 am

How do you guys like the panels? This was an important feature that was difficult to get right.
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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby hal2710 » Jul Wed 14, 2010 7:10 am

Hello fellows,


Good news the kits are rolling out..........I'm jelous as hell.


Best wishes and mind those HOT irons

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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby jsissom » Jul Wed 14, 2010 8:55 am

vbriel wrote:How do you guys like the panels? This was an important feature that was difficult to get right.


It looks awesome. You did a great job on them. I'll be proud to have this on my desk.

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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby sanman » Jul Wed 14, 2010 9:18 am

The panels look great! :D
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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby elchucko » Jul Wed 14, 2010 11:17 am

Excellent panels!
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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby hal2710 » Aug Thu 12, 2010 1:06 pm

Hi Everyone,

Got home from work today to find that I had missed the Postman !!!!!!!

My Kit has arrived UK. £31.00 customs tax :-(


Will have to pick it up from The Post Office tomorrow.


Thank you Vince. :-)

Must admit I was getting worried that my 88 was lost in the post.

Will post First impressions tomorrow: TTFN

I am like a 9 year old on Christmas Eve. Going to bed early !


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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby vbriel » Aug Thu 12, 2010 1:19 pm

hal2710 wrote:Hi Everyone,

My Kit has arrived UK. £31.00 customs tax :-(



Oh man, that's just silly, how do they expect the world economy to improve with that high of customs tax. Sad thing is they have been talking VAT tax over here too.

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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby hal2710 » Aug Fri 13, 2010 11:18 am

Hi Vince,

vbriel wrote:Oh man, that's just silly, how do they expect the world economy to improve with that high of customs tax. Sad thing is they have been talking VAT tax over here too.

Vince


Picked up my kit from Post Office after paying £31.00 (£23 import tax + £8 UK Post Office Handling fee !!!)



Anyway Taxes aside Good Golly Miss Vincent. This kit is amazing !



Totally impressed with the quality of the components; printed circuit boards Rev 0. The Front panel is excellent.I can understand now how all the other kit builders have found the switches and LED's fiddley....


Full Marks for your efforts, I will have to take my time on the Build to do you true justice. I will probably start the build on Sunday, fingers crossed all goes well.


Thanks Once Again, Michael.
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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby vbriel » Aug Fri 13, 2010 12:10 pm

hal2710 wrote:Anyway Taxes aside Good Golly Miss Vincent. This kit is amazing !


Miss??? Lol, ok.

You can do what I do with the front panels. I took a piece of 2X4 wood and using the front panel as a template, marked with a dot the center of all the holes for the switches. Then I drilled holes in all the marked spots with a drill bit just bigger than the threded part of the switch and smaller than the square base. Then I could put a switch into the pcb, then set it down in the board and solder. Others have told me they use styrofoam.

Enjoy, read all the posts including the one reguarding the 20mhz CPU issue.

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Re: Received my kit today!

Postby hal2710 » Aug Fri 13, 2010 1:42 pm

Hello Vince,

vbriel wrote:
Enjoy, read all the posts including the one reguarding the 20mhz CPU issue.

Vince


I have read ALL the posts here while waiting for my kit to arrive. I don't know yet what firmware is on my Altair 8800 micro, but just a thought;

vbriel wrote:
I found some chips are inconsistant in their timing for writing to memory. This may cause issues loading BASIC. I'm going to release a firmware revision by this weekend to fix the issue.



As I stated here and elsewhere I am a serial "Overclocker" of PC's.

If I understand you, what you are saying about "Micro-Soft" Basic not loading properly is in effect the first possible occurance of a BSOD; Just without the BLUE or the SCREEN ?

I don't have any experierence of the ATMEGA8515 but this "Not Loading" does sound like an "Overclock" related problem. Is HEAT a factor ?

If I get a 16Mhz crystal and Downgrade to Rev1 Firmware will this help stablise the ATMEGA8515 ? Is Rev2 firmware a more stable Code ???


Just thinking "Out Loud". Will Build my Kit and post back any "Altair 8800 micro BSOD"


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