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Rare Tandy 1000SL/E Vintage Computer Restoration

Discussion in 'Computers' started by searcher, Aug 30, 2016.



  1. searcher

    searcher Mother Lode Found Site Supporter ++ Mother Lode

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    Rare Tandy 1000SL/E vintage computer restoration
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    Published on Aug 30, 2016
    There is no documentation on the Tandy 1000SL/E computer. It appears to be identical to the 1000SL/2 except for the badge on the case. My guess is that it was only sold to the educational market, and maybe bundled with the Trackstar E Apple II emulator card, although this one didn't come with it.

    I found this 1000SL/E on eBay, listed in "Not working, for parts or repair only" condition. It suffered shipping damage, but I was able to piece it back together and get it working. (Note: I recorded this video before I learned the trick of using MEK instead of super-glue to repair broken plastic.)
     
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    mayhem A Different Perspective Silver Miner Site Supporter

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    Talk about flashback.
    I had a Tandy TL2 1987 model with a single 5.25 floppy drive. I spent
    $280.00 for a 20 meg, that is correct a 20 meg IDE hard drive and controller card. Upgraded from 640k memory to 1024k to get maxium operating. Loading 'tsrs' into high mem was a all day battle. I managed to squeeze Lotis 123 on it though. Soon after I built a IBM from scratch. It was a 386 20. Fawn memories from those days.

    Thanks for the flash back 'searcher'.

    I better get some rest I'm making to many typing errors. Been up for 30 hours now.
     
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    Uh... it's just an IBM XT 8086/8088 type clone computer. Why would there be any documentation? They were all almost exactly the same hence the term "clone".

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    Don't know about this one, but for example, my 1SG at Fort Ord in 1990 or so had a Tandy, the disk drive went out. On one of my trips to San Jose, I checked in at Weird Stuff Warehouse to get him a replacement. I brought the old one with me. The techs there explained to me that although it looked identical to a PC clone drive, it was not. The pins to the MB were to different functions on the drive, therefore, if you plugged in a standard PC drive, you would fry the drive and the MB. Of course, the Tandy version cost more than twice as much.

    Stuff like this requires documentation and contemporary information.
     
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    Everything Tandy (Raido Shack) was propriety back then if I could remember correctly. That's why I built a clone as mentioned above.
     
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