Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Thrift Store Score: 1982 Timex Sinclair 1000

Found this at a local thrift store yesterday. A Timex Sinclair 1000 accompanied by the 1016 RAM (16k) module. This was the American release of the Sinclair ZX81. Its selling point was being the first home computer to sell for under $100.

I don't know if it this one works or not because it didn't come with a power supply. I suppose I will look around for one. I should be able to hook this up to one of my older TVs if I get it up and running. Apparently you have to mod them if you you want to use one on a modern TV. I would rather keep it original though.

As for the internals, everything seems to be okay from a superficial standpoint. No bad caps or any burned smell. I'm going to check it out a bit more in depth when I get a chance. The RAM module seems okay too. I suppose I'll find out what works and what doesn't whenever I find a power supply.

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