[Coladam] My Coleco Adam got here..

Geoff Oltmans oltmansg at bellsouth.net
Sat Oct 3 01:47:58 CEST 2009

Congrats! I've generally had good experiences with eBay for the most  
part. For some reason all of my Amiga related purchases, not so  
much.... but everything else has been good. ;)

The platen is fairly easy to remove. If you can find someone on here  
with some printer parts, it's easy to swap out. I'm afraid I don't  
have any spares at the moment.

I've got a couple of shrinkwrapped blank tapes I'm sure I could let go  
of...I may even have some spare game tapes as well if that would help  
you out. Do you have a keyboard at all, or joysticks?



On Oct 2, 2009, at 6:37 PM, Joseph Oprysko wrote:

> Hiya everyone, like you may know from the chat, I had ordered an  
> Adam off of
> E-Bay (Before I got replies from various people here)
> When I mentioned it in the chat on Wednesday, people did not have a  
> good
> outlook on it.. (Hiya Rich!) because of previous experiences with e- 
> bay
> purchases...
> Well, I have it now.. And no real way to test the actual Adam part  
> of it.
> It does power on, I was able to bring up Electronic Typewriter.  The  
> ribbon
> is dry as a bone, I had to clean and oil the printers rails before  
> it would
> move correctly.  But it appears to work.  Good thing it has a  
> composite
> output, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to even view it (since  
> most of
> my vintage stuff is in storage, including the TV-Game switches.  And  
> damn,
> does it look good on a 37" LCD TV :)
> Well, no SmartBasic for me, no Buck Rogers, no Data Casettes at all  
> right
> now.  It does have 2 tape drives installed in it though, not just  
> one, so
> that is a plus.
> No expansion boards inside, but hey, it powers on and comes up, so  
> that is
> always a bonus.
> I might order a 10 pack of tapes of e-coleco, they say you can just  
> go and
> erase them, but they do come with some kind of software on them, if  
> I can
> find the cheapest spot (their prices change from page to page, and  
> don't
> inquire about a product, they might raise the price)
> The biggest issue with the unit is the Printer.  The rubber that  
> covers the
> platen in cracked and peeling off.  I don't believe there is a way to
> replace the platen, I'm not sure if it can even be removed without  
> permenant
> damage.  I'm not sure if there would be a way to repair it.  But  
> what I was
> thinking, if I could get the platen out, get a piece of that heat- 
> shrink
> tubing (if they make it big enough to fit around the platen) cut it  
> to the
> platen length and shrink it around.  It may work.. and probably  
> better than
> using rubber cement to try to stick the peeling pieces back on...   
> Unless
> someone else knows of a way/place to replace or repair the platen.
> Well, now I am on the hunt for software.. has to be tapes at this  
> point,
> since I do not have a disk drive.
> Thanks everyone
> Joe
> -- 
> Normal Person: Hey, it seems that you know a lot.
> Geek: To be honest, it's due to all the surfing I do.
> Normal Person: So you go surfing?
> Normal Person: But I don't think that has anything to do with  
> knowing a
> lot...
> Geek: I think that's wrong on a fundamental level.
> Normal Person: Huh? Huh? What?
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