New aquisitions: PCjr (minus power supply) and Amstrad PC 6400

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Tue Oct 16 12:18:45 2001

Went to a new thrift store this week. Ended up with way more stuff
than I expected to. The big items were a complete Amstrad PC 6400
(8-bit PC clone, dual half-height floppies, 3 ISA slots, proprietary
monitor that powers the base through a monster DIN connector,
proprietary keyboard with 9-pin joystick connector) and a nearly complete
PCjr w/128K and parallel port sidecars (got non-chicklet keyboard w/cable
and CPU, but no PSU). How much should a PCjr PSU run me? What cartridges
were there for it? The company I used to write kids games for (Software
Productions - makers of "Alphabet Beasts and Company, Micro Mother Goose,
Micro Habitats, etc.) did support it, but I was the C-64 dude, not the
PeeCee dude. (ob digression: when the company closed, we _did_ hold the
door open with the PCjr - it really was a doorstop ;-)

The scary part is that the Amstrad was about triple the cost of the Peanut
(~$6 (after markdown from $11) vs ~$2). I guess size does matter.

So far in my digging, I've found that the Amstrad PC 6400 is the
American name for the Amstrad PC 1640, and I found a good Amstrad
resource at
Any other good tips?


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