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Who went all-in on sidecar expansion and not PEB?


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I have the Speech Synthesizer, the RS-232, the 32K, the Disk Controller (and two drives), the p-Code (the sidecar version), the Video Controller (the sidecar version), a Thermal Printer. . .and a Hex-Bus Interface. I guess that counts as going all-out with the sidecars. :)

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I have the Speech Synthesizer, the RS-232, the 32K, the Disk Controller (and two drives), the p-Code (the sidecar version), the Video Controller (the sidecar version), a Thermal Printer. . .and a Hex-Bus Interface. I guess that counts as going all-out with the sidecars. :)

I just looked up a pic of the Video Controller- that's cool! Do you have a pic of the p-Code sidecar?

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The best non-TI side card expansion was the CorComp Micro Expansion system. I jump from a bare console to this along with the Speech Synth back in '87. Also acquired two p-box systems in the early-mid 90's (Geneve/TI). Some where along the line picked up a 32K sideport (Box Car) and TI-Disk Sidecar.

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I started using the expansion box as soon as I wanted more than the basic machine. But I got the box with RS-232, TI disk controller, 32 K RAM expansion and two double sided drives in it, plus the speech synthesizer outside the box, in one fell swoop.

Later, I exchanged the disk controller to a CorComp model, to get double density and four drives. I built an extra box to house two more drives. After that, I designed my real time clock card and a digital/analog I/O card, which fits into the PEB, as well as the 16-bit 64 K RAM expansion inside the console.

 

That's about it. Any sidecar expansion was never on the table. The table got full anyway, even if my own expansion box stacks on top of the TI one.

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