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Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:29 pm

Anyone have this? For those who don't know, it's a keyboard attachment for the Atari 2600.

http://www.atarimuseum.com/videogames/c ... pumat.html
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Darryl B. » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:12 am

Heard of it back in the day, that was it.

Wow, amazed at the headphone ports and all. Not a big deal nowadays, but something like that for the 2600? That's pretty unheard of!
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:33 am

I ordered one new in box from eBay. Will gladly post pics when received!
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Rob » Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:59 pm

Zap! wrote:Anyone have this? For those who don't know, it's a keyboard attachment for the Atari 2600.

http://www.atarimuseum.com/videogames/c ... pumat.html


I have the tape drive, but not the keyboard.

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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:50 pm

Rob wrote:
Zap! wrote:Anyone have this? For those who don't know, it's a keyboard attachment for the Atari 2600.

http://www.atarimuseum.com/videogames/c ... pumat.html


I have the tape drive, but not the keyboard.


The Starpath Supercharger?
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Rob » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:39 am

Yes, the Supercharger. The keyboard was from the same company wasn't it?

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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Darryl B. » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:38 pm

No it wasn't, Spectravideo only came out with a few games, plus the add-on mentioned in this thread.

Starpath came out with the Supercharger and a dozen games for it only, no other type of add-on or anything. Good company, I've got a third of their library.
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Rob » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:35 am

Ah, I gotcha. For some reason I always had Spectravideo and Starpath confused. Which one of them was originally called the Arcadia? Was that Starpath?

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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Darryl B. » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:49 am

Yeah Starpath was originally called Arcadia. But then some Arcadia game system was going to come out and I think they (the *other* Arcadia, who made the Supercharger and games) were threatened with a lawsuit if they didn't change their name, so then they had to.
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:42 pm

Yeah, the Spectravideo and Starpath are two different companies. Here's a picture of the CompuMate, courtesy of Roger's Spectravideo Page. I'll post my own pics when it arrives from Venezuela, unless Hugo Chavez tries to stop the deal. :)

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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Darryl B. » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:10 pm

Would you be able to actually DO anything with that?
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Sat May 01, 2010 12:55 am

Darryl B. wrote:Would you be able to actually DO anything with that?


You can write BASIC programs. Saving them, however, would be a problem. Still, this has "cool factor" written all over it.
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Darryl B. » Sat May 01, 2010 10:14 am

Yeah, no kidding.

Glad to hear it's not totally useless though, at least.
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Fri May 14, 2010 3:25 am

The CompuMate arrived in the mail Wednesday from Venezuela, two weeks after I won the auction, which was faster than I thought it would take to get here. It is the NTSC version, new in box.

It was packed extremely well. At first I was fooled into thinking it was just packed with brown paper over the box. However, that box underneath was a Voodoo3 card box, where the CompuMate was hiding inside making it totally secure (not to mention even more retro!). Not sure if I'll use this much, but it has been something that I've wanted for many years.

Below are front and back pictures of the Compumate, as well as what it was packed in.

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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Rob » Sun May 16, 2010 1:37 pm

Lucky SOB... ;)

How much did that run you if you don't mind me asking?

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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Zap! » Sun May 16, 2010 1:48 pm

Rob wrote:Lucky SOB... ;)

How much did that run you if you don't mind me asking?


$92 was the winning bid, and then $15 shipping. This thing is rare, but not as rare as once thought. A bunch apparently were found in a warehouse. They all seem to be coming from South America. A few years ago, this would fetch like $400. Now, $100 seems the going rate.
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Re: Spectravideo CompuMate

Postby Darryl B. » Sun May 16, 2010 10:48 pm

Wow...I was gonna say, you actually got a steal on that :P But now it sounds like pretty much a right price.
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