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R > ROWTRON > Television Computer System


 

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Friday 10th March 2017
stinky ox (United Kingdom)

Just confirming that I wasn''t crazy remembering I got one of these in 1979: here''s an ad from the shop I bought it from in Basingstoke, dated Dec 1979.

http://minotaurproject.co.uk/YakImages/videotime.jpg


Monday 25th July 2016
Steve (UK)

Does anyone have a picture of the original PSU, I see conflicting information for the voltage and amperage. I have an original Rowtron TCS from my childhood but its lost the PSU, I want to be double sure I have the right spec before trying anything that will damage it!


Tuesday 4th February 2014
Adam (London)
Dusty Old Games

Hi all,

I wrote up a pretty in depth review of the rowtron console last year. Check it out:

http://dustyoldgames.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/rowtron-television-computer-system.html


Friday 23rd March 2012
Sven

The mpt numbers quoted on the products were related to radio emissions compliance.


Sunday 11th December 2011
stinky ox (UK)

I can confirm this system was available at least 2 years before 1981. I bought mine from a shop called Videotime in Basingstoke, in 1979. That shop was a regular hangout for the computer nerds from QMC - they stocked the Atari VCS and the Ohio Superboard as well as this. I desperately wanted a computer but couldn''t afford one in those pre-Clive days, and I couldn''t afford the more inviting Atari VCS either, so ended up getting the Teleng branded version of this instead (partly because of the promised future Programmer Module, but I never did see one of those, and before too long I had my ZX80 anyway).

Still, I had a fair bit of fun with the Teleng, even if the software wasn''t a patch on the best VCS games. Took it with me to university where it shared an old black and white valve telly (that I''d bought off a granny in Reading for a fiver) with my zx80.

Eventually replaced by a real VCS that I convinced myself I could afford to buy if I ate nothing but beans for a term.

I wish I knew what happened to the old beast now. I''d definitely fire it up for a go of Gravity Tennis and that pinball with the flippers that looked like giant crinkle-cut chips.


Sunday 20th November 2011
Richard

Discovered mine today, will try it out this week, have all 21 games the one with the din plug was a programmer module which you plugged into it, still looking for mine but i have the cartridge. Can''t wait to play tank battle once more!


Monday 4th July 2011
Webmaster (France)

Hi Claire. It means that these games are supposed to exit, but no one confirmed them yet. Can you ?


Wednesday 8th June 2011
claire

Why are there 3 games showing as unconfirmed, what does this mean please?


Friday 19th November 2010
Ian Gledhill (Aberystwyth, Wales)

Looking at my Teleng TCS, everything is dated 1979, around week 13 (2650AI) to week 38 (UM1233). Weirdly, it has 2 modulators, a UM 1263 and a UM 1233. Now to find a +15V PSU....! I also have a load of boxed carts, including one with a DIN plug??? Goodness knows what it''s for...


Friday 6th August 2010
ZiG (England)

Me mam still wont let me have mine out her attic, she thinks i''ll break it pmsl, seriously. Used to hammer a space invaders clone on that back when I was about 8 (32 now). Always remember it being hard to find games for, after seeing recently how many were released, I''m not surprised.


Wednesday 23rd July 2003
K3D (Wales)

Still got one of these in the attic. Think its best left there :P





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