Cluso's RetroBlade2 Single Chip Computer (small stock available for new orders/payment)

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  • MicksterMickster Posts: 1,802
    No panic for me (workload through the roof). Please give priority to the needy :smile:
  • Hi

    Quite understand- no panic

    Dave
  • MicksterMickster Posts: 1,802
    Coley wrote: »

    Mine took just under 5 weeks so yours can't be far away. Happy New Year!

    Cheers buddy and the same to you and yours :+1:

    I'll let you figure everything out and then I'll stop by your office for a brew and nick some ideas :lol:
  • ColeyColey Posts: 996

    Mickster wrote: »
    Coley wrote: »

    Mine took just under 5 weeks so yours can't be far away. Happy New Year!

    Cheers buddy and the same to you and yours :+1:

    I'll let you figure everything out and then I'll stop by your office for a brew and nick some ideas :lol:

    It'd be nice to have a catch up, as soon as we get out of this Tier 4 nonsense you should come over.
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    edited 2021-01-02 03:34
    @Mickster are you anywhere near Guildford Surrey or Burpham or Woking?
    Didn’t make the trip in 2020 and not looking good for 2021 either :(
  • MicksterMickster Posts: 1,802
    @Cluso99

    Up in the North West, prolly < 2 miles from Coley but let me know if/when you make it over because I could be closer as I travel constantly :+1:
  • MicksterMickster Posts: 1,802
    Coley wrote: »
    Mickster wrote: »
    Coley wrote: »

    Mine took just under 5 weeks so yours can't be far away. Happy New Year!

    Cheers buddy and the same to you and yours :+1:

    I'll let you figure everything out and then I'll stop by your office for a brew and nick some ideas :lol:

    It'd be nice to have a catch up, as soon as we get out of this Tier 4 nonsense you should come over.

    Nonsense is right. Was recently chatting with a (disgusted) regional NHS official; "we have two alleged Covid patients in Preston, neither required ventilators and we have zero patients in Chorley"

    This is Gloucester
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    Just built some more RetroBlade2 boards for the 3 paid orders. I built a few extras too. Just need to test/pack them :sunglasses:
  • Just wanted to say that I've been using Cluso's RetroBlade2 to have fun with the JohnnyMac Christmas Bundle. So far everything I have tried works just like the video presentations!

    Thanks @Cluso99 !
  • dgatelydgately Posts: 1,381
    Cluso99,

    Sent PayPal for RetroBlade2 with FLASH... This is a USA order!


    Thx,
    dgately
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    edited 2021-01-05 12:46
    @DaveJenson thanks. Always nice to hear that it’s working :smile:

    @dgately Thanks. I will be posting to USA by airmail as I don’t have any unsold with Publison (Jim).
    If there were enough USA orders I would do another run with Jim but courier to Jim is expensive so it needs a bulk shipment.

    FWIW I built 8 so I have 4 in stock :sunglasses:
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    All 4 orders tested and packed ready to post tomorrow :sunglasses:

    I have another 4 tested in stock (without flash).

    The only flash I currently have left are S25FL256SAGNFI000 in WSON8 package. I have been able to fit these but I found a problem with erasing them using TAQOZ so I'm not sure how compatible they are, and haven't had the time to check yet.
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    Postal Problems

    Just went to the Post Office to post out a few boards. Seems some countries have found a way to increase revenue by using COVID as an excuse!

    USA and Germany now require goods that used to be allowed to be sent as letter rate (~$3 for up to 50gm) to be sent via courier at ~$20. Currently the UK seems to still allow letter rate with customs declarations, but I bet they will change this too.

    I could be cynical and suggest that China will find a way around this, and it will just serve to disadvantage the rest of the world even further. Guess the postal services will price themselves into oblivion.

    Meanwhile, I'm just checking with Publison (Jim) re sending another set of boards to him for reposting in the USA.
  • RamonRamon Posts: 397
    edited 2021-01-06 03:23
    Cluso-RetroBlade2.jpgArrived today ! Thank you so much! Hope to find time this weekend to boot it up.
    1296 x 1002 - 562K
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    Excellent! Did you see my other thread with code examples (link in first post of this thread)?
  • hinvhinv Posts: 1,020
    Ramon wrote: »
    Cluso-RetroBlade2.jpgArrived today ! Thank you so much! Hope to find time this weekend to boot it up.

    Those microUSB ports look a little lean on solder on the mounting pins. I just checked mine and there doesn't seem to be any solder at all in those holes. Is that normal @Cluso99?
  • PublisonPublison Posts: 11,833
    That is the VGA connector. Clusso left those unsoldered so people can remove it an have access to the pins underneath or use the VGA. It also ships better inserted so the pins don't get bent in shipping.
  • Nah, I think hinv meant those micro usbs at the top of the pictures not the big VGA connector at the bottom.
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    If you look at the bare pcb you will see two very large solder pads under the microUSB connectors. These are reflow soldered to the usb connectors. The two tiny pads at the outside rear of the connectors are not soldered, and neither are the two slots. But if you’re worried you can hand solder the pins in the slots thou I don’t consider them necessary. BTW I wouldn’t plug the microUSB cables in and out on a regular basis as they’re not as robust as a big USB-A. You’re probably going to use a short microUSB to female USB-A cable (as i described in an earlier post)so just leave that plugged into the pcb if you’re wanting to unplug a keyboard or mouse regularly.
  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,179
    Today I shipped more RetroBlade2 boards to @Publison in the USA :)

    There are 3 boards (1 without flash and 2 with flash) that are available. See the first post if you're interested.
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