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Turbotech Clock Cartridge
Turbotech Clock Cartridge
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Description: The good old parallel port battery backed-up clock for the Amiga.  Note that the port on the other side of the unit is in fact not a pass-through, but only for effect.
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Posted by: chris at May 26, 2003, 04:03:02 PM

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Comments (20)

save2600
Posts:3261
April 14, 2009, 07:59:35 PM
Yeah, that's a terrible design. I always thought the battery backed clock that hooked to the A1000's keyboard port was cool though.
Methuselas
Posts:2205
March 13, 2009, 08:05:36 PM
Why the frak would anyone want one of these? o_O
weirdami
Posts:3776
May 26, 2008, 11:59:26 PM
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To this day I haven't made Solaris print anything useful


That's because you don't have any green and white paper in your 2 foot wide dot matrix!  :-D
tokyoracer
Posts:1590
January 16, 2008, 06:23:48 PM
Good job I don't need that crap, I use a Blizz 030. :-)
AMC258
Posts:877
December 31, 2007, 09:33:10 AM
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Does anyone actually HAVE a printer hooked up to their miggy? Tho I could see it getting in the way of a paranet cable...


I used to have three.  But then I had this crazy idea that I'd use these printers from other computers, so I put them on the LAN.  Aside from once a year printing something from a peecee and then dealing with those nasty Windoze printing problems, my Amiga is the only computer printing to them.  To this day I haven't made Solaris print anything useful :madashell:
odin
Posts:6795
September 17, 2007, 04:52:17 AM
Oh just put a battery in that A4k!
motorollin
Posts:8669
May 09, 2007, 08:40:53 AM
If anyone has one of these and wants to sell it please let me know!

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moto
chris
Posts:1240
April 14, 2007, 11:08:59 PM
Upon further, somewhat accidental, investigation, it appears that (according to the instructions) this unit actually connects to the external disk drive port.  Makes a bit more sense, as you can just whack it on to the end of the chain.

The confusing thing is, the connector on one side fits into the disk drive port, yet the connector on the other side fits into the parallel port.  Without plugging it in and trying it out I have no way of knowing which is correct.  Maybe they made two models?
weirdami
Posts:3776
August 25, 2006, 06:17:09 PM
Clock, shmlock. We don't do time around here.  :python:
LoadWB
Posts:2900
August 11, 2006, 02:09:10 PM
I used to have a Panasonic color printer attached.  Once it croaked I came across the wonder that is lpr.device and now use my LaserJet 4050TN and DeskJet 882C.  Just a quick setenv command and I can switch printers -- then a quick visit to the Printers prefs.

Makes me think that it would have been nice for OS3.5 or 3.9 to support multiple printers.
Dr_Righteous
Posts:1345
December 15, 2005, 03:10:56 AM
Does anyone actually HAVE a printer hooked up to their miggy? Tho I could see it getting in the way of a paranet cable...
Robert17
Posts:1011
September 19, 2004, 08:18:44 PM
I've got one, no idea how to use it though, not really an issue now I have rtc on the blizzard  :-)

Robert
zipper
Posts:2527
February 11, 2004, 10:31:42 AM
Mine (for A500) died years ago. And it wasn't the battery or bad contacts/cracked solders. Some of the chips must have said goodbye.
sir_inferno
Posts:1036
February 06, 2004, 11:23:19 PM
OOOOOOOOOOOOO, so THAT'S what it is! i had one of these but the label cam off, and i wondered why the parallel port didn't work when i plugged it in...  :-D
that_punk_guy
Posts:4526
December 11, 2003, 10:12:05 PM
Heh heh :-D

Don't they want a modem too?

;-)
odin
Posts:6795
November 26, 2003, 02:39:38 PM
serial printer? ;-)
that_punk_guy
Posts:4526
September 25, 2003, 12:37:48 AM
Why on Earth would anyone sacrifice their parallel port just for a clock module? People who really need the time to be kept up-to-date, like business users, probably also want to use a printer!  :-D
iamaboringperson
Posts:5744
August 17, 2003, 01:35:34 AM
One bad thing about the amiga ;)
chris
Posts:1240
May 28, 2003, 09:31:42 PM
I'm not sure... the two ports are slightly different sizes.  If it was a standard case with a pass-through that nobody could be bothered to wire up, then I would expect the ports to be the same size.
KennyR
Posts:8081
May 28, 2003, 02:10:08 PM
"Only for effect", eh? No, I'm pretty sure that the port on the other side was left because the plastic cases like this were common and cheap.


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