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What soviet computer used trinary bits?
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These were probably the Setun computers, built in the Soviet Union between 1959 and 1965. It used balanced ternary (with the digits 1, 0, and -1) for computations, and a three-valued logic (I haven't ...

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First computer/video game in history
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Given your restrictions, the earliest computer game I can find is an implementation of checkers for the Pilot ACE, written in 1951 and debugged to the point of working in 1952. Other candidates are ...

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How to access old laptop IDE hard drive
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The easiest way is to get an external USB enclosure or USB-to-IDE adapter. IDE-to-SATA adapters exist, but they require opening up your computer to install. When selecting hardware, keep in mind ...

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Unable to install Colonization in DOSBox
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Microprose tried to be clever in using BIOS calls to detect which disk is present in the floppy drive. However, the information that install.exe is looking for gets lost somewhere in the many ...

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How much benefit should be expected on a more advanced compiler for z80/r800 based computers?
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Places where LLVM will provide no benefit, and may reduce performance: The Z80 has no CPU cache, accessing memory directly instead. Any optimizations based around increasing cache efficiency (eg. ...

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What is the oldest computer capable of running a modern version of GNU/Linux?
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If you're looking to run a modern-ish version of Linux, the oldest hardware is likely a Intel 80386 from 1986, probably with some memory upgrades -- 640k isn't enough for everybody. Note that support ...

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How can I power a C64?
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The Commodore 64 requires a power supply that provides both 9V AC and 5V DC. If you're interested in building your own, the power supply has a male circular 7 pin DIN connector. Pins 1-3 are ground (...

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How many analogue RGB signal levels did the VIC-II have?
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"Output levels" are a feature of digital-to-analog converters, particularly of the sort used with computer monitors with distinct red/green/blue signal channels. The VIC-II doesn't do this, so it's ...

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What are the differences between a PAL and NTSC C64?
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Hardware-wise, the Commodore 64, like most early computers, was synchronized to its graphics output: in the case of the C64, the CPU clock was derived from the timing crystal in the video hardware. ...

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