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Entry 26th January 2019: Post 03: Checkmate - Last pieces of the jigsaw

Checkmate - Last pieces of the jigsaw

I do work very hard to keep whole elements of various kit together.
So if a computer came with books, software, peripherals and the
like I do try to keep the items together. The Checkmate was of a
particular challenge given the vast amount of items that came
with the computer. For those that don't know I was charged with
recovering the whole attic space which housed this computer. I
include a picture from the sale of the kit.

So when I came across the Microtext and scanner switcher for the
Checkmate whilst sifting through a tub, I decided to drag them
out and place them with the Checkmate.

Sadly the world I believe has abandoned Teletext so the unit is
quite useless. The scanner is in its original box and I have to
say never been switched on. The printer is retired to the
floor below. I really do not like printers.

Anyway that was that for today. Soon be tomorrow and the whole
thing just starts over again. Do remember that the point of the
blog is literally to record what I do each day in retro heaven.

Checkmate - Last pieces of the jigsaw


A1500 System by Checkmate Digital Limited

An A1500 ( prior to Commodore version ) with A500 fitted
Included also is an A590 XT 20Mb version sidecar with half Mb plus
additional external 50MB hard-drive, 5.25 and 3.25" external
floppy drives, and a 1084S monitor. The machine is fitted with
the 2.04 OS and version 2.0 Roms. Probably retailed for about
1200 in its day

Other features for this machine include the Megachip 2000/500
giving 2Mb of chip RAM, the Multistart II which allowed the
installation of the Kickstart V2.0 ROMS, Workbench Management
System 2.0 by TTR, teletext add-on and scanner.

Evidently the popularity of this model concerned Commodore
sufficiently to warrant the release of the official A1500
to the UK market only

Checkmate in context

checkmate context

Actual photograph from where I collected Checkmate

checkmate context

And my ' Wonderwall ' of kit I also collected that day

checkmate wonderwall

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