Not so shiny new MZ

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Not so shiny new MZ

Post by Jo Even » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:52 pm

Look what arrived in the mail today :) And yes, this is how it was packed. No padding of any sort inside. The fact that nothing was broken in shipping is a testament to the Sharp build quality.
new mz731.jpg
Fortunately it looked a lot better inside. Don't know what's working or not yet, as I want to check the PSU before I turn it on. My other 700 still has the distinct smell of Magic Smoke from the exploding capacitor in the PSU :D

I hope the plotter works, as this is my first 731. I wanted one so badly in the early 80's but it was too expensive for my parents. The paper roll holders are broken so I will have to 3D-print a new set.

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by Jo Even » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:33 pm

Btw it has a Swedish character ROM. I guess I should dump it, could not find it on sharpmz.org.

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by MooZ » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:02 pm

Nice catch!
I didn't known Sharp went that far into localization.
Maybe mine has a French character ROM :)

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by hlide » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:27 pm

I really doubt there is French ROM if you don't have an Azerty keyboard to start. So far as I remember there were no French ROMs.

Je doute réellement...

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by MooZ » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:41 pm

It's a qwerty keyboard. Damn...

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by Jo Even » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:12 pm

And this is how it looks after a "bit" of cleaning.
MZ731 - cleaned.jpg
I'm quite pleased with it, the tape recorder is working properly and the plotter does things when the buttons are pressed so I hope it's working. "Just" need to find pens and paper for it... And I really should get a new F5, but not sure how realistic that is. Anyone have a spare (broken!) keyboard for sale?

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by hlide » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:20 pm

Is it your first MZ-700? or did you own at least an MZ-700 until you bought this one?

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by Jo Even » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:47 pm

This is my third 700, but my first 731.

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by MooZ » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:45 pm

Maybe you could 3d-print the missing key.

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Re: Not so shiny new MZ

Post by Jo Even » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:41 pm

Yes, that's an option if I can't find a replacement. However, you never get the subtle details right so it won't look very good.

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