Re: [Mattel Aquarius] Requesting Scans
- I Will try to convert the programs to Caq's I have not done this yet
so hope it will work, it might take me a while.
> > -The Crimac Aquarius catalog and the Bentley Industries oneI have never seen maybe some one could scan then. I have the small
catalouge that came with mine,I will root it out and scan it.
> > Did anyone else have trouble with the Quicktype for theseprograms?
When I do the other tapes I will check them on the emulator(s) before
submitting them. I have to tweek the tape head alignment on my data
recorder for each different game so it take a while.
> I love to see the Basic text, it stimulates long sleeping synapses
> my brain.I recently started to play with visual basic. making a dnd charater
generator for my son and I started my writing it as you would on the
> Everyone seems to have stashes of Aquarius documents or flyers thatI have the Aquarius User (The official journal of the Aquarius user
> have not been made public.
> While I can't really offer much in the way of new scans until that
> changes, I was hoping a few of you out there would be willing to scan
> some of your materials and post them here.
club) Issue 1/Volume 1 and Issue 2/Volume 1
And a lot of documentation by the HCC Aquarius user group from the
Netherlands. Mostly Dutch but it also contains some original
Also some schematics from the HCC. Like getting 80 characters in one
row on screen, a floppy disc controller, but those are all Dutch.
I would also like to see commercial photos, adverts and so on.
(.. Did anyone see the big commercial Aquarius poster at the wall in
the YouTube movie where that guy mocked the Aquarius? )
Maybe we first should make an inventory on who has got what
what kind of resolution / format should be used for the scans
and is there enough storage space in the Yahoo groups
- Martin brought up a very good question about the file space for the
club, currently we are using only 16% of the file space in the "FILES"
section, and we are using 0% of the space in the "PHOTOS" section. So
there is plenty of room for more uploads.
As I recall, Yahoo actually increased the space a few years ago.. We
should be ok for awhile.
> On 01.22.08, at 316AM, mattelaquarius wrote:That's actually a bit of consolation to me, then. I feel a little
> > -The Crimac Aquarius catalog (I used to drool over that and the
> You and me both, maybe Aquarius symbolized "drool barer".
> I ordered that disk drive, and bugged the UPS guy for months
> "anything for me?"
> before getting the "they are bankrupt, you can sue them for your
> money" letter.
> I read that letter over and over, as if it would change
> to "no really, we are kidding, your drive is on the way"
> At least extended basic showed up.
better about not ordering from Crimac, now. :-) It's too bad you
were robbed for the disk drive.
I got the standard package you see on Ebay with the "4 game
cartridges included" for Christmas in 1984 (or was it 83?). As I
understand now, these were the Radofin repackaging of the existing
Mattel stock, which is why "Mattel Electronics" is still printed on
all the boxes/manuals. BTW, my games were: Utopia, Snafu,
AstroSmash, and Tron.
I was only able to order 5 items after receiving my Aq. Upon writing
and calling Mattel, they sent me a sheet listing about a dozen items
they still had available. I tried to order FileForm, but they were
out. Then, I ordered the data recorder cable. Trying to use a
Panasonic recorder with the Aq was a royal pain; I was always
fiddling with the tone/volume controls to get things to load.
After some hard begging to the parents, I ordered the Printer and
Data Recorder. The Printer had a defective paper advance button, so
I returned it for warranty. (I remember purposely taking out the roll
of paper before mailing, hoping Mattel would put a new roll in. The
plan worked, because they just sent me a new printer). Over the
phone, I asked if they had any modems, and they said they only had a
few, which is why it wasn't listed on the order sheet. Well, I
excitedly ordered one, and had a blast with it.
The last item I was able to order, was AD&D from Bentley Industries.
It took FOREVER to come in the mail. The first thing I noticed was
the missing Mattel Electronics logo on the box. Funny, that's when I
finally clued in to Mattel giving Aquarius to other companies.
However, the game was awesome, and I still love it. I plan to do
full scale reviews of the Aquarius games.
> On 01.22.08, at 339AM, mattelaquarius wrote:programs?
> > Did anyone else have trouble with the Quicktype for these
> Yeah I thought it was a line feed issue between Windows
> and Mac (I emulate the emulator),
> but I guess its a quicktype thing.
> I haven't tried all the demo's, so if you turn them all into Caq's
> would avoid each of us fixing the same error individually.in
> I love to see the Basic text, it stimulates long sleeping synapses
> my brain.I'll upload the ones I've done. I'll skip Bomber and Snake, because
> Mr Bill
the .caq versions can already be found in Files. I'll note that the
files may not be true to the originals, because I think there may be
some deviation, though they work fine. The .txt files Bill provided
do have some errors built-in.
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> > Everyone seems to have stashes of Aquarius documents or flyers
> > have not been made public.that
> > While I can't really offer much in the way of new scans until
> > changes, I was hoping a few of you out there would be willing toscan
> > some of your materials and post them here.Even if they're Dutch, I'd still like to see them if you have time to
> I have the Aquarius User (The official journal of the Aquarius user
> club) Issue 1/Volume 1 and Issue 2/Volume 1
> And a lot of documentation by the HCC Aquarius user group from the
> Netherlands. Mostly Dutch but it also contains some original
> Mattel/Radofin documentation.
> Also some schematics from the HCC. Like getting 80 characters in one
> row on screen, a floppy disc controller, but those are all Dutch.
scan them. Actually, my neighbor, Jeroen, in California was Dutch
(not a Dutch-American). I could have used him as a translator. ;-)
I was so cut-off from anyone else who owned an Aquarius, that seeing
an actual newsletter dedicated to a group of Aquarius Users, really
> I would also like to see commercial photos, adverts and so on.Oh, I have one of those posters! I even had it laminated to protect
> (.. Did anyone see the big commercial Aquarius poster at the wall in
> the YouTube movie where that guy mocked the Aquarius? )
it for the future. I promise to take pics when I see it again.
> Maybe we first should make an inventory on who has got whatThe best I can do now, is scan the following manuals:
> what kind of resolution / format should be used for the scans
> and is there enough storage space in the Yahoo groups
Aquarius User's Manual (also Ugh!)
Bill said he'd scan the common catalog. In storage, I have a very
unique Mattel Catalog that is the same size, but white, and has some
interesting variations. I also promise to scan that when it is out
If someone has some really large file high-resolution scans, he could
post a time limit for download, and then remove it.