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Gerhard Vetter
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« on: February 24, 2006, 01:32PM »
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Hello Clemens and Ismenio,

nice work on the Conchess you did, Clemens!
Ismenio, there are wood-computers which run on batteries,
n.b. Saitek Leonardo, Galileo and Renaissance with the restriction that only the built-in program (very weak) will run on the batteries, if you use a module you will have to use a power-supply. Also there was a Mephisto Exclusive with a battery compartement, I don`t know though which modules would be running with this.

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2006, 08:50AM »
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Hallo Clemens,

Thank you for the fantastic pictures!

I'm always interested in projects like this. I find your idea of hacking a Conchess to have it use a battery very interesting. The only chess computer (wodden) that runs on batteries that I know of is the Kasparov President and I think that is a plus.

Herzliche Grüße and a good weekend,

Ismenio

PS: Your English is excellent! I only wish I knew German, I would get a lot more out of chess computers if I did

PSS: I am also looking for a Monarch and I may be closer to getting one now, but not through eBay so you won't have competition from me
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2006, 07:04AM »
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Ich nehme an, du wohnst in Deutschland?

Nein,  ein bisschen weiter südlich, in Österreich. Aber einen Conrad gibts da auch  .

I'm searching Ebay every day for a T8 module and a nice Monarch.

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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2006, 12:33AM »
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Hallo Clemens,


Quote from: Clemens Bauer on February 23, 2006, 08:52AM   

Btw, does anyone know a source for these read-switches?

Mine seem to work, but I'm quite sure they won't last forever.

Ich nehme an, du wohnst in Deutschland?

Dann würde ich bei Conrad oder Reichelt schauen, die haben Reedkontakte im Angebot.

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Are there still some modules avaliable for conchess computers?

You mean T6, T8 or so? Very rare and much harder to get! 


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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2006, 08:52AM »
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My so called modifications are far far away from professional work, in German they would be called "Pfusch", but they work well  .

First you need to dismantle it completely, take off the wooden base-cover fixed with 4 black screws. Lift if off and it should look like this (just with more screws as I removed them already)


Next, remove the 4 screws in the corners of the black plastic cover and take it off, don't forget the one in the middle. You have to break a seal and void the warranty but I'm sure it expired one or two years ago  . Also remove the two screws that hold down the wooden "rails".


Unsrew the interface-board and carefully lift the whole electronical-unit out and turn it downside up. The connector of interest is the one next to the capacitor.


Solder two wires to the pins of the connector as shown below. I think that's self-explanatory.  .
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I just let the wires hang out of the 2nd module-slot. The next step is to build a small universal power-connector and an on/off switch in the wooden back.
Take a look at these white screw-holders, their glue isn't any good, nearly all of them in my Ambassador got loose.

When you're done, connect it to a 7,5 or 9V power source that can supply at least 750mA.

Btw, does anyone know a source for these read-switches?

Mine seem to work, but I'm quite sure they won't last forever.
Are there still some modules avaliable for conchess computers?


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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2006, 08:07PM »
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Hi Clemens,

Please do share pictures and/or diagrams of your modifications with us. I would very much like to see them!

Best regards,

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2006, 09:07AM »
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Hello,
I too own an Ambassador without power supply. It now runs on a small switching power supply set to 9V. It draws something around 500mA. I haven't tried it yet but it should work fine on a 7-cell NiMH battery-pack with good capacity for some hours. I'm sure one could fit it in the 2nd module compartment, definately worth a try.

When you look at the DIN connector, the right one needs ground in the middle and +9V at the outer right one when my brain serves me well (not 100% sure).
If you like, I can post a diagram or pictures of my modification since I have to dismantle it completely one more time. A LED got loose and the glue under these plastic "screw holders" (sorry, my English isn't any good) lost it's functionality.

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2006, 06:12AM »
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Hi Tomaz

The Conchess power supplies have a 3 pin DIN connection with the board. The information has worn off my Ambassador power supply but the Monarch has a 7.5V/ 850 mA supply and the Escorter has a 9V/ 800mA supply. Anything of that order should work. But I do not have a wiring diagram for the DIN plug.

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2006, 04:12AM »
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I've lost power pack for Comchess Ambassador. Can somebody help me on power adapter specification ?

Thanks, Tomaz
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« Reply #9 on: August 2, 2005, 02:21AM »
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Quote from: Mike Watters on August  1, 2005, 11:38PM   
Whatever possessed Conchess to choose the particular key symbols on the right? A cross! A question mark!! An arrow pointing up and down !!! A mystical Celtic squiggle thingy !!!! 

Yes, the controls are a little irritating! 

But what disturbs me more, is that it has no 30sec-level (at least the Standard module)

In general, it has much too few levels!

So I prefer its successors, the Blitz+Problem or the MM II.

How is it with the T6?


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Mind you the Monarch I bought from the chap in South London is quite something. It just gleams and the controls require only the lightest touch.

The keys of my Ambassador didn't work at first (maybe dirt or corrosion)

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Did I tell you that I got a stronger module for the Conchess. A T6. Not rare I think but not that common either.

Congratulations for that!! 

Oh, believe me, they are rare!! I have only one advanced module in my database: a S4 Amsterdam


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« Reply #10 on: August 1, 2005, 11:38PM »
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That's fine styrofoam you have there Ismenio.   All the ones I have seen are just like yours. Ambassador or Monarch.

I can appreciate why you like the Conchess but for me it is spoiled by the bizarre controls which require an in depth knowledge of the manual to do just about anything. In which case a box is essential because mine will not be seeing the outside of the loft that often.

Whatever possessed Conchess to choose the particular key symbols on the right? A cross! A question mark!! An arrow pointing up and down !!! A mystical Celtic squiggle thingy !!!! 

Mind you the Monarch I bought from the chap in South London is quite something. It just gleams and the controls require only the lightest touch.

Did I tell you that I got a stronger module for the Conchess. A T6. Not rare I think but not that common either.
http://www.schachcomputer.at/comodule.htm

Makes the machine much stronger. I didn't get near beating it first try.

Mike


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« Reply #11 on: August 1, 2005, 08:21PM »
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Well, my Conchess Ambassador finally has a decent home. I got the box for it. But I have a question for those who have one of these.

I see some gaps in the section of the styrofoam reserved for the knights and the rooks. Do you see that in yours?
I can tell that if those pieces were to be that size, they would be disproportional with the others so is it just this package?









I said it before, I really like this computer, despite the user un-friendly interface. Oddly enough, not only I don't have the problem with the reed switches that seems to plague some of them (it works perfectly!), I feel that the sensors work so great for me that even when I place the pieces kind of at the corner of a square, they are still recognized.

I also like the "smooth" beep sound, as opposed to the ones in other computers.

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