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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« on: August 11, 2005, 01:05AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on August 10, 2005, 09:57AM   


Was "natural" use the only cause for the displays to go dead?
Would a Savant kept in the box from the 80s till today, still work?

Of course, I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think so!

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In other words, would time cause a natural decay on the display as well?

I would say, that's it! About 2 years ago, a famous german collector told me, that once he was proud, to have a Savant with working display! He had not used it (not known about the former owner), but then he wanted to show it to a collector-friend, he switched it on and after a few seconds ...


To use a Savant as an investment, seems to be no good idea!


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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2005, 09:57AM »
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Thanks for the info Mike, Robert and Olivier. I want to perform some "experiments" here but first I need to confirm that the display is the only thing that is busted. I think it was Robert who said before that a working Savant would be more valuable than a Novag Robot and I can see why!

Was "natural" use the only cause for the displays to go dead? Would a Savant kept in the box from the 80s till today, still work? In other words, would time cause a natural decay on the display as well?

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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2005, 08:17AM »
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Ismenio

The Savant I have came with a universal adaptor. It "works" on 7.5v either positive or negative centre.

When I say "works"; before anyone gets excited, all that works is the display illuminates showing somewhat indistinct symbols. Pressing the keys or squares produces no discernible reaction.

If anyone has a fully working Savant you can email me and subject to receipt of 100% proof I will send a small fortune by return of post.

When connected to the printer my Savant does nothing, while the printer chatters away making nice blue blocks on the paper ....................indefinitely.

The Novag Clock does not work with my Savant either. The Clock happily waits for commands and when the Savant is switched on it locks up.

Olivier did you get yours to work with the printer? I think that you said that you got two sound tones out of it and that it appeared to work on autoplay etc.

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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #3 on: August 9, 2005, 03:15PM »
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Hi Olivier! Many thanks for the info
One more question on this: if you don't have the printer, is tehre any other way to tell if the computer is alive? A beep maybe?

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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #4 on: August 9, 2005, 11:05AM »
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Hi Ismenio,


The Savant manual say :

Operating voltage : 8.5 V AC (not direct current)
Current consumption : 1.5 A

And I add :
jack :
  3.0 mm diameter
  1.6 cm  length with insulator ring at 1.0 cm.

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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #5 on: August 8, 2005, 09:52AM »
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Hi Robert,

I am not sure if the one I have is working, except for the display which is dead. I heard of others been able to play using the printer and since I have one I was trying to replicate that experiment. But I need the appropriate power supply and printer cable.

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Re:Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #6 on: August 8, 2005, 12:17AM »
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Quote from: Ismenio on August  5, 2005, 05:35PM   

Also, I believe it's 9V right? Is the positive in the center?

I would be careful with this! Normally all Novag's, that I know, have a negative center! (or AC!)

But I'm not absolutely sure about the old Savant... (do you have a working one?)


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Novag Savant - question on the power supply
« Reply #7 on: August 5, 2005, 05:35PM »
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Hi folks,

Can someone confirm that the end plug of the power supply for the Novag Savant looks like this:



Also, I believe it's 9V right? Is the positive in the center?

Finally, for those who use it with a printer (since the display is dead), do you have any tips on how to play with it that way?

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