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Robert Weck
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Re:Tasc auction caution?
« on: February 10, 2006, 12:53AM »
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Quote from: drawmeister on February  9, 2006, 12:28PM   

Out of interest is the connecting cable he is missing just a standard computer usb or is it something special ?.

It is no USB, it has RJ45-connectors like a Twisted-Pair network cable.

But i don't know, if a Twisted-Pair cable would be usable...


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Re:Tasc auction caution?
« Reply #1 on: February 9, 2006, 12:28PM »
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Hi All,

Poor seller....... his e-mail must be melting with all the questions and offers to buy it now.

Out of interest is the connecting cable he is missing just a standard computer usb or is it something special ?.

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Re:Tasc auction caution?
« Reply #2 on: February 9, 2006, 07:39AM »
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I have taken the seller through how to find the system information and he says the unit shows

Version 2.50 (26-Feb-95)

A v2.5 works with a SB20 so that seems OK.

As for the pieces it does not sound to me that either set is right. It seems a bit unlikely that given the choice of two sets to show in the photos, a Tasc set or a typical much smaller plastic set (from an Applied Concepts, Novag or Scisys of the 1980s), that he should have chosen the plastic set.

He sounds like he is snowed under with emails from the ever vigilant chess commuter community. 

Caveat Emptor regards
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Re:Tasc auction caution?
« Reply #3 on: February 9, 2006, 07:17AM »
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Hi. Mike.

Yes sorry to you and all those others who are going to put me right on this I. I bow to all those experts who know more than me about the Tasc system, but I have always said "Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser". I see now the seller has now quoted that there will be two sets of Chess Pieces included with this setup, maybe this will include the intelligent set. So only a set of cables to find then.

Many thanks for your expertise in this.

Salutations Barrie.
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Re:Tasc auction caution?
« Reply #4 on: February 9, 2006, 02:14AM »
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Quote from: Bazza_Rook on February  9, 2006, 01:28AM   


I have just loaded all the images into Microsoft PhotoDraw to enlarge and sharpen up, these do look like standard Wood pieces so they may not have magnets on them but they do look like Wood (I do love Wood too), ask the seller if he could take and send you some other Digital pictures of the pieces and of the Backs of both units, one might see a serial number, or even ask for the exact details off the rear of the units, ask him if the Chess pieces have magnets. 

But they do not only have to have magnets, they need a little electronical circuit (induction spool (correct phrase?)) in the bottom to enable the piece recognition.

And this is much more difficult to built than pieces only with magnets!

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The seller does have a 100% rating at 332 good transactions and he is accepting Paypal which I see is covered by EBay's / Paypal's free 500 cover.

But if the seller can't test it because of the missing cables, you may not know it the pieces and board are working together!


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« Reply #5 on: February 9, 2006, 01:28AM »
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Hi. Mike. 
I have just loaded all the images into Microsoft PhotoDraw to enlarge and sharpen up, these do look like standard Wood pieces so they may not have magnets on them but they do look like Wood (I do love Wood too), ask the seller if he could take and send you some other Digital pictures of the pieces and of the Backs of both units, one might see a serial number, or even ask for the exact details off the rear of the units, ask him if the Chess pieces have magnets.  The seller does have a 100% rating at 332 good transactions and he is accepting Paypal which I see is covered by EBay's / Paypal's free 500 cover.

Salutations Barrie.
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« Reply #6 on: February 9, 2006, 12:29AM »
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This Tasc has appeared on Ebay :-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8763362771&fromMakeTrack=true

Apart for the lack of a cable (computer unit to board), or a power supply, the unusable plastic chess pieces are for me the real worry with this auction. I have asked the seller a few questions and will post any answers I get.

Mike
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