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Amber screen on Compaq [message #117332] Mon, 23 September 2013 17:33
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Date: Tue, 5-Mar-85 13:31:36 EST
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Posted: Tue Mar  5 13:31:36 1985
Date-Received: Sun, 10-Mar-85 05:34:28 EST
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A long time ago, I saw an ad for amber replacement tubes for terminals and
other displays, but lost track of the ad until recently.  When the company
recently advertised in Byte, I ordered an amber tube for my Compaq.
It arrived promptly (with instructions on how to do the job on a Kaypro).
To do it on a Compaq, you need a PhD in 4-D manifolds.  I did it anyway,
in about 4 hours total (Includes time spent fishing a stray wire from
somewhere, swearing in Urdu, etc ...).  I'm glad I did; the amber is a lot
more pleasing to me than the green was, and TurboPascal's annoying tendency
to highlight everything is much less painful now(*).  On the down side, the
phosphor has less persistency, which I normally like.  However, the screen
flicker on scrolling is more noticeable, and my Compaq's habit of wiggling
the display at 3 or 4 Hz is much more painful now.

The company is Langley-StClair in NYC.  The price (for many different CRT's)
is $100.  That seems 50% high to me, but I don't know of another source.
They can be phoned at 800-221-7070, or in NY state 212-989-6876.  Also
they advertise in Byte (1985 Feb & Mar) - and other magazine(s) that I can't
name (don't know).  I have no connection with them except as a customer.

(*) Anybody interested in a patch to mitigate that (partially)?  Mail me.
-- 
Gene E. Bloch (...!nsc!voder!gino)
The accidents expressed above are opinions.
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