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 Post subject: Second hand Grid?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:11 pm 
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Odd question, but how much would one expect to pay for a NON-working Grid laptop?

Seen various non-working models on Ebay with people asking anything from £130 - £250?

Seems rather steep for something that doesn't work???


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:21 pm 
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If you think about it, very few of the 'found props' we all covet do much more than a non-working laptop. Most are all just chunks of plastic/metal which have the primary function of looking cool on a shelf.

Personally I have been looking for one and expecting to pay around that much (if only I could find them! Clearly I'm not searching hard enough).


Edit/clarification: I'd pay around that for the 'correct' one even if broken. For a broken other model or "close but not quite", then I wouldn't expect to pay more than $50usd. Of course I would pay more for a working one we could put the sentry program into even if not entirely accurate.


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I bought a non-working and not 100% accurate GRID for less than $100 USD. For what that's worth.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:13 am 
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Paid about $200 for mine over a decade ago- it boots up, but has no operating system.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:30 am 
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Looks like I have just acquired myself a Grid....


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Congratulations !! What type is it ?

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Hawkins wrote:
Congratulations !! What type is it ?


1550 SX

OK, its not the one one from the film, but it looks the part.

Planning on gutting it and doing what you did, so it looks like a working prop.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:32 am 
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Thats a nice looking one.. still true to the Grid Design with some interesting details. I´m sure, even its not the Screen-used one, it will be a winner on the table ! We found out that the "General convention visitor" will instantly remember the Sentry gun scene and the "Aliens Super Fan" is glad to see a member of the GRID family in real. Enjoy your retro-fitting.. its as tricky as it is worth the effort :-)

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Anyone know how the one on screen worked? If that was a program that someone wrote? would be pretty sweet to have that on an orange disc.


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Anyone know how the one on screen worked? If that was a program that someone wrote? would be pretty sweet to have that on an orange disc.


Someone did actually write a program for a Grid laptop that mimmicked the sentry gun readouts, if you do a forum search I'm sure you'll find it here somewhere.


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I was going to try and work around my GRiD not working by placing a tablet inside the screen frame and then uploading that sentry gun program onto it. I tested it and was able to get it to play on a tablet I had, but decided trying to get a tablet big enough to fill the GRID screen and making it look good was way more work than I wanted. I mean, in the end, I was probably never going to actually turn it on and play it, so my computer just sits around doing nothing. My plan B is easier.....just print out a sentry gun screen image, place that into the frame, light it up and then have the "empty" sound played from an MP3 player on loop.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:01 pm 

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The complete gun arming sequence might be a bit too complex for my idea, but has anyone tried using a Nextion display instead of the screen on a dead Grid? They can be programmed to show graphics on their own, or they can be slaved to a RPi or an Arduino


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