Welcome to the new DataServe Retro Website...
The site has been completely re-coded to ensure that it is compatible with modern browsers, tablets and smart 'phones.
It has also been significantly extended, with more sections covering a wider range of 8-Bit micros, and a larger range of products, spare parts, books and software. There are even a couple of 16-Bit computers covered!
The site is also more secure with SSL protection.
The layout is completely different to the old site and is now structured primarily around particular computer types, with a section dedicated to each of the computer/manufacturer covered. In each section you will find a history of the computers and company who produced them, a sales section devoted to those computers, a books section and sometimes technical, repairs and servicing sections.
Hopefully this makes it an easier and more logical way of finding your way around.
Navigation is by the navigation bar to the left of the page, or by link boxes running across the top and/or down the right hand side of some pages (like this one).
There are still sections to continue filling, so apologies for the blank pages, and there is still a lot to do with the site construction. Over the coming months I hope to add more sections and many more products - particularly software and games.
About the Site
For new visitors who don't know me, I collect and restore many types of 1980's retro computer systems (although I do tend to have a particular preference for the Sinclair and Amstrad machines) .
My website was originally set up to provide information on the range of 8-bit micro computers I restore and support - focusing on the companies behind them, their development history and sadly for most of them, their ultimate demise.
As the site was noticed, I started to receive many emails and questions. The site expanded (and continues to do so) as I tried to answer the most frequently asked questions by sharing my own knowledge and experience through the technical pages.
I try to offer support and advice in a friendly and non-technical way and will continue to add sections as visitors request them - drop me an email if you want a particular subject covered and I'll do my best to help.
I now also try to offer a range of spares, parts, peripherals, documentation, books, software, games and even complete machines whenever possible. These are all offered in a dedicated sales pages in each computer range's section of the website.
Payment for items is quick and easy via PayPal, but you can pay by other methods should you prefer (please email me).
Please do note, the site and its sales sections are dedicated to preserving, not profiteering. I am a hobbyist, not an enterprise - the prices for items simply reflect their searching out and buying-in prices, plus the costs of repairs and restoration. It is the result of a much loved hobby, not a source of income, please read my Terms & Conditions for more information before making any purchases.
If the "Add to cart" button and price is not showing on an item, this means that the shop sections are closed and orders cannot be processed. This usually indicated that we are on holiday or can't ship goods for some reason - the date the sales section will be open again will be displayed in the "What's New" section at the foot of this page.
Using the Site
For a guide on how to use the site, navigate around the menus etc., then see the "How to use the Site" page.
Updates are regular - the date of update and key changes are always shown at the foot of this page so you can feel confident that the site is live and not just a museum.
The site is secure - please make sure you use the SSL secured address of https://www.dataserve-retro.co.uk/ if you bookmark the site.
If you have any comments, suggestions or requests for further site content, please feel free to email me.
Important shipping information - please read carefully
Due to the government restrictions on non-critical travel and safe social distancing, we have increased dispatch time to 4 working days.
Any larger items that require posting at a Post Office can only be dispatched twice per week (usually Monday and Thursday) when we have to go out for essential shopping. We will try where possible, to ship smaller items that will fit in a post box more quickly.
We apologise for this drop in service level, but feel sure that you will understand this sensible and responsible action to reduce risk, protect our NHS and save lives.
Last Site Update: 25th May 2020
Price reductions on over 100 BBC Micro and Spectrum games...