I have used the original Geoff's VT100 terminal board and really like the functionality and simplicity of the design. The updated Version 2 is a huge improvement to the display and character generation. It is results in an easier to read and much clearer display. The kit was very easy to put together and instructions provided guidance for it's assembly. After some easy soldering, i made a close visual inspection and good cleaning with IP Alcohol. It powered up and functioned with no problem. I would highly recommend this update to the original design.
I ordered the VT100 Terminal Kit to be used with a homebrew computer I am building. The instructions were excellent and the build went smoothly. The terminal fired up immediately when I tested it out. I will order more kits from Tindie in the future.
If you are looking for an easy-to-assemble and inexpensive ascii/vt100 kit suitable for basic soldering skills then this will meet your needs. Everything you need is in this kit. Good quality connectors (Amp) included as well. You’ll also need a ps2 keyboard which are in abundance on eBay for <$10.
The terminal adapter works perfectly. Power on is instantaneous and behaves just like you would expect it to. Some of the gaming graphics are not displaying but that might be me (there is documentation on on the Geoff website explaining the supported graphics situation ) - for all regular stuff you should be fine.
Peter was very helpful and super-responsive when I had various questions ...not to mention an embarrassing soldering crisis 😎.
Currently I’ve mounted the terminal adapter on a small piece of wood but will be put in in a plastic box when I find one the right size.
Good product. The board is a different size/layout than the original article, but after a little searching, found the layout photo at https://www.tindie.com/products/petrohi/geoffs-vt100-terminal-pcb/. Didn't really need it, but it was useful to have.
Recommendation1: Only difficulty was getting the 3.3v voltage regulator installed. The terminal pads really need to be spaced a bit further apart to prevent accidental solder bridging. There's plenty of room to do so on the board.
Recommendation2: An easily made modification (actually, just a sentence in the instructions) is to use extra strip-pins (three sets of two) in pin strip into the color pads so that different (single color - red, green or blue) can be easily changed/selected rather than solder bridging a fixed color.
It went together easily, tested out OK immediately and is now in use.
The super high quality kit went together easily and quickly. The PCB is very high quality and no problem soldering all the parts on. The only parts change I made was to the header for the Rx Tx signals, I used a locking header and polarized mating connector to ensure correct orientation. Dont forget to bridge at least one pair of pads that select the color of the displayed text! That info is left to the student to figure out, so one star off documentation (which is the website).