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Title: Blast from the past!
Post by: Bob A. on November 21, 2017, 08:58:25 AM
Hi folks,

You won't recognize me, although I've been a (very quiet) member for about 5 years. I've also been a constant, light x10 user for 30 years now. My request stretches back even further than that, so please forgive me!

I just obtained an apparently perfectly working Radio Shack (GE) Homeminder unit, for a pittance. I, of course, plan to do what I can to increase the cooling of the video IC, which, as I understand, is notorious for being the downfall of these. Now, my request:

Does anybody have a scan or copy of the owner's (instruction, or whatever it's called) manual for this device? I'd surely appreciate getting a copy of it. I've been all over the 'net, and can't find a blessed thing.

Thanks,
Bob
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Brian H on November 21, 2017, 09:27:02 AM
Can you find the Radio Shack part number on the unit? Maybe a 61-2673?
I searched for Homeminder and there where a few different kits under that name.
It sounds like you maybe asking about what looked like a video module.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Bob A. on November 21, 2017, 10:47:36 AM
Yes, Brian, that's the model! 61-2673.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Brian H on November 21, 2017, 03:34:13 PM
Thank you for the model number.
May assist someone with more information for you.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Knightrider on November 21, 2017, 07:18:57 PM
Care to post a pic?
http://forums.x10.com/index.php?topic=22205.msg135364;topicseen#msg135364
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Bob A. on November 22, 2017, 07:29:44 AM
Care to post a pic?

I'd be happy to; unfortunately, when I attempt to do so, I am not given any option to upload the photos.


Bob
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Tuicemen on November 22, 2017, 07:41:42 AM
Care to post a pic?

I'd be happy to; unfortunately, when I attempt to do so, I am not given any option to upload the photos.


Bob
Once your forum status is no longer Newbie you'll  beable to post pics & attachments.
The limitation on newbies is a fourm security step to weed out spammers.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: dave w on November 22, 2017, 11:01:08 AM
FWIW I bought a couple of the Homeminders way back when. I may have the manual at home, but won't be back home until Monday, but will look for it then.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: bkenobi on November 22, 2017, 12:58:21 PM
I think you need 10 posts before you are allowed to post a picture or IM someone.  Just post a couple more messages and you'll be there.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Bob A. on November 22, 2017, 01:56:58 PM
FWIW I bought a couple of the Homeminders way back when. I may have the manual at home, but won't be back home until Monday, but will look for it then.

Thank you very much, Dave! I'd certainly appreciate that.


Bob
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: dave w on November 26, 2017, 04:28:39 PM
May be some minor help.
https://books.google.com/books?id=iwAAAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA72&lpg=PA72&dq=ge+homeminder+manual&source=bl&ots=ekd1o2_jo3&sig=7sOLJ8qcyj7PHDGEke6DauTduHo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjctu-rmN3XAhVoxYMKHXxICZ0Q6AEINDAC#v=onepage&q=ge%20homeminder%20manual&f=false
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Bob A. on November 27, 2017, 10:22:28 AM
Thanks, Dave, but I've come across this, as well as a few others when I searched extensively on the 'net. Didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know. I really want to get the owner's manual, though.

I sure hope that you (or someone) come(s) across one in your archives!


Bob
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: dave w on November 28, 2017, 08:52:56 PM
I sure hope that you (or someone) come(s) across one in your archives!
Bob
No, sorry. I looked and looked and did not find any Home Minder stuff. I found stuff I didn't know I had but no manuals for HomeMinder.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: Bob A. on November 28, 2017, 09:22:20 PM
Thank you, anyway, Dave, for your effort. I do appreciate it.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: brobin on January 24, 2018, 03:01:39 PM
Back around '84 or '85 I bought a GE HomeMinder and excitedly set it up. It was a novel device but had some major shortcomings. One big problem is that it had no useful internal memory backup which meant setting up everything, including schedules, after any power loss - a major PITA. When the CP290 came out the HomeMinder went in the closet and, ultimately, the trash when we moved several years later.  From there I upgraded to the JDS TimeCommander in '94 and ultimately the JDS Stargate in'02 which I still use today in two homes along with XTB-IIR units.
  All that being said, I used to have the manual and schematics for the HomeMonder and may still have them in a box.  I will look and let you know if I find them.
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: dhouston on January 24, 2018, 04:05:21 PM
@brobin: It's nice to see another comp.home.automation alum here. Welcome!
Title: Re: Blast from the past!
Post by: brobin on February 11, 2018, 03:10:42 PM
Thanks Dave! Good to be here!