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#1 Rachel-Emma OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:18 AM

These pictures were taken by me today of my Dads 130XE that he bought when the computer was released in 1985. It has been stored away for some time and has not had any power through it for at least 12 years as he had a few problems with it. I am hoping to get it fixed though.

If anyone can tell me what upgrades have been done to this board, please come forward ;)

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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:18 AM

Looks like some kind of OS switcher, but hell if I know what the DB25 port is for (some early kind of SIO2PC maybe?)

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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:42 AM

DB 25 could be a printer i/F. Looks like a second PIA there

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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:58 AM

that is a printer port as the wiring looks right for a standard PC par port... the rom is probly for the driver...

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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:08 PM

Here's another photo, which shows what appears to be a red PCB dangling at the front of the case:

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EDIT: Ah - if that isn't the connector at the top right of the second photo! :)

Edited by flashjazzcat, Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:11 PM.


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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:29 PM

top right in second photo looks like a multi-position switch FJC...

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Posted Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:33 PM

top right in second photo looks like a multi-position switch FJC...

A sensible assumption. :)

#8 Rachel-Emma OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:52 AM


top right in second photo looks like a multi-position switch FJC...

A sensible assumption. :)


Yes you are both correct :)

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Posted Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:42 PM

These pictures were taken by me today of my Dads 130XE that he bought when the computer was released in 1985. It has been stored away for some time and has not had any power through it for at least 12 years as he had a few problems with it. I am hoping to get it fixed though.

If anyone can tell me what upgrades have been done to this board, please come forward ;)

The Atari chip on the board is an OS.

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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:19 AM

Hi,

Here's another photo, which shows what appears to be a red PCB dangling at the front of the case:

This is an internal Centronics / Parallelport solution for using a standard Centronics printer. There´s a second PIA installed over the existing one (the second PIA is a 6821, which is nearly the same line 6520). The eprom and OS ROM adaptor PCB contains a special OS version with a modded "P:" handler, so every program that prints data to "P:" automatically works with the expansion.

I found this article from Erich Hauer (sorry - only in german) with schematics.

Hope that helps, Juergen

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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:47 AM

Could be an original Cupid? Suppose it depends on when it got its upgrade. The UK scene was pretty vibrant just before your dad put it into storage. So it could have been fitted or supplied later by someone like Derek Fern or Dean Gerraghty.

I have a Cupid interface one in one of my XLs but I'm pretty sure that the PIA is piggy-backed in that. Mine is undoubtedly a more recent hack job, probably from internet documents.

#12 Rachel-Emma OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:57 AM

Could be an original Cupid? Suppose it depends on when it got its upgrade. The UK scene was pretty vibrant just before your dad put it into storage. So it could have been fitted or supplied later by someone like Derek Fern or Dean Gerraghty.



I believe the guy that fitted and made this was a guy known as "Jaffa" aka Ian Halliwell. He nearly got caught in the 80's because he made excellent duplicate copies of the US Doubler.

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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:24 AM

I believe the guy that fitted and made this was a guy known as "Jaffa" aka Ian Halliwell. He nearly got caught in the 80's because he made excellent duplicate copies of the US Doubler.

I understand he also had a sideline in counterfeit cakes... ahem. :)

#14 Rachel-Emma OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:06 AM


I believe the guy that fitted and made this was a guy known as "Jaffa" aka Ian Halliwell. He nearly got caught in the 80's because he made excellent duplicate copies of the US Doubler.

I understand he also had a sideline in counterfeit cakes... ahem. :)



heehee :P something like that

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Posted Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:49 PM

ok well i now im years laet in this but soory not touched an 8 bit for god nows how long

the 2 mods on 800xl are cupid printer inteface and contoller board both used to be sold by computer house

the later printer port was ever a 6821 or best a 68b21 pia chip

both of these look pretty sad ripoff of real thing and iv seen quiet a lot of others work an bady copys and ahd to re worked yes mr fern if your reading even your repirs

oh best say who i am most old 8 biters new me as a part of lace (london atari compuetr en) so if you ever find a 320 xe wiht cupid and 2 nice clear led probaly one of mine same as 256 xls

 

 






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