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mystery part from 1050 drive

Tue Apr 3, 2018 5:06 AM


I won what appeared to be a pristine drive from a seller on ebay, and prior to trying it - I shook it and heard something rattling inside.

I opened it up, and found this small angled piece of metal.


In this picture, it is laying next to one of the rubber bumpers that lines up with the floppy disk frame.  The bumper appears to be sliced, I'm guessing due to being dropped, which may have resulted in this piece of metal becoming loose.


Any ideas where it goes?


I have another 1050 drive of unknown condition and I'm not seeing this part inside it - but I may be just overlooking it...





Wiring up the latest Lotharek SIO2SD

Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:53 AM

I recently purchased an SIO2SD from Lotharek, but I am stumped as to how to wire it up properly to my SIO cable.


I *know* I need to connect pins 10, 4, 7, 3, 5 from the SIO cable - but there is no indication on the SIO2SD which screw down terminal connector is "1" for example,

so I can't simply follow a schematic such as this one:




In my picture - which pin is "1"?




I don't want to apply the 5v to the wrong pin and fry this...






Atari 4 lead video cable question

Sat Oct 7, 2017 6:29 PM


I recently bought an 800 via ebay which joins an 800XL I bought on ebay some time ago.


The 800XL didn't come with a video cable, but the 800 did - so I'd like to test out both of them with a TV set.

The video cable I have is a 5 pin DIN to 4 RCA plugs.


Red, White, Yellow, Black.


My TV can handle component and S-Video and I am assuming composite also.


I took a picture of the cable ends randomly plugged into the TV just for the ease of being able to show the cable ends and

the TV connectors - the TV was off at the time...


My TV has two input choices for this block of connectors "AV" and "S-Video"

I am assuming that composite and component are both handled via "AV" and the standard S-Video connector is utilized when set to "S-Video".


In "AV" mode with just the yellow connector (Universal color for composite in my experience) plugged into the TV - I get nothing.


Trying some other simple arrangement also resulted in nothing.


Is my best bet to get another cable with a standard S-Video end and go that route?


The auction pictures showed it (800) generating output - so I'm sure it can - I just need a little help doing it.

Any suggestions appreciated.




Advice for someone new to the Commodore 64?

Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:28 PM


back in the 80s I was a TRS-80 user, and was quite aware of the presence of the Commodore 64 (as well as the Atari, Apple ][ etc etc) but didn't have the money for one.


I'm thinking of sticking my toe in the Commodore waters (I always wanted a machine with hardware sprites and GOOD sound) and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a new buyer on what to look for in a system - and what to run away in terror from. (i.e. Rev 1 = Good, Rev 3 = Bad etc)


Ideally, I'd like to be able to use it with a VGA monitor, which I can share with other computers that are also VGA capable, such as my Apple IIgs.


I also don't really want to mess with tape - plenty of my youth was wasted waiting on slow TRS-80 tapes, and I already have a pile of 5.25" drives, so I'd rather not add to that either.


I'd ideally like to be able to acquire some sort of compatible floppy emulator that uses compact flash cards or preferably SD cards.


If there is already a topic where people discuss "Must Haves" or similar, I'd appreciate someone pointing me to it.