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Atari/Sinclair/Timex 'collection'

Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:21 PM

Hi Folks.

So, as I continue to divest my 8-bit stuff, I find I have a large amount of stuff that probably isn't worth the effort selling on Ebay, but I hate to throw away as trash. I took a shot at this a while back, but I stalled out. This time I'd like to just list by general content the stuff, and ask if anyone might be interested in paying postage and getting it otherwise free. Stuff like:


1. I have about 25 mixed 800xl/1200xl's, and about 10 or so 130xe's - I think some work but some may not and if they do work all have some problem like bad RAM, bad display, bad keyboard, etc. The case conditions are mostly fairly good, some are kind of dusty. The XL's are so heavy it's expensive to mail, I bet I am looking at about 100 pounds worth in total.  I don't really feel like cleaning them and mailing them out one by one, so if someone wants a bulk lot of them for local pickup let me know. I'm in Omaha Nebraska. I am willing to bulk mail but like I said it'll be expensive.


2. I have a giant box full of Sinclair/Timex stuff, 4-5 TS1000's, a couple 2068's, a couple zx80's, a printer, a bunch of different memory packs from 16-64k, memotech keyboards, weird boards I have no idea about, etc. Also up for free local pickup or mail with postage paid.


Or, if you'd be interested in taking the whole Atari and/or Sinclair piles, just let me know and I'll get a weight and a shipping estimate. Still free, just pay shipping. 


3. I have about 6 1050's and an 810 or two and an Indus. No SIO cables, but the drives look good and work as far as I know. Also free bulk pickup or if you want to get it mailed bulk let me know.


4. 50 or so mixed Atari cartridges, no rares as far as I know, also free for pickup or mail if postage paid.


If you are interested in one of the options, let me know and I will give you exact item counts and give you a postage amount.





Falcon Floppy disk connector

Sun Jan 7, 2018 7:38 PM

So, I have a functional falcon motherboard, but the floppy connector has been pulled off of the MB. It doesn't look like a normal connector...it has a bunch of little teeth that look like they are supposed to pierce the flat cable, possibly with a bar or other fastener along the top side clipped into place. What kind of connector is this, and is it possible to reconnect a floppy cable to the motherboard?





Rapidus works...now what?

Sat Sep 2, 2017 11:46 AM

So, I managed to solder 3 wires. My first soldering attempt, went OK and I only had about 300$ of soldering equipment ('professional' soldering/desoldering station), so I was roughing it.


I now have a 130xe with what appears to be a functioning rapidus in it. It boots (using RealDos). I can hit inverse key/reset to bring a menu up. It's just a panel of settings, and I'm not sure what they all mean. By jiggering around with them, I could tell that the rapidus  was on (REALLY fast IO during boot and screen writes noticeably faster). but RealDos croaks just as it's  finished loading. Does RealDos not function with Rapidus? Do I need to be using Sparta or some custom '816 dos?


So now what? I can't seem to find any decent docs on rapidus, so if someone could point me to any I'd appreciate it. I think I need to upgrade the core, and the software is available at Lotharek's so I can handle that. I know there's several HUGE threads here but wading through them I'd like to skip if there are some kind of docs somewhere. Mostly I am looking for:


What do all the settings in the setup panel mean? Found them in long thread.

What DOS's work?

What are the various speedup modes available? Same place.