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  1. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    The Atari PC case badge.

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  2. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Retrobrighting. The case badge has been removed. They don't survive retrobrighting so take them off first.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Retrobrighting. The case badge is carefully removed using an Xacto knife.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Retrobrighting. The case is badly discolored. I used the bath technique which is much more expensive, but I had several units to treat so I made the most of the chemical bath I made.

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  5. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Retrobrighting. The case is badly discolored. I used the bath technique which is much more expensive, but I had several units to treat so I made the most of the chemical bath I made.

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  6. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Retrobrighting. The case is badly discolored. I used the bath technique which is much more expensive, but I had several units to treat so I made the most of the chemical bath I made.

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  7. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Shortly after getting the PC1 up and running with an XT keyboard, the "Turbo CPU" LED burned out. I replaced with a blue LED from my box of spares, although at first the LED was way too bright.

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  8. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    The PC1 with top cover removed showing the shielding.

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    Atari PC1 running Microsoft Flight Simulator II.

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  10. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    The boot error was, as expected, due to the use of an AT keyboard. The PC1 requires an XT keyboard. Here a Keytronic XT/AT switchable keyboard is shown. The PC1 now boots without error.

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  11. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    One of the original EBay pictures showing the boot failure. This error basically means the keyboard is not recognized.
  12. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    One of the original EBay pictures showing the heavily discolored PC1.
  13. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    One of the original EBay pictures showing the heavily discolored PC1.
  14. oracle_jedi

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    From the album: Atari PC1

    One of the original EBay pictures showing the broken disk drive latch and heavily discolored PC1.
  15. Woudn't that result in an endless reboot cycle? I mean you could put that in the AUTO folder of the floppy disk. The ST would boot that, wait and then reboot. But even with the SATAN now recognized, isn't the ST going to prefer the floppy disk's boot folder to the one of the hard disk? I guess I am unclear on how this solves the problem of the SATAN only being recognized after the first reset following a cold start.
  16. I had a similar reaction to actually getting an Amiga. Back in the 80s I had the 520ST, and it seemed every magazine article gushed over the Amiga's superior graphics and sound. Their capabilities seemed legendary, and given how disappointed I was with the ST, I guess the Amiga gained almost magical qualities in my mind. It was 2016 before I finally acquired an Amiga. An A500 with 1MB and an extra floppy drive, and yeah, it was a pretty big let down. Even with two floppy drives the boot-workbench-from-floppy Amigas are borderline unusable, and I can only imagine what someone with a single drive must have experienced by in the 80s. The clicking empty drive is annoying as hell, and Workbench 1.3 seems cartoonish compared to GEM. And even the games were a bit of a disappointment. I expected them to be smooth, to flow, to amaze. Mostly though they look more or less like the ST versions, but with massively better sound. Mostly though it was my unrealistic expectations that were at fault. I expected so much it was probably impractical that any retro machine could have delivered. Objectively they are great machines. Especially if you add an accelerator, 4MB RAM and a hard disk. A machine that did pleasantly surprise me was the Atari Falcon. After the ST I guess I expected to be disappointed. But TOS 4 is a pleasing upgrade with less garish colours. The internal hard disk is easy to replace with a CF card, and even the decision to switch to standard high density floppy drives seemed a sensible step. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that thanks to the efforts of many hackers, most ST games run flawlessly, and then there are a few Falcon native titles that are pretty cool such as Impulse X, Downfall and the Doom port Bad Mood.
  17. A few more: Battlezone Boulderdash Crystal Castles Encounter Hacker International Karate Mercenary Millipede, Robotron 2084 Spitfire 40 Spy vs Spy
  18. Man, I suck at this game. My best was 1680. I didn't even make it to level 2.
  19. Okay let's rephrase that then. "The big irony is what made the PC standard strong also caused IBM to lose control of the standard they created." From what I remember the IBM team largely followed Intel's suggested implementation guide for the 8088, and there were already several very similar systems already on the market in 1981, including the one produced by Seattle Computer Products which led to the creation of Tim Patterson's QDOS, which Microsoft bought the rights to, and licensed to IBM, and the rest is history. The IBM team believed their BIOS would prevent the types of clones already seen in the Apple II space, but lost the court case against whoever it was that cloned it first. Phoenix? Given that Oracle successfully sued Google for infringing their APIs (and not any actual code), I wonder if the court would rule the same way today on that critical case. How different everything might have turned out.
  20. Indeed they were but they screwed it all up. The IBM PC was successful for all the reasons stated in this thread - the IBM nameplate, the extensive dealer/support network, the expansion slots that allowed the limited base system to be expanded into something much more useful, etc etc. But IBM also correctly identified the limitations of the Apple II. The lack of lower case text, the slow 6502 processor, a 40 column screen, the limited addressable memory, the spaghetti that ensued after you added two disk drives and a monitor, the lousy keyboard position.... and the tragedy here is that Apple themselves identified the exact same limitations when they designed the business oriented Apple III. Which due to mis-management was a market disaster. It's 1982. You have to decide on your company's exciting new personal computer strategy. Do you choose the Apple II - a rather old, limited machine who's future is uncertain but which can - if you stuff enough official and unofficial expansion cards under the lid in the right slot positions and hang a third part fan on the side - be a useful productivity tool, do you choose the Apple III, which by this point has a well documented failure rate and limited software releases from third parties, or do you choose the new IBM PC. The market voted with its wallet.
  21. No. Whichever disk image you have currently selected shows up as drive B:, with the capacity as either 360K or 720K. If you have no disk image selected then drive B: will show up as an empty disk drive.
  22. Yes. You can mount the Gotek in a floppy drive enclosure and plug it into the floppy disk connector on the back of the ST. The HxC2001 can be used in the same way, You can also do a mod to switch which drive is A, and which is B, allowing you to boot off the external disk.
  23. Gridrunner Manic Miner Scramble Stunt Car Racer Pac-man (Tep's version)
  24. It was a UK spec 520STe. Upgraded to 1MB, The drive was the "small eject button to the right hand side" design. I should also add here that if you boot under TOS 2.06, it will fail POST with four bombs if the floppy drive is not connected. Not knowing that caused me a frantic hour of checking solder joints and trying different settings of the TOS jumper block before I finally realized that the issue was the lack of a disk drive that I couldn't put back in place due to the TOS switcher being in the way. Yeah, a decent install guide would have gone a long way.
  25. Plug and play wasn't my experience. The switchable TOS adapter board will indeed install in the TOS ROM sockets, but in my case, it meant I could not put the disk drive back in. Some users have apparently decided to remove a small piece of the aluminum shield of the drive, but I opted to remove the sockets instead. But when you remove the sockets, you then find the TOS adapter board wont sit flush, as nearby components foul the alignment, so I had to solder the board in at a slight angle. A nice feature yes, but another centimeter on the length of the board and the PLCC would have been clear of the floppy drive, and installed without any drama.
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