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  1. Are you aware you are replying to and asking on a 15 year old post? Any particular reason you are replying to posts from over a decade ago?
  2. This made me laugh as most of my equipment was bought back in the day, and it was not cheap. LOL. I think the problem now is too many of those picker shows, or storage war shows on tv. Everyone thinks they are going to get rich reselling things online.
  3. Am I the only one who thought we were talking about the 400?
  4. So I am going to go out in left field here, but how about a recording of the closing of the cart door on an 800? Or the sounds of an 810 or 1050 mech both when you first put a disk in, and maybe as it's reading data. All these game sound suggestions are good, but some physical sounds are part of the experience for me.
  5. Not sure about all of them but I have an MPP-1000E (300 baud) that connects via joystick ports. Funny story, but when we first picked it up and started using it for my BBS we discovered that it had no way to hang up the line, so the caller to the BBS could effectively hold it hostage if they didn't hang up from their end. So we contacted MPP and they got back with us. They designed a hangup circuit for the modem, sent us the parts and the schematic to install it. They also sent the instructions that we needed to modify the BBS code to initiate the hangup if I remember right. My father was a radar technician so that afternoon we were in business with a modem that could now hang up the line. That's the kind of story you would never hear about these days.
  6. Oh no... Rest in peace Curt. You will be missed.
  7. Thanks for the link. Mylar has been ordered. I will give that a try first. It will be a few weeks before I can even attempt it though, but at least I have one on the way.
  8. I have had one for years and years and today was actually the first time I ever fired it up. Having a problem with the keyboard. When it boots to Basic, the break key, Shift B, and Ctrl K are the only key combos that seem to be recognized and they only move the cursor down one line. When I go into the diagnostics, ram and sound pass, but the keyboard doesn't recognize anything, including the above key combos. Not sure how it would recognize at least some kind of keypress in Basic, but absolutely nothing in the keyboard test. Anyone have any initial thoughts? I took the back off the keyboard being careful with the ribbon connector and don't see anything visually bad on the keyboard controller board.
  9. If you can find a Wico joystick, you will have a family heirloom.
  10. Don't know about Carmel, but I am still here. Pop in every now and then to check on things. My 1050 has a US Doubler in it. Always wanted a Happy Drive, but was pleased with the Doubler.
  11. Just want to throw this out for the MAC users, years ago I switched my main pc to a linux machine and in order to keep using the Atarimax software I installed XP on a virtual machine running under linux. I believe at some point I also posted here or on Steve's board about it working under a VM with USB passthrough. So maybe try installing VirtualBox or VMware and get your hands on an XP install disc. Here it is. Guess I could have been a little more descriptive with my title. http://www.atarimax.com/flashcart/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=657
  12. Congratulations on this. I knew it was a matter of time, and yes that video sure had the memories flowing back. I too would like to get my 1027 working again. I know my Dad would love to hear it and see it running. I bet he would rather use it to do his writing than his pc, especially with all of the frustrations he has had lately.
  13. I remember calling long distance and downloading a disc with the Van Halen sample on it. Took all night at 300 baud for 8 seconds of really low quality sampling. Ahh the memories.
  14. Not sure when you priced scanning in the heads, but it seems that there are new options like this scanner you can make and use your cell phone and some software to compile the 3d model. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1762299 My point was not to print the heads using a 3d printer, rather print out a repro that you could then use to make your mold where you wouldn't have to worry about the piece falling apart as you have experienced. I don't have a 3d model of this, nor do I have the time at the moment to take on that project, but maybe some people have worked on it in the past. Maybe Stefan's files could be converted into something a 3d printer can use.
  15. Funny story about my 1027 and letter quality. It was purchased because I turned in an assignment that I had printed on our dot matrix printer. My teacher not only failed me for the assignment but basically accused me of cheating since I had dared to use a computer. My Dad who had encouraged me to use the computer was livid. So mad in fact that he researched it and purchased a 1027. Every assignment after that was done on the Atari and printed on the 1027 and that teacher was none the wiser. One question guys, why are you spending all this time trying to mold an original? Why not get it scanned in, or a 3D model made. Then you can 3D print some masters to make your molds from. That has to be better than trying to mold a piece that's falling apart. And scanning one in should be less destructive to the original. Just a thought. Worse case scenario is just starting from scratch and creating the model from there.
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