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  1. awhite2600

    Vectrex Repair

    Is sprayed the cleaner onto the shaft and into the potentiometer within the Vectrex. I know that some people will recommend using spray designed for pots, I just used what I had available. It is a general "electronics wash" that was recommended by someone in an electronics supply store. I bought it when someone spilled coffee on a laptop keyboard.
  2. awhite2600

    Vectrex Repair

    I can only comment about the volume knob. When I bought my Vectrex a couple of years ago the volume seemed to be stuck at full blast. A member here suggested that I pull the knob off and spray with electronics cleaner. I was hesitant at first as the knob seemed to be stuck. Sure enough, it did pull right off. Sprayed with some high end electronics wash that's safe for plastic. Problem solved. You may be able to do something similar with button four.
  3. I still have almost all of the Intellivision games that my family bought before the crash. There were a few that I lent to a friend and never saw again. I had a VIC-20 for about two of years. My parents bought me a C-64 ... but only on the condition that I sell my VIC and games to a neighbor. I have since replaced all of the cartridge games that I had. Still sad that I sold some original VIC-20 cassette games.
  4. The example that I always mention is Frogger for the Intellivision. I love early games with background music. (Gyruss is my favourite game.) 15 year old me saved my paper route money to buy Frogger - only to be let down by the lack of in game music. The Intellivision was certainly capable of playing great music during a game. Snafu did it. Was it a lack of ROM space? A rush to get the game out the door?
  5. I'm a bit of a pack rat. (Some would call me a hoarder.) I seldom get rid of anything gaming or computer related. From the early '80s through to the mid-'90s I bought any gaming or computer related magazine that I could get my hands on. At one point I easily had over 1,000 magazines. About 500 lbs went to the dump during a move in '96. Those were mostly things like Computer Shopper or PC Magazine. I had a large box of early game magazines that I kept. There was a nearly complete collection of Electronic Games magazines along with others from the early '80s. For some reason this box ended up in my office at work. The company was going under and I had to sneak in early in the morning to collect all of my personal belongings. Sadly, I couldn't move the box on my own and had to leave it behind.
  6. My Amiga knowledge is starting to get a bit rusty with age. I bought my A1000 about 6 months after the release. I remember that quite a few of the early EA games would only work with Kickstart 1.1. I kept Kickstart 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 disks beside my A1000 at all times just to allow some of the older titles to work. Some games would refuse to run if you had more than 512 KB of RAM. I'm completely out of touch with the various utilities to load Kickstart images. Can any of them load Kickstart 1.1?
  7. I have a PET that I picked up over 20 years ago for the grand total of $5.00. It's labeled as a 4032. There are two switches, some additional ROM chips and a ton of wires attached to the motherboard. Toggling both switches with the power off allows you to switch between 40 and 80 column modes. I need to get the poor thing working again. It was stored for the last 15 years in my basement. Powers up no problem. When I first pulled it out about 6 months ago most of the keys were unresponsive. I took the keyboard apart (lots of screws) and have most of the keys working. There are a few that still don't work. I need to try again.
  8. I have an agreement with my 21 year old son that he will care for my collection when I'm gone. He's been playing 2600 games with me since he was old enough to hold a joystick. My collection isn't worth big bucks. I just don't want to see it go into a dumpster when I die.
  9. I did the same thing, but with C64 games. I had a small binder with a list of my games. I'd bring the binder to class and negotiate trades when the teacher wasn't looking. One day a supply teacher caught me with my list. It turned out that he had a C64 too. We ended up making a deal to trade some games after class the next day. As a teen, there was some sort of "diverter" number in the mid-80s in the city where I grew up in Canada. Word spread quickly via some of the local BBSs. A bunch of my friends used the number to call out of town BBSs and to make voice calls. I was never able to even try the number out because it required a touch tone phone. (My parents were cheap and still had rotary only service until they moved in 1988.) One of my friends used the number "a lot". The phone company caught him and sent a representative and a cop to his house. I don't remember if he was charged, but it scared the crap out of my friend and his mother. I was told that the number went out of service a few days later.
  10. Good Deal Games www.gooddealgames.com manufactured the cartridges for the Extra Terrestrials special release. I don't know what capabilities they have for various games sizes. I know that the AtariAge store is also highly recommended.
  11. I'm not sure how much help I can offer, but I will add what I remember to this thread. I have an A1020 5¼" drive for my Amiga 1000. It was purchased along with the Transformer software in about 1989. Sadly, my A1000 is packed away and not readily accessible to do any testing. The Amiga will not read PC formatted disks without the Transformer software, CrossDOS or a similar utility. Using the Mountlist will setup the drive to function as a 5¼" Amiga drive. I recall that you need to use the Format command in a CLI window to format a 5¼" disk to Amiga specifications. This disk will be in Amiga format and won't work in a PC. You can read/write from the disk like a 3½" disk once it's formatted. I also recall that you needed to issue some sort of "change disk" command whenever you swapped disks. The Amiga doesn't automatically recognize disk changes like it does with 3½" drives. Unfortunately my experience with the A1020 is limited to WB 1.2/1.3. I suspect that the above applies with WB 3.1.
  12. One of the museum volunteers (not me) knew someone with a copy. He arranged for the copy to be donated. I don't know if a condition of the donation was that the cartridge not be sold. I tried to convince the museum curator to sell one of the copies. The museum could have used the proceeds to help fund their operation. Unfortunately, all known copies are still property of the museum.
  13. @sramirez2008. The game is two players only. No instructions have been found. Even the original programmer can't remember what the gameplay is. Based on experimentation it looks like the Extra Terrestrial has to eat the candy (dots) while avoiding the "ranger". The second player controls the ranger and just tries to catch the Extra Terrestrial. Overall, it's not a great game.
  14. I was involved with The Personal Computer Museum when the first cart was found. I created the label and box for the reproductions based on the label on one of the copies that was found. The original carts were non-standard so a new label had to be designed to fit on standard carts. An original box has never been found. I have #2 of the limited edition run. Here are the five known carts based on my involvement: The original cartridge that was donated to the museum turned out to be a prototype. There are a few bugs in the game play and some differences in sounds. To my knowledge this cart has not been dumped. The museum tracked down the original programmer. He donated one of his copies to the museum. This is a final version that was then dumped to make the reproductions. The programmer kept a copy of the final version. Another museum volunteer knew someone with a copy. He arranged for this copy to be donated to the museum. I have been in touch with a woman that claims to have a copy. She has had the copy since she was a child. The woman has spoken about selling the copy to help her family. I have offered to meet her to authenticate the cart. (She lives about 80 miles from where I live.) Despite my offer the cart is still in the owners hands. The owner of the company that originally made the game thinks that there were "a few hundred copies" produced. He does not have any original materials. The company lost a lot of money creating the game. It's a sore spot in his life so he didn't keep anything. If there are any other questions, please ask. I consider the discovery of this game to be one of the highlights of my gaming hobby.
  15. I collect to keep, not to resell. I mostly limit myself to the "pre-NES" era. I do have quite a few system that I don't collect for in a serious manner - NES, SNES, Genesis, TG16, PS1,2,3, Original XBOX. I'll pick up items for those systems if they are very cheap. Otherwise, I pass. Quite a few years ago I stumbled across six boxed games for the Vtech Creativision in a thrift store. I didn't look at the boxes very carefully at first and thought that I had found a bunch of unheard of 2600 games. The carts look like slightly longer 2600 carts. I knew that the Creativision was never sold here in Canada, so I bought the games. I think I paid about $2 each. I didn't have the system and still don't. I later discovered that one of the boxes is a rare variant. I was able to provide a scan to a guy in Italy that runs a Creativision site. Other than that, the six games will sit on the shelf until I die. My son has assured me that he will care for my game collection after I am gone.
  16. As long as the current is at least 500 ma (½ amp) and the voltage is 9V you should be okay.
  17. Back in the day, our family owned an Intellivision. I used to say bad things about the Atari.
  18. I've had a few exciting moments over the years. Nothing holy grail but still exciting. Walking into a thrift store in the late '90s and finding 15 to 20 fairly rare Intellivision and Colecovision carts. At the time the thrift stores were only charging $2 per game. Finding three of the K-Tel Vision 2600 carts at various times in the late '90s. The first was found at a flea market for $5. At that time there was no info about these games on the Internet. About 5 years ago I found a Mr. Do's Castle in a thrift store for $5. This game is impossible to find in the wild in Canada. Being involved in the initial discovery of the Extra Terrestrials (not E.T.) game for the 2600. While I don't have one of the three known carts, it was fun to be part of the discovery, appear on the local news and get to meet the original programmer. I also designed the cart label and box for the reproductions that were made. My ultimate holy grail...it's actually not that great. I'd love to own a Gyruss arcade machine. Gyruss is my all time favorite game.
  19. A fairly reputable Canadian site says $79.99 in Canada. http://mobilesyrup.com/2016/07/14/nintendo-reveals-retro-miniature-nes-with-30-built-in-games/
  20. Bill, how far does the compatibility / emulation go? You state that special chips are not supported. I take this mean that there will be no support for the DPC chip in Pitfall II. What about things like the Super Chip used in some of the later Atari games, RAM+ used by CBS, the complex bankswitching used in BurgerTime, etc? Are all of the various bankswitching methods (that don't use extra ram or hardware) supported? In theory, all of the above should be possible because the handheld is just running an emulator. Have certain capabilities (like DPC) been excluded on purpose to keep the original license holders happy?
  21. I used to go to several thrift stores on a regular basis in the late '90s and early 2000s. Both the chain stores (Value Village, Goodwill) and the smaller church run stores would often have good finds at great prices. Sadly, those days are long gone. While I do visit different thrift stores from time to time, I seldom find anything. When I do run across games, they are either grossly overpriced ($10 for Combat) or sports titles for newer systems. The last "classic" game that I found at Value Village was Intellivision Classics for the PS2. I paid more than I should have. I have also discovered that the owners of some independent game stores hit the thrifts frequently (daily) and clean out anything good.
  22. That's a great find. There is an independent game store near me that has about 5 or 6 homebrews. They have been sitting in their display case for a year or two - with no prices. As the store usually overprices retro games I haven't even bothered to ask about prices.
  23. I can't remember the exact brand. I've since used it up and threw away the can. The cleaner was originally purchased to clean a coffee spill from the keyboard of my ex-wife's laptop. The owner of the electronics store recommended the cleaner at the time. It wasn't cheap..about $15 for a large aerosol can. I do remember "wash" in the name of the product, not the name of the brand.
  24. I do exactly the same thing. When I'm out in the wild I just need a list of what I have. My spreadsheet includes flags for box, manual, overlays, etc. By using a spreadsheet I can easily analyze the data in various ways when the urge strikes me. I set the sheet for offline viewing on my phone so that it is always available. Another plus for a Google Sheet is that I can look at the list on almost any device that I own. I can also share with a few friends that occasionally pick up games for me in the wild. I've considered other options, but with over 800 games for 20+ platforms I don't feel like migrating to other software.
  25. I have 78 VIC-20 carts, 44 of them boxed. Five of those are some form of RAM expansion. I'd love a multi-cart, but don't feel like waiting years for the cart to be built.
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