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About RodLightning

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    Computers, console gaming, cycling both motor and human powered. Old technology. Coin-op games and equipment.

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  1. It's been a few years ago, but I was able to connect at 1200bps over magic jack. It didn't work well. Foreign characters would appear on a BBS prompt while sitting idle. I seem to remember 300 bps working better. I had a short list of BBS numbers at the time, and only one still supported 300 bps connection. I need to setup the Atari ST and SX212 modem one day soon to see if it can still work.
  2. The black market is looking better and better Used goods? Damn them all to hell!
  3. Hey, a couple of updates to the FX CAST (Atari ST) core lately. Watching with great interest. http://atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=34554#p355935
  4. Nice. Aren't there a few minor inaccuracies in the 800XL Service Manual schematics? I suppose a part-for-part component swap from a known good 800XL would be the ultimate test of trace accuracy. Maybe whomever is doing this project also reads AtariAge? I look forward to reading updates as the parts come to him. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Found two ingot style power supplies together at a local thrift. I never expected to see two of these potentially destructive epoxy blocks together and for two different classic computers! Adding to the mystery, the Atari ingot sports a "Recoton" label, with otherwise correct pinouts. Extra pins were missing from the DIN, but a couple of power and ground pins were present. At $2.99 each, I passed on the Recoton and grabbed the C64 with plans to bypass 5 volts and use the 9vac line.
  6. My food service gloved hand, pointing at empty cart slot on stock 800XL. 52001
  7. Clipped article announcing the 5200 from AtariAge magazine issue #1, May/June 1982. This is probably the first place I ever saw the 5200. The attached image or entire article might be suitable for one of the remaining calendar months. Nice work on the first quarter.
  8. I would have said Activision in the late 80s. Pitfall and Keystone Kapers were great releases and became my favorites for a while. So I voted Activision, where programmers finally took credit for games they had written. Groundbreaking work indeed for an entire industry.
  9. Sega Genesis Model 1 High Definition Graphics. Found this week at a local thrift for $3.99, couldn't pass it up. It had the mounting plate for Sega CD attached. Rough condition, but it powered right up to play some Road Rash. On/off switch is flakey and feels semi-broken. A little TLC inside and out on this one will be a must.
  10. So it will basically be reduced to a mailing list. One of the things I liked about the original yahoo groups was the ability to read new posts directly from the group site in the order they were posted, numbered. Some users subscribed to an email digest or even opted to get individual emails sent to them. I never did that as my email box is cluttered enough already. This decision by yahoo fits with the times, I suppose. Remove what little practical functionality existed and retain the least desirable (to me anyway) parts of the service. It's still worth what we pay for it though, free. Yahoo web mail allows for sorting incoming messages into folders. Directing an email digest into a specific folder is probably what I will be doing. It shouldn't be a lot of incoming mail anymore. Yahoo groups activity isn't what it once was.
  11. I remember this type of simm socket being present on some older pc motherboards. They were a pain to remove the simm as there are no moving parts. The release relies on flexing two plastic tabs, the ones going through holes on either side. As the plastic ages and becomes brittle, the removal process will be more likely to crack or break off a tab. I recommend putting a drop of silicon based lubricant on either side. Let it penetrate, and then gently try pushing down on the plastic catch that protrudes through the simm circuit board hole. Use a finger or thumb nail to apply as little force as possible. The plastic "latch" will pop loose when you push the simm board inward. Do one side at a time. Wish him luck, those early cheap slots were sometimes tough, even when new.
  12. Video by Pezz 82 on advanced usage of MiSTer scripts, among other things. Lots of good info:
  13. LOL, yeah I noticed the 666 page number. I have a Sears 2600 too...the wood grain on telegames versions is a different type of fake wood than on the Atari version. I sort of like the silver trim. The golden tarnished plate on yours can be marketed as a "feature". Perhaps it was gold plated by father time. Hopefully another post will move us past this devil page!
  14. The 74LS42 function is replaced by the incognito board. The one I have here just has a ribbon header which plugs directly into the empty chip socket where the 74LS42 chip was. It's possible yours had an earlier prototype version of the board with slightly different design, but I am only guessing. Either way, it's a good thing you still have chip. If you managed to get your 800 to boot, then you must have gotten the original ROM board and one or more RAM boards back in their slots. A factory 800 has a "personality" ROM board in the wider slot in front. The three remaining slots should have 16kb memory boards in each for a total of 48kb. There may be a push button switch installed somewhere on the case as part of the incognito, which can be ignored if you keep it as-is.
  15. Did the previous owner replace the 74LS42 chip or missing? Also forgot to mention you will need an original Atari OS board to go along with at least one 16k ram board to get it behaving as a stock machine. I'm wondering if something else is wrong with this 800 that it lost its Incognito board... Edit: Just read last post.. Great News! So you got the parts with it to downgrade. Good deal.
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