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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Video by Pezz 82 on advanced usage of MiSTer scripts, among other things. Lots of good info:
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I guess everyone doesn't keep their spare chassis. Someone perhaps found a better 800 for their Incognito board? The mind boggles. Time to find some ram boards and see if the computer still works! Yes, there are a few chnges which must be reversed before putting standard Atari ram boards back in to test it.
  9. My two cents, If your episodes will be covering various consoles, 'Classic Gaming General' comes to mind. If your content will start out with a focus on 2600 hardware and games, I don't think posting to the Atari 2600 forum would be at all out of place. Good luck!
  10. Yes, I would be grateful for any info on hacking the original. I'm trying to reassemble a set of basic instructions from what remains on the internet. Looks like I missed the boat on DTV hacking, which peaked around 2007.
  11. I am looking for good info on hacking the C64 DTV into a proper working Commodore 64 system. Ten or more years later, a lot of the old links with necessary diagrams, firmware and instructions are dead. I have owned the original joystick model for years and recently found a Hummer Offroad plug and play game in a local thrift. The Hummer game seems like a good candidate to modify, as the game-play itself isn't great and I seem to remember it being a revised version of the original Jeri Ellsworth design. What I am wanting to do, at minimum, is to solder on a ps/2 keyboard port and a serial port to use with a real 1541 floppy drive.
  12. 400s are great to use, but as said earlier, a 48k memory upgrade is very much needed. In the mid 1980s, I was in the middle of playing through Infocom's Zork series when my 64k 600XL developed a video output problem. I sent it away for servicing and bought my first 400 from a local KMart. It was the floor model that for some reason, had been sitting on a shelf for months. I was able to get my hands on an official Atari 48k upgrade kit through a local Atari dealer (remember those?) and was quickly back to playing Zork II on a membrane keyboard! I hated it at first and couldn't wait for my XL to be sent back. After a few days, I started to get used to rapid typing on the 400. Numb fingertips aside, it wasn't so bad. I own two working 400s currently, the second one I got years later at a thrift store was stock until Jurgen (tf_hh on AtariAge) made his 48/52kb ram card, a great modern upgrade. 400s are solidly built, and probably a little harder to damage than their big brother, the 800.
  13. Try here: https://www.arcadepunks.com/retro-pi-downloads-page/ Lots of prebuilt images to write to your cards with etcher or win32diskimager. Finding the best collection to match your sd card size is the biggest challenge. There are so many releases. Most come with all games and are ready to boot. The only down side is that larger capacity images take a while to both download and then write out to a card. I like the ones by Damasco, although there are many others. Click the 'read nfo' on the end first, as there are usually youtube previews of content.
  14. Wow, that tag was the price! Nice find. I figured it would be full of renamed NES games or worse. So cheap and poorly made. With several damaged and no sign of a UPC, they will probably sit there for a long time.
  15. Typical Walmart find. Nobody working in the dept. knew anything about them, although I didn't try very hard to get more info. That shelf tag may have been for something else. First thing I thought about was a case mod for raspberry pi. Spray paint would be mandatory. The analog stick and weird wide screen LCD caught my attention though.
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