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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. Also lately called dupont wire or connectors. They are commonly seen in raspberry pi projects. The female to male versions are good for connections from gpio header to a bread board. Easy to find on ebay under that name.
  2. Hi. I've been following this thread quietly and had the same issue with the BASIC A ROM I was using. The REVA.ROM posted above works for me using Altirra with the fixed zarxx image. @DjayBee Thanks for your efforts.
  3. http://milan.kovac.cc/atari/software/index.php?search_word=kobold or https://sites.google.com/site/stessential/disks-tools/kk-commander
  4. I used this one quite a bit: Acopy ST https://demozoo.org/productions/131026/
  5. Thanks. I had almost forgotten about the DTV and Hummer devices. Hopefully I will be able to mod my hummer game, without bricking the thing.
  6. Yes. However, upgrades to support new games/features are obviously always desirable. Upgrades which break previously working features to improve upon others are and always have been a major pain. Perhaps the oldest complaint of the humble user. Nothing new here. I suspect developers of said software feel differently though.
  7. I remember the write back cache mode of the 5x86 being a big deal back then and not all motherboards supporting that mode enabled. Otherwise, it defaulted to write thru mode. I don't have the pinout handy, but I ended up placing a little jumper in the processor socket to successfully enable write back. Two pins needed to be bridged if the board didn't have BIOS support. Perhaps a non-issue if you are running 486 era software. This might not be a concern in your case, or anything you want to mess with either way. I was probably trying to make Quake run a bit faster in those days. That cpu did indeed have a reputation for being rock solid.
  8. Well, maybe my dog is safe (or not) from being killed by the virus. If I found myself in dire straits, I might be tempted to borrow some of his HeartGuard. They do look chewy and delicious. LOL. Sounds like it could be another potential therapy instead of a cure. I look forward to hearing more test results in coming weeks.
  9. SYMMETRY is free until April 5th at gog.com. Survival type game with vector graphics. It looks interesting. https://www.gog.com/game/symmetry SYMMETRY is a survival management game set in a retro- futuristic, sci-fi universe. Your main goal is to manage the crash survivors and help them withstand the desolate, extremely cold environment in order to fix their spacecraft and escape. The non- obvious plot is accompanied by an atmospheric musical score and graphic design that sustains the harsh and mysterious ambience.
  10. I actually did do something similar. I enclosed a FTDI board with solid wires into a clear tic-tac candy box and stuck a SIO cable end into the opening. I don't have a picture handy, but that did save a cable. Another possibility is to buy a FTDI cable with dupont type female pin connectors on one end and slip them directly over the proper SIO pins on the Atari. It can be tedious to disconnect and reconnect the wires manually, but it works. I agree that it is a shame to cut up a SIO cable. Lotharek sells new cable ends or just use an APE device with existing SIO cable. There is always an elegant alternative for those willing to pay.
  11. You might try building a SIO2PC over USB cable. A minor obstacle there is making the physical connection to the Atari SIO port. If you are comfortable splicing or soldering wires together, it's not too difficult to put something together cheaply using a FTDI based breakout board or a cable. Building your on cable requires either cutting a real Atari SIO cable or buying a SIO end connector (more expensive). Read this thread for more info: You can spend more on ready made solutions like 10502PC Sio2PC USB REV2 by Lotharek: https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=157 or alternatively the APE interface by Atarimax: https://www.atarimax.com/sio2pc/documentation/ There are different ways to achieve what you are wanting to do, most will involve attaching modern hardware to the Atari SIO chain. For instance RespeQT software emulates a real Atari floppy drive. https://atariage.com/forums/forum/184-respeqt-sio2pc-software/ When connected via SIO2PC over usb, a PC acts as one of your floppy drives and can be copied to and from, as if it were a real disk drive. ATR image files can be mounted and ejected in software. With the proper setup, real floppy drives can be eliminated altogether, unless you prefer using real disks for nostalgia. Hopefully some of the above links will be enough to get you started. There are yet others with a similar approach.
  12. Finding more ps3 games while under quarantine poses a problem. I currently have Last of Us, Skyrim, and Guitar Hero III. Three discs I picked up for cheap over the last couple of weeks. I will get more when the thrifts and pawns open back up and maybe a guitar controller. I have ignored those stupid things for years, sitting on shelves for less than three dollars. I just discovered that the console has old firmware, 4.78 and can be jailbroken. I should probably investigate that too. But yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to get it working. The issue was either one of the internal cables, dirty lens, or both. Speaking of controllers, Dualshock 3 wireless controllers really go for a premium. I think they must cost more today than when the system was current!
  13. Many of us are steering clear of thrift stores these last few weeks. Here is a pre-plague find I am just now having a chance to work on: Playstation 3 fat (CECHL), I think that makes it the 3rd generation. I bought it completely blind for $4.99usd, with not so much as a power cord available in the thrift to plug in and test. Got it home to find it would power on, but not read any kind of disk. Discs would go in and eject fine but otherwise nothing. I set it up again this weekend and took the blu-ray drive apart, cleaned and reassembled it and now have my first working PS3 system. Movie, audio and game discs now read fine. I am pleased with the results considering all that could have been wrong in this scenario.
  14. Just tried again and it worked. Must have been a temporary issue.
  15. The GOG free game is called Mable & The Wood. It does not appear to be free at this time. I did get the email for it yesterday, but it is still listed at $5.29. https://www.gog.com/game/mable_the_wood I am guessing it is a glitch, as the free offer is supposed to be good until sometime tomorrow.
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