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  1. Well, I was in line for half the day.  I saw an American flag and had to deal with many anxious people while waiting.  Some were patriotic, others were downright nasty!  One woman had a kid with her and he kept pulling on my pants leg, completely ignoring the concept of social distancing!  At one point some silly chant broke out and I was forced to cover my ears!  The line moved on average one or two people every five minutes. Ridiculous.  I suppose that was to be expected at a government facility.  When I finally reached the head of the line, I was very excited to have the opportunity to buy my book of Postage Stamps!

    1. Machine


      thought you were gonna say Driver's License renewal at DMV.....

    2. Nathan Strum

      Nathan Strum

      Purchasing toilet paper would also be applicable.

  2. Free will routinely gets in the way of doctors diagnosis. Keep doing your thing and get as well as you are able. Wishing you all the best!
  3. Component cooler spray is handy to identify a flakey IC or cap or transistor. Not sure if the stuff can be easily obtained anymore. Sometimes a quick burst of cold will bring a failing part back into spec, or push one that has warmed up enough to work, into failure. A meatball approach for sure, but it can sometimes give you a clue.
  4. The stick part is common enough. Spectravideo and a few others used that same mold. The r/c controller wired in with it is interesting. I wonder what game someone used it with? Looks like someone thought having separate up/down and left/right switches would play better. I would be tempted to open up the r/c controller to see how the connections were hooked up. The split cable looks machine made. I am wondering which wires on the joystick port are used? Odd indeed. Could this be wired for a TI-99/4A instead of 2600?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. http://milan.kovac.cc/atari/software/index.php?search_word=kobold or https://sites.google.com/site/stessential/disks-tools/kk-commander
  8. I used this one quite a bit: Acopy ST https://demozoo.org/productions/131026/
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. Just tried again and it worked. Must have been a temporary issue.
  19. 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.
  20. I just noticed that a new version Atari ST core (FX CAST 0.17 core) has been made available. Experimental HDD support and some bug fixes. http://atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=34554&p=355935#p355935 ijor, thanks for creating these and sharing them freely.
  21. 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.
  22. The black market is looking better and better Used goods? Damn them all to hell!
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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