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pixelmischief last won the day on July 12 2014

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  1. You're right. I was an idiot. I should have said thank you. My bad.
  2. There is a special place in hell for people who put 5.9GB on a file sharing service that let's you download 5GB and then cuts off your "quota" unless you pay. Fuck. Off.
  3. What black magic is this you are casting here!
  4. For me, it's about upgrade ecosystems. I have a Antonia/Sophia/IDE Plus machine. I also have a U1MB/VBXE/SIDE3 machine. Never the two shall meet.
  5. The things I need immediately on a new ST build are a text editor and an unzip with ARC and LZH support. Those in TOS would be incredibly useful.
  6. I already had a set of TOS 2.05's in there. They are also the "long" chips, so no change SHOULD be necessary; at least from what I read. I suspect I may have put them in upside down at some point in this whole journey. Perhaps I fried them. I'll order another set and see how I get on.
  7. I have a working kludge, and the buttons are still available, so I'll order one and replace it. Next... I bought a pair of TOS 2.06 ROMS, but I can't get them to boot. Quick research tells me they should be a drop-in replacement. Is there some other "gotcha" I should look for?
  8. Ok. I accidentally happened on something that improves the situation. I power the machine on and get a full "almost white" screen. Then, I connect a jumper wire to header pin 2 (second from the left on the picture of the system board). NOTHING ELSE. I just slip the wire onto the pin. The screen blinks black, goes a slightly brighter white, and boots. @TGB1718 So, you recommend I remove the header pins I soldered in? Is that still your recommendation given the new info? After I remove the pins, what do I have to connect to what?
  9. @snarkdluG I suppose that the 4th pin - the one on the far right - is that "stability" pin you mentioned. It is not aligned right with the other 3 pins. I assume the solder pad is connected to ground?
  10. @snarkdluG So...let me back up a step. When I first got the board, I would power it up and, if on color, show a blank white screen. If on mono, a black screen. I looked around a bit and noticed that reset button was not bouncing back out. When I pulled it out, the machine booted. I removed the reset button and soldered header pins into into the board. I also replaced the memory sockets and changed the TOS ROMS to 2.06; though I have walked the TOS upgrade back now. When I power the machine on now, I get the same behavior I was getting with the stuck reset button and am ASSUMING that I need to jump some connection there to make it work again. Is it possible that the identical behavior is actually being cause by some other problem? How SURE are you that the machine should work fine without a rest button, or did I misunderstand you? Again, thanks for the help.
  11. Here are images of the schematic for the reset button and a picture of the pins that I have soldered in. Can anyone advise me of which pins to connect to which as a bypass for reset button?
  12. I have a busted reset switch. I've desoldered it from the board. Anyone know what connection I need to make between the solder points to get the machine staring up again?
  13. I've raised this in the past and the current discussion brings it back to mind. Why don't some of the super-powers here create their own "distros"? It would even be OK if some of those distros required particular upgrade stacks. Many of us have several A8's and others of us would probably be willing to build a configuration to host a particularly promising distro.
  14. Thank you very much for offering an answer that is targeted to the spirit of the question.
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