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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. @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?
  6. @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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Thank you very much for offering an answer that is targeted to the spirit of the question.
  11. No doubt about it. When FJC's GOS is released, it will fundamentally transform the Atari ecosystem and make the U1MB, Antonia, and Rapidus (of those supported) must-have upgrades. If the platform has a well-documented API that developers can write applications against, it will raise the potential of the A8 platform to the Macintosh 512K level; an exponential elevation of power.
  12. SpartaDOS X running Snapshot and a number of productivity apps from hard disk with easy switching would definitely qualify as a "killer setup"; especially if it could support a music maker and paint program at the same time as a word processor, spreadsheet, and coding app. Even more if all of those applications could be working from the same hard disk, such that a unified project repository was possible. Absolutely freaking killer. I don't have time at the immediate moment. But if one of us hasn't published a 16MB image with this setup by then, I'll get to it in the spring.
  13. In 1994, I was at a trading software development company. I used QEMM and a product called DesqViewX to give developers on Sun Workstations access to productivity apps running on Microsoft Windows via their local X Server. I used an array of IBM PS2 Model 80's with SCSI cards and 1GB hard disks. At first I was a hero. Then I was a villain as all the developers ended up using it primarily to play Mine Sweeper.
  14. I get the feeling that the collective defensiveness of the community makes my question seem more like an attack against the practical usefulness of the platform, rather than an honest question about some really cool, higher-memory use that I could enjoy. Sorry to have bothered you.
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