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  1. Does anyone know if an Atari 1010 CO61515 power pack will power an Atari 1020 Color Plotter? 9VAC 5VA 8W
  2. The repair procedure is on Retrobits.net http://retrobits.net/atari/keyboard.shtml It's for the 1200XL, but the repair is the same. The conductive paint you want is BARE. https://www.amazon.com/Bare-Conductive-Electric-Paint-10ml/dp/B00KBXT6JW It's a bit thick, but I'd use a toothpick to apply it on the traces on the mylar. also see:
  3. There might be a slight improvement in sharpness of text edges (very square), but I didn't see too much improvement over the ClearPic2002 which is similar to the Super Video 2.1.
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Bare-Conductive-Electric-Paint-10ml/dp/B00KBXT6JW/ref=sr_1_4?crid=22TV45VSFIQQ7&keywords=bare+conductive+paint&qid=1577974365&sprefix=bare+conductive%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-4 It's thick so I highly recommend using a toothpick to apply it on the traces. John
  5. Not a character, but ATARI has the most recognizable iconic emblem of them all. The rainbow FUJI. Everyone immediately associates the FUJI with ATARI. Even young people that have never seen one.
  6. Thank you Steve Tucker for these great reproductions. I would never spring $120 for a MAC/65 cartridge and now I can try it out for $25. This is huge for those that want to try Action! or MAC/65 and affords an opportunity that was cost prohibitive to most (including me).
  7. There were three types of 800 keyboards. First was the Hi-Tek mechanical. Good keyboard, but it's Achilles heel is the space bar. They have a tendency to fail over time. Second was the Stackpole mechanical. Not a good keyboard over time. Even though it is mechanical, the yellow plungers are so thin they crack and the keys will pop off. Third, Atari saved the best for last, kind of... The Mitsumi keyboard was not mechanical, but used a silicon gasket sandwiched by a mylar sheet and the PCB. Same design and manufacturer as the keyboard for the 1200XL. The Mitsumi keyboard is quiet, smooth, and real pleasure to use. Its weakness is that at some point, with 100% certainty, the mylar contacts oxidize and lose continuity with the PCB. This can be fixed with conductive paint. You need to realize that these all were very high quality keyboards that were design for computers meant to sell North of $800 (1980 dollars actually). All are serviceable, but my preference in order is Mitsumi, Hi-Tek then Stackpole.
  8. Yes, but Display Port does not have the same royalty issue and you can buy the $8 Display Port to HDMI cable. No royalty issues.
  9. Unless you're 3D printer can produce a very and I mean very smooth surface, the plunger will likely just bind in the socket due to surface friction. Those plungers have a very slick finish.
  10. Yes, but I'd prefer a more turn key solution. DVI does not have audio, but HDMI and display port do. You can buy display port to HDMI cables cheaply and it would be great to just have to buy a $8 cable that hooks up to all modern TVs. DVI is kind of dead, going the way of S-video. Hard to find modern monitors with DVI. Is there a small compact S-video to HDMI board already out there that would fit in the same space as the RF box?
  11. I really wish someone would create an UAV mod board that outputs native HDMI or Display port. The latter has no royalty issues. Make it no bigger than the RF metal box so you can remove and replace using the same position as the RF out video for the HDMI or Display Port.
  12. They probably won't make an ATARI mini, too few sold. The C-64 sold 17 million. Besides, the ATARI 400/800/1200XL and 600/800XL OEM equipment is so reliable, you can still buy the originals and expect them to work.
  13. You're in luck, I also happen to have about 13 white plungers for the HI-TEK keyboard. PM me your address and I'll send them out. Merry Christmas !!
  14. I just happen to have five of the yellow plungers. Four look to be perfect and one has a small crack in one corner (see photo). If you're CONUS, PM me and I'll send them.
  15. Thanks for the redirect to Atarimax. I bought an Action! and MAC/65 cart as well.
  16. The word is out. Look at all the OSS / ICD original cartridges on eBay right now. One side effect of these repos is that the value of the originals has diminished. Why pay north of $25 when you can order a reproduction? To collectors, they have an added value, but to anyone just wanting the cartridge for use, it's overkill. I suppose there are those that have a surplus of original carts now wanting to liquidate their holdings.
  17. I have no issue with this and even applaud it. If these OSS/ICD cartridges were still being sold (new production), then that would be completely different. These are some great programming languages (MAC/65 and Action!), so having them available at a reasonable price is a benefit to the community. I'm guessing BASIC XL/XE won't sell as well since Turbo BASIC is superior. If I want a more standard BASIC, I'd use Microsoft BASIC. The supply of original cartridges is too small and they command a premium, but they are so high, many will not buy and never try Action! or MAC/65. That is not good. I'm all for protecting an author's right to market and be rewarded for the products, but who is being harmed here? Like we all don't have 200+ disks full software we didn't pay for. This is just in cartridge form. Why is this different? It's "abandon-ware" and no one is being denied anything.
  18. One more to add to the list. 83S DA 005980 123
  19. I joke with my wife to be thankful and that this is what a nerd's mid-life crisis looks like. After all, I could be wanting a Harley or worse. I've had two periods of Atari enthusiasm. The initial starting with my 400 in 1981 and that lasted until the early 90's. The PC had amassed enough cool things that my 8-bit couldn't and the price was affordable enough for me to ditch my Atari's and I was a full time PC guy. My stuff sat in boxes until 2004, when a cross country move was the straw that made me join eBay and sell it all. Anything that didn't boot right up, went into the landfill. Boy, that was a lot of premium hardware. Fast forward to 2010 and for some reason unknown to me, I get the bug again. Started out with emulation, bought a 1200XL and a Sdrive NUXX. Not exactly sure what happened after that, its all a blur. I now have amassed a staggering inventory, enough so, that I can't possibly justify the quantities on hand. The cycle of buy, fix, sell, see something better, repeat. This second period is about to hit 10 years. I'm content that I've quenched my thirst to acquire stuff and now its a time of reflection. I've been slowing selling off things I don't need or have too many of. I still have five mint condition 1200XLs. Again, more than I can possibly use in my lifetime, but there it is. Back to the question: I guess it's 30% nostalgia, 40% enjoyable hobby and 30% admiration to a technology and product line that had a big affect on my life. I'm convinced I would be doing somewhere else, doing God knows what, if I hadn't stumbled onto the Atari home computer in 1981. It may have been a better path or worse, I'll never know. It sure would have been different. I am very content with how it turned out, so I think it currently holds my attention because is was so influential. I'm about to turn 56 and I find myself reflecting on things in my life that made an impact. My family does not understand my hobby and I feel a bit sorry for them and only hope that they find something, whatever it is, that brings them real joy. Obviously, my family is the real source of my joy, but as a hobby, there are things that bring joy that is just icing on the cake. How long will this second wave last? I guess I'll get bored of it some day, but this time, I wont' sell the lot on eBay. I'll maintain a cooling off period before I do something like that again.
  20. Thanks. It should have been obvious since they all end in "3". What I've noticed are 3 types of PCB finishes. One is a lighter green with a shiny finish. One is a darker green with a dull finish (no shine). The third is a dark green with a shiny finish. Were they all made in the same factory, but different batches? Odd that they have different finishes with such a short production run. My hunch is that Atari had three different suppliers fabricate the main boards with the expectation of these being initial runs. Thinking they were are going to sell 100,000's (as this was supposed to be a new launch of their new flagship machine), they could then down select the best supplier?? If so, these suppliers had every incentive to ensure high quality for their first batch.
  21. I've seen 1200XL main boards with 153 Rev A, 253 Rev A, 133 Rev A stickers on them. Is the three digit prefix just a supplier number and they are all the same (Rev A) or are there differences between them? If so, is one type more preferred than others?
  22. Ah yes, I forgot there was the low wattage 9VAC supply BITD. I'm was thinking exclusively of the 31VA version of the C017945. That now makes sense. Thanks.
  23. The fuse on the 9VAC power supply blows because the 400/800 had a short and blew the fuse. The issue is not with the 9VAC power supply. I've only lost the 9VAC brick to 400 PWR boards that went bad. Are you saying the 9VAC brick goes bad on its own? Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you are implying.
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