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  1. Won this auction tonight for about $68 shipped: eBay Auction -- Item Number: 120751270632 Was about as much as I wanted to spend on one without a box or quality extras. Looks like the console may be the only original component. But, it's working and doesn't have any chips or cracks. Should clean up nice.
  2. I just got an Astrocade through eBay -- my second in a couple weeks. It's about the second in two weeks to be returned. Before I do, I wanted to find out if there is an easy fix for what's wrong with it. When I turn it on, the screen image slowly scrolls downward, making the system unplayable. I've tried this on two TVs and on both channels 3 and 4. There's a fuzzy horizontal band across the middle of the screen also. Is this a problem someone with an Astrocade has seen before? I'm not the handiest guy with a soldering iron, so I'm inclined to just send it back. Thanks for any advice/opinions.
  3. Saw this a little while ago. Been up for about four hours now: eBay Auction -- Item Number: 110718573071 Not a steal by any means, but not too bad of a deal if you're really looking for this cart. 12 games, a couple of them sealed. Working INTV II.
  4. Boxpressed, I guess I was bidding against you, sorry about that. I also suspect that the seller may be full of it, you got it for a very good price, probably didn't sit too well with him. cheers, c I'm encouraged that I'm not overbidding for stuff (I would have gone about $80). I actually suggested to the seller that he contact the second place bidder to see if he/she wanted the lot. I guess he didn't.
  5. I agree with others. looks like a person that did not like bids received and backs out with a "loft fall" story after bidding ends. I guess I should have asked for advice from friends at AA before agreeing to cancel, lol. If the seller were lying, I find it a little odd that he would pull a stunt for such a small sum. I'm a novice when it comes to 8-bit values, but how much more could he have expected from this auction? $30-$40? Or maybe I'm way off...
  6. Thought I'd resurrect an old thread. I want to get an 8-bit and have narrowed down the choices to the original 800, 800XL, and 130XE. I'll use the computer to play games almost exclusively (no programming), and right now I'm expecting to play cartridge games. I'll probably want a multicart at some point. I like the original 800 for the retro look, but will I be able to play any cartridge game on the original 800? And do games look better on the 800XL because of the GTIA chip? Thanks in advance!
  7. I thought about that, but the seller had a perfect feedback rating. Also, if the item weren't broken and he was lying, I wouldn't want to do business with that kind of person, even if I were getting a bargain.
  8. Last night, I thought I'd found my way into the wonderful world of Atari 8-bit. I won this auction on eBay: eBay Auction -- Item Number: 110716791442 Soon after the auction ended, the seller told me that he couldn't get the 130xe to output video anymore. We decided to cancel the transaction, but I was sorry to miss out on what seemed like a good deal. I was really interested in the SIO2PC, too. I'd done my research on Atari Age, and I want a 130XE or 800XL. I'm leaning toward the 130XE because of the S-Video output. The search continues.
  9. Controller only for $74 eBay Auction -- Item Number: 160617468576 Minestorm overlay only for $47 eBay Auction -- Item Number: 260814516536 Now's the time to sell off your extras if you want a good price, it seems.
  10. Thanks, Jason. Great advice. Are the Troubleshooting Guide and the Service Manual the same thing? I have the Service Manual. One more question: As I'm adjusting all the pots, what part of the machine should I avoid touching so that I'm not shocked. The warnings about killing yourself while servicing your Vectrex have become legendary.
  11. Hi. Thanks for responding to my other post about the XY pots, and I wish I could help you here. If you decide to break up the controller, I could use the joystick assembly. Thanks!
  12. I saw that notice too. As I understand it, it seems as though a seller is somehow penalized if a buyer opens a case. What this change means is that the seller will no longer be penalized if a case is opened. I actually agree with this, so it makes even more sense to open a case if you want to protect yourself as a buyer.
  13. I did that, but the seller seemingly ignored my request for return shipping. I don't know if the seller can add an extra amount to the refund for return shipping when she clicks the "refund" button. Do you? If not, there may have to be a manual PayPal transaction in that case. If the seller refunds your money before you open a case, eBay can't help you, so I'd rather begin communications by opening a case.
  14. Oh, that's interesting. It makes some sense then that eBay couldn't do anything for me because they had no "leverage" on the seller once the money had been refunded (at least, that's what the agent told me). The agent also told me that I was under no obligation from eBay to return the item (that is, there would be no punitive action from eBay if I didn't) since my money had already been refunded. I said that that didn't seem right to me; I'd rather eat the return shipping than pull something like that.
  15. Thanks for the tip. Any idea where on the Vectrex those pots are?
  16. I've had good experiences using eBay's Buyer Protection, but I just learned something new that I wanted to share here. Before I go on, here's the gist: always open a case through eBay's Buyer Protection before contacting the seller yourself, even though eBay's message system. Here's why. I received an Astrocade that was described as working and, sadly, wasn't when I received it. I followed the instructions on eBay's Buyer Protection page and contacted the seller to try to work it out between us. The seller, to her credit, gave me a very quick refund, including shipping. Now she wanted the item shipped back to her. I'd heard that eBay would pay for return shipping in cases like this one -- a business expense that's part of running an auction site, I suppose. I read that it was best to call customer service, not email. However, when I did so, I was told that eBay could not issue a shipping label because the money had already been refunded! In essence, eBay was "out of the loop." There was nothing they could do. I said that I was just following the instructions on the website: contacting the seller myself before opening a case. Well, eBay needs a case to exist before it can proceed, apparently. I should have begun communications with the seller by opening a case. eBay made it right by crediting me some seller fees to make up for the return postage, but things would have been a lot smoother if I'd just opened a case to begin with. The cynic in me thinks that eBay WANTS you to take them out of the loop so that they have less exposure and liability, and thus the information on the Buyer Protection page is intentionally misleading. Lesson learned, though: always open a case to begin communications about a problem auction.
  17. Well, I took off the back of the case to poke around, and I'm still alive. Here's a photo of what I think may be the X-Y pots (the two beige wheels on the right side of the photo). It would be great if someone could verify: Also, a recent auction on eBay had a guy trying to sell a similarly-afflicted Vectrex. He posted this screen shot, and I'm wondering how he accessed it. Does anyone know? Thanks again!
  18. One other question: I've read a lot about being careful when opening the Vectrex because of the potential for being shocked. If I decide to open the back to look for the pots, what danger zones should I be on the lookout for or steer clear of? Thanks again.
  19. Thanks for the welcome. I do have some questions and am trying to get them answered by reading the old threads. However, I was hoping to get a diagnosis of one of my units. This unit is a Hong Kong-made Vectrex with a Serial # of 0052344. The vector lines seem to be a little bit "off." It is more pronounced in some games such as Cosmic Chasm and Narzod. Anyway, here are a few pics from Minestorm: Notice the upper-right part of the ship here. With the ship turned this way, you can see how the nose of the ship is disjointed as the vectors cross. Here, check out the enemy (not the triangular mine) and how it is asymmetrical. I think I read something about adjusting XY pots? But I'm not really sure what that means or even if the fix is that easy. Sorry for the quality of the pics, and any help appreciated.
  20. Count me in as a new Vectrex admirer and enthusiast. Even though I grew up playing Channel F, Atari 2600, Odyssey 2, Intellivision, and Colecovision, either at my house or a friend's, I never had a chance to play Vectrex. Well, in the past month or so, I've managed to get three Vectrex units, four controllers, and a bunch of games with a multicart on the way (couldn't pass up good deals on eBay). Of course, none of these units is perfect, so after readings lots of separate threads about various issues, I thought I would create a single thread that I and others could use to ask for help.
  21. "Vector lines, the good stuff. None of that raster garbage."
  22. My local Goodwill doesn't accept old TVs, but a couple of other thrifts do. A couple of weeks ago, I bought an 13" Insignia (Best Buy house brand) with composite inputs for about $5. It's a nice little set until I can upgrade. I am now looking for a 13" Sony or Samsung with component inputs or a Commodore 1702 monitor.
  23. I have this trackball and tried to use it with Centipede on MAME. I don't really know how to configure MAME, but I tried lots of combos and couldn't get it to work.
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