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About robcatron

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  • Birthday 05/19/1969

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  1. As the title says, been locked up and bored, so exploring some of the not often played titles in the cart collection. 1) Which is your favorite of the the Romox Carts as far as gameplay? After today, I have to say Topper with Starion a close second. I know, I know, Spark Bugs isn't bad, but I (sadly) let someone on Atariage talk me into selling it 4-5 years ago. Topper could almost pass for a Synapse at best, Datamost at worst, title. Very flashy graphics. Very nice. Plus, I like the way you can just keep pressing the button to skip continue in a very fast method - no matter what the screen. I will go back to this one a lot more. 2) Now, we all know that for some strange reason (perhaps because the games themselves weren't the best) that Romox had the coolest cartridge artwork? Favs there? Mind would have to be Whiz Kid, with Topper a close second. Now...where was that joystick at??? e Artwork in the same order as above:
  2. Thanks for the tips. I think it is fine now that It's getting use now, but you never know when either of my Rana's will run into further issues
  3. Exactly - this one eluded me after our move to our new home for the last couple of years. It amazes me how resilient these old drives are.
  4. Exactly! How fun would that be??
  5. I couldn't resist sharing this, as I figure you all will get a kick out of it. This past week, I finally found my original Rana 1000 (the one that most recently had the switch broken discussed earlier was one I picked up later). So the switch broke off on my original back in the 80s but with, shall we say, some rural Kentucky engineering, you can see my solution in the photos below. It's a wonder I didn't burn our old farm house down back then, lol. The wonders that one can do with a bread tie and solder... What was interesting is that when I first fired it up this past week, it wouldn't read too well and was rotating slowly but, after she warmed up and after booting 5-10 disks, it is back in action and works like a charm. Was just a little tired from lack of use. So I ordered a second power switch from Digi-key to be here Monday. Since I am reminiscing, I can remember wanting one of these drives so bad - the ads in Analog, Antic, etc - but it had to have been 6 months of delays before they finally shipped. I just about gave up figuring it was never going to ship. I drove my poor mom crazy. I only had a 410 recorder at that point, and didn't want to buy a single density, bulky drive. The Rana just was so compact. I seem to remember, too that it was more affordable, perhaps $349 or $399 USD, can't remember exactly as I was in my mid teens. In KY we practically had to mail order everything. But anyway, thought you all would enjoy these photos, have a great weekend
  6. Digikey ships fast! It's funny, that little tiny switch was in a small pizza box size box, packed very nicely. I can report back, that I installed the switch and it is a perfect match (at least it mates up and powers on!) I actually like it better than the original. The original was more difficult to turn on and off (I am assuming to make sure it doesn't accidentally get turned off while reading/writing. The to me is why the switch eventually broke and became unsoldered. The new one is much better. I think it will last another 30+ years now, lol Thanks again to all! Rob
  7. Well, definitely by the image, it is nearly spot on like you say. I think for $2.54, I"ll take a chance. Thank you!
  8. Thanks so much! I will check out the options!
  9. Hello all, I know this is a stretch, but trying to save my second Rana 1000 drive. I have owned two over my lifetime and both suffered (and my latest, suffers) from the same issue - the power switch is flimsy and over time, becomes loose, or worse, breaks off. The original Rana I had I just solder the two solder points together (or maybe put a wire between the two) to make the power constant, but for this one, I'd like to replace the switch. There is very little written on it. I have attached a photo. Most of these type of switches that I've found on the internet seem to have 3 or 4 solder points. The Rana only has one (well, it looks like they probably just removed the far right one (facing the rear of the unit). It is listed as a "C & K" on the rear. Thanks for any help. I'm sure I can rig up something.
  10. So I received the 40Kb disk version today from a trusted eBay seller. So basically a couple of things (and you can see the screenshots) I was bitterly disappointed when I tried to boot up the disk on my daily driver XEGS/Rana 1000 combo. It was new old stock, so always a chance that the diskette has gone bad. There were two of the normal drive beeps, then the screen froze with blue screen and the cursor (no boot errors). Switched over to my 1050, same thing. So basically, after thinking about it after a few hours, moved my Rana over to the my original 800 system (which is my secondary) and it boots fine. Seems like the XE doesn't like the initial copy protection check on this game. I'll try it on my 130XE later as well. The 800 stops, then comes up with the interesting load screen that you see below (which lists the original Apple II programer and then Chris Iden for the A800 version). The disk version is definitely the artifacted version (which I think, overall looks a tad better), and what is interesting and you all probably know this, but the 800 and the XEGS (at least mine) have some variations in composite output (noticeable in this game). On the XEGS, I used my original mutti disk, non original rip, on the 800 used the Sierra diskette, but I don't think means anything. I guess it could be the monitor cable I am using on the 800, who knows. Anyway just more uninteresting boring facts to report (yes, I guess I have too much time on my hands, lol)
  11. That is an awesome story! I would definitely love to learn more about him (shame he wasn't an entry in Halcyon Days! I could read those stories over and over!)
  12. I think that's a great idea. My question would obviously be the history between the (quite different) versions, though I'm sure the answer will be the memory constraints of putting on an 8Kb Cart (and moving to more Atari-related graphic routines in the process - moving away from a straight Apple II port). Not sure why I find all of this stuff so interesting, lol. Just love that game for some reason!
  13. Thank you! I see now - you have to scroll through the screenshots to see the different versions. I assumed that since they are quite different that they all would have had a separate entry for each. Thanks!
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