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  • Birthday 05/19/1969

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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. Thanks so much! I will check out the options!
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
  6. 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!)
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. That is correct. B&W I suppose because maybe it was on a s-Video monitor (as it is artifacted 4 color on composite/RF). My guess is that there was just no way to get the original release on a 8Kb cart, so it too a total, or near total rewrite. The boxed disk version I just purchased says, "40Kb Diskette" on the label. Thanks again
  10. Looks like a CAR file is a cart file? So I am guessing by the the 9Kb file size that it is the 8Kb Cartridge (non artifacted) version, but I don't use emulators/etc so can't do anything with the file. I did pick up a boxed 40kn Disk version on eBay today (the only disk version listed). By the screenshots on the back of the box, the 40Kb version is the Apple II port.
  11. So I know this is totally random, but I have been just infatuated with Crossfire as of late. I really enjoyed it back in the day, the first time around, but I have discovered something that I find interesting. So it appears that there was two versions of this game released. I have the game boxed (8Kb Cartridge by Chris Iden) in the SierraVision release. Also have it on one my my custom XE multcart Sierra Collection (which is the same 8Kb Iden version). The Cart version is clearly a version designed from scratch for the 8-bit - easily by the type of colors/sprites/etc used. Like a few other games originally ported from the Apple II, the disk version that I just happened to boot up and play last week is totally different. It's not an original retail release, but a copy - I'd LOVE to have a boxed Disk version if someone has one to sell/trade). The disk version (and I am assuming cassette version) uses Graphics Mode 8 hi-res artifacted graphics (like many early broderbund/Sirius/On-line games). I would also assume it is at least 32Kb version due to the graphics mode used. I actually like the look of the disk version - the enemies look a little cooler. I find it much easier as well (I can hit 20k points pretty easily, whereas the cart version - hitting 15k is quite a challenge) Anyone know the history of this game? It looks like Atarimania only has the cart version listed. Any info about this fun little game would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Rob
  12. It's a tough one. I LOVE the video output of my 130XE with s-video, but I can't tolerate the way it looks with games that use artifacting (just about any Sirius or Broderbund title that was an Apple II port - most notably Choplifter!, Lode Runner and AE For me). So i ended up going with my XEGS with composite. Not quite as good as the XE, probably as good as my 800 using composite, but "compatible" with all graphics modes and the cart port on top as well gelled it for me.
  13. I personally picked up a very nice Panasonic 36" CRT TV. I absolutely love it. I never really enjoy playing retro games on LCD TV. I have a Toshiba 55 inch 1080p TV but I just don't like playing retro games on it. I'll leave that TV for my Xbox one and PlayStation 4. Sent from my RePad-8-R606 using Tapatalk
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