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  1. I spent days trying to install a UAV in an 800xl. It's a very simple install but it just wouldn't work. Went over it multiple times confirming my installation with the manual and the long thread here on AA. Moved on to an upgrade of a 400 in frustration. Once that was done I took another crack at the 800xl. I was looking at it through magnifying goggles ('cause I'm old) when I realized that the UAV had Rev C printed on the board and the instructions were all for Rev D. Ugh!
  2. Jeez, how did the best topic on Atariage turn into a bunch of old men whining about "kids today" and "the good ol' days when I was a kid", like every generation before them? Can everybody please keep their parenting advice on Facebook, which seems purpose built for whining, and try to focus on Atari here?
  3. Hi all, I'm completely new to programming EPROMs. My Rana has an Intel P2372A-3 that has no window in it. Does that mean it's not reprogrammable? If not are other erasable 2732s compatible? Also, if anyone offers a EPROM reprogramming service that ships in/to Canada I'd really appreciate not buying more devices... More specifically, my wife would really appreciate it. Thanks your help, Greg
  4. I built this back in the day. Wish I'd kept it. I still have the old Realistic speaker that I used.
  5. I also support new posts for updates!
  6. If you're not comfortable making your own power cable, a couple of vendors have pre made USB to Atari (600XL, 800XL, 65XE, 130XE, or XEGS) power cables. You just need a 2 amp or higher USB power supply with these: https://www.8bitclassics.com/product/atari-xl-xe-usb-power-cable/ https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/atari-800-xl-xe-xel-xld/products/atari-xl-xe-replacement-power-via-usb
  7. Awch


    I bought a 800 keyboard from adam242. He was a pleasure to deal with. The keyboard was packaged very securely and it arrived to Canada from the US very quickly! Thanks for all of your help! Greg
  8. I'm hoping to find a replacement S key for an 800 (not XL). Might also be interested in a full replacement working keyboard. I'm in Ontario, Canada but would be looking for one anywhere. Thanks for your help! Greg
  9. I don't know if this will help you, but I have a 400 that turns on with a green screen. However, it works every time if I squeeze the top and bottom of the case near the power switch when turning it on. I've reseated chips, used contact cleaner on the connectors and reflowed much of the solder in that area and nothing has fixed it yet. At least I feel like I'm narrowing in on the problem. Good luck with this project. You did an amazing job cleaning it up.
  10. I have the Pro as well and could not be happier with it! They come with the original firmware installed. There have been regular updates since its release that greatly improve its features. More info here: https://www.retrotink.com/post/retrotink-2x-pro-firmware-update-v1-1
  11. Horrible news. My condolences to his family and friends
  12. I'd encourage you to pay slightly more for the 2600 Daptor D9 instead. It connects almost every retro controller imaginable. Here's a list: Atari 2600 Joystick Atari 2600 Driving Atari 2600 Paddles (both paddles) Atari 2600 Keypads Atari 2800/Sears Video Arcade II Atari 7800 Pro-line/CX78 gamepad Atari CX22 & CX80 Trak-balls, native mode Atari CX85 Numeric Keypad Atari Flashback 1 (AtGames) Atari ST mouse Amiga mouse Amiga CD32 Bally Astrocade CBS Booster Grip ColecoVision original, SA including spinner, Driving ColecoVision Flashback (AtGames) Commodore Paddles (both paddles) Fairchild Channel F Famiclone (NES, SNES, Famicom with adapter cables) FM Towns Marty Gemini Dual Command Intellivision original (INTV-1 dongle available) Intellivision Flashback (AtGames) Magnavox Odyssey 2 MSX, x68000 Sega Genesis: 3 & 6 button d-pad & arcade stick Sega Master System: d-pad, Sports Pad, Paddle HPD-200 3DO TI-99/4A (both joysticks) The comparison between Daptor models is available here: http://www.2600-daptor.com/index.htm
  13. @davidcalgary29 fyi, this person on Reddit is working on the same idea but using an Arduino. He's making pretty good progress.
  14. @davidcalgary29 I'm curious what your hear back from them. I'm looking to do the same thing with a dead 800xl, but for emulation purposes. I'm also looking to solder two 2600-dapters in line with the joystick ports to be able to use controllers. The ports and the keyboard would go to an internally mounted hub for connecting it all to a PC.
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