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  1. OK, I posted this yesterday, not a since reply or even a view so I'm guess something went wrong on the forum.. or the admin hates me.. So one more try.. I'm restoring a 2600 Darth Vader edition I recent bought. So far I cleaned everything and repaired the case to get it working again due to the abuse/neglect of the stupid previous owner(s). I've replace the "wang's" mystery brand capacitors with new Panasonic electrolytic capacitors. I plan on a simple AV mod, and remove or disable the RF box. I'm debating replacing the 1/8" phone system power jack and putting in a 2.1mm coaxial connect that is the standard for adapters today. And also think I'll add a 1N4006 diode in the positive line before the main filter capacitor to add reverse voltage protection. Any thoughts or suggestion?
  2. I'm restoring a 2600 Darth Vader edition I recent bought. So far I cleaned everything and repaired the case to get it working again due to the abuse/neglect of the stupid previous owner(s). I've replace the "wang's" mystery brand capacitors with new Panasonic electrolytic capacitors. I plan on a simple AV mod, and remove or disable the RF box. I'm debating replacing the 1/8" phone system power jack and putting in a 2.1mm coaxial connect that is the standard for adapters today. And also think I'll add a 1N4006 diode in the positive line before the main filter capacitor to add reverse voltage protection. Any thoughts or suggestion?
  3. So how critical is putting a cardboard head protector in a 1050? I just tried using the ones I made for the last move over a year ago, one drive took it, by the other has too strong a eject spring and the light cardboard is just bending. I really do plan on transports all my computer stuff myself. So it will get proper handling.
  4. Last move was just over a year ago. I didn't use extra bubble wrap, instead I use blankets, towels, and my late mother's faux fur coat. The original boxed stuff was all inside bigger boxes for more protect and to hide what I had in them. Did won't some twit seeing them and grabbing them, The least fun thing to move was my TRS-80 model 4.. I love it, but the Atari stuff is so much easier to handle. Going to look are and see if I got some silica gel packs to put in with the 1050's... My 2600 has been packed for a few months now from when I originally planned to move but aborted because of my health scare.. Wish I'd left my clone sega pad out to play with all this time..
  5. What I did last time for the non original box stuff in put hard 1/4" think plastic shelves on the side on the box to protect from crushing. Still have them and plan on doing that again. These things are so hard I've had trouble cutting them with a jigsaw.
  6. Last move it when with the movers, and made it, although they broke a ceramic Christmas tree my late mother made. When I posted online about it they threatened to sue me for slander.. Well I'll be hiring different movers this time of course, my heft and haul days are long over. but it'll be a shorter drive, so I do plan on making a few runs alone.
  7. I going to be giving noticing tomorrow on my dump of an apartment finally, I would have sooner but was dealing with a cancer scare since last fall. It when back and forth a couple times, but as it stands no cancer but need to be checked again in 6 months. So one of the first things I need to pack up in my Atari computer stuff so I can take it's desk down for a place to stack boxes. I really don't like packing it up for a couple months or so, it could be packed up until September, so I want to do it right to avoid damage. Beside head rest cardboard (not original, file-folders cut to size) in the drives (1050) is there anything I should be think of? I have original boxes for my 1050s, 850 and 800xl, but my not the 800, 1010, carts, and joysticks etc.. So just looking for suggestions so I still have working hardware when it's set up again a few months from now...
  8. OK, if I read that thing right, and bare in mind i'm not running on much sleep, it say you give THEM all the right and you get zero money in return... ? That's just moronic, stupid, rip off. I've wrote shareware for many years, and I've had people try to get my source code different times, One even tried insulting me to think my software wasn't worth paying for, so I was supposed to give them the code... People have the right to make money for their work and not just give it away. What really sickens me is the people to call stuff freeware then beg for donations to keep it free like it some bloody noble cause. So it's really just beg-ware. And worse getting people to contribute to something's development for free, while they are the ones collecting the money as "donation". Sorry, stuff like this gets me in rant mode easily and I've skipped off topic a bit..
  9. I got my P: R: connection in the mail today... It didn't occur to my the serial connectors on the unit would be male DP9 instead on female DB9 like on a PC. So now I have to scramble to get it going. Are the pin outs the same as a normal RS232 or something else? I figure I can either try building my own cable if I have all the parts handy, or other something premade on Amazon.ca or something.. on ebay if I want to wait 3 months to see if anything shows up.. help
  10. Yes, I meant SIO2SD... duh I don't know the U1M and SIDE2, but from what you said it connectors to a hard drive? I'll take a look at the LANTronix UDS-10 also, the MMS100 is just a model I read about on another site.
  11. I'm playing with the idea of making my first Atari BBS. I've ran PC based boards in the past and thought I might be fun to try, I think I snagged the file atr file for Express 850 bbs or something like that a while back but never did anything with them.. Here's the crazy idea I have, my 800XL, 850 and SIO2SD to be 4 drives for the BBS and a Lantronix mss100 for telenet connections since I have no land line and is seems Magicjack no longer works good enough to support data calls now.. So crazy, dump, workable?? EDITED TYPE: SIO2SD no CD... my bad..
  12. I never get far enough to worry about there being an end to the game...
  13. OH i know all about UPS fees.. Years ago I had to get a good heat-sink and fan for a then high end AMD K6-2 400Mhz (I still have it btw) because the twit at the local store sold it with a undersized cooled that was only good for a 200MHz CPU.. I ordered one from a manufacture in California (Globalwin I think was the name) and they promised to send it US Mail, but then sent it UPS.. the cooler was $15, by the time I paid all the UPS fees it cost me $50, but I had no choice since the local store refused to special order what I wanted. Of course that store is long out of business.. So I'm a bit paranoid about stuff coming across the border. And I won't go in to my normal rant about ebay's Global Shipping program ripoff.. US Mail to Canada Post, best way to send anything across the border..
  14. That is an interesting looking device. and it looks like he doesn't charge extra to ship to Canada which is a huge plus. on the ironic side, the Sega clone control I have only cost about $11 (C$), but it easier with my messed up right hand. I can still use normal 2600 sticks, it just that I can only use them a short time.
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