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  1. Insane! I had a saved search notifier going on ebay, but had just stopped it a couple of months ago, probably not too long before this auction, because I was getting too much daily junk. This is my lesson! I'd have jumped all over this one! Don't think for a minute I'm not kicking myself in the rear-end. It looks like the same guy bought all three as well, a week apart. It's really surprising that none of us saw those on there over the span of two full weeks and took advantage of it and the same guy was able to come back two more times, probably thinking of turning them around for a decent profit, and buy the other two as well.
  2. Yes, you have 6-chip TOS. The ROMs are the six chips just to the right of the cartridge port. I bought TOS 1.4 for my STF from B&C Computervisions. They're a long-time Atari re-seller. You can get them from their ebay store. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rainbow-TOS-1-4-Atari-ST-STF-STFM-Mega-ST-New-6-Chip-EPROM/143220918152?hash=item2158a1c788:g:LgQAAOSwjwNcuTAT
  3. No, there is an older Sophia that provides RGB output, and the rev.C that provides DVI output. There is no HDMI output. However, DVI and HDMI are both digital signals, so pretty much any DVI to HDMI adapter or cable should allow you to connect the Sophia rav.C DVI to an HDMI TV. That being said, it's a really finicky device and you have to pick the right resolution to get it to work with the most displays. I've found that the 1280x1024 resolution seems to be one of the most compatible with different displays. I originally tried the 1536x960 resolution and tried it with ten different displays in my home, a combination of TVs and monitors, and never found a single one that it would work with. I eventually had to re-flash to the 1280x1024 core and it worked perfectly with every one of my displays.
  4. You can buy one from Best Electronics. http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/addendum.htm It's listed as: Atari 800XL Top Case Label CO24577 $5.00 Of course, Bradley has a $20 minimum order...
  5. I was considering putting a VBXE in my 1088XEL build. This makes me wonder if I really want to though. If the colors aren't true to what I remember on my old 800 and 800XL, I wouldn't want to use it. Is there no way to get a NTSC color palette with a VBXE?
  6. I’ve been working on a RetroPie setup for my nieces and haven’t had time to give my adopted U.K. 520STE any love. I finally got around to swapping out the power supply so that I could finally power it up. It lives! I think the drive is dead, but I sort of expected that. I have a Gotek ready to go into it anyway, but I was thrilled to see it power up and boot into color and monochrome modes. Next in line is to clean it thoroughly, work through all of Exxos’ mandatory fixes, install my dual TOS adapter with U.S. TOS 1.62/2.06, install the Gotek, swap in a U.S keyboard, upgrade the RAM to 4MB then, finally, swap out the case badge for an original Atari 4160STE upgrade case badge. December is going to be a fun month!
  7. Most of the iconic titles were either cart or disk. I believe most of the cassette titles are either, older titles that were later re-released on disk, or were toned down, limited versions of existing disk titles. Of course, this isn't true for all titles, but I believe most would fall into this category. As far as carts go, many classics, like Star Raiders, were only released in cartridge format, at least in the U.S., though they are available in other formats now. Also, many of the titles that were released as both cartridge and disk, the cartridge version is often a toned down version, missing either some features or loading and title screens or both. You can rest assured that most iconic Atari 8-bit titles are available these days in one form or another.
  8. OK, then, no, I don't believe there is any one device that works for everything. SDrive-MAX works with disk images and cassette images. I believe it also allows you to load XEX files, which are basically just renamed executable files. I don't believe it will do ROM images though. SIO2SD works pretty much the same for disk images, but I don't think it works for cassette images. Like the SDrive-MAX, no ROM images. At least four or five different flavors of multi-carts with varying compatibility with the different Atari style ROM images and XEX files. Most won't read disk or cassette images, but there are a few that will even do those to one degree or another.
  9. What is an everdrive? Do you mean an SD card floppy emulator?
  10. No, it's a line-doubler. It is my understanding that it line-doubles anything below 31kHz and anything above is just passed through, or line-doubles to something higher, 800p in the case of Atari ST high res. I'm not certain that's an option with Atari high res though. Can anyone else confirm that?
  11. Really, all you need is a Best Electronics VGA cable, or a RGB to VGA adapter and VGA cable, and a 15kHz compatible monitor. You can get the Best Electronics cable here: http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/monadapt.htm You can get a VGA adapter here: https://www.exxoshost.co.uk/atari/last/storenew/#0107 You'll need a standard VGA cable to go with it. Then you'll need to find a 15kHz compatible monitor. ebay is your best choice here, because you'll be looking for an old monitor. If you want the best option, but also the most expensive, you'll want to get an OSSC. You can get those here: https://www.videogameperfection.com/products/open-source-converter/ The OSSC will allow you to get all three resolutions on a modern LCD monitor via HDMI.
  12. Are you sure about that? Do you have v1.5 or v1.6? The Quick Start Guide definitely shows an audio input labeled AV3 Audio In, and the VGA/D-Sub15 input is labeled as AV3, at least on v1.6, and I figure anyone purchasing now will be receiving a v1.6 unit. I think I'm planning to purchase one of these soon.
  13. I may pick one of these up, now that I've got my money back from Andrew. Heck, I could've bought one of these from the start with the amount that I spent on that device! So, some tinkering required for high res. Is it good once you get it setup, or do you lose it if you then drop back to one of the color modes? I guess what I'm asking is, if you only use high res occasionally, do you have to do the tinkering every time?
  14. Yeah, he really didn't do anything with the sound at least with the main converter device. The little Chinese adapter had a stereo audio input to inject sound into the HDMI stream. I believe his RGB to VGA adapter has an audio out to connect the device's audio cable to, so he did add it to his VGA adapter, and he designed and built the little cartridge port USB power adapter thing. Both of those devices were fine and seemed to be well built. It was only the Chinese converter that was junk. Also, while we can certainly fault him for not doing his due diligence to test and confirm the device, I don't think anyone can fault him for the way he's handled the situation now that he knows. Once I emailed him my results, he promptly issue me a full refund, shipping included, removed his video from YouTube and removed the item from his store. He said he's also contacted everyone else that had purchased the item from him. At least he's honest, if not very thorough.
  15. And, to his credit, Andrew issued me a full refund and told me to keep or discard everything as I saw fit. He said he's contacted everyone that has purchased one from him and has taken down the video and removed the item from his store.
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