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  1. Yes, that or have some sort of upscaler like an OSSC or other device.
  2. Yes, but I think it has already been mentioned at least once, if not several times, that there is no loss of legacy function with either of the aforementioned video upgrades. If installed correctly, the computer still retains all normal RF and composite video function if one wishes to use them for titles requiring artifacting. So, there was never any need to tell the user that he or she may lose any legacy functions, because this just isn't true, in any way, shape, or form. I have no idea what the poster had in mind when they made the comment about "have you ever used a VBXE before?", but that very well may be what they had in mind, because by making the comment that you will, or may lose legacy functions, it sounds like someone that isn't very familiar with the device, at least to me. If the post that the quoted was referring to the Sophia 2 and not the VBXE, I think they can be forgiven for their assumption because, again, this thread is supposed to be about the VBXE, not the Sophia 2, so I think it was an easy mistake to make. For what it's worth, I'd love to see some sort of NTSC artifact emulation in both the VBXE and the Sophia/Sophia 2. As an NTSC user, that would be awesome and would truly leave me with no need to ever drop back to RF or composite.
  3. I'm not really all that familiar with the non-STF 520s, so I'm not sure, but I'd bet it's probably some sort of RAM upgrade. That's really just a guess though. Once you power it up, you should run SysInfo and see what version of TOS it has and how much memory it has. That would tell you quite a bit.
  4. This is pretty much what I was thinking, but glad to have you guys confirm. I think most of the dishwasher methods I've read of, or seen videos for, were mylar keyboards, not mechanical. I'm still not sure I'd want to use that method for any keyboard. It works great for empty case shells, but I prefer a more hands on approach for keyboards. I think I'm going to order some DeoxIT and a small brush set similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074LZ649V/ Thanks for the comments. I don't want to derail the variants thread anymore than I already have.
  5. He did! Three of them! The 1088XEL, the 1088XLD, and the 576NUC+. Of course, I think you meant more along the lines of a new A8 with built-in mechanical keyboard and all-in-one 70s-90s case styling.
  6. I think the VBXE is an awesome upgrade, if a little unsupported. That certainly isn't @candle or @lotharek's fault though. The only issue I ever had was no NTSC palette. @flashjazzcat has now fixed this for machines that also have the U1MB. I have the VBXE installed in my 1088XEL, so I'll be happy. I appreciate everyone's efforts in creating and selling the VBXE and getting the old NTSC issue fixed, at least for me. Thank you all!
  7. Oh, trust me, I know. I was in on a lot of those discussions, at least the later ones. I wanted to pickup a VBXE for use in my 1088XEL, but didn't want to get it until I knew I could easily get an NTSC core working. I'm pretty sure there were earlier threads related to this topic as well, that go back even further. This is just the most recent one, and the one that finally led to someone actually doing something about it.
  8. Assuming you have an U1MB in the machine you install the VBXE in, there is, or should soon be, an option to select an NTSC palette for use with the VBXE. @flashjazzcat got it working a few months ago, but I can't say for certain if it has finally made it into the live versions of the U1MB firmware. Since it has been several months ago, I would think that it has, but I can't confirm. Hopefully, someone else can. There is an extensive thread here, detailing the quest for an NTSC palette for the VBXE: NTSC Core for VBXE
  9. I don't believe there are too many purists that would want to use a board like this, so there probably won't be too many concerned with using a different PSU. That being said, I think it would be best to use something that isn't physically compatible with any other available Atari PSU type, so as not to accidentally plug-in, say, the 9VAC barrel-style PSU from the 400/800/1200XL/1050.
  10. That's sort of what I was thinking, but wanted to get others' opinions. Thanks. I need to pickup some contact cleaner and some smaller brushes.
  11. What is the best way to clean a type 1 ALPS keyboard? I need to make some repairs to mine. I have all the key caps removed and I'll be replacing the ribbon cable with some new connectors and a different type of cable, but I'd like to clean the board first. This is from my original 800XL and it has been in storage for quite a while and it is filthy. In all honesty, it was probably pretty filthy even before it went into storage. Regardless, I'd like to get it super clean before the repair and restoration. I've heard of some users just putting a keyboard in the dishwasher and running it through a cycle and getting great results. It seems like this is usually with membrane style keyboards. I've used this technique on cases, but I'm somewhat reluctant to try it with a mechanical keyboard with switches soldered to it. I typically use a toothbrush and IA for cleaning PCBs, but it's the other side of the board that needs the most cleaning and I really don't have any decent brushes small enough to fit between the key switches. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  12. Yes, I believe this is true. That is why you can go from DVI-D to HDMI with a simple adapter and no conversion is needed.
  13. I thought this one was just an exact remake for people that needed new boards because of damage or whatever. This remake appears to make a lot of improvements on the original design.
  14. I was a member of BRACE in the early nineties and, as a member, received a subscription to Atari Interface. My subscription just quit one month, fairly short of the end, and the last issue I received was the March/April 1993 issue. I'm not aware of anything being released after that one.
  15. All of you are correct, of course, but it seems like most of the coding that I see in recent years still goes for the least common denominator. What can we get that will still work on a stock 800 or 800XL? Why in the world people limit themselves to 64K of memory and 90K floppy images is beyond me. In this day and age it just doesn't make any sense. I mean, if we're going to have all these massive storage and memory options, and not use them to do things we couldn't 30-40 years ago, then aren't they mostly just a waste of time and money? I know I generalized quite a bit for effect there, and there certainly are games and apps that come out that push the envelope quite a bit, take the recently released A8 version of Prince of Persia for example, but all in all, they seem to be few and far between. That's my opinion anyway, for what it's worth.
  16. Just watched your original video and the Joe's repair video. I'm sorry that you had these troubles. It's easy to get those pinouts backwards. I've gotten some backwards before because it wasn't clear if the pinout was looking at the port, or the cable. Luckily, I've never had that problem with a power cable. I was also glad to see that Joe was able to fix it for you so easily, and what a class act, to upgrade the TOS for you. Congratulations on your new 520!
  17. I'm sure you're right, I mentioned earlier that it wasn't an NTSC model, but what I took to be the monitor port was just the power port. No monitor port, but pads not in place under the channel selector switch, that bites, unless you're planning to keep it stock of course.
  18. I had no idea slide switches were common. I think they must have been more common in non-NTSC countries. I've never seen a U.S. model that had anything other than the normal XL rocker switch. I guess that doesn't mean that they didn't exist, but I'd think they must've been fairly rare. Are you aware of any U.S. models that had the slide power switch? I need to look my board over for the numbers and try to determine which board revision I have. Thanks for the link. I'll have to read through that thread later. EDIT: I looked at my board and it is a Chelco 1983 P/N: 150600008 REV 8A 600XL, which you're saying is the most popular board, and by that, I'm assuming you mean the most common.
  19. No, that one has a rocker; I'm fairy certain they all do. The power switch is on the far left edge of the motherboard in this picture. The slide you see is the channel select switch. I have the same, or at least a similar model 600XL. Mine is also a Chelco unit and has the dark gray sticker on the bottom like that. That obviously isn't an NTSC model, and mine is, so there are obviously some differences.
  20. OK, so a trial, not quite ready for prime time. Hopefully, the final version will look better.
  21. I know everyone has their own tastes and opinions, but I really can't begin to understand why anyone would want to ruin, in my opinion, the iconic, retro-futuristic look of the 400 by changing the keyboard, especially to any of the ugly ones (again, my opinion) I've seen in this thread. Don't get me wrong, if it was the early to mid-80s, and the 400 was your main and only computer, then yeah, I get it. These days though, who in the world is typing out the next great world novel on any Atari, especially a 400? If you really want an Atari with a better keyboard, get a 1200XL or an 800XL with the mechanical keyboard. I know I'm probably in the minority, but I love the classic look of the 400 as it is.
  22. Arrgghhhhh, no, honestly, I did miss it. When I'm scrolling through, and I see those big quote boxes, with a one or two line reply under them, it's easy for me to miss them. If that's the case, then it's dead with my 400 until I get a 48/52K card sometime in the future. Thanks for confirming. I still wonder about the weird graphic irregularities that I got up until the point when the host/drives screen wouldn't load. I wonder if those were just because things were loading too far up and causing issues, or if those are CTIA artifacts. I guess I'll have to wait until I upgrade it to check it out. Thanks for your reply Thom, and I'm sorry that I missed it earlier.
  23. Yeah, I'm really expecting the issues to be a combination of CTIA and having only 32K of RAM. Thanks for ruling out the OS though. I have to get my XL keyboards squared away before I can really verify that my FujiNet is good, but I trust Gavin, his work and his quality control implicitly, so I really have no reason to suspect that there is an issue with my FN. Once I can confirm it works well with my XLs, then I'll know the problem is with the 400. After that, the only way to further check it out will be if/whenever I decide to put in one of tf_hh's 48/52K cards. Actually, that's not quite true. I guess I could pull a GTIA out of one of my XLs and put it in the 400 temporarily. Then I should be able to rule out the CTIA as the culprit. After that, assuming a good FN, about the only remaining issue could be memory. Now that fall has hit and my garage workshop is no longer a blast furnace, and since I just received my new Hakko FR-301 desoldering tool, I really need to get my XL mechanical keyboard repaired. That will allow my to play around with my XLs again and verify the FN's operation.
  24. Well, to me, that looks more like a crater, like something hit the board, rather than an intentional cut. I realize that the image is really magnified, and that the damage is a really small spot, but still, if I cut a trace, I use a razor knife and cut the trace. This looks more like it was dug out with a screwdriver tip or something, and it was too close to the other trace to look intentional, in my opinion. If you hadn't said that you'd already tried to jumper the spot, and that it made no difference, I'd swear you'd found at least part of the problem.
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