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  1. Thanks a lot for all the suggestions. I think I'll take the advice to "leave it alone", but will at least go for a laptop cooling pad first. I still would like to find a console box protector. Not so much for the outer shipping carton, but I'll probably put the console box somewhere in my game room where it will be visible. I do this with most of my hardware boxes because I love being able to see the artwork and carton design. Most of my other boxes are just out in the open but an Astrocade box is rare enough I'd like to have the extra protection from dust, etc. If I find a suitable one I'll post about it.
  2. I finally took the plunge and purchased a new Astrocade to replace my old one, which stopped working after I had it in storage for a long time. The new one is complete in box -- it even still has its original shipping box. Not cheap but I feel I got a decent deal. This was working when I purchased it, but I haven't tried firing it up yet. Knowing how fragile these machines are, I want to do whatever I can to avoid damaging it. I know about how it overheats easily, so keep it in a ventilated area (not on carpet, etc.) but I wonder if there are other precautions I should take first. This guide recommends removing the RF shield, advice I've heard elsewhere too. Do any Astrocade owners here recommend it? Should I open and clean out the unit? Any other safety tips I should know about... like maybe plugging it directly into a wall outlet rather than a power strip, etc.? I'm not handy enough with electronics to recap it or install heatsinks or a new power supply, but if that's a necessity maybe I could get it done. Also, do you know of any appropriately-sized box protectors that would fit the Astrocade console box (or even the outside shipping box)? I checked this thread but didn't see anything.
  3. Thanks for all the interest. I think I replied to everybody... if I missed anyone let me know. Updated original post to mark pending items.
  4. Buyer pays shipping. Trade offers accepted. If you're in the SoCal area and come to SC3 events, we can arrange for pickup there. NOTE: A lot of stuff has been traded or sold. Thanks to all who ordered! I need to reorganize everything that remains. For now I'm only accepting offers on the following items. Post title has been changed to reflect this. Video Game VHS Tapes - $30 (selling as a lot only) The lot includes: Zelda "The Ringer" (from Super Mario Super Show) & Captain N "Gameboy" (plus DVD copy) Game Player's Game Tape Vol. 1, No. 2 (plus DVD copy) Game Player's Game Tape Vol. 1, No. 3 (plus DVD copy) - the plastic hinge on the tape is broken, but it did play in my VCR Game Player's Game Tape Vol. 1, No. 4 (plus DVD copy) Game Player's Game Tape Vol. 1, No. 5 (plus DVD copy) N64 promo tape Donkey Kong Country promo tape Starfox 64 promo tape Capcom E3 2001 promo tape (really just Capcom commercials from that year) Target "Get into the Game" Hot Newz N64 (plus DVD copy that includes the last 6 tapes listed) Magnavox Product Illustrations These are oversized proof illustrations provided to dealers and newspapers to promote Magnavox stereos and TVs in September 1979. There is no Odyssey or video game content in these, just stereos and TVs. Still cool if you're into that kind of tech history. Also included is an owner's manual for a Magnavox TV from this timeframe - $10
  5. Mr. Do's Castle - 8,000 Love the arcade game. Never played the 2600 port before. Very impressive, but difficult. I'd like to play this more but I'm coming down with something today and need rest. This score will have to do.
  6. Heh, my wife works in an academic library so I agree. I'll have to see if her library can hunt up copies of Merchandising.
  7. Lately I've been making a point to try out a few games on the Harmony that I never played before. The other day I was in the H's and tried Harem: http://atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=2793 I wasn't expecting much, but it was surprisingly ambitious, with different challenges between the 'explicit' parts. Unfortunately it wasn't that fun to play, but I was actually impressed they put that much thought into it.
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