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  1. Answering my own question, I thought to myself, "Hmmm, I wonder when the last time the drive head was cleaned was," then thought, "Oh right, never," and after 36 years decided that finally its moment had arrived. Everything in working order again!
  2. An ancient thread, but seemed as good a place as any to stick my question. After 36 years or so, my Coleco ADAM seems to have finally decided to stop reading Digital Data Packs. This is a bummer mostly for the three super games I own, namely Buck Rogers, Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Junior. Any advice on how or whether this can be addressed? The drive spins and spins, but appears never loads anything anymore.
  3. Interesting. What was the upper age that someone could redeem the offer, anyone know? Like, did the parents of any 17 year olds who were about to graduate buy the computer and get the scholarship? I figure the only way it could work financially (had Coleco made it) would be that they were counting on putting $X amount money per kid or expected kid in some kind of interest-bearing account, much less than Y kids time $500, and so they could make an offer that would cost them nothing today, that had a value of $500 to a parent on paper, but would require them to place $350 in an account for a kid who was 13 assuming a 7% interest rate (not unreasonable at the time) compounded monthly over 5 years. It would be a liability but would also count as cash on hand for accounting purposes.
  4. I only discovered this game in the last couple of years, but it's awesome. I wholeheartedly second the notion of a "Super" TimePilot and a TimePilot 84 release.
  5. Get the heck out. 2010!?!? How old is the page with ColecoVision games?
  6. I believe that is true in the arcade version, but I am pretty sure I have exceeded 20+ levels on Donkey Kong without this happening on the CV.
  7. Are there any ColecoVision games where if you get far enough you break the game, a la Pac-Man or Donkey Kong (arcade)? I have never come across one of those either.
  8. So let me give you all the final resolution to my posts on this topic, and if you are from the vague area of SE PA, you may want to pay particular attention. I just had such a positive experience I feel the need to share on here with anybody who might be in my area and has an old Commodore monitor that may be broken or need some help. I have a 1084S that had the sharpest and most beautiful picture I'd ever seen on a CRT monitor when I got it some 7-8 years ago, but I only had it for a few months when the picture went out, in what was finally diagnosed as a fried flyback. If you have a Commodore monitor for your Commodore computer, you know these are starting to get old and expensive to replace. 7-8 years ago replace is what I did - I wound up getting a 1084 that I paid around $150 or so for plus $50 to ship. Today you'd be lucky to get a 1084 for $450 with shipping and tax, and I watched a 1084S go for $660 at the end of 2020 on eBay. My replacement 1084 was starting to have problems with keeping the picture (something must be loose on the inside), and that led directly to me making the original post in this thread, but seeing how much these things were fetching these days made me think about taking another shot at getting it repaired . I first contacted Ray Carlsen, who said he could get a replacement flyback for it (when it had first broken years ago I had taken it to a place relatively local to me then in south Jersey, and was told basically that this part was unobtainium in 2014). So I shipped it off to him, and he replaced it and had it working, and shipped it back. Unfortunately, somewhere in that process, a new problem arose, and by the time I got it it produced no picture and smelled of burning. I live in the northern Philadelphia suburbs. I called around looking for what I thought must exist, some older fella who must have used to work on these who was still in business, no doubt doing other things, but who would remember enough about the old days to have a poke around. It was hard to find. Finally only one shop even agreed to take a look: Carl's TV & Vacuum in Lansdale, PA. The guy who worked on it for me (Mike) was extremely patient and helpful, and though he was unsure he would be able to do much with it, he was game. In the end, he got it working again, good as new, with that beautiful sharp old CRT picture. Now it sits on my desk proudly. It was a lot of fun and even he seemed to get a kick out of it. So here are my plugs: if you have anything Commodore, give Ray Carlsen an email. He is quick, reasonable in his pricing, and knows Commodore like no one else. But y'all knew that already. But if you live in SE PA or somewhere even within a few hours' drive and you have some old Commodore monitors that could use some repair - and given the prices they fetch, fixing them is worth it! - Carl's TV and Vacuum is a place that will do great work. Ask for Mike!
  9. How much of this stuff works, rietveld? Also whoever posted, “you must have 2MB RAM there, congrats” - that is an A++++++ comment, huge laugh from that.
  10. ROFLOL - getting a hardy laugh from this. Exactly so. The collection is amazeballs, rietveld!
  11. So the issue with my first monitor, the 1084, continues: it will occasionally effectively lose the picture, but if I tap it lightly on the top or side, most of the time I can get the picture back. I haven't pulled it apart just yet, because it had been stable and because I had a second monitor, an old 1084S, that I sent off for repairs to the inimitable Ray Carlsen; it had a flyback that had flybroke, which he did indeed replace and repair; but alas, upon its return to me, it had developed a new issue: when I plug it in, if I get any response from the screen (which eventually I did get an all white screen), I got an overwhelming smell of something similar to burning matches, but slightly sweeter (I think?) and definitely less pleasant. Ozone? I did pull the back cover off of that one as far as I could, and I did not see any indication that the seal to the tube was singed, cracked, or otherwise unsealed. Anyone with any ideas? I am researching what might be available around my neck of the woods (southeastern PA) by way of repair shops that still deal with these things. Would love to wind up with two working monitors, but I'll settle for one reliable one. Monitors make me nervous to work around, hence the outsourcing. Any guidance on either one is as always appreciated. Or if you have a lead on an inexpensive-ish "new" one, I'll take that too. This is where having a local Commodore User Group would be awfully handy.
  12. Yes, not from the time, but in my retro collecting phase.
  13. If I had $5K to spend on it I would. But then I'd have to have at least enough money to: pay off all of my outstanding debt, including the mortgage; have money in escrow for my kid's college, and a second escrow fund for a second child, just in case; actually have enough money to move into a bigger house, in an all cash transaction; and have a pretty significant chunk of change sitting in savings as a "rainy day fund"; before I could begin to consider spending $5K on a video game for children from 1983. So I will let you all know when that windfall $1M or so in after tax dollars comes my way.
  14. Lot of truth in this. For some reason I just HAD to have a Commodore 1551 disk drive. Wound up dropping $250 on one in 2016. Mostly it sits in a shelf I have, dust it off once in a while basically to test that it works, then back on the shelf for months at a time. And yet I can't see myself giving it up anytime soon. Somehow it is a comfort that I have it. It was probably my most irrational retro computer want. Occasionally I find myself wanting a Tandy Color Computer 2, but I had one and sold it (for now what seems to have been a ridiculously cheap price) and kinda wish I had it back; I find myself occasionally coveting a 1200XL, though it is not as nice in many ways as the 800XL I do have; I discover things all the time that I kind of want, like a Compaq C140, which I only discovered existed this very morning, which by definition makes the want irrational; But my most irrational want of all is the effectively unusable if you had one, which would likely set you back $50K, Commodore 65 I guess. I will never have one, so in substitute I would love a "Mega" 65, whenever it enjoys its official release: https://mega65.org Not sure what on Earth I will really do with it if/once I get one, but boy, I want one.
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