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  1. Pretty much every color TV and monitor ever made has a degaussing coil. I'm sure there may be a few exceptions from back in the 1950s when color TV was a new thing. You have nothing special. As far as the Atari itself...highly doubt you're getting any line voltage back through that considering it has its own external step-down transformer. If you're getting shocked by making contact with a metal portion of the TV, that would point to a component failure making the chassis hot and potentially fatal if your body is well grounded.
  2. I'll have to look but I'm pretty sure it eventually made it to the rag basket decades ago. I do know I bought the game with the shirt at Camelot Music in the mall for $3.00 and then got a $5.00 rebate by mail (rebate booklet included with Fantastic Voyage I bought a few weeks earlier). Free game, shirt and $2.00. I loved the crash. One shirt I know I still have is Black Dragon...A Game On Compuserve from the early 80s. It was a cool online text adventure and I ordered the shirt from their monthly news letter. Still intact, but I wore it so much as a kid, you can literately see through it.
  3. Blog all you want. Blog more! Don't let the village idiot dictate what you do.
  4. I don't recall any. In most areas it would be a fine line between being considered a bar or nightclub and no one under 21 would be allowed in. In the 70s and 80s, a kid could not even walk down the liquor aisle of a drugstore or grocery store. The aisles literally had a tubular gate or turn-style entrance. Also, just about every arcade had strict rules about no beverages near their video games. Think of the daily damage from spilled beer by buzzed players, or worse, games kicked and punched by irate drunks. I remember having to fight my way around far more adults than kids my own age. Also amazing how there was next to no obesity back then! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdNBk_liGvw
  5. Seems like apples and oranges. The CoCo 3 has a 6 year advantage I believe? I was never into the TI or Coco series, but it always seemed the CoCo 3 offered a lot for only $220. Pick up a floppy drive during a sale and you had a system approaching PC or Amiga territory for well under $500. On the other hand, the TI is plentiful and dirt cheap these days. A CoCo 3 with disk drive and 512K expansion will probably set you back $300 to $400.
  6. Only 5 years and counting.... http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?28738-Apple-II-and-III-mega-haul-coming-up-for-sale-soon Why the big change of mind when so many locals wanted to come by in person to pick up items?
  7. So if it's a lifetime warranty, did you call up BEST and find out what you need to do? Doesn't that seem like the logical first step vs coming into a public forum to hem & haw about the issue?
  8. For the arcade games, remove the coin buckets and make sure every board and transformer has all its fasteners in place. Monitors are heavy and can break free; I'd remove each one and pack it separately with extra care around the neck...it'll also make the games lighter, much less top heavy and far easier to handle. If you have a game like PacMan with a glass bezel, remove that too.
  9. Here's the issue...where was it mentioned that this was a NEW 7800? The lowest scumbag thing I've seen in this thread is someone taking an email from a PREVIOUS sale done ages ago and claiming it had to do with this purchase.
  10. That was one of the 88¢ O'shea games. Probably worth $1.00 now.
  11. $1,479.00 for a bag? $1,700.00 for a system that you're too damn lazy to even clean the dust of off? I bet that 'bid war' is going to take off any minute now!
  12. I remember seeing one on display (larger model with the key lock) at Service Merchandise and simply thought it was just Commodore moving on with the evolution of computers. Features for the price was reasonable too. Next visit and it was gone...don't think I've seen another since. Still not as cool and unique as my Commodore programmable hvac thermostats.
  13. I see Adventureland was available on tape for Model I 16K and Model III 16K...are you sure you have the Model I version? Rear Guard was available on Tape and Disk. If you downloaded the program, did the site specify it was the tape version? If it's a CMD file, odds are you got the disk version. I'm not familiar with cmd2cas but from what I just looked up, it seems like a very basic utility and not something that will convert a complex program originally designed to run on a disk operating system.
  14. Volume and many other things. I have to keep my cassette deck about a 1' away from my Model III, otherwise programs won't save/load. Real data cassettes are a must. If the programs were originally on cassette and someone converted them to run on disk, they'll have to be converted back somehow. Many of the cassette based programs came with instructions on how to convert them over to disk. If the programs were originally disk based, I don't think there's any simple way to make them work with a cassette based system. Some programs, such as Dancing Demon, need a poke command (16913,0 I think) before it would load off cassette. I remember it wouldn't load and the sales guy at Radio Shack had the solution for us within a few hours. Lastly, what are your Model I's specs? Most cassettes had a different version on each side. Some will have Level I and Level II and others Level II and Model III. If you're downloading them, it's often impossible to tell what version you're getting. If you have a 16K Level I system, you're really limited on what you can run.
  15. Sounds cool. I'd definitely try it out with my Model III.
  16. Yeah, it is click bait. It's an article written in 2017 acting like it's breaking news that CRTs are gone. I also got a good laugh at the mention of plasma...as if it's some hot new technology instead of something that died off several years ago. You can buy TVs all day long that are pushing 70 years old and still have perfectly fine picture tubes. Even if you have a CRT that's right at the end of its life with only 1,000 hours left, how many years of use is that for a game in someone's home? I just looked up free TVs on my local Craigslist and there are currently over 60 CRT sets available. 19" sets are common and many of those CRTs are easily adapted into a monitor chassis.
  17. Yep, thanks to Craigslist, within the last year I acquired about 7 Model 100s and didn't pay a dime. I also have a Model 200 that was free and looks/works great but could use a retrobrite treatment. I think all are 32K and a few have a custom ROM. I've wanted one since I was a kid and all of a sudden I hit a jackpot. I've not devoted much time to them yet; although, I have called a few BBSs which is so freakin' cool. When I get a chance, I'll start transferring software and games to them.
  18. This collector claims the system has 128K of RAM and each CONTROLLER has an additional 4K of RAM. Anyone stupid enough to buy from that guy deserves what they get.
  19. Same here...my tests were also done on an Encore.
  20. NTSC 4 Switch Woody PASSED NTSC 6 Switch Light PASSED ColecoVision Expansion module #1 PASSED
  21. You don't need to limit yourself to a game that's still doing hard time in an arcade after 35 years. Check sites like Craigslist and be willing to travel several hundred miles each way. Eventually you'll find a nice low mileage example for the right price. And speaking of mileage...these machine do have counters in the coin door which look just like a car's odometer. I bet the one you pictured has racked up a half million plays or more.
  22. Love the 5200. It's one of my favorite systems of all time across all brands. XEGS is great...personally, I have a large 130XE setup and Atari 8 bit games were always top notch. I don't have much love for the Jaguar either but it had at least a few impressive games going for it, usable controllers and the hardware itself wasn't generations behind when it was released. It was well worth the $25 I paid for it on clearance. Then there was the Lynx. It was like alien technology in your hands, and imo, didn't get dethroned until decades later by the GBA.
  23. Bought mine brand new in 1990, bundled with 5 arcade games at Big Lots for $29.99. They also had most of the 7800 titles for $1.00 each. Hardly worth it even at that price. I've been an Atari fan since 1975, yet the only reason I keep that one single abortion from Atari is for collection completeness. It sits on the display shelf and I don't think I've used it once in the last 20 years.
  24. Any decent electronics shop in your area should have 160 volt radials in stock. Not sure why you're having a hard time finding one online, eBay alone has over 80 listings. Go over 200v and the size of the cap will increase which may not fit in a cramped area.
  25. Big Five Software (and quite a few others) pushed the TRS-80 line well beyond its limits 35 years ago. I don't see it being able to evolve like the 2600 has. I would like to see software that supports the different high res boards or games that could somehow integrate Orchestra 90 music. Fortunately, the amount of available software isn't exactly lacking... http://www.classiccmp.org/cpmarchives/trs80/Software/Model%20III/
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