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Turbo-Torch

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  1. Not sure if this glove is considered cheating, but it gives good traction on the trakball.
  2. First game I bought (which was almost 22 years ago!) and it took me forever to break 100K. It's been my favorite since it came out and if I ever decide to get out of the game scene, it'll still be a keeper. Never been able to master the rhythm that allows some to play it forever.
  3. If you don't need the box and foam, they're very reasonable. I just looked at completed auctions on eBay and found about a dozen that sold for $50 or less. No lines from bad zebra strips, no missing keys and little to no yellowing. At last year's Tandy Assembly there was quite a selection in the $30 to $50 range. I believe the Model 100 offers the most bang for the buck in vintage computing by far. You can barely get a useless Mattel Aquarius in that price range. Personally, I've picked up seven of them through two different CL ads. Five are in excellent shape and two are parts machines (bad zebra strips). All have the pleather cases, manuals and power supplies. I believe all have the full 32K and several have various special ROMs from back in the day. I also have a Model 200 with the large flip up screen that's in excellent shape but has turned a nasty brown...needs a retrobrite treatment. All were free.
  4. Going to try this again, posts go into that cloudflare thing and never show up. The built in modem or using a null modem with the rs232 should do what you need. It also has a cassette interface so you could probably download programs, convert them to a wav or mp3 and then load it that way. I've called current BBSs using the built in telcom program and it works well. Look into getting one just for the fun of it. They made so many, it's got to be one of the cheapest vintage computers out there. A really nice one shouldn't go for more than $50 bucks. If you want a DVI, that'll probably cost a small fortune.
  5. Another big difference of the Deluxe is the floating play field and background that glows with a black light...very cool visual effect that not many games had back then and can't be emulated. Also has a very good sound system, hard to believe the highs and pounding bass come from a single speaker.
  6. They are great little computers that can still be somewhat useful today. I like to keep a journal of complex equipment I work on out in the field for future trouble shooting and the 100 makes a perfect notebook. I'm supplied with the latest smart phone and laptop but hate dickin' around with the tiny smart phone screen or taking the laptop out of its Pelican case, waiting for it to boot up, setting up a hotspot with the phone, hoping it's not going to update Windows 10 and then typing on its modern piss poor crap keyboard. With a Model 100, flip a switch and you're instantly presented with a menu that doesn't require reading glasses. And the keyboard is phenomenal! I would love to find a modern laptop with a keyboard even half as good as a 100. Seriously, it's almost as good as the ALPS keyboard in my Model III. Lastly you have a real RS232 port and built in com program which is great for communicating with old legacy equipment. Oh and they run for an eternity on 4 AA batteries. I do wish they had a back light that could be turned on/off.
  7. I've had my upright for close to 20 years now and I've yet to put my initials in 1st place. Whoever TA is managed to get 36,xxx points decades ago and he or she still remains #1. My Defender kicks my ass even more. It's why they are keepers. Favorites from back in the day that I could play forever on a quarter were some of the first games I bought...and then quickly got rid of because of how boring they became.
  8. My first computer was my Model III which I still have and will never get rid of. Years later I bought an EX and it was so much fun. All the local BBSs were IBM based, so it opened a whole new world within minutes after unboxing it. Eventually I wanted a hard drive and the aftermarket kit for the EX was stupid expensive. It ended up being far cheaper to sell the EX and buy an SL with a 32mb hard card. Deep down, I missed the EX. I don't have much interest in computers outside the Model III, but I have been searching for a good local deal on an EX. If one ever turns up for a decent price, I'll outfit it like yours. I think there were 2 HXs at the show this year, didn't see an EX.
  9. It's not eBay's fault or the sellers. Doesn't matter what state it comes from, I pay Indiana's 7% sales tax...it's something my state now requires. I noticed it a few months back when I got dinged an extra $140 in tax. I still think it's a gray area as you're often buying USED items...but then again, you're using eBay which is like a store. So are you guys paying Canada's tax or your state's tax? And technically, for anything bought out of state (mail order or whatever), we are responsible for keeping track and reporting it on our taxes every year.
  10. No need to modify the 5200. You can build a box that you plug the power supply and RF cable into for a couple of dollars in parts. Google the 5200 faq.
  11. The show was really great this year. I didn't make it to Tech Track day, which was Friday, but was there most of Saturday and Sunday. The very rare Tandy 3 was cool to see in person and I really liked the plotters cranking out pictures all day long. I'm not into printers, but I may have to find one of them. I'm already looking forward to next year's event.
  12. Show was great. I'll try to get the photos uploaded tomorrow.
  13. A lot LESS space? One cocktail and two small stools eats up the same space as 3 full size cabinets.
  14. Is shipping really that extreme? Looking at completed eBay auctions, a pristine boxed Vic-20 should cost between $80 to $100 US (often including shipping within the US). That's less than $150 AUD. Even if you paid $100 for shipping, that's still far cheaper than $378 AUD. Will a US Vic-20 work with PAL?
  15. That's the problem, simply asking could land you on the "No Atari For You" list. 🚫 😥 I'd bet money he did test it before sending it out (which is a good thing)...he did on a brand new XE motherboard I ordered. That's not to say minor glitches can't get past him. I had an odd inverse character issue which only showed up in certain situations and he did replace the board. Personally, I'd accept the two dead pixels. That was very common on anything back then, and if you go back just 10 years ago, there were dead pixel policies for TVs and monitors. The warranties stated some dead pixels were normal and it needed to exceed a certain amount before the screen was considered defective.
  16. The easy things have been checked/tried...with exception of installing a cap kit as has been suggested. From this point on you'll need a multi-meter and a strong magnifying glass just to start looking and checking for open traces. And how much "brown gunk" is on this board? The inside of a 100 is relatively sealed from the outside environment and all of mine have been spotless when I opened them. Has yours been in a flooded basement or something? Once again, post some pictures of what you have.
  17. When you get the new LCD, make sure you take the protective film off. I can't remember the exact details, but if Brad had not mentioned it when I was ordering by phone, I would not have noticed and left it in place.
  18. When Burry talks, idiots listen. 🤣 Shares "soared" by as much as 20%!!! For a few hours it broke a whopping $4 share lol. Well over $40 a few years ago and now back in the $3 range today.
  19. Where does one order this kit? All I can find is the $5 drop in frame.
  20. All that could easily be sold, just not in North America. There's incredible wealth in other parts of the world, especially the Middle East. Drop a $ million without blinking an eye and brag about it all they want. And I'm sure someone will come up with being able to buy it legitimately if they're that rich...sorry that doesn't work when there's only X amount of items and the owner doesn't want to sell.
  21. Diodes don't leak. They also don't typically go bad unless something else down line fails. Post some pics.
  22. You didn't say you took it apart. If you meant the blue pot on the motherboard, that has nothing to do with the display. I believe it's an adjustment for the internal modem. Hopefully you got it back to where it was. Try contact cleaner on the display pot. DeoxIT if you can find it is the best.
  23. The rotary dial on the right next to the power switch. I think it says display under it. I don't know what blue thing you are talking about. Can you post a picture of it?
  24. New caps didn't help mine when it got that way. I replaced the screen with a new one from Best Electronics and it looked new again. I'd also recommend a new speaker as the originals seem to fail over time for some reason.
  25. They never came with 4K. 8K was the base model.
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