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Grover Torbel

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  1. Well, it was nerve wracking cutting into the case, but here's what I did: 1. Use a fine tipped sharpie to mark the outline of the jack by tracing around it. 2. Using a drill press, drill a few holes well inside the lines you've drawn. When done you should have a single large hole roughly the shape of the the lines you've drawn but well inside the lines. 3. Drill the two holes for the screws at each side. 4. Using a hand flat file carefully remove plastic while frequently testing the connector for fit. TAKE YOUR TIME. 5. Once the connector is a good fit, use some alcohol to remove any remaining traces of the sharpie ink from the case. 6. Fit the connector in place using the side screws to secure. Others have used a Dremel but I tend to bust stuff when I try to go faster using power tools, especially working on old plastic pieces. Good luck and, really, just take your time and you'll be fine.
  2. One kind of cool thing about the C64 Mini is that, even though the keyboard is just for looks, you can plug in a USB keyboard. I also like that you can add programs/games to it. It’s still emulation, but a kind of a cool overall package. [emoji846]
  3. For video, UAV is great or you could do something like the full digital (Sophia DVI board) in this picture if you don't mind cutting your case. With just a cable, it connects to a HDMI LED TV with no signal conversion required. Pretty incredible picture, but color will be weird on games that use artifacting.
  4. How do you know the first power supply was bad? Did you check it with a multimeter? To me, it just sounds like something in the 800 is failing, but it's hard to tell without doing some testing.
  5. These chips from Jameco via Amazon worked great for me in a 600XL. MAJOR BRANDS Major Brands 41464-10 ICs and Semiconductors, 100 Nanoseconds Speed, 64K x 4, DIP-18, DRAM (Pack of 3)
  6. For the audio jack, I just tied into the audio pad right behind the RF module. Run ground from pretty much anywhere to the center of the audio jack and the single audio on the motherboard to both right and left channels on the jack. I think it was the 2nd pad going into the RF box, but can't remember for sure. It's not super loud with headphones but is useable and works great to a set of amplified speakers.
  7. Just finished up an install of the Sophia DVI upgrade and it's amazing. 1280x1024 looks great and seems to work on most modern monitor and televisions. I'm using a standard DVI to HDMI converter cable. Easy install other than actually mounting the DVI port on the 600XL (64K, Atarimax APE Warp+ OS 32-in-1, Sophia DVI and audio jack). I'm happy with the end result and everything works properly. I decided to leave the RF intact, so you can even do simultaneous Channel 2/3 RF and DVI on side by side screens. The inside wiring is pretty ugly, but here is a shot of the finished DVI and audio jack on the 600XL.
  8. Thanks for everyone's help on this. Here is the finished project (Atari 600XL, 64K, Atarimax APE Warp+ OS 32-in-1, Sophia DVI Video and Audio Jack). I decided to leave the RF intact and find it kind of cool to be able to compare and contrast the RF video with the Sophia on side by side screens. The Sophia video really is incredible, especially when compared to Channel 2/3 output. I'm very happy with the results and, best of all, everything works properly!
  9. Searched for this topic and didn't see anything, so I thought I would ask... In preparing to mount a DVI connector for a Sophia mod in an Atari case I'm trying to figure out the best way to do the cutout for the connector. My first thought is to draw an outline of the connector on the case, then use a Dremel with a cutting wheel to do the straight cuts and one of the other attachments to do the curved parts. Any other ideas? Have any of you used something other than a Dremel for this sort of thing? I've mounted tons of other things like DIN connectors, jacks and switches, but those are all more round type items which are pretty simple.
  10. Maybe from Atarimax? https://www.atarimax.com/sio2pc/documentation/index.html
  11. Ah, sorry. Thought that was to easy. [emoji6]
  12. Here: https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=Mac65
  13. Archon's demo mode is actually computer vs computer. The demo is fun to watch and really does have the feel of watching two humans play.
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