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  1. All I know is, I would be very interested in THEME based ATRs .. this would be awesome rather than trying to remember what one you had MULE on James
  2. OK, I have been on the forum now for about 2 weeks. I have to admit I am super pumped that this scene is still very strong. I think its more condensed than it was in the past and that might give it a stronger impression than it really is.. but its still very cool. SO that said, I have read about SOOOO many projects and gadgets. I am a busy guy, I am not sure I will ever get to the point of developing my own stuff.. coding a great program or game... I would like to think I might have time for something at some point. I am an end user. You have most likely seen my posts in some of the other threads. SO.. I built a video cable for composite last night.. have not had a chance to try it out yet. RF on this 800xl is BAD!! unlike my RF on the 400 which looks Fantastic on LCD 19" I did read that there have been some 800xls that just have bad circuits. UAV is one I am looking at picking up. BUT I also think I should just do the onboard cleanup like is detailed in the other thread. One does not effect the other as far as I can figure out. I see there is this new 4mb expansion.. there is the U1mb .. there is 320k.. etc..etc.. I can solder.. I would not mind leaving my PBI free for other stuff .. so the U1mb seems to be the universal choice if I can get it correct?? Is there a good thread in this forum on the SIDE2? SO for the 1050 there is a LOT out there.. or was.. might be?? IF I get and SD or CF device then the 1050 is really only for the software I have on floppy now.. I dont think there would be a reason to put any atrs or other items I might get from the net on to floppy and any commercial software I still find at the garage sales/goodwill will work fine on a stock 1050. Opinions? I am willing to look at something.. but maybe a modern remake board that combines a bunch of upgrades? James
  3. I am new AGAIN to the atari scene.. when I was a kid I was hard core into it.. and in to the usergroup scene.. in the late 90s I was getting back into it. Then kids.. put them away for a while. Now have them out again. I threw away much of the floppies, but kept a 1050 and my original Atari - my 400 - I have now picked up an 800xl (last one got water damaged too badly in the late 90s) So 800xl rev C - MOST ICs socketed. 1050 works well. What are your suggestions.. memory.. ultimate carts? USB carts? etc..etc.. My current plan 1. Buy or build a monitor cable.. I have to use RF right now.. and its brutal. (DONE - just composite for now) 2. get my sio2pc (serial) working. 3. take apart and examine the 800xl - (NO MODs found - want to do video improvement mod) #@#@The ribbon cable for the keyboard.. DO I just pull this straight up to get it [email protected]#@# 4. get some upgrades to make it more fun and usable.. but WHAT? Ultimate 1mb? this 4mb accel? carts? sio2 usb sd.. etc.. I have been scouring the forum.. but so many things.. so many choices.. and still trying to figure out whats old (no longer made) whats current and good?? what are suggestions for an 800xl????
  4. moved my questions to a new thread.
  5. yeah.. but really as long as its THICK enough to work .. you should be fine.. I just put a clock battery from an old MB into mine tonight.. its the 2032 or something.. so not as wide but was held nice and snug in the socket clip. SO wont be needing a new on for now MacRorie.. thanks for all the work though. James
  6. This is amazing.. when will you need testers? I am up for helping with that!!! James
  7. Hey MacRorie, I thought you might like to see this. I opened up my RT8 tonight.. maybe mine was one of the last???
  8. OH and Lord CygnusI need help, somehow lost my pw for 8bit guild - user James Schofield Thanks
  9. YYZ I am getting garbage on the screen with 80col. width using AT-telnet. Any idea why? I am simulating an Atari.. it sees me as one.. I use ? to go to main menu.. it is messed up. James p.s cant connect to Bates Motel yet either.
  10. ok I had seen the posts with the UDS unit.. but then I saw this.. and at $12 new.. looked good. and small. I will look at getting a uds unit. I am new AGAIN to the atari scene.. when I was a kid I was hard core into it.. and in to the usergroup scene.. in the late 90s I was getting back into it. Then kids.. put them away for a while. Now have them out again. I threw away much of the floppies, but kept a 1050 and my original Atari - my 400 - I have now picked up an 800xl (last one got water damaged too badly in the late 90s) So 800xl rev C - MOST ICs socketed. 1050 works well. What are your suggestions.. memory.. ultimate carts? USB carts? etc..etc.. My current plan 1. Buy or build a monitor cable.. I have to use RF right now.. and its brutal. 2. get my sio2pc (serial) working. 3. get some upgrades to make it more fun and usable.. but WHAT? I have been scouring the forum.. but so many things.. so many choices.. and still trying to figure out whats old (no longer made) whats current and good?? what are suggestions for an 800xl????
  11. I could be very insterested in this if more become available. I am not interested in building the board.. if I can get a finished unit? or someone finish it for me. James
  12. I am looking forward to trying this myself. I will have to get my sio2pc up and running.. then I guess to get it working best - copy it back to floppy. I am a huge FM player and I did play Champion Manager back as far as 96. James
  13. I have been running into this myself the last few days. I pulled out my old 400 - many of my cartridges would not work in it.. even though I have it upgraded to 48K. One basic easy way to know - if the cartridge has a brown dark sticker with the name on it.. its of the older carts.. and usually works on the 400/800 - any of the newer atari carts that are silver sticker.. do not.
  14. http://www.ebay.com/itm/121836121887 Could this item be used to get on the net etc.. it converts a serial device to TCPip. Could I use this through a PR connection or an 850 and get on telnet bbs etc? This seems to be a great price for a device we could use.. but someone more technical than me might see if this would work? James
  15. Hey MacRorie, I think i will be getting into one of these.. maybe.. I have a question - the real RT8 - I think I have one.. the cart has no sticker on it.. its grey with the pass through.. but when I put it in with my sparta DOS it says no RT8 found. If the battery is dead.. which I assume it would be.. can I crack this open and replace the battery? James
  16. I have an 800xl that I need to jack up! So I am in for one at the pricing mentioned. 6 pages of people saying yes please - but not much from the designer? any updates? Where is this project at? James
  17. Since this is a cart thread. I will ask this question here. I have about 20 or so carts for my systems. I have 2 systems a 400 and a 800xl. The 400 has a 48kb upgrade - but I have a number of either silver sticker (newer atari) or non atari cartridges that dont work in it. Is there a technical reason these might not? I have floppies that have lasted 35 years, but maybe the eprom carts have gone bad? Thanks James
  18. no remowilliams, if you get a chance its in the thread. A UAV is a REPLACEMENT VIDEO SYSTEM - it does not modify the one on the board. IF you leave your DAC(4050) in .. you can use both the superVideo and the UAV with separate outputs. So, for example, since I now have to wait for another batch of these to be produced. I am going to do the best current video mod (in the other thread) to my 800xl.. and I will get one of these when they are available. Looking forward to the next batch. I have not been around here long enough to know all about various sites and stores etc.. but why are you going through Atariage for the next group? are they providing you some better margin? doing the assembly work for you? Just asking? James
  19. yeah I guess one of those SIO to SD items would keep the desktop smaller, and hell a $10 8g sd card will hold more than I could ever put on it. This might be in the future .. if I keep going with my atari's again.. I am more a hardware hack than a software guy.. one of the reasons I loved 8bits.. and I love the fact there were parts of the world that just keep on chugging with these computers. Disposable NA.. grrrr
  20. Very nice? I will do some googling.. I have found some local used monitors /TVs a generation older than the one I have that still has S-video.. But I guess my point is.. in the next few years.. its going to be hard to find stuff for our 8-bits.. SO.. dont listen to your wife and pitch out your old stuff!!!
  21. Interesting thing I find is.. in my area.. Although C64s did kill ataris in sales.. 30 years later the atari retro scene is stronger than the Commodore.. in Kijiji around here no one seems to feel the C64 or associated items have value, except maybe the monitors. I do find Atari stuff for sale quite often though. James
  22. Hello everyone. New around here. Loving the topics about video upgrades for the 8-bit line. Very interested in at least modding the onboard video of my 800xl and adding a UAV to my 400 (If I can fix my keyboard.. grrrr) Question becomes... how to use this on a modern lightweight LCD monitor. I know many have said they like the CRT for nostalgia, which is cool, and if I had an 1902 or 1702 etc.. I would use it. I don't. Here in S. Ontario Canada we are on a real green electronics kick.. everything is being pitched in the bin... Finding old monitors is hard. I have this one right now. Insignia™ - 19" Class (18-1/2" Diag.) - LED - 720p - HDTV - BlackModel: NS-19E310NA15 Which out of the box on my 400 using RF.. is pretty good.. it displays it correctly without hassle.. and I am very happy. This monitor/TV is 3 years old now. IT has Composite - Component - and HDMI Almost all current TVs here in Canada now ONLY HAVE HDMI - NO composite and not even Component anymore.. and finding something with S-video is HARD!!! What do people suggest?? just keep looking for something older?? IS there a way to upscale this that works?? What are other people doing? James
  23. Im not saying that that the sharpness looks better on the UAV.. but you lost a lot of your colour brightness?? Why such a change in the colour saturation?? James
  24. well tonight I took apart my 400 and cleaned everything.. the ribbon cable from the keyboard to the board looks good. there was some moisture? corrosion around the pinch connector on the board.. I did not clean YET with anything specific, I just wiped the area clean and reinstalled.. all the traces on the board itself looked good. My 6 keys still dont work.. so .. I guess next thing is to get in and clean that ribbon cable pinch buss.. i have no idea what else to do.. all other keys on the keyboard work fine except the row of 6 qwerty... Suggestions??
  25. This fork of the software works with the original Nick Kennedy serial SIO2PC does it not? I just pulled mine out and want to start using it with a windows based interface. thanks James
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