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  1. Yep... thats a fancy smancy PC bbs.. need to get back to the atari roots.. There are lots of BBS softwares, some require a lot of work.. (maintenance) for the 8-bit and 16-bit. I am playing with a lot of it. Unfortunately what we really need are more callers. We have more wanna be sysops (im one of them) than callers at the moment. James
  2. So I won a exxos 4mb memory upgrade in the Dark Force BBS draw. I tried to install it in a 520ST - it seems to me bank 0 on the upgrade is dead. I am talking to Exxos about it. That aside - I can get it to work as a 2.5mb upgrade - 512k on board and bank 1 on the upgrade works 2mb. IF this is my worst case and I cannot get any exchange etc.. what do I loose.. I guess if this machine was ever wanting to run desktops and NVDI etc.. then this will not cut it.. but for games and regular TOS 1.4 work .. should be fine?? Just throwing it out there.. James
  3. I found Steve Grimm , I think, I have contacted him. Fingers crossed. James
  4. Well he was on in June.. I am looking for some chips Chandler if you still have them. I wanted to PM you but you have that feature turned off. James
  5. Veg Guild - LMAO I kill myself. Sorry Tillek.. Thats what happens when the Veterns get too old. James
  6. So today doing my rounds Basement - down Part-time - down Vet Guild - down Tried several times, hope all is well, I remember Tillek saying he lost a drive on Veg Guild, not sure why the other two are down.. had tried friday as well.- John? James
  7. So Hawaii, is an Oasis 4.7 BBS - some super cool features and functions. I figured out why I kept loosing my info. I have my account now.. I have asked the SYSop if he would be willing to share the bbs software with others.. as far as I am aware there is no copy of Oasis 4.... anything in any archive. His seems to be running very well.. smooth and attractive in Atasci. So its important to have it saved. Anyway.. hope some more people call.. love to discuss on the board or here.. what you think about it. James
  8. does anyone log into Hawaii BBS??? I have tried.. I get in.. I create an account.. log off.. try and log in again.. no go. Anyone?? James
  9. Yeah.. whats with that?? someone really wanted to do something on the Darkforce.. hmmmmm James
  10. yeah and I have logged in like 10 times this past month I will donate if I win again! James (But I knew you would reply!!! LMAO!)
  11. Necro Bump found this article.. So it did get sold. https://www.atarimagazines.com/st-log/issue27/194_1_REVIEW_BB_ST.php James
  12. Well as some of you might know him around here I picked up Russ Campbell's stuff. Mega 2 - populated to 4 mb.. Mega2 bottom case with a top with a mega4 badge. it has one of those small Pc PSUs in it.. I have seen the video.. seems to work fine, fits on the tray. ICD ADspeed 16mhz in it. I have not run the software or sysinfo yet. Had a SSDD 354 floppy OUCH! - had to go. I have a Sony 920 around that I put "in" it but of course the cover does not want to fit now without cutting away. It also had a Viking Video card in it. gives you 1280 x 960 on a ECL monitor (specifically) I am not really interested in going that route with the machine so that card et al will be moving on. This machine required some clean up some shrink wrap some hot glue and its got 1.4 in it, so pretty much go. This has the potential to be my MOD machine. Many more upgrades with DIP CPU than PLCC. 1040 STE - with 4mb, an exxos TOS switcher. This is not a collectors items.. lol.. Top case from a different machine. changed badge, but that cover is still broken, but good "enough". The MB was SCORCHED.. at the jumper for the TOS.. several traces were destroyed. There was also an attempted repair that was incorrect. I first had to figure out what the repair was trying to do.. then removed it. Then started following the logic.. found the traces where they were going and made the appreite jumper connections. Header pins on TOS switcher were also badly butchered, so removed damaged sections and solded in new pins. Machine fired up.. seems to be working now. A win! Retro Fun Ultra Satan - did not get a psu for it, but those are easy to find 5v 1amp. With 16gb sandisk microSD.. so thats good. This will install internal in the Mega4. NetUSBee (Lotharek) not tested yet. One colour 1224 and one mono 124 monitor - Already had these, and I use NEC lcd screens now.. so really only want 1 just to test machines. - need to find homes. A bunch of commercial software - Some interesting things is a Deskcart! (now have 2) a Backpack cartridge - almost the same as Deskcart! but no battery backup. Both work - I think the Backpack cartridge might only work on certain TOS as I was not able to get it to work on the STE. A hardware freezer - that allows you to dump commercial software and run a backup through the cartridge - it must be present to run hooks into cart port and video connection. Some 300+ floppy disks - a lot are old ST magazine cover disks repurposed. MOST have little of nothing of value. There was a number of nice software titles that most likely I could get dumps of already online.. but I will go through them and see if there is anything I can contribute to Atarimania. A small lot of 8-bit stuff. a 600xl upgraded (still needs RF out) 1050 with minispeedy - not tested but I am pretty sure it works. Atarimax sio2usb dual(sio in out) Basic XE and Action! carts to go with my Basic XL. I want to learn how to program again.. I really am a hardware guy.. little software skills. A couple of boxes of 5.25 floppies with stuff on them.. almost no commercial software. One of the boxes is an INDUS GT carry case! I have INDUS drive.. now I have the carry case.
  13. https://blog.troed.se/projects/atari-st-picopsu-replacement/ You will find a ton of great projects on troed's site. he is also very much around and active in the community. James
  14. I have done the Pico as well.. it works.. except you are now using an external powerpack.. but does the trick. James
  15. You would think it would be a matter of firmware right? Yeah.. that joystick port thing.. grrrrrr. But to get PUFF BBS running you have to have one. James
  16. Dropcheck this is a board you are making? or you bought one and want to test it? how did the tests go btw? If you are making it.. it would be really helpful to have one of these that supports the FULL Hayes AT command set.. because so much of the software back in the day was designed for it. Part of the issues today using Lantronix devices and some of the other wifi or wired "modem" devices is they only support a limited what they think they need command set.. and thats most certainly not true on the BBS end. James
  17. Well.. everything back together.. the display is not as bad as it was. The display in composite is bad in the U1mb menu.. bad.. but in the atari screen not bad. In S-video much better in both. But I think connections etc.. are better now and I can live with the composite and the S-video is of pretty good quality. SO I can use headers and output to Component? Would that be better than S-video? I am going to consider this part of the build successful now.. if I can do something to improve video later.. so be it. Thanks to all who contributed and put in suggestions.. it was frustrating.. I guess a so so connection somewhere.. the display is "better" Oh can I use that Stress tester for Altirra for real hardware.. would that be a good way to BURN in the computer??? James
  18. OK miswired the colour signal into the UAV.. that has been correct.. BUT . BOTH UAVs.. work fine.. good UAV rev Ds.. but not for my 1088.. which is still messed up.. and its not the UAV.. but it is going to the video circuit. So something feeding into the UAV is not right on the board.. How to I isolate that? James
  19. Looking at Sugerland's pic a few times this afternoon got me thinking.. I screwed up putting the IN into the circuit.. I put it next to the other wires.. so I was putting it into the other ground. SO.. BOTH UAVs.. work fine.. Which is good for this thread.. good UAV rev Ds.. but not for my 1088.. which is still messed up.. and its not the UAV.. but it is going to the video circuit. James
  20. Its ok, I am having the same fun.. I need to back through UAV threads.. IS there any CAPs or something else I could have touched?? how do I troubleshoot the COLOUR portion of the circuit? James
  21. Last 3-4 posts in the 1088 build have the pictures. I was going to re-re the pins.. but then thought wait.. i have a bunch of spare sockets.. so i doubled up. Then installed. Looked ok.. just b/w .. but this was the uav from the 1088 that i thought might have been bad.. so.. maybe it was.. but when i put the uav that originally come from that machine back in.. b/w as well. So i did SOMETHING to the 800xl somehow because both uav give same result. The colour pot seems to range from .5v to 9.3v moves fine but dont remember that large of a voltage range. James
  22. Need help again. Was troubleshooting what I thought was a bad UAV in a 1088xel.. SO I removed it from there.. installed it in my Great working 800xl with UAV. Plugged it in.. and instead of bad colour I got no colour B/W .. thought the UAV from the 1088xel must be bad. - Reinstalled the good UAV that was originally in the 800xl.. just B/w.. I have lost all my colour somehow. All connections are good.. only thing I did was remove and reinstall UAVs.. I need a hand. Running out of energy for all this. Thanks James
  23. managed to screw up the 800xl now.. no colour. Out of energy for this for now.. very frustrating. James
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