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  1. Throwing other ideas out there for increasing revenue:


    - charge a flat fee for listings in the buy / sell subforum

    - charge a percentage of the listing in the buy / sell subforum

    - free items are of course free to list

    - for a fee, allow a listing in the buy / sell subforum to be shown as a site advertisement


    I don't know what would be amenable to everyone, but these are just ideas...

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  2. 1 hour ago, Tim Hamilton said:

    I've read over the FinalGROM99 description, and I'm not entirely clear how it's used.  Is it a general-purpose mass storage device that I could use like the disk drive (save my own files to), or is it intended to load copies of cartridge software or some other specialized use?

    The FinalGROM is a device that allows you to boot cartridge images from the start screen.  The only way to get those images onto the FinalGROM is by using an external system (PC or Mac); the TI cannot create cartridge images.  The FinalGROM is not a disk drive like device that allows you to save your BASIC programs.


    In general, think of the FinalGROM as a cartridge-only device.

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  3. Just taking a guess, but it's likely leakage from the M100's internal battery.  Pics would help.


    If that's the case, soak the diode in white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes or until the bubbles stop forming.  Scrub with an old toothbrush and dry with cotton buds (Q tips).  Soak with 90+ percent isopropyl alcohol, and dry with cotton buds.

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  4. 29 minutes ago, --- Ω --- said:

    the whole unit is only 15 bux more than a replacement battery!

    You can find off brand batteries for less... for example I see one that's $35 for that particular UPS.  Just make sure to read the reviews before buying.

  5. 14 minutes ago, Mitkraft said:

    That's funny.  For traditional spinning drives I always buy Seagate because I've killed way too many WD drives and stopped trusting them all together.

    I've had trouble with both.  I think it comes down to statistics: some people will have WD drives fail more often, and others will have Seagate drives fail more often.  I go with Seagate, because I'm comfortable with their RMA process.

    8 minutes ago, OLD CS1 said:

    WD Green are pure trash

    Have to agree with that.  Those drives are what made me go to Seagate initially.

  6. 8 hours ago, OLD CS1 said:

    if I buy this NAS for the drives, the likelihood of them being authorized WD distributors is low so I might as well buy from a questionable outlet like Amazon

    There's also the fact that you'd be using the drives from the NAS in some other device, so the NAS people could say "no we don't support that config".  But I suppose you could ask about it before you buy from them.


    There are two approaches to buying: buy for price and get little or no support, or buy for support but pay heavily for it.  I tend to do the former for personal stuff, and the latter for business stuff.  So yeah, I do buy from Amazon since I'm a cheap SOB.

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  7. Some tips for the "black screen with noise" issue at the following blog post:



    The blogpost references John Guion's guide to troubleshooting.  I had posted a comment in the blogpost linking to the full text of the guide at whtech.  The comment was never approved, so is invisible.  


    I post the link here for your reference.


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  8. 27 minutes ago, mizapf said:

    So, are USB floppy drives still supported or not? 

    My reading of the article was that USB floppies are still supported. The downside of this is that it is not possible to read the raw disk content, therefore non-standard (non pc) formats are not readable. 

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  9. On 7/22/2019 at 6:07 AM, Mobsie said:

    The installer stop with an error, see the picture.

    The picture shows that you are compiling with Clang. Try GCC. Even then I don’t know if it will work.  The build process works on Linux but doesn’t work on all flavors of Linux. Mac is *like* Linux, but they are not the same.

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