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  1. A brief tip when using a 'prommer and old old old chips: I had to clean the sides of the IC's pins before I got a consistent read. This is because regular motherboard sockets wipe two sides of the pins. Fine. That's normal. But the TL866 and all other ZIF-sockets like it make contact on the sides that aren't ever touched by a standard DIP socket. The contacting surfaces are offset by 90 degrees. There is no wiping action to remove the thin layer of oxidation that can build up on those narrow edges. The simple solution is to slide the chip back and forth in the ZIF socket while it's halfway closed. This gives you the same beneficial wiping and cleaning action as removing and re-inserting in a standard DIP socket. Or manually clean the IC if you don't want wear and tear on your ZIF socket. Try that if you have parts that aren't working/testing/programming in any 'prommer. I also had the issue with some 74xx logic from the 1970's. They'd work in the original Apple II motherboard. But would fail ID and testing when in my 'prommer. Until I cleaned the other sides. All 4 sides of a square/rectangular pin. Ideally all vintage ICs should be given a light cleaning when the opportunity presents itself. As far as abrasives go, I try to use an eraser, gently, or paper. If needed maybe a relay contact cleaner pad. You get bonus points for using Deoxit D5 or other appropriate contact cleaner. Boss Bonus if you use Deoxit Gold. Or Gold Guard.
  2. Maybe not. It seems to have blown past the reserve. And will likely keep going. It does demonstrate greed on the part of the seller. But in reality it's destined to go beyond the reserve. And that makes the reserve pointless especially with a bidding war. And, anyhow, once word got out in the comparatively small hobby of VCS cart collecting, well.. The sky's the limit.
  3. Are these increasing or decreasing in value? I remember correctly or incorrectly they ranged in price from 3000 to 40,000. Or am I completely mistaken?
  4. Love those colors. That's CGA artifacting isn't it?
  5. I might be in the middle of one of those right now. Trying to get a 486 to POST. Despite best efforts it refuses to finish. Setting it aside for a while and will come back to it.
  6. I'm not a cart collector or anything. I once was years and years ago. But I was simply wondering what about this cart ties knots in collector's heads.
  7. What makes this cart so sought after? It's just a piece of plastic with a sticker. Modern manufacturing could dupe it in a day and make thousands.
  8. Bill Gates makes the potatoes for McDonald's fries. In other news I'm trying to repair a real bitch-stubborn motherboard. A 486 on top of it. 486s are the hardest retrocomputer to work on.

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    2. simbalion


      McDonald's fries use micro potato chips!

    3. Keatah


      Keeping a 486 running is a true test of nostalgia.

    4. Master Phruby

      Master Phruby

      Especially if you are into leather and whips.

  9. If this was me. And I was building for practical usage I would totally skip it. Find another solution. But for nostalgia, I might consider it.
  10. $200?!!?! It's a workable solution and quality product. But I'd hate to see the OP pay $200 for what was once outmoded e-waste. Especially when the seller likely got these for free or under $30. These things were likely put in systems and then those systems put curbside. Or sent to china for stripdown. Or given to others that strip them for parts - something that's increasingly happening. It's nothing new. Lot's of sellers trying to make bigbux. Sucking in nostalgia seekers. Because they can. 'Tis like that in many hobbies. And I'm beginning a one-man crusade against high priced parts. Just don't buy them at these exorbitant prices.
  11. PowerLeap makes a good product. But they were also caught in that capacitor thing. So if you buy anything from that era, replace the caps. All my slockets and interposers, regulators, and converters needed their electrolytics replaced early.
  12. I sucked at most arcade games. But still had savant-like performance on a few of them. The ones I just mentioned + Missile Command and Gyruss. I was a wannabe on Liberator and Tempest. And a big fail at everything else. I loved the insert coin to continue feature. Made rather efficient use of it to avoid grinding through earlier and middle levels. TRON was a natural tie-in, because all about computers and videogames. Hype wasn't overdone. Or at least us kids didn't read into it too much. BMX'ing in the mud was equally important. Today it's 10 kinds of merch, online accounts, surveys and contests you have no chance of winning, and even branded special edition consoles sometimes. And those boomy sound effects in the trailers! Give it a break.. Well there are others. WarGames. Did a lot for modems and the BBS scene. At least in my part of town.
  13. Blasteroids was a hoot! It's one of the few arcade games I completed. So.. Blasteroids Assault RoadBlasters S.T.U.N. Runner and Super Space Invaders '91 ..were among the last games I played in the arcade before calling it quits. It wasn't a quitting moment like.. stop.. no more. Moreso a petering out and winding down thinking hey I got great games at home. BETTER games at home. The time and gas money wasn't a good ROI anymore. It was interesting to note that they were all 68000 based and likely some of the best 16-bit games I ever played.
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