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  1. Zaxxon bin yes. 5200 Cart. Did select the Buck Rogers a few ROMs back before I realized it was stuck. Official Image. I ended up removing the .lr-atari800.cfg line that referred to the Buck Roger ROM (it was listed under a piggy back ROM). Not sure why it was listed but once removed...it stopped displaying the Buck Rogers line in the RunCommand.log line. I have tried and retried many 5200 ROMS and I now get it to go thru the normal runcommand.log display when loading a ROM to go to a black screen. The runcommand logs show nothing out of the ordinary now. If I press F5 (Warm Boot?) when the ROM is at the black screen I go in to a "testing" mode which is similar to the option key pressed on a old Atari 800XL upon turning it on. Where it tests memory etc. On entering where to look for the BIOS files.... I assume thats in the lr-atari emulator. Once the ROM is loaded (Black Screen) I press F1 and then F1 again and I am in the Emulator where I select the Configuration Settings. For the 5200 I see selected the AT_5200.ROM found in the Bios folder. Similar situations for the respected other machines and Bios ROMS. I am wondering if I have bad ROMS either in the Bios ROM or possibly Game ROMS. The Game ROMS are 7z files (zips) that evidently contain more then one file. Is there a way to test things more verbosely (Diagnostically/more logs)? Thanks for the help Chris
  2. mksmith/all, Here is the finished result. Thanks Again, Chris
  3. mr_me, Thanks for the help! I have read thru the documents (got a basic understanding) and downloaded the BIOS Roms from here (2 places as the second did not include the 5200 Bios ROM); 5200 https://atariage.com/5200/emulation/index.html?SystemID=5200 AND the others; https://atari800.github.io/download.html Also got the exit function to work on the keyboard. Placed the Bios ROMS in the BIOS folder (\\RetroPie\bios) Have a few Game ROMS in the Atari 5200 folder (\\RetroPie\roms\atari5200) Rebooted the retropie (more than once). Tried a 5200 Game or two and things either went to a black screen after the standard ROM load screen about the RunCommand.log etc. or the system put me back at the Game ROM selection screen (like nothing happened). Upon looking at the RunCommand.log I see the following (included image); Please note that the game inserted error (line) was/is not the one selected to play. Seems to be stuck on the tmp/retroarch/Buck Rogers... file. I have even tried uninstalling and reinstalling the the lr-atari800 package...Still get the same error. I have even deleted the runcommand.log file and upon the selection of another Game Rom I get same situation...the Game ROM file to execute is not matching the ERROR line. Rebooted the PI multiple times as well as emulation station. Looking for ideas on how to handle....Suggestions? Thanks for the help, Chris
  4. All, Setting up a RetroPie for the first time. Downloaded a rom or two and have had good luck with most of the systems/roms but I tried a group of Atari 800 ROMS (downloaded a large set of ROMs) and am having trouble getting the Atari 800/5200 roms to work. Basically once I select the ROM it pops up the normal ROM loading screen but it immediately goes back to the list of ROMS available. It appears that the lr-atari800 is the emulator of choice being used by Retropie. No visible error message ...My guess is I need a Atari 8bit Bios or additional Atari ROMS (XL ROMS) but what is the process to get this to work properly? I remember there being some process/hoop in the old MESS/MAME setups....but I could be wrong....its been a while. Also is there anyway to back out of a running ROM game through the keyboard attached to Raspberry Pi. It seem the controller I have is possibly giving me grief as once a game starts it seems impossible to back out....probably a configuration thing. Also I am using retroUSB adapters to play with the original controllers (NES/ATARI/SNES/SEGA/N64 ones) is there a way to setup multiple controllers? I have been using a Super NES one that I had close by in a drawer. Thanks Chris
  5. MitKraft, Thanks for the tip! I will have to ask my step-dad about this more (seems easy enough in theory and to just create one) as he works on vintage radios all the time. (He was a electrical engineer in the Air force for 20 years and refurbishes/brings back from the scrap heap old/very old radios.) He belongs to some national club etc. I can see where I will use this tool quite often for a couple other projects. Thanks again, Chris
  6. Guys, Thanks for the info! I will probably pick up a Harbor Freight One...There are 3 within 20 minutes of my place. Looks like the price jumped on the unit even with a 25% off coupon...but still is reasonable. I will let you know what I find out on the monitors. Thanks Chris
  7. All, The process is very similar to what I have been doing just far on electronic board cleaning. UltraSonic Cleaner was mentioned...been considering one...What is a good size unit for Retro-Activities and what should I look for in a unit? Thanks, Chris
  8. All, Thanks for the replies. Do you think a quick blast of air on both monitors and maybe Q-Tips with 91% Alcohol on bad areas would work...Or is there something better? I have used WD-40 Electrical/Contact Cleaner with good sucess in the past usually for switches/contacts/small board areas. Do these monitors suffer from Capacitor Issues? Any good maintenance advice on these old Monitors. Thanks for the help, Chris
  9. All, I have a 1701 and a 1084 Commodore Monitor down in my basement. The basement lets just say its unfinished and has in the last year suffered 2 separate failures in the sump pump. When we bought the home the previous owner said he was replacing the pump before he left. I found a new Wayne sump pump box moving in (2015) but found out 3-4 years after I moved in the sump is more than 15 years old and only a meager 1/4 horse (similar to the carcass one (assumed original) I found in the basement). We ended up finding the failed pump and 2 feet of water after I moved my retro collection to our basement. Then about 6 months later we lost our power and guess what it flooded again...LOL. May I add I found both scenarios about a week after the fact. The second scenario almost escaped detection exept the wet area rug gave things away. Luckily everything I have was either in Totes or on tables, not to mentioned sealed in large baggies except for 2 commodore drives (1541 and a newer white one). After dissassembly and a cleaning the drives it appears everything is ok. The 1541 was under water completely for days but the bag it was in kept things semi dry. The goal...I am going through my collection (40 years of stuff), repacking the extra hardware, and trying to build shelving....get stuff better organized etc. Steps toward a game room. I came to the monitors....I recently picked up a Retrotink 2x-pro...so I see these monitors being tested and then sealed in bags/wrapped and placed on shelves. The 1701 was not sealed but on the table. The 1084 was sealed and on a table. Knowing the scenario (wet damp basement), do you think it would be advantageous to open the monitors up and check for corrision before firing them up to test functionality etc? My guess the 1084 will be fine. The 1701 may be another story. Thanks Chris
  10. All, Let me know on the Retroscaler. I saw it previously but the reviews on the Retrotink 2x was more than positive from numerous people...so went with it. If this is good I may purchase it and put it in the office and the Retrotink in the Game Room. Thanks Chris
  11. All, I ended up purchasing the Retrotink 2x-Pro with the N64/SNES S-video cord. I also picked up a 10 pack of RF Female to Coaxial Male Adapters. (This should handle the RF machines to test them out etc) I also ended up purchasing the respective Atari, Commodore, and Ti994A Cables from 8 bit Classics to get the best video connections possible as I will use these mostly. (Both the 8 pin and 4 pin versions as I do have a mixture of both pin outputs/machines). I may end up buying the 12 ft version of the same cables from http://herculesworkshop.com/ but I am not sure how I am exactly laying out the final game room and thats not going to happen till after the pandemic clears up. I ended up also purchasing a single RF Modulator (GE one mentioned previously) and a Standard Universal RF Switch. The last two things are for an old Analog TV I have in the garage. I will let you know what I think of the Retrotink 2x-Pro. The upgrades may be a consideration once I know how the move and 5 years of sitting in boxes have affected these machines. They were sealed but I have concerns. Thanks everyone Chris
  12. All, So for the RF Ports there is no other option available other than a UAV? (More on this later) I can see the SVideo (Hercules Workshop S-Video 6' Atari Video Monitor TV Cable) and Retrotink 2x working for the Atari (i.e 800XL,1200XL.) I can see the SVideo (https://www.8bitclassics.com/product/c64-svideo/) and Retrotink 2X for the Commodores working. Looks like the Ti994a may possibly work with the Hercules above or https://www.8bitclassics.com/product/5-pin-din-to-composite-av-cable/. I believe the Nintendos and I believe the PS1 will work with the Retrotink 2X directly. (Not sure on the NES Original - RF? - Its not in front of me currently - bought I thought it was 3 wire output) Not sure about the PS2...Will it work with the Retrotink directly? I do have a XBox Original or 3 running around. I was thinking for the RF only systems (2600,7800,400, and the 600XL) something like the below; https://www.amazon.com/GE-38806-Modulator-Video-Converter/dp/B074JW9W3Z/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=RF+to+SVideo+Adapter&qid=1599068963&sr=8-1 with the Retrotink 2x. Would this work? Are there other options? The UAVs may be an option but I am talking probably half dozen machines (I have 2-2600s,1-7800, 1-400,1-600XL,1-TRS80 coco). I prefer not to alter the machines some still have original boxes. One I know I will not do as its still sealed (never been opened). I think I have a direction on the Commodores and the more commonly used Atari 8bits...So I feel confident buying those 2 cables and the Retrotink-2x to get started. I should clarify the Retrolink-2x will be connected to a LG 4K 34 inch monitor (not TV - LG 34UC87M) which has multiple HDMI ports. I believe this makes no difference but I will be swapping those machines/systems out as needed. Thanks all for the help, Chris
  13. All, Looked at the Retrotink 2x...Realized I am out of my realm/forgot more than I thought type of thing. Will this work with most of the older consoles/Computer systems? I know some of them just have the RF Frequency only, some have composite and RF,some things just component,etc. On the RF only ones (ie Atari 400, Atari 2600) do I need a RF modulator still when using the Retrotink? Basically the below systems (From the top of my head) today could/would be connected to the Retrotink 2X if I purchase it. Atari 400 Atari 800 Atari 600XL Atari 800XL Atari 1200XL Atari 2600 Atari 5200 Atari 7800 Commodore 64 Commodore 128 (I put these Apples on the list but I have a friend who may be getting them - in the next week. - never was a big Apple person.) Apple IIe (never used) Apple IIgs (Bought 10 years ago at a Salvation Army ($25) never turned it on) Ti-994a TRS-80 (Coco) Consoles Nintendo (NES) Super Nintendo (SNES) Nintendo 64 SEGA Genesis PlayStation 1 (PS1) PlayStation 2 (PS2) Would there be any issue connecting any of the above using the Retrotink 2X and then out its HDMI? Previously many were hooked to monitors or used the RF connections to old Analog TVs. Commodores were to Commodore monitors and the Ataris, TI994a, TRS80 where mostly RF connections. I believe the consoles, when used in their prime time, mostly DVD/VHS connections on the front. So I am expecting I may need to buy some cables for the systems to connect to the Retrotink...Looking for those suggestions as well. Thanks guys in advance, Chris
  14. Mimo, Thanks for the response. I considered the Sophia but its only a solution to a single Atari. I have more than one 8 bit Atari...not to mention the other 8 bit systems. The Retrotink may be a option. Thanks Chris
  15. MKSmith, Thanks so much! I reached out to Phil and he had the items I was needing. Should be to my place (US-Ohio) in a couple weeks. Thanks again, Chris
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