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  1. Slow down was the key phrase. I either never knew or had forgotten it was even possible to slow down in this game so thanks for the reminder! The button did do something after all...
  2. 2 lap challenge 38700+36850+37900=113650 + not sure what NTSC bonus is
  3. I think I could play for 100 years and not finish the 8 lap race on AtariGP level.
  4. Even 74k for 1 lap challenge, I resolve to finish the 8 laps next but 78k for now.
  5. 15850 getting better but still a long way from the top.
  6. 7510 in case pic gets cropped weird. My timing was all off from being used to arcade Galaga.
  7. Way late to the party but I'll post my sad score for fun. Unfortunately my beloved Wico has gone flaky which hurt a lot.
  8. Jumpman Jr. - my favorite platformer but I could understand voting for Miner 2049er or Bounty Bob instead. Ultima 3 (first RPG I ever played or even heard of) Encounter AR The Dungeon Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Infocoms could have their own separate top 5 category).
  9. 800 and 800XL, had to replace keyboards in both of them but they now work great.
  10. I just installed a Happy in my 1050 and when I put the RF cage back on, it feels like the Happy chip is up against the edge of the cage and touching it. Is that a problem? Does the RF shield even matter anymore in this age of digital TVs?
  11. The serial port is powered from RPi's 3.3VCC pin and I think shifts from there. So would I need to connect both RTS and CTS for this to work then? I tried just using the RTS overlay and didn't have any luck. My serial add-on doesn't have pins for RTS/CTS but I could probably solder them as there are spots for them on the board. If I do that, would I use the default atarixfer cable option or is this equivalent to Lotharek's or the APE cable? It sounds like Lotharek's SIO2PC/1050-2-PC with USB dual cable would solve all my problems and be a lot easier to deal with so I will probably just do that. Thanks everyone for all your replies!
  12. I have been having a horrible time trying to wire up my Raspberry Pi's serial port to work with 8-bit hardware. I bought a serial port add-on board for the Pi and tested it using minicom connecting to an old Cisco router and that worked so I think the port is ok but atariserver and atarixfer don't work at all. I looked deeper and various online diagrams for the 1050-2-PC cable use 5 wires (Tx, Rx, VCC, GND, and another one I have seen labeled as CTS, RTS or DTR). I just realized that my Pi's serial port only has 4 wires connecting to the Pi's GPIO (Tx,Rx, VCC, GND). I have read that DTR is not possible on the Pi but RTS is. Can I get by with RTS? My add-on board has a small pin I think I could get to work with another connector. I am using an old (bought 15-20 years ago) 1050-2-PC cable and I don't know whether it uses RTS or DTR. I guess I could rewire it if needed but would prefer to avoid that. How critical is this difference?
  13. This thread makes me want to take apart my 30 in 1 cartridge.
  14. Thanks Stickjock and Steven, I haven't soldered in a while but will keep all this in mind if the lack of a power light continues to annoy me. It's good to know that I don't have to do it though.
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