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Everything posted by john_q_atari

  1. Build? As in only one? Two of my three 1088XEL builds (it's a sickness) still have room for a Sophia. Or maybe I'll replace my RGB Sophia in my 5200 with this one. (The DVI version never could handshake with my projector so maybe this new supermode Sophia would have better luck.)
  2. Call him on the phone and place your order. That's what I do and it works every time.
  3. As I recall the redemption was open sourced a year ago so anyone sufficiently inclined and moderately electronically capable could make one for themselves if they needed to. Also just looking through these forums there are TONS of options for using controllers on the 5200 now. I think you can still send in 5200 controllers to Best Electronics and get them swapped for refurbished ones. For digital, you can use the latest ikonsgr adapter and a Sega pad. Soon Aladdin will have a 5200 controller. If you are even slightly willing or capable you can build your own bohiki adapter. If you are more capable the options are endless.
  4. In the thread he linked to he previously shared his thoughts at the time regarding your question. It's probably best for anyone who is interested to communicate with him via PM.
  5. For orders placed today, any likelihood they might ship in time to be received for Christmas?
  6. Order placed! I assume with the pokeyone that the game and sounds is indistinguishable from the game containing a real pokey?
  7. I don't really have anything to add unfortunately. Ikonsgr is right, when we used pin12, the adapter didn't work. when we used pot common, it did. This design is based on ikonsgr's earlier work and the bohoki adapter which is based on the adapter in the 5200 faq. You can see the link in my previous post (#104) to comments from bohoki.
  8. It seems bohoki agrees with you: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/282844-atari-5200-pin-12-spec/?do=findComment&comment=4111264
  9. Keyboard problem is solved. Turns out its a known problem with the console 5 extension cables: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/281530-my-homemade-5200-controller/?do=findComment&comment=4239134 Turns out that person's solution was to cut down the connector a bit: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/281530-my-homemade-5200-controller/?do=findComment&comment=4239255 Now I just need to test more games. Especially ones using both fire buttons or needing precise firing response (and not just frantic mashing of the fire button).
  10. I have received the prototype adapter from ikonsgr for testing on my 4-port. Initial tests of the base functionality with a 2600 compatible controller and a Sega Genesis 3 button controller are looking good. I have verified I am still not very good at Defender. 😁 I will test the 6 button controller and some other 9 pin controllers I have as well. I have encountered one issue with using the pass-through 15-pin plug in connector for the keypad. One row and one column is not being read. I have plenty of schematics, prototype joysticks with keypads, and test equipment so it should be a relatively straight-forward issue to diagnose and resolve. (I am also not intending to start a discussion or look for feedback on that issue. I'm just sharing the information on where things currently stand.) In summary, things are looking good. Stay tuned!
  11. john_q_atari


    Atari 2600 Pac-Man was what got me into Atari as a kid. I had to wait a long time before I got an Atari and when I did finally get one, I made sure Pac-Man was the game I got with the system. Was I disappointed with Pac-Man? If I was, the disappointment was so short lived I can't ever remember it. I do remember I played the living bejeezus out of that game. Bash the game if you like, but I'll have no part of it.
  12. You should be able to mod it: https://etim.net.au/2600rgb/
  13. A little labor over the labor day weekend: I have gotten the design to work with some modifications. I've been communicating with ikonsgr so I feel it is safe to say that the project is advancing.
  14. No one could ever accuse you of lack of enthusiasm that's for sure. So one for each port of a 4port? 😁
  15. I meant 15to9 not 9to9. (too late for me to edit my original post).
  16. The PIC 16F630 chips that I ordered came in. Currently having some difficulty getting the chip, my generic pic kit3, and the mplab v4.15 software to all work together. (chip isn't getting detected). I've had problems in the past with another PIC chip and another project that I did eventually get working. (can't remember my solution at the moment other than changing/configuring programmer voltage generation setting which I can't find at the moment in the software...) ikonsgr, is the 15to9.hex software you posted identical to what is on the 16F630 chip on your 9to9 adapter previously mentioned in this thread?
  17. I haven't had any problems finding the optos these last few months. Not many out there though so if you need a pointer to them just drop me a PM.
  18. Just an FYI, I initially tried the DVI version with my 5200 but my Sony HD projector didn't display the image properly. I ended up using the RGB version in my 5200 and fed the RGB signal to a framemeister.
  19. Honestly, what does it matter? As long as you are happy with it and get enjoyment out of it, who cares about $150 either way. And it sounds like you are pretty happy with it. I'm guessing for most of us this is just a hobby to pursue because it interests us, we get enjoyment out of it, and it makes us happy. So as long as we aren't spending more than we can afford, or prioritizing it over other important parts of our lives, the final dollar cost probably doesn't matter.
  20. Interesting. I have both that I bought new back in the day from ToysRUs. I think they were recommended by the ToysRUs game sales people. I never really cared for either of them. Maybe I'm just not a microswitch guy or just got too used to the original atari joysticks that came with my 2600 Vader system. I kinda like the slik stik though. Never had any of the other Wico's to try though. I ordered 2 just now to try them out. Followup edit: I realized I never did have the tac 2. I have something that looks more like a tac3 or a tac5. it has a white plastic handle and I don't much care for it, whatever it is.
  21. I am not an expert, but if the electronics are otherwise sound then heat would be what you need to look out for. I am assuming that you aren't enclosing the tv and 2600 inside a display case that might not have good air circulation. If you are, it's important in general for the electronics to have some airflow so that the heat doesn't build up. Internally to the console, potentially you could open up the 2600 and install a new voltage regulator with a beefy heatsink and thermal compound. After 30+ years the heat transfer away from the 2600's voltage regulator is bound to be quite poor. Not quite the same thing, but I have a 7800 with a recently replaced voltage regulator and recently replaced thermal grease and I have had it on continuously for the last 6+ weeks with no issues.
  22. When I compare your schematic to this one: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/14872-genesis-to-7800-controller-mod/ It seems like your resistors are swapped. Otherwise the circuit appears to be the same. I used the schematic I referenced above when I modified a genesis compatible controller for the 7800: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/288232-how-i-modded-a-hyperkin-gn6-controller-for-use-with-the-7800 Where I passed through the direction connections just like in the schematic. And yes, all of the directions work. and 2 of the 3 main genesis buttons work as the 2 individual fire buttons on the 7800.
  23. Ignoring completely the wireless aspect of the controller, has anyone compared the 8Bitdo M30 to the Hyperkin GN6 in terms of "feel" and responsiveness? Are both controllers just as good in these respects or is one better than the other assuming the user doesn't care about wired vs. wireless?
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