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About johndotpizza

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  1. Sorry should have been more clear. I replaced the power board a couple weeks ago because the original was fried and didn't work at all. I mentioned that because the eBay listing for the new (current) one said it was tested so I'm hoping that goes for the serial connection as well. Is there somewhere I could send this in to be fixed? I don't really want to spend any more time on trying to get it to work. Just don't have the time right now and I really just want it to work for a video project. Maybe buying a used, working one would be cheaper than a fix?
  2. I have not. Other than the belt that needed replacing everything seems to be in good condition inside and out. I also replaced the entire power board in the 800 since the original was fried. The new one was advertised as tested and working so hopefully that applies to the serial connection as well. I don't know much about this stuff so I don't know what to look for.
  3. Tried all of this. Nothing will "play" the tape. It never budges.
  4. I just let it sit for a bit after hitting return and I first got a "boot error" and then "Error- 138" which looks to be a I/O timeout. So I'm assuming my 410 is just dead, despite the fact that it can be rewound and advanced.
  5. After I hear the long beep then hit return I hear another short beep but still nothing happens.
  6. No. The tape never plays. I've tried every combination of starting with the play button pressed, pressing it later, running without holding START, with holding START. Nothing will start the tape playing. When I do send CLOAD, though, I hear a low pitch beep which kind of sounds like an error sound. Is that right?
  7. I finally got my new belt installed and my 410 will now rewind and advance the tape however the computer will not load from it. I've tried the hold START technique as well as the CLOAD command and neither seem to want to communicate with the 410. Is there anything else I can try? Maybe the serial connection is no good? The pins all look clean.
  8. I don't see what would be hard about it. I can easily get to the existing belt. I think the problem is getting the right belt.
  9. I really like the idea of the cassette though. I didn't even know data was stored on cassettes like this until I found this thing. Besides, if all it takes is a new belt it's worth a shot.
  10. Ok I opened it up today and found that the drive belt was very loose. After inspection I decided to plug it in and see if the motor turned and surprisingly it did! I swear nothing would happen before. So now I know the motor works at least. Now I just need a replacement belt. Do you guys have any suggestions?
  11. Thank you all for the replies! The 410 is 100% plugged into power (it has an integrated cable) but I can't fast forward or rewind. I assume that means it's broken?
  12. Well it doesn't even make any sound.
  13. Tried the first suggestion and still nothing. I have PLAY on when the 800 turns on, I hold down START and I get a blue screen with a cursor and I hear the tone but pressing RETURN doesn't do anything. Should the 410 show any signs of life without communicating with the computer because I get nothing from it at all. I don't know what CLOAD is. If it's a command I don't know where/when to type it.
  14. I know close to nothing about these computers so please bear with me. I'm trying to get a 410 program recorder to work with my 800 computer. I insert the Basic CXL4002 cartridge into the left slot, insert the Touch Typing CX4110 tape into the 410, power on the 800 and see "ready" on screen and press "play" on the 410 but the 410 does nothing. Have I done everything correctly? I suspect the 410 is simply broken. Appreciate any help!
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