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  1. I've only ever noticed the zig-zag pattern on PAL machines. None of my NTSC machines do it. Does anybody know why this is?
  2. Nothing wrong in asking, or wanting this. In fact, you have 100% validated every Atari fan's issue with the machine. Tat being - why did you (Atari) split the damn userbase? We all wanted what you did back then. At least we can have it now with decently priced flash carts for every system under the sun!
  3. Posting in both threads: Besides the obvious, that being the completely different edge connector the 5200 can address more ROM than the A8 computer line. Don't hold your breath on this one. Second obvious issue - the ROMs are different for each machine so there would need to be a different menu for each or a way to only show compatible games. You might as well take a multi-cart for the 5200 and a multi-cart for the A8 machine, and duct tape then together, double-ender style, because that's all any other solution will be.
  4. Besides the obvious, that being the completely different edge connector the 5200 can address more ROM than the A8 computer line. Don't hold your breath on this one. Second obvious issue - the ROMs are different for each machine so there would need to be a different menu for each or a way to only show compatible games. You might as well take a multi-cart for the 5200 and a multi-cart for the A8 machine, and duct tape then together, double-ender style, because that's all any other solution will be.
  5. Thanks for the heads up. I only had one 3D printer, an XYZ which was never reliable. I am super tempted to pre-order the Mars3 - it looks like the print capacity is large enough to do most any Atari projects (cart cases, SIO plugs, FujiNet, etc.) EDIT - that link says sold out. just my luck Sorry to hijack thread.
  6. Awesome - looking forward to it. Hopefully they don't look like they went partially through a paper shredder this time.
  7. Damn - the wife & I were supposed to attend this year but cancelled last minute due to covid concerns (i.e. I was not wearing a mask during the show so did not attend). The past 2 times I have gone, I ended up with 5 monitors and systems spread across two tables.
  8. Just got home - sorry for the delay. Yeah - all normal DVD features the Nuon chipset was invisible, just decoding and playing back as any standard player would. Any other features, be it smooth zooming, hi speed FF or REW, or even other stuff like playing games, was the realm of the Nuon chipset - only needing the DVD to load the program into "RAM".
  9. Forgive my ignorance on the topic. Does the RAM expansion in the 1090 work differently than the stand alone 1064? I was always under the impression that it would take a stock 600XL to 64kB, but if used on an 800XL, it would disable the internal RAM and you still only had a 64kB system.
  10. It was a custom developed architecture that excelled at MPEG decoding, but was a general purpose CPU. While any DVD player technically could use their decoder, if a system was Nuon enabled, it had their hardware. I consider it a full hardware environment. For the systems that did get released, Toshiba or Samsung may have provided the physical DVD mechanism, but it was VM Labs who provided the PCB that made it a DVD player, since MPEG-2 decoding was required. It would normally use a dedicated chip which could only decode - if it used the Nuon board to do so, it was also a fully programmable, general purpose system.
  11. Come on now - do you go into the local Auto Zone and bitch at the poor guy behind the counter because he is not selling parts for a 1920 Model T? Or a more realistic observation - some of the stuff for my 2004 truck I can't get parts for?
  12. Sweet - I have some other ideas. Let me just spew them out, and we'll get a dozen or so more games. Who knew it was this easy!
  13. I think bad PoKey can still cause machine to hang. Few things to test. Do you get the cassette load beep (as in booting with the Start key held down)? Do you get the "atari fart" when powering on? If it's trying to initiate a boot and the chip is bad, or if you remove the Pokey from the system altogether, you'll just hang at the blue screen with cursor at home position.
  14. What I did for my conversion, was trim off the blue borders. This left me with a 320 * 296 line or something image. I then resized to 240 scanlines (keeping aspect ratio). I then expanded the canvas to 320, so I had a centered, 320*240 image. This way I did not have to crop or lose any of the picture.
  15. This is better. Normal distance was down to 7.6, I didn't think letting it run any longer would improve things. Stephen_C64Xenium.xex
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