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  1. Hi all, I'm slightly confused as to why I cannot get output from Sophia 2 to to a Sonia Bravia KDLV4000 TV I am using. I have tried all resolutions using the sconf tool, and given the following: - On two small monitors I own, I get output using 1280 x 960. One has HDMI input, so using DVI to HDMI cable works fine. Other DVI to DVI, also good. - The Sony TV accepts input from a Windows 10 PC using two different DVI to HDMI cables I've tested at same resolution - 1280 x 960. - Same DVI to HDMI cables when used with Atari (800xl) fail to get a picture. Any thoughts anyone? Can only get output to that TV via Scart cable carrying composite at moment, so not so good. Video on the small monitors is very very good, so would love to use this larger screen also as I intended. Thanks, Tim
  2. If anyone's interested, I documented my recent experience sorting out an Atari 2600 Jr I acquired. Commentary and photos in attached PDF. Just noticed the PDF instructions for the mod didn't embed properly, so will post that also (hope originator doesn't mind - free advertising after all). All comments welcome, I'm an amateur at best, but happy with result here. TJ76 ATARI JR VidMod SwitchFix.pdf notice_installation_AV_MOD_atari_2600_JR_PAL_EN.pdf
  3. Would love to be involved. Just repaired a 2600Jr, and have a light sixer to sort video on soon also. I have a Uno cart in post to me, so should be able to load roms from that.
  4. Thanks for these replies, which I've read with great interest and trepidation. Had a bit of luck now though to be honest, as thinking a RIOT replacement could have been on the cards, or at least ruled something out by swapping it, I eased out that chip, and also gave the board some careful cleaning. Upon returning the RIOT and powering up, I now have working joystick ports! Unless this is intermittent and requires further investigation later, I can move on to improving video and getting sound back. Thanks and goodnight. TJ
  5. Found my meter finally and checked this out. Continuity to voltage regulator seems ok, and seems to have consistent continuity to pins on the RIOT between both ports. Going to take a punt and replace RIOT, as can source locally within a few days relatively cheaply. Fingers crossed.
  6. Thanks both, always good to have right kind of pointers to kick me off. Would love to have this working normally again, and then look at getting some more modern video out of it as next step. Will try and find some time later today / tonight if the family let me Once i find my multimeter which i seem to have mislaid as didn't locate it last night. Have a good weekend. TJ
  7. Good evening, Wondered if anyone could advise here. Acquired a Woody light-sixer and looking to restore. It's a PAL unit and video is ok over RF modulator, however hiss instead of sound. No experience working on these, however have installed mods into an 800XL including installing new sockets, so have reasonable soldering skills. Getting no joystick input at all. Looking at main board, this doesn't look right to me, but not sure how it's meant to be. Looks like one damaged capacitor at C232, a disconnected one at C236, and looking at rear, I see solder bridges in that area that don't look right compared to example images I've seen. Any thoughts on how i fix anyone, e.g. what components i need to replace, and what may need de-soldering? Not sure what I'm doing here - a little project and learning as I go along, so be kind! Issue looks to be with Left controller. Last pick is rear of right which doesn't seem to have same points bridged.
  8. Ok, sorry guys, clearly just being OVERLY cautious here. with a little manipulation and not too much force, I found this does come out. Guess something not moved for 42 years can be stubborn! And result, as expected - a fully socketed board in VGC. This Woody cost me £37 delivered, so very pleased!
  9. Looked at this old post mentioning only 2 screws : So strange mine is so solid after removing those. glued perhaps?
  10. Good afternoon / morning all. Recently lucky enough to acquire a 2600 woody at a reasonable price. I believe it's 2nd edition, with 1978 on the main board. Was listed for sale as untested due to no PSU, and on a quick test I immediately got screen output testing with frogger cartridge, so very happy. Didn't try to play it before taking a look inside, and now note at least one joystick port may need attention, but that's for later. I'm interested to get the main board out to look at as understand this should be socketed allowing a relatively easy mod for composite output to avoid using the analogue via modulator. Watching this video, at 7.26 it looks so easy to remove, however mins seems stuck. There is some flex on right hand side of board on image I'm about to post, however on left near underside of cartridge slot, it seems solid, as if some screws i cannot get at holding it firm. Clearly don't want to force anything and damage it. Anyone have any advice for me on how to get this out? Thanks! TJ
  11. My main setup is an Atari 800XL with Ultimate 1MB, Sophia DVI, Side 3 running latest 0.19 firmware and an Sdrive Max on the side. Prior to a few months ago this was stored in a loft for years, and back in the 80s and early 90s, we only had a 1010 tape drive, therefore my knowledge on installing these upgrades, and using things like Spartados and 'disks' in general with an Atari are only a few months old - playing catchup here. After using Side3 in rather basic fashion for a while accessing SDCard with single FAT32 partition to load ATRs, XEXs and ROMs from the loader, I've, after a couple of mistakes, reconfigured a card via fdisk under SDX to have APT and Fat32 on same drive, and have been able to copy files between SDMax card and virtual drives on the card in the Side3 under Spartados launched from the U1MB. Along with nostalgia of playing games from my youth, I want to continue doing more useful things with the Atari, and had started teaching my son programming in Atari Basic, and soon after discovered Turbo basic which was helpful to speedup some random number generation we were doing in our program. I can boot turbo basic from the ATR I have via the SDMAX, and access .bas files stored on a drive mounted on the Side3. Now the potentially silly question where I don't know what I'm doing - Can I transfer the Turbo basic .atr to one of the Side3 PBI hard drives to boot it from there. It's a Dos 2.0 .atr , and if i copy the files across, and attempt to boot from it by selecting in U1MB as boot device (d3) , I have BOOT ERROR displayed repeatedly on screen. I wondered if for compatibility I needed drive to be setup as DOS 2.0, however in Format I seem to be unable to change mode of the drive. Apologies if obvious / covered elsewhere, but lacking in knowledge here - best way to have selectable Drive to Boot into Turbo basic. Thanks all, good evening and have enjoyable weekends. TJ
  12. Thought I'd take a look, but says invite invalid. Perhaps something I'm doing wrong as have not used Discord before.
  13. I love this community. For what I saw as a trivial issue with a single XEX file, the level of attention and desire to find out what's going on and swiftly fix just shows the heart that goes into these products. Sadly lost I feel with modern corporate software companies. Works great. Still get wiped out by Jammy Jim in the final, but don't expect anyone can help me there
  14. Interesting. I know little about 1088XEL e.g. did not know had own loader. I popped the Side3 into another 800XL REVE which has no Ultimate 1MB or other mods in it, and reproduce same behavior. So that XEX only likes loading via SIO for some reason? Anyway, not one to prioritize I'm sure, and thanks for looking.
  15. Side3 has been generally a joy to use so far, particularly after applying recent updates @flashjazzcat has provided addressing SD compatibility issues which fixed problems I had with a couple of 16gb Sandisk Ultra cards. One odd thing I spotted. I happened to try loading up 180.xex after someone mentioned the game on one of the forums / FB groups, and fancied rewinding the brain for a bit of reminiscing. Tried it a few times via Side3, and thought had corrupted Xex file, as after my turn, followed by computers turn, the game would crash with change of colors as attached. Earlier tried removing Side3 and plugging my Sdrive Max back in and loading it that way, and game was fine and I played to the semi-finals with no issues. Weird one - any thoughts what's going on here. Can post 180.exe if required, but just a general one from fandal or homesoft I think, so not sure file specific issue. Image below shows point of crash. Atari 800XL rev D Ultimate 1MB 3.11 RC_221020 Sophia DVI Sophia_C_1280x1024old.pof Side3 0.17_221022
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