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  1. Where are you located? I have this taken from an Atari 1050 drive.
  2. We had a very active Atari users group, here in the Milwaukee area, back in the 80's. MilAtari When I joined there were about 300 members. The club eventually converted into a general computer users club We still meet and have about 5 to 10 people at meetings. This year we've been meeting virtually for most of this pandemic.
  3. I bought a very inexpensive converter that seems to work quite well with HDMI. It converts the composite signal to HDMI Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RX69KR8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 For about $16 I figured I couldn't go wrong.
  4. I wish I could find a SCSI to SATA adapter. I have a good SCSI slide scanner that I can only use on a really old computer that still has a SCSI card.
  5. I'm coming close to finishing another project right now. I'm mounting a mini PC into an Atari 800XL computer. Just got the keyboard working with the PC. I want to make a connector to use my old Atari joysticks with this and I'm building a wireless mouse into an old game cartridge. It's fun getting back into these kinds of projects
  6. Sell the drive, someone will find it useful. Personally, I'd love to build a SCSI tower that connects to my TT that has a 3-1/2" floppy drive, 5-1/4" floppy drive, 44Mb SyQuest drive, 200Mb SyQuest drive, and CD-ROM drive. Then I'd be able to copy and transfer between all of the main media types. I have a hard drive multi-bay case that I bought with a whopping 105mb hard drive. It had an ICD SCSi card and three empty bays. Right now I have a Syquest 105mb drive in one bay and a SCSI CD drive in another. I also am in the process of mounting a ST Floppy drive that came out of a dead ST. Not quite sure how I'll do the cabling for the floppy. I'll have to find a ST type female floppy to mount on the back of the case and then cable it to the drive. I'm retiring in a little over a month so I will have plenty of time to work on it. Plus we can't really go out much, now a days.
  7. I opened the case up. The board does say PCF554 and the drive cable has an adapter on it where it connects to the 3.5" drive. The cable looks like the old 5-1/4" connector. I was impressed that the inside looked very clean, no dirt or dust. The drive has no label on it. My other question is why did Atari even bother making a 5-1/4" drive for the ST/TT/PC series? I remember my first PC computer did come with a 5-1/4" and 3.5" drives. I paid over $2000 for a 486SX33 computer. Not sure what year. Not sure if this drive is worth selling. I will be cleaning up the TT that came with it and will put that up for sale.
  8. I opened the case up. The board does say PCF554 and the drive cable has an adapter on it where it connects to the 3.5" drive. The cable looks like the old 5-1/4" connector. I was impressed that the inside looked very clean, no dirt or dust. The drive has no label on it. My other question is why did Atari even bother making a 5-1/4" drive for the ST/TT/PC series? I remember my first PC computer did come with a 5-1/4" and 3.5" drives. I paid over $2000 for a 486SX33 computer. Not sure what year. Not sure if this drive is worth selling. I will be cleaning up the TT that came with it and will put that up for sale.
  9. I'll probably put it up for sale near the end of the month. I want to get a chance to check it out some more. I know it boots up fine. I saw one up on ebay with a real hefty price tag. I'm going to open up the the 554 drive and see if it looks like was replaced or is original.
  10. This drive came along with an Atari TT. Didn't get a chance to ask the previous owner anything about it. I still have to figure out what I'm going to do with the TT.
  11. I have an Atari PCF554 drive that I inherited. When I looked up the info it says these are 5.25" drives. The one that I have has a 3.5" mechanism in it. There is an Anti tamper tape over one of the screw holes. It's slightly damaged but doesn't look like the screw was removed (unless someone did a really good job). Does anyone know if Atari made a 3.5" version of this drive?
  12. I decided to order the replacement mylar keyboard replacement. Should be here in a couple of days.
  13. I'm putting a Bmax mini PC into the 800XL case. I'm using an Arduino Micro adapter to convert the keyboard to USB. The adapter works with my other Atari keyboard. All of the keys work on this other keyboard so it can't be the adapter. I did take the one I want to use apart and get trace 13 working after cleaning the mylar. The keys on trace 14 still don't work. Now instead of returning a continuous line of "." they return a continuous line of "d". Key D doesn't work at all. I'm guessing that the mylar has a break where it folds over. I visually followed the trace and don't see an obvious break. I did see a seller online that sells replacement mylar for about $31 with shipping. I might have to go this route if I can't get this one working. I also saw an entire keyboard assembly for about $50. Has anyone done a mylar replacement? After getting the keyboard working I'm going to try and build a wireless mouse into an old game cartridge. I saw someone that did this with a corded mouse. I want it cordless to keep the illusion that it is an original 800XL.
  14. I'm working on getting an 800XL keyboard to work as a USB keyboard. I have the Arduino adapter working with one keyboard (from my good XL). The keyboard that I want to use is not working with some keys. I found a keyboard matrix map and it appears that the traces from 13 and 14 are the problem. Once again they work on the other keyboard. I'm wondering if the two are somehow shorted? I haven't taken the keyboard apart yet (all of those tiny screws). Anyone have any thoughts on a fix?
  15. LOL about the uniform of the day. I was stationed at Biloxi but that would have been before your time. I was there from early 1977 to September of 78. I was a Medic working at the hospital, in Labor and Delivery, if you can believe that. We were actually fairly busy. All of those young guys getting their girlfriend pregnant and having to go into the service to have health coverage. I'm an RN now, working in the Operating Room and getting ready to retire in just two months. All the more time to get back into my old Atari equipment.
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