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  1. I remember I was really worried when I bought mine if it would arrive intact, the 400 and 800 cases are extremely brittle now. Fortunately it arrived safely.
  2. This is something I've been curious about for a while. In some games like Burgertime the game's music constantly cuts off and restarts every time a sound effect plays, like when you're walking over a bun, which is rather annoying. Other games like Frogger have no background music at all, probably to avoid that problem I'm guessing. However the Colecovision has no trouble playing both sound effects and music simultaneously in these same games. Doesn't the TI-99/4A and the Colecovision use the same sound chip though? I was just wondering what the limitation with the TI was.
  3. Success! Thank you guys so much, that was exactly the problem. I held it in front of my little space heater for a few minutes to warm it up and used a thin card to slowly work the mylar loose from the board; it took about ten minutes. The screw holes were the worst spots but I eventually got it all loose without damaging any traces. The worst area was the finger connectors, some of the conductive stuff lifted off and I was really worried about that being a problem. I've read about people using silver paint but I wonder if cutting thin strips of conductive copper tape would work better? I don't have any of that stuff at the moment so I figured I'd just try it as is and see if it worked. I cleaned the board and laid the mylar back down. Then I cut a piece of electrical tape and put it down over the finger connectors to give it a little more thickness for the keyboard frame to press down on. Plugged it in and wow, every key works perfectly now! I hope it will last but I may eventually buy one of those new mylar sheets for it. That white coating Mitsumi put on them is awful but I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time. I'm really thrilled to have it all working now, everything else is in perfect condition. I've always thought the 1200XL was one of the most beautiful computers from the time. 😀
  4. Most of the keys on my 1200XL would not work, so I took it apart and when I tried just plugging in the board without the keys on top I found the same thing as the OP said. When I pressed the contacts with my finger every single key worked perfectly, just the slightest touch. Put it back together and they stopped working. It seemed really puzzling but it makes sense now that the springs just aren't pressing down hard enough anymore. I'm actually disappointed about that because it sounds like a nightmare trying to take out every spring and stretching them out. Do the new mylars from Best Electronics work ok even with weak springs? That would be a much easier fix, though a bit expensive.
  5. It's interesting but it just doesn't look right to me. I think the membrane keyboard looks much better on the 400, if I need to do any typing I use the 800 anyway.
  6. I just came here looking for this very thing, thank you! 😀 I recently bought my first Model 100 on a whim since it was really cheap; super clean, no yellowing and looks nearly unused. However after it runs for a few minutes the display starts to flicker in and out. Searching online for the symptoms I found that failing capacitors were the likely culprit, and on opening it up I found at least one cap that appears to have started leaking. So I figured the best thing to do is just change them all. I also happened to have a new 6.3v NiCad battery that I bought for an old 486 motherboard but never used so I put that in earlier today. The old one was looking a little crusty around the edges so I got it out of there before it starts leaking too. Hopefully the cap kit will solve the rest of the issues. I dread changing those small ones though, they're so tiny!
  7. That's a different auction, when one ends eBay says "We found something similar" and shows you another one. Unbelievably the $750 one actually sold. ($500 is crazy too).
  8. I was browsing sold listings and spotted this, I'm at a complete loss. What was the buyer thinking? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Commodore-64-Personal-Computer-Mint-In-Box-Complete-/253857439360
  9. The VCS heavy sixer had been my dream console. The first 2600 I ever played was my uncle's 4-switch Vader in the early 80s and I finally got a light sixer of my very own a few years ago which was pretty nice, but this is the model that I've always wanted. I'm so happy to finally own one, and everything on it works like new. NTSC/PAL/Sears/Special: NTSC Serial # (Ex: #54035V or #007649): 43519N MFG Location (Sunnyvale, Taiwan): Sunnyvale (Owner/AA Member), Banquo (Location= City, State, Country): Kentucky, USA A/B Channel Slot (Yes/No): Yes A/B Channel Switch (Yes/No): No Functional (Yes/No): Yes Previous Owner: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The only thing that made me really sad was when I got it home and discovered that heavy sixers will not fit properly in the 2600 travel case.
  10. I'm not an expert but it sounds like it could possibly be a bad RIOT chip.
  11. I don't know if anyone really did that back in the day, but now there are lots of popular recipe sites online so I guess it finally came true.
  12. Banquo


    I loved Pac-Man on the 2600 when I was a kid. Yeah I knew it didn't look or sound like the arcade version but I didn't expect it to. It was fun, that's all I cared about. I enjoyed E.T. also and I still don't think it deserves the hate it gets. There are so many far worse games on the 2600, some absolutely terrible, so it always makes me wonder why these two get singled out.
  13. Sounds like the same issue with my first light sixer, the second controller port was always firing. Turned out to be a bad hex buffer chip.
  14. I had a Colecovision so no, but my cousin did have a 2600 that I played a lot. He didn't have Adventure though. I finally got it for the first time just a few years ago.
  15. Here's a picture of both of them; the first with the openings cut on the front of the grill fins and the second one cut from the back side. The grill openings on the second one are smaller and a bit harder to see. Something else about the second one I don't remember seeing before is the coating over the switch text. I guess they were trying to clear coat them with something to protect the lettering but it looks awful to me.
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