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I got a 2nd 400 from my uncle. It booted to a black screen. I pried out chips - the whole way in most cases but only part way for some and not at all for a few rather daunting ones. It seems he hacked together a RAM upgrade with some toggle switches to make different blocks of RAM visible if he wanted to play a pirated cartridge or something - lots of wires and stacked chips. Anyway, no change with re-seating I disassembled the working 400 and swapped boards from the non-working unit to the working unit (which he had also hacked - 48k and composite out). The power board checked out. The CPU board had different chip placement so I had to test it outside of the aluminum housing - it went to Memo pad but the screen rolled. I switched back to the working CPU board just to check and my working unit seemed fine - no roll, nothing amiss at all. Finally, swapped the RAM board from the non-working unit to the working unit and got a brown screen. I thought, "Aha!" I put the RAM board from the working unit into the non-working unit, and played with the toggle switches (they are unmarked, of course), and got to a blue screen that said "READY" and showed a prompt. Playing with the switches a little more, I got a cartridge to work. Satisfied that I had somewhat of a lead, I put everything back together they way it was before I started. My non-working unit still showed up black. But now my working unit showed only the brown screen (on both composite and RF). Ugh! Any ideas what I did to this poor thing?
A new thread for the masses! The point of this thread is for an "at the moment" sort of thing, for quick questions or for items items not worthy of a new thread. To start off, I'll ask a quick one... Where is the list of the contents of all of Gazoo's Games Cartridges? We're getting so many goodies here I can't keep track of them all.
So I got a nano PEB and the TI Gamebase but I have not been able locate working disk versions of most of the cartridge games. Out of the few I do have many require EA which I do not have and although I have a copy of YLOAD I have not been able to use it successfully. I downloaded 2 compilation disks of the Atari Soft games from: ftp://ftp.whtech.com/ which have a loader for XB but when they load I have one option and one option only on the menu screen "1 terminate" (a Dalek must've written the loader). Can anyone help me figure out YLOAD and could someone please send me or point me to verified working disk versions of the carts, please? If I can't figure out YLOAD is there another tool or maybe just somehow I can get all software in XB? my email is my forum name at yahoo (yell0w with a zero for the O and an underscore between the words.)