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Good morning! And a very good morning it is if I do say so myself. Nice and sunny about the grounds today, I am indeed enjoying this early spring weather. I thought I'd pop in just to let you all know that in my latest adventure, I've come to be a distinguished owner of a dusty, old Colecovision console with two malfunctioning controllers, a damaged but, now repaired (thanks to my efforts), A/C adapter, Atari 2600 expansion module and Donkey Kong cartridge. I managed to land this and some other fine bits of retro-gaming goodness in battered old box at a local flea market and I simply must say that inspite of the two faulty controllers and a few other minor short comings it is simply smashing! Allow me to present you with a few photos of this wonderous find.
Hey all, I hope this hasn't been asked previously but I was wondering what some of you guys do when you're buying hardware from unknown individuals but you want to test it before handing over cash. I don't have an diagnosis cart so I'm thinking of doing these simple things. Insert a cart and play the game a little and game port Test out all of the keys using notepad Inspect for signs of significant damage Run a BASIC command to check for total amount of RAM or test areas of RAM for flakiness. (Would be interested in this BASIC command if someone has one handy) Would love to test the other ports but I think that would require much more setup time so I'm shooting for the minimum time for the maximum output. I'm just considered with the computer itself. Testing peripherals would be nice but not necessary. OK, retro computerphiles. Hit me with your best shot (fire away)!
The homebrew community enjoys robust support, with new PCBs being produced for new games and repros. But eventually, the hardware will fail and disappear. Is there a cost-effective way to produce new, but technologically authentic pre-crash consoles?