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Ultimate SD Cart run, US source, Nov 30 ship date, 25 in run

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Folks,

 

READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE! DO *NOT* SEND MONEY. MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS will be in a new thread.

 

There are four carts that remain to be fully paid for. Everyone has given me dates by which the balance will be paid. So, I believe that they are no longer available. If that changes, I will let people know. However, I already have more than enough people on a waiting list to cover those multiple times over.

 

FEAR NOT! I have discussed this with ElectroTrains and I am going to offer a new run of 100 carts. I will open it up in a new thread on 17Feb. Also, this time, ElectroTrains will be guaranteed part of the profit. I wanted to do that last time, but, well, there wasn't any. . .

 

Here is how it will work:

 

17-Feb Deposits/Payments begin

 

As some others have done, I am going to accept full payments starting on that date. Details on how to do so will be in the new thread. Once I have 55+ pre-orders, I will start the process to construct them. However, if by 17April, I do not have at least 50 pre-orders, All payments will be refunded.

 

Assuming that the 50+ level is reached 17Apr, on 23APR I will take the boards (which I already have) and the SMD components to the Assembler.

 

Barring complications, I expect to have the SMD finished boards back by 07May. I will then begin assembling the SD cards readers, programming connections, and cases. Then, I will program all of them.

 

Based on prior experience, this will probably take 2 weeks (school will be finished, so no classes to teach).

 

That means shipment should begin around 21May. I would expect that based on the reports I have been getting, carts should be in people's hands around 01 Jun.

 

In case it is a dealbreaker: NO CUSTOMS FORMS WILL BE changed/altered/etc. The USPS has gotten a bit particular on this and it is just not worth it to me.

 

Costs: $95

Shipping: US: $10. Canada/Mexico $15, Europe: $20. Shipping will handle up to three units.

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isn't that insane... crap come from china and other countries to the United States and it's mere pennies.... Ship from the States to other countries and not only does the shipper pay thru the nose but the recipient gets fleeced also at delivery... It's unfair and downright unsettling... :(

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isn't that insane... crap come from china and other countries to the United States and it's mere pennies.... Ship from the States to other countries and not only does the shipper pay thru the nose but the recipient gets fleeced also at delivery... It's unfair and downright unsettling... :(

 

 

I actually clear international freight through customs for a living. The reason it is so cheap here in the U.S. is because a HELL OF A LOT OF STUFF is duty free or very very low duty rate. Atari stuff would be tariff 9504500000 which is... duty free for every single country. We got it made in the U.S. haha.

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using the correct tariff/code method... not saying that's what they do or have done... although lots of stuff is in fact samples or gifts in most cases. I still feel like everyday is a birthday and there are so many holidays that just about anything could be a gift for any special date.. :) Just being silly here so just laugh with me.... since you can give a gift for any reason...... and don't need an excuse to do so....

 

HTS

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Subheading Stat/Suffix Article Description Unit of Quantity General (column 1) Special (column 1) Column 2

9504 Articles for arcade, table or parlor games, including pinball machines, bagatelle, billiards and special tables for casino games; automatic bowling alley equipment; parts and accessories thereof: n/a n/a n/a n/a

 

yeah I'm not reformatting the mess...

 

and a link to some HTS stuff

http://www.htscode.org/heading.php?code=9504

 

each country appears to have it's own mess.... put provisions seem to be in place for almost all of them so as not to make everyone pay the highest amount but the everyday folks aren't aware of it and pay it would seem sometimes dearly

 

Fellow I know says his life in customs involved throwing lots of weird and food related stuffs away... people ship the craziest things. Not sure if your pushing paper or actually examining containers....

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I got the cart and love it. I am wondering, what is the purpose of the connector on the back of the cart? Is it for updating the cart? I am working on modifying a cartridge shell to replace the 3D printed one and wondered if I really need to create an opening for that connector. If the cart can be updated through the menu instead of using that connector, I might just close it up in the new shell. That would also give my cart a cleaner look. Can anyone tell me if I will regret doing that?

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Yes - that is a "JTAG" connector, and it is used to reprogram the cart. I'm working on making a custom 3D printed one for my older Rev 1.1 cart, and I did leave the opening for it. That being said, I have not reprogrammed my Ultimate Cart, or The!Cart so I wouldn't say it would be a bad idea to cover that. As long as the case you are making isn't permanently glued shut, if you ever do need to reprogram it, you can just open the shell.

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Yes - that is a "JTAG" connector, and it is used to reprogram the cart. I'm working on making a custom 3D printed one for my older Rev 1.1 cart, and I did leave the opening for it. That being said, I have not reprogrammed my Ultimate Cart, or The!Cart so I wouldn't say it would be a bad idea to cover that. As long as the case you are making isn't permanently glued shut, if you ever do need to reprogram it, you can just open the shell.

Is it possible to reprogram the cart through an on screen menu and SD card, or is the connector the only way?

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Folks,

 

The pre-orders for the next run have begun. Details are in the link (above). It's all up to you now.

 

-MacRorie

 

Also, Albert, if you wouldn't mind closing this thread. I don't think it needs to be open and I think it might reduce confusion. Up to you (obviously).

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That is the only way to reprogram the chip.

 

Ok, I went ahead and cut a square in the back of my shell to accommodate access to the JTAG port. Thank you for offering such a great item and for the reply.

 

Would you or anyone else here happen to have a high resolution image of the cart's label?

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Yes - that is a "JTAG" connector, and it is used to reprogram the cart. I'm working on making a custom 3D printed one for my older Rev 1.1 cart, and I did leave the opening for it. That being said, I have not reprogrammed my Ultimate Cart, or The!Cart so I wouldn't say it would be a bad idea to cover that. As long as the case you are making isn't permanently glued shut, if you ever do need to reprogram it, you can just open the shell.

 

yeah I think that is a good idea. If you have a shell that can easily be opened then the hole is not needed. How often will you be reprogramming the chip?

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Received the cartridge in good order thanks!

 

I decided however to give my cartridge an "Ultimate" ;) cartridge case upgrade...

 

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Anyone interested in having one of these for themselves in their choice of color, let me know. The case is of course two piece, held together with four black oxide hex head screws that thread into brass heatsets embedded into the lid of the cartridge case. This case is compatible with all 8-bit Atari machines. Test photos can be provided if needed. For those replying from this thread, you can have one for $15.00 USD plus shipping. Just PM me.
Thanks again for the great cartridge, just love it.
Thomas
COREi64
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