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41 minutes ago, DrVenkman said:

I'd have bought one years ago if I had a way to display RGB signals. I keep my eyes open locally for an ST1224 ST color monitor but no luck. I do see that RetroTink now makes a SCART RGB-to-Component adapter for about $70. I could conceivably put a VBXE into a machine, buy a CoolRetro DIN13-to-SCART cable, connect that to the RetroTink SCART-to-Component adapter, and then THAT into my new RetroTink 2X-Pro to HDMI.  Man, that's a lot of adapters! 

 

I guess I'll just keep looking for an RGB monitor locally, lol. :) 

 

There’s a RetroTink 2x SCART now, does that help?

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6 minutes ago, Eyvind Bernhardsen said:

There’s a RetroTink 2x SCART now, does that help?

Anyone know how this compares to the OSSC?  I mean off the bat, I would prefer that as it is open source.

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59 minutes ago, Eyvind Bernhardsen said:

There’s a RetroTink 2x SCART now, does that help?

Ah, that would save a step. :) 

 

Assuming the world ever returns to half-way normal and I feel comfortable spending a few hundred more bucks on random widgets for an extremely niche use case, that would be the way to go.

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1 hour ago, leech said:

Dude, if you will start coding things for a VBXE, I will buy you whatever you need.

 

Also, you can always find a 1084S-D1 and get the 1088xel cable, if you are going SCART, works great.  The Atari provided cable for my 1435 works well on it as well!

 

Really want to see .ore written for the vbxe and as a bonus for the Rapidus as well.

I am *not* the coder you want. :) That would be @flashjazzcat

 

As for "just" finding monitors, stuff like that never comes up locally and shipping costs and risk of damage to CRTs is not something that's very worth it to me these days. 

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1 minute ago, DrVenkman said:

I am *not* the coder you want. :) That would be @flashjazzcat

 

As for "just" finding monitors, stuff like that never comes up locally and shipping costs and risk of damage to CRTs is not something that's very worth it to me these days. 

Yeah, it's the risk of damage that is crazy.  I wouldn't want to distract @flashjazzcat from coding the GUI / Firmware for U1MB/Incognito.  :P

My first 1084S fortunately only had a cracked front panel, and the clip that holds it in broke off.  I need to glue that once again... Second one showed up fine though :)

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@drac030 has been rather prolific when it comes to interesting Rapidus/Antonia and VBXE projects. SDX VBXE drivers, ZX Spectrum emulator, CP/M emulator, to name but three.

 

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3 hours ago, flashjazzcat said:

@drac030 has been rather prolific when it comes to interesting Rapidus/Antonia and VBXE projects. SDX VBXE drivers, ZX Spectrum emulator, CP/M emulator, to name but three.

 

That reminds me, I need to have a play with those!

This is the repair I have been working on.  Success!

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3 minutes ago, flashjazzcat said:

A 68000 emulator as well? The hardware is more impressive than I thought. :D

Ha, well now I shall see how the VBXE + The Last Word look on it!

 

I noticed when I had it open that it literally has the solder points for adding two more RCA connectors (I am assuming for either composite or Chroma/Luma) and possibly some switches, so it has the potential for being another 1084S-D1...

But after the solder pads kept coming off, I don't think I want to muck with it more!

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7 minutes ago, leech said:

I noticed when I had it open that it literally has the solder points for adding two more RCA connectors (I am assuming for either composite or Chroma/Luma) and possibly some switches, so it has the potential for being another 1084S-D1...

This is similar to the mod I did to my CM8833-II:

 

Most of these monitors appear to have similar Philips innards with various connectors omitted.

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7 minutes ago, flashjazzcat said:

This is similar to the mod I did to my CM8833-II:

 

Most of these monitors appear to have similar Philips innards with various connectors omitted.

Yeah!  Looks basically exactly like that would work.  Not that I would dare do it.  Touch a soldering iron to it and the whole pad comes off.  Had to put in bridge wires.

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well crap, I am building out 2 of the 1088XEL boards and I just got an email from brando.com after a month that the dual cf card adapters are out of stock. so, just thought I would let everyone know.

 

Ken

 

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I might have one or two laying around. I’ll have a look in my parts bin this weekend and let you know. 

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On 4/13/2022 at 7:11 PM, Mr Robot said:

I might have one or two laying around. I’ll have a look in my parts bin this weekend and let you know. 

hi Mr Robot,

  thanks! did you ever find any? all brando could send me is the single ones. *sigh*

 

Ken

 

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11 minutes ago, kenames99 said:

hi Mr Robot,

  thanks! did you ever find any? all brando could send me is the single ones. *sigh*

 

Ken

To tell you the truth, a single is probably all that most people actually need. I know having a dual CF drive is very cool, but rarely, if ever is it required.

 

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yea, I was thinking about that too and even went so far as to delete the cf2 hole and marking on the top panel file for manufacture. looking good tho all around. won't be too much longer until I fire these up for test.

 

Ken

 

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