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Happy New Year... XM shipping this month

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It's been another couple weeks since the last update. This thing any closer to my doorstep yet? :grin:

Ok if you moved you need to update your info. Do we have to go thru this again? :P

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With all of the testing and debugging now done. The finalized board design with all of the cuts and strap changes is finished and the test board will be ordered next week. So in hopes there are no issues with the board, I've started work on converting the components to SMD to prepare that board for a test and we move closer to having the PCB factory run the production boards and place most of the parts on them... Meanwhile... I need to finalize the updated box art and update the manual and check in with Mark about starting work on the changing the BIOS screen from all of the HW tests to the consumer menu.

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I have finished the SMD conversion of the board, I will be spending the next 2 weeks thoroughly going through everything to make sure all of the changes are correct and traces are all set.  I will then get a set of test boards made and test them out to make sure the design transitioned properly.    If all goes good, I can start looking into some PC board companies to do the  boards and smd placements at the best cost.   Anyone who has any good recommendations on boards of this size for manufacture and SMD placement, please PM me, always looking for best places with excellent pricing.  Thanks.

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Very excited to hear this is so close to production and the shipping stage.  Thanks Curt for sticking with the project and bringing this gift to all us Atari 7800 fans.

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Sounds like we are just a couple months away now. I'm really excited about this and looking forward to see what the homebrew dev starts to look like. I'm on board with a purchase once they hit the AA store! Thanks for the hard work!

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On 6/26/2019 at 10:25 AM, rocketmonkey101 said:

Sounds like we are just a couple months away now. I'm really excited about this and looking forward to see what the homebrew dev starts to look like. I'm on board with a purchase once they hit the AA store! Thanks for the hard work!

I’m thinking six months is more realistic with manufacture and individual by hand assembly of the installation of the board in the shell and labelling. Also, I think some electronics he may have to add or tune himself after getting the boards back. Maybe nine months. 

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1 minute ago, Swami said:

I’m thinking six months is more realistic with manufacture and individual by hand assembly of the installation of the board in the shell and labelling. Also, I think some electronics he may have to add or tune himself after getting the boards back. Maybe nine months. 

If we get it in time for Christmas I'll be stoked. I know it's been a long haul though so I'll try to temper my excitement.

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44 minutes ago, rocketmonkey101 said:

If we get it in time for Christmas I'll be stoked. I know it's been a long haul though so I'll try to temper my excitement.

You're not even one of the ~200 paid pre-orders, settle down. We all get ours long before you will even be able to consider buying one for yourself.  Xmas hopes are just that unless by some miracle those of us who have all been waiting the better part of a decade to get ours have them first. And then after those 200 are in the hands of those waiting, more will have to be assembled and then sent to AtariAge to be sold in the store. It's gonna be a long ass time before anyone from the general public like yourself will even get a chance at an XM.

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16 minutes ago, Shawn said:

You're not even one of the ~200 paid pre-orders, settle down. We all get ours long before you will even be able to consider buying one for yourself.  Xmas hopes are just that unless by some miracle those of us who have all been waiting the better part of a decade to get ours have them first. And then after those 200 are in the hands of those waiting, more will have to be assembled and then sent to AtariAge to be sold in the store. It's gonna be a long ass time before anyone from the general public like yourself will even get a chance at an XM.

 

I don't know why, but this clip popped into my head:

 

https://youtu.be/345uegSj-zQ

 

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5 hours ago, rocketmonkey101 said:

If we get it in time for Christmas I'll be stoked. I know it's been a long haul though so I'll try to temper my excitement.

 

4 hours ago, Shawn said:

You're not even one of the ~200 paid pre-orders, settle down. We all get ours long before you will even be able to consider buying one for yourself.  Xmas hopes are just that unless by some miracle those of us who have all been waiting the better part of a decade to get ours have them first. And then after those 200 are in the hands of those waiting, more will have to be assembled and then sent to AtariAge to be sold in the store. It's gonna be a long ass time before anyone from the general public like yourself will even get a chance at an XM.

He can try and buy one off an early adopter, like we did, but the chances of that are likely slimming down with a light at the end of the tunnel, sort of, and those who’ve abandoned the console mostly having already sold theirs off. 

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21 hours ago, Shawn said:

You're not even one of the ~200 paid pre-orders, settle down. We all get ours long before you will even be able to consider buying one for yourself.  Xmas hopes are just that unless by some miracle those of us who have all been waiting the better part of a decade to get ours have them first. And then after those 200 are in the hands of those waiting, more will have to be assembled and then sent to AtariAge to be sold in the store. It's gonna be a long ass time before anyone from the general public like yourself will even get a chance at an XM.

I'm not sure if you meant it but seems like a lot of vinegar in that post brother. I'm just expressing my happiness that things are moving along.

Edit: as I'm going over this again perhaps I'm reading too much into it. I get that people have been waiting a long time and I know I've got to wait my turn just like everyone else.

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Was just listening to some old chip tunes I like to hear from time to time... Would be very cool to hear the XM play tracks like "T2 Arcade" for the Geny. Great use of the old Yamaha DX sound chip.

 

 

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