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Sophia 2 and 1088XEL - Perfection

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Just a quick note- since I had the 1088XEL and Sophia (now Sophia 1) it's always had a flicker and even sometimes a 1 second blank as I would go in SDX and be doing some operation like listing a large directory etc... Mildly annoying but not a show stopper. It didn't seem to flicker inside of games or apps. It seemed to get better with a different monitor but never was gone...

 

Until the Sophia 2 arrived! I just got one from Brewing Academy and popped it in. You can probably guess that the 1088XEL has been rock solid and not one single flicker that I can see after using it for a few hours.


So kudos to Simius, you did and amazing job with 1 and an even better job with 2 (and no GITA chip required anymore)....

 

 

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Yes: just updated my 1088XEL from Sophia 1 to Sophia 2 the other day in order to test the U1MB Sophia 2 plugin and everything works very nicely indeed. I could think of no other target machine which would allow a 2 minute install. :)

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1 hour ago, flashjazzcat said:

Yes: just updated my 1088XEL from Sophia 1 to Sophia 2 the other day in order to test the U1MB Sophia 2 plugin and everything works very nicely indeed. I could think of no other target machine which would allow a 2 minute install. :)

Ok, yes, I recall reading a post from you about that... once it's available I will be able to select video sizes right from my U1MB BIOS right? That will be another amazing addition to your BIOS work.

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14 minutes ago, massiverobot said:

I will be able to select video sizes right from my U1MB BIOS right?

Correct, and without any risk of being left with a black screen if the resolution is out of range. :)

 

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Thats a very NICE box!...

 

(pls no wife/gf puns)

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Yeah the 1088 finally freed me from what i disliked the most about my atari- the keyboard. And using SDX with CF and FN, it's like a little unix machine!

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One thing of note that made me go around in circles for a bit.  If you have a VBXE installed in 1088XEL, and forget to reinstall the OSC jumper again, you will get nothing, not even sound.  I thought I had fried something.  Then I put the GTIA back in, and still nothing, then something niggling came back into my head.  Sure enough I looked at the 1088XEL Schema, and there was the note about making sure that OSC jumper was installed if not using VBXE.  My heart started slowing down after I put that jumper back on, and stuff started working again.  Looks great now!

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