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Is there any way to get in touch with this "sunmark" person to buy one of those super mini 2600 VCS systems from himher?? Only thing i didn't notice on his design was where does the ac plug in?? Is sunmark a user here at AA or just another famous mini system creator?

 

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The blue thing on the bottom-left corner might be the DC plug. And why isn't the controller ports in the front?

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And where are the toggle switches on the thing? How do you turn it on or off, select B&W or color, set difficulty, etc.?

 

Went to the site and didn't even see the thing on the page. Me thinks it's just a hardware hoax.

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Went to the site and didn't even see the thing on the page. Me thinks it's just a hardware hoax.

 

 

lol, some of you haven't been here too long or you're really not paying attention to the modern Atari scene or even to all is posting in this thread :D

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The "blue thing" is an adjustable resistor to set the color.  The power

plug and composite output is on the back of the board.

 

Mark

So, judging by your name and location, I assume you're the "Mark" of "Sunmark."

 

Is this a new product you're developing? Will it be available for purchase?

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Mark

So, judging by your name and location, I assume you're the "Mark" of "Sunmark."

 

You didn't even know that? :o

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You didn't even know that?  :o

 

I'm not as hip to the scene as I appear to be.

 

Oh by the way CPU, do you know anything about this eBay seller "atariservice"?

 

;)

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Oh by the way CPU, do you know anything about this eBay seller "atariservice"?

 

;)

 

Yep, they have terrible feedback. :(

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Went to the site and didn't even see the thing on the page. Me thinks it's just a hardware hoax.

 

It is not a hardware hoax, Mark (of Sunmark) has created a wide variety of hardware for the 2600 and 8-bit computers, as well as more complex projects outside of this realm. I speak to Mark on a regular basis, and spoke to him often while he was developing this board.

 

..Al

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Mark is aces. I've seen him at several cons and bought stuff from him several times. I think it's very safe to say hoax is the LAST word you'd use about anything he posts.

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The power, B/W and difficulty are switches in the top right hand corner.

Below them are two push buttons for Select and Reset. There is a closeup

pictured below.

 

I removed all of the RF circuitry and designed a four layer board. The picture

quality is unbelievable!! It has both composite video and S-Video outputs.

It is hard to imagine you can get that kind of quality out of a 20+ year old

design!!

 

Also, I made an adapter board so you can use a 6502 processor instead

of a 6507. With the 6502, the programmer has a few more options!

Plus 6502's are easy to get your hands on. Trying to find a 6507 is a

nightmare. The adapter board is pictured below. It just plugs in the

6507 socket.

 

Mark

 

mini2600_1.jpg

 

 

 

mini2600_2.jpg

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Hi there!

 

With the 6502, the programmer has a few more options!

 

Uhm... such as accessing 64K unswitched?

 

Greetings,

Manuel

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Uhm... such as accessing 64K unswitched?

IIRC the cart port would be the bottleneck there.

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Hi there!

 

Uhm... such as accessing 64K unswitched?

IIRC the cart port would be the bottleneck there.

 

But then using a 6502 instead of a 6507 will make no difference at all.

 

Greetings,

Manuel

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Actually, I have been able to add one more address line Thomas. I got

rid of the RF shield line. You do not need it since I switched to composite

or S-Video. So, you have 8K unswitched if you use the adapter board.

 

Also, doesn't the 6502 have a few more instructions....??

 

Mark

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Hi Mark:

 

This really is an awesome piece of work! I've been following it (or trying to) since I first saw it here...

 

Have you designed a case for it? I'm curious on what it would look like. Also (and I'm hoping you decide to sell these) ;) What do you think the price would be?

 

thanks for your time :)

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1. Is it made by tearing apart a 2600, or is it made from all new parts?

2. Is it a completely accurate recreation?

3. Does it have a case?

4. How much, and where and when can I buy one?

5. Has anyone used one of these to make a portable VCS like the VCSp?

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Also, doesn't the 6502 have a few more instructions....??

Nope, only the interrupts which are missing in 6507.

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I have to admit that would be a fun kit to put together. I didn't see it up on your site though. Also, if you built an adapter for the 6502 -> 6507 why not incorporate it into the next board revision? Or does the 6502 add new compatability problems that I'm not aware of?

 

Hex.

[ A little bit of duct tape... ]

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If 6507's are difficult to find, why not put a 40-pin slot on the board and populate it with 6502s and ground A13, A14, A15, SYNC while holding high IRO and NMI? Wouldn't that force it to behave exactly like a 6507 but disabling the 6502's extra functionality?

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This would be an ideal framework to build a VCSp out of, at least until the FPGA 2600s come out.

 

I'd still love to get my hands on one for a "2600 Mini" type casemod.

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