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On 9/30/2020 at 10:48 PM, rcamp48 said:

I know how to fix them if that happens, I have fixed one that has a click of death , and use an IDE zip drive for making the disks, I have 22 zip disks, 12 are buried , 10 have been formatted fully on the ide zip drive and all passed .... 

My old Beige Power Mac G3 has a built in ZIP drive that still functions and can even boot the computer.  Though I did have an external back in the day that had the click of death.

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I needed one of these in 1984 - now I've got one I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it... polite suggestions welcome...

 

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56 minutes ago, Rusto said:

I needed one of these in 1984 - now I've got one I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it... polite suggestions welcome...

 

 

Unless you have FujiNet, hook up your Atari to the Internet with a Lantronics adapter? Get another and connect two Ataris  for your own in-house BBS?

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7 hours ago, Rusto said:

I needed one of these in 1984 - now I've got one I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it... polite suggestions welcome...

 

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Same happened to me but in 1990...   Maybe you can run @warerat firmware checksum program (dl850rom.xex) and discover which 850 firmware version you got, and report back to this topic:

 

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4 hours ago, manterola said:

Same happened to me but in 1990...   Maybe you can run @warerat firmware checksum program (dl850rom.xex) and discover which 850 firmware version you got, and report back to this topic:

 

Interesting thread, I'll try that when I get time.

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I've been considering picking up a trackball for my 8 & 16-bit Ataris. I'm trying to decide between the Atari Trak-Ball and a Wico Trackball. Are they both pretty good? Does one come more recommended than the other?

 

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57 minutes ago, bfollowell said:

I've been considering picking up a trackball for my 8 & 16-bit Ataris. I'm trying to decide between the Atari Trak-Ball and a Wico Trackball. Are they both pretty good? Does one come more recommended than the other?

 

I don't have the Wico, but I have both Atari Branded Trackballs CX-22 and CX-80 (trak-ball) and I am super happy with both. I really like the look of the CX-80 since it matches the XL line better.

On the other hand, I read that Wico does not have "True TB" mode and always emulates joystick... maybe someone can confirm that.

 

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8 hours ago, manterola said:

I don't have the Wico, but I have both Atari Branded Trackballs CX-22 and CX-80 (trak-ball) and I am super happy with both. I really like the look of the CX-80 since it matches the XL line better.

On the other hand, I read that Wico does not have "True TB" mode and always emulates joystick... maybe someone can confirm that.

 

Correct, the wico is not a true trackball

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But I would like to put my hands on a Wico one to modify it to be true trackball.. I am almost sure it is possible, and it is a matter of bypassing all logic and just send the (buffered) signals from the phototransistors to the joystick port.

 

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On 10/23/2020 at 4:54 PM, manterola said:

But I would like to put my hands on a Wico one to modify it to be true trackball.. I am almost sure it is possible, and it is a matter of bypassing all logic and just send the (buffered) signals from the phototransistors to the joystick port.

 

Here are some inside shots. Text below says that the Atari Trackball maybe more reliable.

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Atari-65XE-COMPUTER-64K-RAM-NEW-NTSC-US-COMPATIBLE-from-Atari-MEXICO/141600282861?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

 

New, DEADSTOCK Atari 65XE computer from Atari Mexico!!! The same thing as the US/Canada-market version only in lesser-grade cardboard box and with Spanish user manual and bottom stamp labeling.

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I was looking for a fun winter project and I finally found one. This poor old, neglected 800XL needs some love! I paid $131.53 with tax and shipping, so I'm sure I paid more than I should have, but it was nice to see a picture of it running and know it's a good machine that just needs a thorough cleaning.

 

It works, so it shouldn't need too much more than a thorough cleaning and maybe a UAV install. Hopefully though, it will help me get my ailing original 800XL up and running. It will be nice to have a working 8-bit again and, it being identical to my ailing machine, it will be good to have this one on the workbench as I troubleshoot my original and try to get it going again, comparing waveforms. etc.

 

I've never done any videos but since this one looks so filthy, maybe I'll do a cleaning/refurb video and show it off before and after.

 

After I get my original 800XL going again, maybe I'll put a U1M in this one, in addition to the UAV, and sell it off to someone that isn't as technically gifted.

 

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On 11/6/2020 at 9:31 PM, bfollowell said:

I was looking for a fun winter project and I finally found one. This poor old, neglected 800XL needs some love! I paid $131.53 with tax and shipping, so I'm sure I paid more than I should have, but it was nice to see a picture of it running and know it's a good machine that just needs a thorough cleaning.

 

It works, so it shouldn't need too much more than a thorough cleaning and maybe a UAV install. Hopefully though, it will help me get my ailing original 800XL up and running. It will be nice to have a working 8-bit again and, it being identical to my ailing machine, it will be good to have this one on the workbench as I troubleshoot my original and try to get it going again, comparing waveforms. etc.

 

I've never done any videos but since this one looks so filthy, maybe I'll do a cleaning/refurb video and show it off before and after.

 

After I get my original 800XL going again, maybe I'll put a U1M in this one, in addition to the UAV, and sell it off to someone that isn't as technically gifted.

 

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when they are that dirty I often put the cases through the dishwasher and take them out before the dry cycle. Good look with the resto 

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On 11/6/2020 at 9:31 PM, bfollowell said:

This poor old, neglected 800XL needs some love!

That's one grubby machine :)

By the look of it, it's been somewhere very damp, hope the insides are not corroded.

 

I think the price you paid is OK for a known working machine.

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Well, I received my new 800XL Monday afternoon and it's just a filthy in person as it is in the pictures. After I bought it I started worying the it might arrive reeking of cigarette smoke, but it doesn't. It doesn't smell of mold or mildew either, so that is promising. I haven't opened it up yet, but I did give it a good once over. It seems to work perfectly and it passed all tests when I checked out the built-in system tests and with my SysCheck device. I put in my Ultimate Cart and tried various games and everything seems to be working as expected. I probably won't get chance to spend too much time on it for another month or so but I'm looking forward to taking it all apart and giving it a good and thorough restoration. Hopefully, it will help me narrow down the issue with my ailing original 800XL.

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1 hour ago, bfollowell said:

Well, I received my new 800XL Monday afternoon and it's just a filthy in person as it is in the pictures. After I bought it I started worying the it might arrive reeking of cigarette smoke, but it doesn't. It doesn't smell of mold or mildew either, so that is promising. I haven't opened it up yet, but I did give it a good once over. It seems to work perfectly and it passed all tests when I checked out the built-in system tests and with my SysCheck device. I put in my Ultimate Cart and tried various games and everything seems to be working as expected. I probably won't get chance to spend too much time on it for another month or so but I'm looking forward to taking it all apart and giving it a good and thorough restoration. Hopefully, it will help me narrow down the issue with my ailing original 800XL.

Before-and-after photos of your 800XL would be great please, good luck with it, can't wait for some pics, as I have my NOS 65XE coming later this week, and I will be taking photos of it when it arrives.

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2 hours ago, Mrarkus said:

I haven't bought it yet, but it's such a steal, I think I'm just going to go for the BIN price...

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/164504544207?ul_noapp=true

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Buy it Now: $650+14.95 shipping

 

compared to: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mapping-The-Atari-Computer-Ian-Chadwick/233770637284?hash=item366dd0d7e4:g:cswAAOSwwoRfpH-e

 

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Buy it Now: $34.95 + 5.95 shipping

 

Which one would you rather own and be proud to say at what price you got it for. Total F'ing joke what people think stuff is worth, and don't give me any of that "it's whatever the market will bear" BS. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this is pure unadulterated GREED.

 

Anyway the 2nd eBay listing I posted looks to be a good deal for a book in excellent condition if anyone is looking to buy 👍.

 

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