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    CrossBow reacted to Justin in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    These are TERRIFIC "How-To" instructional videos @CrossBow!! Always great stuff! I may have to try this 5200 mod myself.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Favorite UNDERAPPRECIATED & FORGOTTEN '80s Movies?   
    You aren't the only one... I still try and watch everything she is in!
     
    As for icon 80s movies...look to my avatar as my #1 pick!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Atari 5200 - UAV Installation for that awesome video and sound   
    Well, I was never really content with this old video and had seen questions regarding what is or isn't required in the UAV installation process for the 5200s in other groups I visit. So..with that... I recently installed a UAV into a 2-port unit and made a newer and I think a better detailed video about how to install the UAV into 5200 systems.
    I also wrote up a new installation guide that follows the same format as my 7800 guide I wrote about 3 years ago. Hopefully now and in the future, these are useful resources to others...
    5200 UAV Installation Guide:
    https://tinyurl.com/vy6ldg6
     
    5200 UAV Installation Video 2020:
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Atari 5200 - UAV Installation for that awesome video and sound   
    Here is a video I did on my UAV installation into a 4-port 5200. I had some issues in that this particular 4-port refused to work without the 4050 still in the mix. Since I wanted to keep the RF shield in place, it required some modification of the mod board.

     

    Bryan's procedures are pretty much dead on so unless there is a need for something with more pictures...etc I'm leaving it with just my video and Bryan's instructions.

     



     

     

    Bryan's instructions for installation are found on his blog here:

     

    http://atariage.com/...ac-in-the-5200/

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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    In ITC#66 I go through the process of installing a UAV (Ultimate Atari Video) upgrade board into an Atari 5200. Yes, this was discussed and a video also made of this exact topic 33 videos ago. But I was never quite happy with the final results of that video and the fact that there seem to still be some confusion regarding the overall process of what is or isn't required to do this. So I took the opportunity to redo this with in a more detailed and hopefully more logical manner this time around. 
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Looking to buy a Lynx   
    BTW as we were talking about this before. BennVenn has his Jpn assembled LCD kits in stock for the LynxII again. The price went up but that is because the kits include the 3D printed bracket now instead of that being a separate purchase. Looks like Benn took my advise on that since I really think the bracket should have been included to begin with.
    Anyway, I've installed a few of the BennVenn kits now and they really are comparable to the McWill with really the only feature missing being that the BV kit isn't able to do VGA out.
    Anyway, I've got two on order and wanted to pass along the info in case anyone else was looking to get one for their Lynx II systems.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Looking to buy a Lynx   
    There is also the BennVenn LCD upgrade. It is only available for the model 2 version of the Lynx, but it is also half the cost of the McWill kit and in some respects, I like the way it looks over the McWill kit along with being much easier to install. But the BennVenn kits sell out pretty quickly too so it can be a challenge to snag one.
     
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    CrossBow reacted to nosweargamer in Thrift Store Finds   
    Got this complete for $2.
     
    Took a while for them to price. Most their other games (ps2, xbox) where $5 each. When I asked how much it was, they said they needed to ask someone and worried me when they said you can't find games like this anymore. (If commons cheap games are 5 bucks, how much for this rare artifact?)
     
    First Sega Genesis find in the wild in a long time.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from greenween in Help!! 5200 needed.   
    What part of No longer with us do you mean exactly? I have both a 2 port that worked when I last checked it but the case is in base shape overall and a 4 port unit that is just the mainboard only but works 100%.
     
     
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    CrossBow reacted to Justin in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue - UPDATE   
    On the upside, we're now officially "THE MOST DANGEROUS ATARI SITE ON THE INTERNET" 
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    CrossBow reacted to MaximumRD in MaximumRD's YouTube Videos   
    😮😎Recently I had the luck of winning a very special prize from YouTuber Blaine Locklair ! 
    Check out Blaine's Channel for the best in Restoration, Repairs and Mods HERE:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc16nxCRvhba37wzU2eVS2Q
    !!!! WARNING !!!! Expect my usual babbling and going off in tangents during my video, 
    I do eventually get around to the "unveiling" but if you want to get right to that skip to around
    the 6 min  40 sec mark. I was so excited, happy and grateful when Blaine messaged to inform
    me of winning this prize which is not only an amazing addition to my gaming collection but 
    actually something that I have never played let alone owned.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from LSGreger in Looking to buy a Lynx   
    There is also the BennVenn LCD upgrade. It is only available for the model 2 version of the Lynx, but it is also half the cost of the McWill kit and in some respects, I like the way it looks over the McWill kit along with being much easier to install. But the BennVenn kits sell out pretty quickly too so it can be a challenge to snag one.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from TrekMD in What's everybody doing for Halloween this year?   
    My wife and I aren't really into Halloween too much holiday wise. As a result, we shut off all he outside lights we can and order pizza so we can stay in bedroom to watch TV and 'hide'.
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from greenween in What's everybody doing for Halloween this year?   
    My wife and I aren't really into Halloween too much holiday wise. As a result, we shut off all he outside lights we can and order pizza so we can stay in bedroom to watch TV and 'hide'.
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in What's everybody doing for Halloween this year?   
    My wife and I aren't really into Halloween too much holiday wise. As a result, we shut off all he outside lights we can and order pizza so we can stay in bedroom to watch TV and 'hide'.
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from StormSurge in What's everybody doing for Halloween this year?   
    My wife and I aren't really into Halloween too much holiday wise. As a result, we shut off all he outside lights we can and order pizza so we can stay in bedroom to watch TV and 'hide'.
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in New Wave Toys Replicade series Mini Arcades   
    I did look and didn't really see anything on these yet posted so I will apologize ahead of time if there is. I've not said much about the mini arcade craze of the last 2 years but I do own quite a few of them. I own most of the basic fun series games and about 3 or 4 of the My Arcade series of games. All of them have been quite fun to pick up from time to time and show, but they are mostly just collectors pieces when you think about it since most of them do not play actual arcade roms and instead play the NES or other console versions of the games.
    However, that isn't the case with the New Wave Toys line of Replicade mini arcades. These are literally 1/6 scale full replicas of the arcade original cabinets. I had the pleasure of seeing these in person and playing on them during the 2019 PRGE and I have to tell you, these things are pretty amazing. They have a price to match but I do feel they are worth it if you are a fan of any of the games they have released. Due to my experience with playing on these during PRGE I ended up buying one of their Tempest mini arcades and again, very impressive. I made a video dedicated to showing you the details of this particular mini arcade, but all of their replicade series games are just as detailed and well made oozing with quality. They aren't just for sitting on a shelf like an expensive executive desk toy, they are designed to be played and enjoyed! Check out the Tempest below to get an idea as I do plan to pick up more from them in the future!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from StormSurge in New Wave Toys Replicade series Mini Arcades   
    I did look and didn't really see anything on these yet posted so I will apologize ahead of time if there is. I've not said much about the mini arcade craze of the last 2 years but I do own quite a few of them. I own most of the basic fun series games and about 3 or 4 of the My Arcade series of games. All of them have been quite fun to pick up from time to time and show, but they are mostly just collectors pieces when you think about it since most of them do not play actual arcade roms and instead play the NES or other console versions of the games.
    However, that isn't the case with the New Wave Toys line of Replicade mini arcades. These are literally 1/6 scale full replicas of the arcade original cabinets. I had the pleasure of seeing these in person and playing on them during the 2019 PRGE and I have to tell you, these things are pretty amazing. They have a price to match but I do feel they are worth it if you are a fan of any of the games they have released. Due to my experience with playing on these during PRGE I ended up buying one of their Tempest mini arcades and again, very impressive. I made a video dedicated to showing you the details of this particular mini arcade, but all of their replicade series games are just as detailed and well made oozing with quality. They aren't just for sitting on a shelf like an expensive executive desk toy, they are designed to be played and enjoyed! Check out the Tempest below to get an idea as I do plan to pick up more from them in the future!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from StormSurge in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue - UPDATE   
    All you need to do is click on the Detail link in the lower left. That will open up another page giving you all kinds of other warnings etc. But if you look in the lower right there is a link within the sentence that lets you continue on to the unsafe site anyway and that is how I've been accessing the forums.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue - UPDATE   
    All you need to do is click on the Detail link in the lower left. That will open up another page giving you all kinds of other warnings etc. But if you look in the lower right there is a link within the sentence that lets you continue on to the unsafe site anyway and that is how I've been accessing the forums.
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    CrossBow reacted to Kid A in Got me a Ms. Pac-Man cab!   
    So a buddy of mine calls me up and asked me if I wanted his non working Ms Pac-Man cab. The deal was that if I fixed it, he could play it whenever he came down, which I had no problem with. This is what the cab looked like when I got it. 

    The cab was pretty beat up. Just running my hand across the sides made the paint fall off of it. Someone had painted the entire cab black. 

    As you can see the cab was in pretty bad shape. So even before I tried to make the thing actually work, I painted it black. I primered it first before doing so. 



    At this point I actually tried to make it work. I found some wires that looked like they were spliced into. I figured these were the connections for power. There was no power plug when I got it. I got a PC power cable, cut the end off and spliced it into the existing cuts in the wiring. When I plugged it in, it powered on...however with some problems..

    The screen was all distorted. I had found 10 different knobs in the back of the arcade. I turned all of them to see if it would fix it. Nothing did. I thought maybe they all have to be dialed in perfect. After 3 days of messing with these knobs, I was getting frustrated. I was staring at the back of the cab when I saw this metal bracket with a hole in it. I shined a flashlight through the hole and I saw a potentiometer with a screwdriver slot on it. I grabbed a screwdriver and turned it clockwise and it made it worse. So I went counterclockwise all the way and it made the screen totally clear! ...with some minor distorted on the right part of the screen . Just had to slightly turn it back clockwise to get rid of the distortion 

    After that I spent a few minutes to dial in the colors properly. 
    At this point, I got a proper power cable for the cab and installed it. 
    The control panel overlay was pretty dirty and torn so that got replaced. Put some new buttons too.

    When I got done with that, I wanted to go all out. I ended up getting a repro glass bezel and installed it. The repro is very high quality. Very happy with it. 

    My friend had got this thinking if he couldn't fix it, he was going to keep the Marquee and get rid of it. Knowing that I got this machine for free, I got a new Marquee and gave him the original. Got a high score save kit as well.

    Last thing I got was the panel art and new T molding. When I got the art in, I realized that if I were to install the front part as is, the coin door chop off the forehead of Ms. Pac-Man. So I had to raise the coin door 4.5 inches.
     

    I also was able to hide the bolts that hold the coin bucket in place below the surface of the wood so I didn't have to shove them to the front of the artwork. Once that was done I installed the art along with the new t molding. When I installed the cab was finally finished!

    I wish the color of the panel art was a closer match to the control panel overlay, but in the end, I think it came out pretty awesome. I'm forever grateful that my buddy gave me this arcade. It's definitely in my top 3 favorite arcade games of all time. It was a lot of work putting this thing together
    Here's a side by side of the before and after!

     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Old-school PC Benchmark for your modern PC   
    Well..I took the plunge about a week ago and bought quite a few new components for my new PC home workstation/server/gaming setup. Just ran the user benchmark and these are scores...

    UserBenchmarks: Game 96%, Desk 152%, Work 129%
    CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K - 105.1%
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 - 84.2%
    SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB - 283.6%
    SSD: Intel Raid 0 Volume 2TB - 177.7%
    HDD: Intel Raid 0 Volume 2TB - 195.1%
    RAM: Corsair CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18 2x8GB - 111%
    MBD: MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (MS-7B17)
     
    So I should be good to go for awhile and ready for Cyberpunk 2077 next year!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from MaximumRD in Old-school PC Benchmark for your modern PC   
    Well, while my current 7 year old rig can still play most modern games at high to ultra settings at 1440p, the real issue is how long it takes to edit and render videos. I have a 4k camera but my PC just cannot handle trying to edit large 4k video on the fly. Scrubbing the video is next to impossible and I end up having to put the preview windows at very low resolutions. That sucks because I sometimes cannot see something that might be off in the video because the resolution isn't clear enough to see if in the preview. Also, all effects such as the fades cause the CPU to hit 100% for a seconds making it impossible to view such effects in the preview in real time. Most of the stuff I do or edit into the video, I don't even get to really see until I render them. 
    Also the video card is not on the list of components to be changes. I really only have to change out the mother board, CPU and RAM as the old case and pretty much everything else I have can still be used. But damn..just getting a nice high end i7 with a modern motherboard and 16gb of medium speed DDR4 RAM is basically a grand. Eventually I would like to get an all different and smaller case as my Antec 902 is beast along with an nvME SSD as a new boot drive in place of my aging Intel 320 series SSD I've been using for like 4+ years now? 
    I currently have a 1050w Corsair PSU in my PC..yes...that is 1,050watts and I know that is still usable. But it too is 7 years old and not nearly as efficient as a newer 850w gold rated one would be these days. And if I were to basically build an all new PC, then my youngest can have this current one that would still be faster than his 2 year old gaming laptop he now uses.
    I know the newer AMD CPUs and chipsets seem to be wiping the floor with Intel these days, but I've never had very stable AMD setups in the past whereas all of my Intel based builds have been solid with this current one simply the best I've pieced together.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from MaximumRD in Old-school PC Benchmark for your modern PC   
    Well..I took the plunge about a week ago and bought quite a few new components for my new PC home workstation/server/gaming setup. Just ran the user benchmark and these are scores...

    UserBenchmarks: Game 96%, Desk 152%, Work 129%
    CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K - 105.1%
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 - 84.2%
    SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB - 283.6%
    SSD: Intel Raid 0 Volume 2TB - 177.7%
    HDD: Intel Raid 0 Volume 2TB - 195.1%
    RAM: Corsair CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18 2x8GB - 111%
    MBD: MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (MS-7B17)
     
    So I should be good to go for awhile and ready for Cyberpunk 2077 next year!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Atari Creep in Thrift Store Finds   
    This was mentioned by someone on the AtariAge FB group, but someone also tagged me to tell me about it as well. It has been a long time since I bought anything from a thrift store, but one of these from the local Salvation Army...

     
    Now resides here...

    ... at the Ivory Tower Collections game room.
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