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  1. I have to agree that today's console wars are not as exciting as they were when our generation was growing. Truth be told those console wars are probably why we have gray hairs and aches and pains today. As I already mentioned in a comment on your video the first console war I remember well was between an old school friend and myself. His 2600 vs my 5200. Granted my games looked better but his was getting better third party support. Once he played that card where his system was getting games mine wasn't he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Yea I got a better looking Pac-Man but he was getting Enduro, Atlantis, Tutankham, Yar's Revenge...things like that. Even after the game crash the 2600 continued to get software, the 5200 became a has-been. I still say the 5200 did things somewhat better but its all about the games and that's where the 2600 remains the king.
  2. That sharp left can be taken full throttle if tackled from the inside and let your car slide to the outside. Be mindful of where on coming cars are located before going into the turn. And if you have to, instead of braking, downshift for a split second then slam it back into hi gear. It's surprising to think Fuji and Suzuka are actual real-life tracks although both have gone through some changes. Those tracks are also available on many other racing games including Gran Turismo, MotoGP, Forza, R Racing Evolution, and I'm sure that there are more I have not heard of yet. Suzuka has a history of claiming the life of a 23-year old MotoGP Champion in 2003. That rider's motorcycle and number were permanently retired after. The track is owned by Honda and went through many changes before that 2003 race. I am unsure if Seaside is a real-life track or an original track for PPII.
  3. Ooooo...Crazy Taxi! A DC classic on the PS2. Awesome pick-up! Great find on the Jeopardy! game even if I'm not a fan of the game show.
  4. Well, tried cleaning the contacts on the cartridge, taking it apart and using a Dremel with a polishing pad. Still made no difference. I think the ROM is giving out. There's no other explanation other than that. Looks like I'm out for the remainder of this challenge unfortunately. It would be too difficult to obtain a score if I have to wait for the screen to do a demo as there is no guarantee the wouldn't lock up before I could capture the score. And with the ROM acting up I have no real way of knowing if the game is working as intended. I don't want to post a bogus score due to a fault in the game's ROM. Sorry guys.
  5. I think it needs the whole engine...I think it blew. "She can't take much more of this, Captain!"
  6. The console is OK and so is the power supply. After posting picks of my last score I changed the cartridge with Joust and left it on for hours. It was still playing as it should when I checked it just a few minutes ago. Power supply is staying cool as is the console. It's only doing this with PPII.
  7. I managed to coax a game out of the cart and capture the score before it repeated the above image. I also managed to increase my score and actually finish the race! Game play seems fine...it's just when the cart has been on for a bit it acts up. It kind of reminds me of the 2600 Defender I had. So, yea, the ROM in this cart might be getting where it can't hold the code any more.
  8. Still doing it. I'm beginning to think this cart is going out.
  9. I managed to play and get a screenshot but I'm having issues with my cart. On the Title Screen the game will often turn to pastel colors and freeze. I'm not sure what's causing it but I'm going to try cleaning the contacts on the cart and machine to see if that solves the issues. Played with a Europad controller. I made it to the 3rd lap. I kept finding cars who wanted to move over in front of me all of a sudden. How nice of them. Played on real hardware of course.
  10. This should be on my blog here on Atari I/O but I thought I would do one here that's easier to find. I will do another more in depth review of these items for my blog. In the meantime get your notepad and pen out. You may want to take notes. AC Adapter First up is this fine AC Adapter. For a China-made product it actually feels like a nice quality product and it does work with one limitation. Look at the image below and see if you can spot something. Look really hard...take your time, I'll wait. The issue is this adapter is advertised as being able to work with three consoles: The NES, SNES, and Model 1 Genesis. There's only two plugs. The idea is to use the same plug for the NES on the Genesis. However, someone must have fell asleep at the drawing board. The NES draws AC power which is then converted to DC current inside the NES itself. The Genesis is a DC-only system with it's power supply converting to DC for the console. The adapter is outputting DC current and does work well with the SNES and NES consoles (I tested it on the NES but I have an original NES power supply so I will stick with that). The NES and Genesis consoles, however, also have variants on polarity coming in to them through the power port. If it hasn't sunk in yet the Genesis' polarity is opposite that of the NES. Using this on a Genesis console can FRY THE SYSTEM! Bottomline: For an SNES/NES power supply replacement this will work however I can't recommend it for the NES knowing its internal AC/DC nature. For the Model 1 Genesis avoid this at all costs as it is being falsely advertised as working with that console when it does not. The plug does fit but the polarity is reversed. It's simply too risky to even attempt. Off-Brand SNES Controller Along with the adapter I picked up a controller. This controller is not the Nintendo-issued one or of a decent 3rd party during the SNES' production cycle. This is a cheap knock-off that does serve the purpose but also has a few issues that might be worth noting. The controller itself is comfortable and doesn't feel much different than the originals other than it might be a bit lighter. The D-pad, four function buttons, and the Select/Start buttons do feel OK and perform well. The button issues reside with the two shoulder buttons L/R. These require a lot more force to use than those on the original SNES control pads. And I used them a LOT playing F-Zero hoping that they would get broke in enough to soften up a bit. Nope. Never happened. In a way that's a good thing but it would have been more comfortable to use if they would have softened just a bit. The second issue I had was plugging the controller into the console. I am not sure what is off but the connector on the controller going into the console was such a tight fit that I almost thought I was going to break the control ports on the console loose somehow. They are also very hard to unhook from the console if one wants to switch controllers. I only recommend these for those that have broken or no controllers, the latter of which was my situation. They are a cheap alternative to the more expensive used original controllers and they do perform well. Just be aware of the issues I ran into if these become a part of your gaming collection. Otherwise, try a different knock-off controller. There might be some with buttons easier to use and will fit the console without trying to break it. Final Thoughts Both of these products work as replacements for anyone with a Super NES in need of them. If used only for the SNES the adapter alone is worth the price at about $8 average brand new. The controller could use some softer pads under those shoulder buttons and the connector really needs to be corrected so it is not such a chore to connect/unhook from the system. Otherwise it performs well and as expected. It will allow for some length game time on favorite SNES games. For Model 1 Genesis owners, however, the AC Adapter is a buyer avoid.
  11. Seeing other peoples' game rooms gives ideas to try. My only real issue is space...there simply isn't enough of it where I'm currently at. If I could find things to use to mount on one wall that might work but I don't think we are allowed to do that where we are. I've also thought about the milk crate solution like John Hancock did for his room but I'd need a few of those. I've also thought about going the plastic storage containers with three or four drawers and simply stacking them up almost touching the ceiling. Then I would have areas for not only games but controllers, other accessories, power cables, etc. Not exactly sure which way to go.
  12. You don't have to ask. As long as I have the games for the Squad Challenges I will join in. I'm fixing to setup the 7800 for the PP II challenge later this evening.
  13. For our 10th Anniversary my wife gifted me what I would need to play the Super NES again. I finally have a power supply (which also powers the Genesis!) and a new controller. Oh...and F-ZERO! Which was the only reason why I bought a Super NES system when they came out. I didn't care what other games I got back then as long as I had F-ZERO I was good. I spent, more like wasted, lots of teenage months on that game. The long wait is finally over. The SNES is now complete enough to enjoy it. I have to admit that I've missed F-Zero without actually knowing I missed it. I'll have to try to get the other games I once had but, geez, for some reason people think Nintendo games are worth more than Atari games. Earth Defense Force, Gradius III, Top Gear, Zelda (especially Zelda), Super Mario World, Super Metroid, all are not cheap no matter where they are found. I know I had a few more BITD but I can't seem to remember what those were. OK. Gotta cut this short. The urge to play F-Zero is getting the better of me. We need another F-Zero Squad Challenge now that I will be able to participate.
  14. I wish I had that kind of space to be that organized. Yea, man, give it up...where'd you find all those GameBoys? Now I know why I can't find any LOL. Just kidding man. That's an awesome setup. I do have to ask, though. Where did you find that Metroid hanging from the ceiling? That thing is wicked cool! It'd be even cooler if it lit up.
  15. It's things like this that make me really cautious about supporting anything on Kickstarter, Indigogo, and other projects unless I know exactly who the person is behind any specific project like the Shenmue III headed by the original creator Yu Suzuki. I didn't back that one but I would have. 10 years? Statue of limitations may have ran out by now...and I bet he knows it. The XM. Was that the project for the 7800?
  16. I loved the TG-16 when I had one back in the day. It was a sleek console and I loved the controller. NEC seemed to copy a tried and true controller design, one most gamers would be familiar with, and slapped on turbo switches for both fire buttons as a way to say, "Take THAT Nintendo!" I was just stuck with the one game that came with the system and Keith Courage, while I played it often, was simply not that impressive of a game. Somewhat fun but left a LOT to be desired out of a system that was touting it was 16-bit in most ads and catalogs. Keith Courage just seemed too 8-bit-ish. Only in the past few years did I learn of the PCE and the games it got wondering why in the hell didn't they bring some of THOSE games over here? I believe it would have made a difference. I also believe they should have stuck with the smaller design of the PCE and did the color scheme we got. Size doesn't always matter, the PCE is proof of that.
  17. N64 is a great console for it's time and still holds up well today. The last cartridge-based console. I personally never played Super Smash Bros. yet but do remember losing most of my early 20's playing Rush 2, F-Zero X, and most titles by Rare. I eventually grabbed Super Mario 64 which is really good but, alas, all that got traded off years ago. I now have another N64 with expansion pak and two games...both of which I never had before. Dr Mario 64 and Star Wars Rogue Squadron. Both are fun games but I do miss those N64 racing games.
  18. Hi Guys! This is the model Dell I was talking about. https://www.cnet.com/products/dell-inspiron-530-desktop-computer-intel-core-2-quad-q6600-500gb-hdd-4gb/ The only difference is mine has a Celeron (I miss having AMD processors!) and only 2 GB of RAM. Everything else is the same. The graphics card I installed in her is this one: https://www.zotac.com/lk/product/graphics_card/geforce-210-synergy-edition-0 And I stand corrected. This graphics card only has 1 GB of RAM. It's my older Dell Inspiron 8200 I have strictly for working with ST stuff offline that has a nVidia card with a bit more memory than the system. But it runs XP and is used only for Atari ST disk archiving/creating. I don't do anything else with it so it's not fired up often.
  19. A bit of computer theories I have learned over the decades of owning IBM clone PCs. The type and amount of RAM can bottleneck any gaming PC if there is not enough of it (8 GB recommended these days) and if it is not fast enough. It can really play hell with the motherboard's bus system. I've also noticed that the three types of motherboards made now (AMD, nVidia, or Intel chipsets) work better if paired with matching GPUs. AMD chipsets seem to work better with AMD graphics cards than with Intel or nVidia graphics cards. I've also learned that most Intel GPUs, no matter what their job tasks are suppose to be for, are not as good as AMD or nVidia brands. At least most of the ones I've had experiences with simply couldn't handle the load of games I've tried to play (Euro Trucking & American Trucking Simulators/Farming Simulator). I still recommend AMD/ATi or nVidia over Intel in the graphics department any day. Even a low class or older video card of those brands can make a difference and will allow those PCs to do some gaming. I use a Dell originally designed for Vista (still running Vista). It has only 2 GB of RAM but the video card has been upgraded with a more modern GPU with more RAM than the system has. Farming Simulator and Euro Trucking Simulator all play very well. Euro Trucking Simulator 2 requires 4 GB of RAM so it will not work although I can see the title and menus in the game. The first two Car Mechanic Simulators all work OK, the second one struggles a bit at the title screen but once the game is loaded it plays well. I have RAM I pulled from another gaming PC someone threw away where I live but it is DDR3 (16 GB Total) and I need DDR2. Bummer. I'll have to get that benchmark test and perform it on the Dell I use for gaming. I know the results are going to be varied because of the lack of RAM the system desperately needs.
  20. I use to have a CoCo3 and it was an OK computer. I only had three games for it though. Dungeons of Daggorath, Silpheed, and Tetris. Oh...make that four games. I forgot I had Thexder too. Silpheed was my favorite on the system.
  21. I use a webcam for taking screenshots. I usually have to take about 7 to 10 pictures just to get a score that is somewhat visible. What doesn't help is the software used with the webcam has a 3 second timer and I have not found a way to turn that feature off. So it's like hit the snapshot button...3...2...1...wait for the image to process. Did I get it? ARGGGG! My webcam can see the vertical blank on CRTs but it slowly scrolls to the top and can cover up the scores. Very annoying. I need to charge up my 1999 Sony digital camera now that I found some new floppies to use in it. It didn't suffer from that issue.
  22. I got it once about a month ago when visiting the homepage of this site. I already knew it had to be fake because I use Chrome and Chrome stopped supporting Flash stuff a long time ago. I had to learn how to program Flash stuff during college and finding web browsers that supported it was starting to dwindle then. I believe Flash has died off in favor of other similar languages that are more stable. So if you see the message again ignore it any way you can. It's fake.
  23. I don't remember who but there was a member on here that I think sand blasted those parts and the end result was really cool! I guess you could 3D print those parts and sand blast those to get a similar effect.
  24. Well, I didn't find that TV but did find a Curtis Mathes equivalent. https://www.curtis-mathes.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=102606710 The CM one was mid 80's and I suspect your Philco may be in the 70's. The date will be on the inside of the rear cover if it hasn't fallen off or no one else has been inside it. If it has the on the plastic somewhere should be a date stamp actually etched in the plastic. This should give an idea of when it was made. I suspect either bad caps, power transformer out unless you still get sound, or the flyback transformer has served its life. If you could find someone that wouldn't charge to look I'd hold on to it. Its a museum piece! Oh...forgot something. These older TVs have glass tube fuses so you might try checking that.
  25. The controller cover and controller port cover are both transparent plastic that's smoke colored. Hold them up to the light and you can see through them. Its that transparency that allows the power led to shine through.
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