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    Atarileaf reacted to MaximumRD in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    Well try not to get too stressed over it, after all we ARE dealing with some 30+ year old systems now and it is not always easily to pinpoint exactly what the issues are. IC's, solder joints and PSU's have served for many years and prone to failures. That said as well, I turned 50 TODAY and I am definitely at a different place, I always been a tinkerer, one to experiment but I think I am past most of that now, not saying I WONT do anymore of it but I think I like the idea of just enjoying and expanding on areas of my collection that currently work well. I don't think I want to get too much beyond more "creative" type modding like maybe painting a case that has sever yellowing or something, I think anything more serious I just want to phase out and pass on to those who are more likely and better equipped to restore and satisfy people who enjoy repairing more.  
     
    Anyway Atarileaf if I may say you brought ME and I am sure many with your retro videos for years, do what makes you happy, just be patient and think it through before doing anything to drastic, you don't owe anyone anything so do what you need to to ensure your enjoyment of the hobby! 
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from MaximumRD in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    Thanks guys and Justin you're right, I know I would have regrets. I just gotta battle through it. I've got some IC chips on order from Best Electronics so hopefully they'll fix my latest blunder.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from MaximumRD in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    Strange title I know but I'm having a bit of a crisis of conscience, so to speak, with the collection. Lately I've been more and more trying to repair systems with various degrees of luck. Some success but a lot of failure. Just this morning I'm trying to diagnose a light sixer 2600 that had poor RF and I must have done something to blow a chip because I'm just getting the dreaded black screen now. Nothing works, probably one of the 3 main IC's.
     
    I often get stressed at the idea of making a video for youtube because I fear when I turn any of my machines on I'm going to find a problem or it doesn't work at all, which has happened more recently. Hence the reason I've been trying to get into repairing more. It's getting more difficult to convince myself to sit down and actually play because of this hardware failure dread that I'm always experiencing.
     
    This dread is one of the big reasons I sold off my Tandy Coco collection and TG-16 collection, among others.
     
    The whole thing has caused me quite a degree of stress where I'm not enjoying the hobby anymore and like I did in 2005, it's causing me to consider selling everything off and being done with it. The whole point of this great hobby is to enjoy it but I'm not finding that enjoyment anymore due to hardware failure, which lets be honest is going to be more and more prevalent as time goes on.
     
    Is what I'm feeling normal and have others experienced these feelings? I actually start getting depressed when things break down, which I suppose is a sign I'm in too deep with this hobby perhaps. Feedback and suggestions are all quite welcome. Thanks.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    Thanks guys and Justin you're right, I know I would have regrets. I just gotta battle through it. I've got some IC chips on order from Best Electronics so hopefully they'll fix my latest blunder.
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    Atarileaf reacted to chas10e in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    I have been drifting away from the retro home gaming stuff myself somewhat and have moved on to playing competitive pinball. I haven't decided to get out of retro gaming it had just taken more of a back seat. That said I discovered on my road trips to find all the various what-nots. I would find in all my time testing the items the working stuff would get put on a shelf and the non-working stuff got the majority of the attention and the enjoyment was getting these things to work.
     
      My skills have improved in the tinkering but still far from what the professionals do in their diagnostic approach. The experiences I have gained have moved onto pinball ownership and fixing of my own machines. I am finding my limits there as well but celebrate  others that find the areas of my limits to be more of a success (painting of all things is one of my weaknesses )
     
    I had recently just heard of "Makerspaces" https://www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/and may venture down that avenue.
     
    So I suppose to answer the question of the title I would say it IS normal to get the blues about the piles of stuff that doesn't work. I still find it interesting to tinker. I haven't measured my success rate as of late on retro systems but know for sure it isn't very high. ( thinking of a couple of identical pong systems that I am not sure are working properly)
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    Atarileaf reacted to Justin in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    Sometimes I feel that way with this site. Every time I log in I've got that sense of dread thinking "What's going to not be working today?". But you know what? It's worth it. Just have to find some balance. Maybe step back a little and focus on the aspects of the hobby that you enjoy most.
     
    I think it's normal to feel this way, to an extent. When things cross a threshold of "not being fun anymore" then it's time to examine things and maybe rearrange priorities. But please, don't sell off your entire collection! That's not the answer. Most likely you'll regret having done so later on. These items are treasures and each system and game that you own is super fortunate to have you as an owner, someone who really cares about his collection and wants to preserve everything and keep it running for the future.
     
    This has affected my gameplay to an extent. I LOVE the TurboGrafx-16 line of game systems almost as much as I love Atari. TG16, PC Engine, TurboExpress, TurboDuo, etc. are all big in my house. I play my TurboDuo as much as anything. TurboDuo and TurboExpress are both known for two things: being expensive and having capacitor issues. Every time I power one of them on I always hold my breath for a second hoping that I get picture and sound. I always do, fortunately. TurboGrafx stuff is not "junk" in my book, but every year that goes by all of these games and systems get older and more fragile. I do my best to keep them running, and to enjoy the heck out of them.
     
    The best way to do that is to keep everything running, keep your hobby at the right spot on the priorities totem pole, and to enjoy these games with family and friends, both in person and in the forums 
     
    Good luck Atarileaf!
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Is it normal to feel this way?   
    Strange title I know but I'm having a bit of a crisis of conscience, so to speak, with the collection. Lately I've been more and more trying to repair systems with various degrees of luck. Some success but a lot of failure. Just this morning I'm trying to diagnose a light sixer 2600 that had poor RF and I must have done something to blow a chip because I'm just getting the dreaded black screen now. Nothing works, probably one of the 3 main IC's.
     
    I often get stressed at the idea of making a video for youtube because I fear when I turn any of my machines on I'm going to find a problem or it doesn't work at all, which has happened more recently. Hence the reason I've been trying to get into repairing more. It's getting more difficult to convince myself to sit down and actually play because of this hardware failure dread that I'm always experiencing.
     
    This dread is one of the big reasons I sold off my Tandy Coco collection and TG-16 collection, among others.
     
    The whole thing has caused me quite a degree of stress where I'm not enjoying the hobby anymore and like I did in 2005, it's causing me to consider selling everything off and being done with it. The whole point of this great hobby is to enjoy it but I'm not finding that enjoyment anymore due to hardware failure, which lets be honest is going to be more and more prevalent as time goes on.
     
    Is what I'm feeling normal and have others experienced these feelings? I actually start getting depressed when things break down, which I suppose is a sign I'm in too deep with this hobby perhaps. Feedback and suggestions are all quite welcome. Thanks.
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    Atarileaf reacted to RickR in FloImg1, Steem and Single Sided Drives   
    I  have a few suggestions for you.  I don't think trying to squeeze the stuff you want onto single sided disks is going to be an ideal solution.  A lot of software won't work that way (inserting a pause while you put the second disk in).  Here's what I would suggest:
    You can replace your single sided drive with a double sided drive.  The secret here is that old PC 3.5" floppy drives work in the ST.  The cabling is identical.  You may need to buy cable extenders.  And it can be difficult to find a drive that won't involve some cuts to the case. Buy an Atari ST external drive.  Buy a floppy emulator and replace your disk drive with this.  This is the solution I'm going to try very soon on my ST.  Look on ebay for "Atari floppy emulator".  All your software would go onto a USB memory stick.  I have this exact setup on a Commodore Amiga, and it works great.  Like I said, as soon as I get some spare time, I want to do this to my ST.  Let us know how you proceed.  I'm very interested to know.  I'll do the same here when I do the surgery on my ST.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in WANTED: Feedback for Super Circus AtariAge for Atari 7800   
    I'm late to the party on this one. I did a review when I first got SCAA last year. It is hands down my favorite 7800 homebrew, probably my favorite 7800 game period. 
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Llamatron 2112/Revenge of the Mutant Camels and Super Circus AtariAge   
    I haven't played the Jag games but SCAA is fantastic. I love Circus Atari and this 7800 port makes everything about it better. A must own IMHO.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    I have a question about sockets. In looking online to purchase some, there seems to be different widths. I'm pretty sure I need the wider ones but some list things about having round pins as opposed to not. The only thing I know for sure is that I need 40 pin and 24 pin sockets for the 2600. Other than that I need a little guidance. For instance this listing on amazon canada
     
    https://www.amazon.ca/uxcell%C2%AE-2-54mm-Double-Socket-Adapter/dp/B00O9YQSUO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517830747&sr=8-2&keywords=40+pin+ic+sockets
     
    shows round pins but this listing for 24 pin sockets doesn't
     
    https://www.amazon.ca/Pieces-2-54mm-24-Pin-Socket-Adapter/dp/B00OK5YOGC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1517830813&sr=1-2&keywords=24+pin+ic+sockets
     
    A close up of both shows small round bases on each pin underneath the 40 pin listing and the top where you insert the chip is round but the 24 pin listing shows the pin without this little base and a different top where you insert the chip. The second one looks more like the ones I've seen in atari's before. Is one better than the other or does it even matter?
     
    Thanks
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    Thanks very much. That makes sense I believe the ones in a 2600 are also the ones in the second link. I'll look for those thanks
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Which Games should PeteyM5 do next for the Atari 8-bit   
    Looking at the list I see three that really intrigue me in this order
     
    Quantum Fox - Solar Fox is in my top 10 favorite 2600 games. I absolutely love it.
    Cheesy Mouse - I'm a big fan of both Lady Bug and Mouse Trap
    Animal Keeper - I've never played it but the videos of the arcade game look really good
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    Atarileaf reacted to Atari 5200 Guy in FloImg1, Steem and Single Sided Drives   
    I think Lance over at Video 61 might know more on this.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Sabertooth in Llamatron 2112/Revenge of the Mutant Camels and Super Circus AtariAge   
    I haven't played the Jag games but SCAA is fantastic. I love Circus Atari and this 7800 port makes everything about it better. A must own IMHO.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from dauber in Llamatron 2112/Revenge of the Mutant Camels and Super Circus AtariAge   
    I haven't played the Jag games but SCAA is fantastic. I love Circus Atari and this 7800 port makes everything about it better. A must own IMHO.
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    Atarileaf reacted to CrossBow in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    I actually purchase my sockets locally here in town. Only things I really get from Best is just 5200 parts...lol. The rest I find online from other vendors or usually console5.
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    Atarileaf reacted to CrossBow in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    I would just grab the refresh kit and replace everything from the kit. Comes with a new 7805 of higher quality over the original, new caps, and a new switchcraft powerjack if I remember correctly. Those refresh kits are great and I've used them on just about all of my 2600s I have on hand and always on ones that I give away to friends and relatives or sell. For $10 it is cheap insurance in a plastic baggie!
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from MaximumRD in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    Will do thanks Rick.  I'll put that order in at console 5. Yes my concern is that some chips went too but fingers crossed. I'll post again when the voltage regulators arrive and I swap them out. Maybe I'll grab a refresh kit while I'm at it.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from dgrubb in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    So I seem to be getting continuity with all the pins where the ribbon cable is soldered in place to the various spots on the board each pin leads to and they all seem to check out. I'm getting the beeps. So it's possible the ribbon cable itself is fine and the plastic on both sides is simply separating?
     
    As for power to ground rails, I'm not sure what that means. The power jack where the psu plugs into? What are the ground rails. Sorry I'm still fairly new to this and I'm not overly familiar with the terminology. The power jack itself seems to get continuity to those same points on the board to that ribbon cable so I think it's alright.
     
    BTW I checked the voltage regulator again with the machine powered on and I'm getting 8.5v in and 6.3 out and the heat shield around it is pretty hot to the touch. That sounds out of spec that should be replaced?
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from dgrubb in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    Thanks for the reply. I'll check continuity on these tomorrow. In the event it's toast, is something like this repairable and if not, are there replacements for these without cannibalizing another machine? This is the first one I've seen with a mylar style ribbon, my other heavy/light sixers use a regular wire cable. These mylar ribbons seem problematic at best and a generally poor design.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from RickR in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    Thanks for the reply. I'll check continuity on these tomorrow. In the event it's toast, is something like this repairable and if not, are there replacements for these without cannibalizing another machine? This is the first one I've seen with a mylar style ribbon, my other heavy/light sixers use a regular wire cable. These mylar ribbons seem problematic at best and a generally poor design.
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    Atarileaf reacted to dgrubb in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    You can verify the ribbon cable with the continuity check setting on a multimeter and test each line in turn while giving the cable a bit of a wiggle. While you're at it you should then test continuity between power and ground rails, to ensure there are no shorts present, and then power it on and check your voltages on power rails and on pin at various chips.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    I was given this heavy sixer which I was told was dead and noticed the ribbon cable is in very poor condition. I get a black screen when it's powered on and am thinking there's a good chance it's this ribbon cable. It seems to be separating which would lead me to believe there's poor or no communication between the two boards. Any advice on this and possible replacements?
     
     

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    Atarileaf got a reaction from dgrubb in Atari Heavy Sixer Ribbon Problem   
    I was given this heavy sixer which I was told was dead and noticed the ribbon cable is in very poor condition. I get a black screen when it's powered on and am thinking there's a good chance it's this ribbon cable. It seems to be separating which would lead me to believe there's poor or no communication between the two boards. Any advice on this and possible replacements?
     
     

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