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Unboxing Harmony Cartridge for Atari 2600 & Composite Mod

February 12th, 2012 3 comments
Harmony Cartridge for Atari 2600

Autopsy:

1 Cents Atari 2600 Video Composite Mod: This very simple/cheap and functional mod adds a Video Composite output to the Atari 2600 console. I have shorted the five contacts Luma/Chroma and Sync for get a decent composite Video Signal. I have also cut a  resistor (R55) to get better colors, for the Audio signal see the picture.

The Harmony Cartridge is a simple, affordable, time-saving, space-saving, hassle-free way to play hundreds of games on your Atari 2600 console.

Using a Harmony cartridge is easy. Just insert the Harmony cartridge into your console slot the same way you would with any ordinary Atari game cartridge. Put your favorite game binaries on an SD card, pop it into the Harmony Cartridge and you’re ready to go. Turn on the console, select the game you want to play from the list and start having fun.

source: harmony.atariage.com

Atari 2600 Jr (Long Rainbow)

January 30th, 2012 No comments
Atari 2600 Jr (Long Rainbow)

Autopsy:

This version of Atari 2600 console was missing in my collection.

from Wikipedia:

The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in October 1977 by Atari, Inc. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in.

The first game console to use this format was the Fairchild Channel F; however, the Atari 2600 receives credit for making the plug-in concept popular among the game-playing public.

The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200, in 1982, the VCS was renamed “Atari 2600″, after the unit’s Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat and later Pac-Man.

source: wikipedia

Atari SF 354 Floppy Drive (second release)

August 17th, 2011 No comments
Atari SF 354 Floppy Drive

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This is a single-sided 3.5″ Floppy Drive for Atari ST series. This Floppy Drive can hold 360K of data on a disk.

Atari SF 354 Floppy Drive (first release)

August 17th, 2011 No comments
Atari SF 354 Floppy Drive

Autopsy:

This is a single-sided 3.5″ Floppy Drive for Atari ST series. This Floppy Drive can hold 360K of data on a disk.

Cumana & Power Computing Atari ST Floppy Drive

August 15th, 2011 1 comment
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Autopsy:

Cumana & Power Computing are two hardware supplier for Amiga, Atari, Oric and so on. Here we present two examples of Floppy Drive compatible with the Atari ST series computers.

Atari Megafile SH 205

August 15th, 2011 No comments
Atari Megafile SH 205

Autopsy:

The SH 205 also known as Atari Megafile 20 has a capacity of 20 MB and a ACSI interface. The Atari SH 205 uses an old 20 Mb 5.25″ MFM (Modified Frequency Modulation) Hard Drives Seagate or Tandon.

Atari ST 520+ (Low serial Number)

August 14th, 2011 No comments
Atari ST 520+

Autopsy:

from OldComputers:

The Atari 520ST was introduced at the Winter CES in January of 1985, 6 months before the Commodore Amiga. Atari did take some shortcuts, though, as the Operating System did not yet exist in ROM, and had to be loaded from floppy-disk when powered on (but then again, so did the Amiga). The 520ST also had no internal floppy drive, but later versions included it.

Bundled with an external 360K single sided 3.5 inch floppy drive, mouse and monochrome monitor, it costs $799. Both Amiga and 520ST are based on the Motorola 68000 CPU, which has a 16-bit external bus, and 32-bit internal, thus the 520′ST’ means ‘sixteen / thirty two’. The Operating System is ‘TOS’, or ‘Tramiel Operating System’.

The 520ST (and Amiga) have a graphical operating system, or GUI, similar to the Apple Macintosh, which was released one year earlier. The 520ST utilized Digital Research’s GEM GUI, although it is not nearly as nice as the Macintosh or Amiga.

One thing that IS very nice is the built-in VT52 emulation. The 520ST can act as a dumb terminal, communicating through its serial port to another system. There was a huge rivalry between Amiga and Atari users, each positive that their computer system was superior, or at least hoping it was.

In addition to the 520ST, Atari release the 1040ST, with built-in floppy drive, and 1Meg of RAM (the 520ST has 512K). Four years later in 1989, the portable ST computer appeared, the Stacy.

source: oldcomputers.net

Atari Gold RGB Scart Cable

August 9th, 2011 No comments

Atari ST and Atari 7800 (Secam RGB) Gold RGB Scart Cable.

source: hardwarebook.info ebay coolnovelties.co.uk

Atari Megafile 30

August 2nd, 2011 1 comment
Atari Megafile 30

 Autopsy:

The Megafile series (produced by Atari) is based on RLL (MFM) Hard Disk, the MFM technology today has become obsolete.

The system includes the Hard Disk (Seagate ST-157R), controller RLL (MFM) 32D5321 and the power supply. The Megafile was connected to the host through the door ACSI, ACSI is Atari’s proprietary hard drive connector. It is similar to SCSI which was standardized later, but not directly compatible.

The other door instead allows you to connect other devices (eg. other Megafile).

Atari Monitor SM124

July 31st, 2011 1 comment
Atari Monitor SM124

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The Atari SM-124 is a high-resolution monochrome monitor designed to be used with the ST series of computers. It is capable of 640×400 resolution at 72Hz in black and white and has a very sharp picture, though the actual viewing area onscreen is quite small, a large black border of about .5 inches or more surrounding the entire screen.

For serious work on the ST, including MIDI sequencing, telecomunications, word processing, etc. the SM-124 is a much nicer monitor than it’s color counterpart

Atari Mega ST2 (PCB Rev 5.0)

July 31st, 2011 3 comments
Atari Mega ST2 (PCB Rev 5.0)

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The Mega ST was Atari’s first major enhancement to the ST line of computers. With 1MB or 4MB memory (expandable with add-on cards), built in BLITTER graphics chip, and MegaBUS expansion Slot all packaged into a nice clean pizza-box case the ST line of computers received a boost in power, expandability and professional looks.

Atari was moving forward in the right direction. Also introduced along with the Mega ST line was Atari’s direction into the desktop publishing field.

Atari introduced the SLM804 Laser Printer which attached to the Atari DMA interface port and also the desktop publishing package. Also introduced was the Atari Megafile hard drive system to add stackable harddrive modules onto the Mega ST.

Unboxing Sic!Cart flash cartridge for ATARI (XE/XL)

June 19th, 2011 No comments
Sic!Cart flash cartridge for Atari

Autopsy:

The Sic!Cart (Super Inexpensive Cart) is a low price Flash Cartridge System for the Atari XL/XE series computers.

Sic!Cart available configurations:

  • Programmed GAL.
  • Sic!Cart with 2Mbit memory.
  • Sic!Cart with 4Mbit memory.

source: atariage.com

Unboxing IDE Plus 2.0 for ATARI (XE/XL)

June 15th, 2011 1 comment
IDE Plus 2.0 interface

Autopsy:

IDE Plus 2.0 is a new IDE host adapter by Simius for Atari (XE/XL) computer.

Some features:

  • Is not much greater than a 2,5-inch IDE disk.
  • Does not require an external power-supply.
  • Contains an XE (CART+ECI) connector, an XL (PBI) connector, a cartridge port, and a connector for a 2,5-inch IDE disk.
  • Contains 96 KB ISP Flash ROM and 32 KB RAM available to the internal PBI BIOS and flashable from the Atari.
  • Contains 512 KB or 1024 KB ISP Flash ROM for SpartaDOS X (or any other cartridge of such type), flashable from the Atari. This ROM can be physically disabled using a dedicated switch. The switch is not installed in the device shown on photos below.
  • Contains a real time clock circuitry to be used with SpartaDOS X. If someone doesn’t want to use it, the module is anyway fully compatible with an external R-Time 8 or internally mounted ARC.
  • A LED flashing during the I/O.

source: atariage.com

 

Atari Lynx II with Carry Bag / Powersupply and Cartridges

November 25th, 2010 No comments
Atari Lynx II with some Cartridges

Autopsy:

Thank to Lynx of Nightfall for your generous donation.

The Atari Lynx has several innovative features including its being the first color handheld, with a backlit display, a switchable right-handed/left-handed (upside down) configuration, and the ability to network with up to 17 other units via its “ComLynx” system (though most games would network eight or fewer players).

from Wikipedia:

The Atari Lynx is a 16-bit handheld game console that was released by Atari Corporation in 1989. The Lynx holds the distinction of being the world’s first handheld electronic game with a color LCD. The system is also notable for its forward-looking features, advanced graphics, and ambidextrous layout. The Lynx was released in 1989, the same year as Nintendo’s (monochromatic) Game Boy.

However, the Lynx failed to achieve the sales numbers required to attract quality third party developers, and was eventually abandoned. Today, as with many older consoles, there is still a small group of devoted fans, creating and selling games for the system.

source: wikipedia

Atari 800XL fix for Expansion Ram 320XL

November 14th, 2010 No comments

I had to make this change to get the Expansion Ram 320XL running on my Atari 800XL:

source: atariage.com