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Re: Stuff and Things.

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@rubber_jonnie , wrong @PaulJ_2.0 mentioned. :coffee:
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PaulJ wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:08 pm @rubber_jonnie , wrong @PaulJ_2.0 mentioned. :coffee:
@PaulJ @PaulJ_2.0

Damn.....

Too many of you lurking about if you need version numbers.....

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Re: Stuff and Things.

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rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:13 pm
PaulJ wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:08 pm @rubber_jonnie , wrong @PaulJ_2.0 mentioned. :coffee:
@PaulJ @PaulJ_2.0

Damn.....

Too many of you lurking about if you need version numbers.....
Well your in luck RJ, I don't believe there will ever be a rubber_jonnie_2.0.... I think they broke the mold!!! :dizzy:
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PaulJ wrote: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:22 pm
Well your in luck RJ, I don't believe there will ever be a rubber_jonnie_2.0.... I think they broke the mold!!! :dizzy:
You may well be right there @PaulJ
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Ah, the satisfaction:

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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Time to jot down a few things, at least that way I'll remember stuff later, provided I can find this post.

Project wise we're looking at the following:

1. Mega 1 needs to have SILs replaced, it's still sporting the originals. After that we'll see if the IDE interface, stable on the Mega 4 now, will improve.It's a bit hit and miss for now.
2. Mega 1 and Mega 4 probably need mandatory fixes doing, I'll work that out once I've done item 1.
3. Revisit the H4 and do the same sort of troubleshooting as on the Mega 4. I need to install an expansion socket and build a tool to pull down the address bus, /AS, /LDS & /UDS and see what the data bus is doing. Feels like no ROM so this will help decode whats what there.
4. Build a RAM tester. Although thenTL866 Pro I have will test RAM, 41256 and 4164 are not covered, so I'm going to build one of these http://forum.defence-force.org/viewtopi ... 3NlchvZsnM. I'll post my progress on here.

Guessing everyone esle is busy out in retro Atari land :)
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Work started building the DRAMArduino RAM tester, more info here: http://forum.defence-force.org/viewtopi ... 3NlchvZsnM

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I'll post up some more when I've completed the build and tested.
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Also decided that the Mega ST 1 is going to stay more or less stock. It's a nice machine, FDD is good and the case is completely stock with no weird cuts/holes for mods etc.

Here she is before the lid went back on:

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Minimum MODs done are:

SIL resistors swapped out for new 2.2k items.

2 chip German TOS 1.04 swapped out for 6 chip UK TOS 1.04, see more here: https://www.exxoshost.co.uk/forum/viewt ... =16&t=2565

Being a Mega ST 1, it had no CPU fan, but I've fitted one from @exxos

For now I've decided the IDE interface can wait until there is a newer version that is slightly smaller and doesn't get in the way of the case support leg.
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Finished the DRAMArduino today as well as fixing the LS11 problem on the H4, so what with getting both Megas sorted last weekend, I've had a pretty good run lately :)

Here's the complete unit:

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And here's the back side of the protoboard showing my lovely wiring :) Took quite a while I must admit.

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Here's the link to the build details and Arduino sketch that makes it all go: http://forum.defence-force.org/viewtopi ... 3NlchvZsnM

Pop in a DRAM, 4164 (Jumper on for these) or 41256 (Jumper off for these)plug it into a power source and press reset. Then wait for a red or green for nay or yay. Simples

And yes, there is a big bit of fluff in the middle where I cleaned up after with IPA and a cotton bud! Now removed :)

Will try and build another as I have a second Arduino to hand and all the parts too. I reckon total cost including Arduino is £15-£20.
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Ahh the never ending fun and games of retro ownership!

My test board has decided to have a floppy disk outage 😟

Known working FDDs just sitting there with the seek light on permanently and never reaching the desktop. Pull the FDD and desktop happily arrives.

Damn thing worked last time I used it and suddenly this.

Looks like I have another round of troubleshooting in my future.

Thank god for the desoldering gun, it'll certainly make rework a ton easier.
Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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