Falcon030 Users Experiences

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Falcon030 Users Experiences

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hello Dear forumers,

Atari lovers,

I've FINALLY bought an ATARI Falcon030 (stock plain device)

It is not arrived yet. But it boots up just fine. (it is in england for a month before i receive it).

Now, I would like to use it as original as possible. so my questions are;

1-) Do i need 14MB ram option?
2-) do i need recapping or any electronical fixing?
3-) Do i need any rtc replacement?
4-) do i need 68882 ?
5-) do i need anything else :)
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oguzog wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:11 pm I've FINALLY bought an ATARI Falcon030 (stock plain device)
:bravo:



oguzog wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:11 pm 1-) Do i need 14MB ram option?
This depends on what you are going to be running.. Generally people move to the 14MB from 4MB in general.
oguzog wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:11 pm 2-) do i need recapping or any electronical fixing?
https://www.exxosforum.co.uk/forum/viewt ... ?f=17&t=84

https://www.exxosforum.co.uk/forum/viewt ... f=17&t=134

TOS404 I strongly suggest and one from my store so you can use the above fast-rom.


PSU needs recapping.
https://www.exxosforum.co.uk/atari/store2/#0023

oguzog wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:11 pm 3-) Do i need any rtc replacement?
Yes. The RTC will almost certainly be dead.

oguzog wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:11 pm 4-) do i need 68882 ?
Nope. People generally only fit it simply because there is a empty hole for it.
oguzog wrote: Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:11 pm 5-) do i need anything else :)
A deep wallet is always required in dealing with these machines, and patients.. ;)

I would suggest cleaning the floppy drive heads as a minimum as well.

Others may well suggest things I have forgotten about.
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viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1585 Have you done the Mandatory Fixes ?
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As a general thing, not just for Falcons, I'd suggest a complete strip down to get all the dust and other debris cleaned out.
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So more or less i need those it think;

Falcon030 RTC replacement NVRAM
FALCON 030 CLOCK BUFFER PATCH V2
FALCON 030 PSU UPGRADE KIT 240V type
FALCON 030 14MB ST-RAM CARD
Falcon 030 TOS 4.04 ROM MULTILANG

one more question. Other than those do i need new caps for mainboard itself?

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oguzog wrote: Thu May 02, 2019 8:49 am one more question. Other than those do i need new caps for mainboard itself?
People are generally doing this lately, Steve is your man for that.. I cannot remember if he posted a list of all the capacitors or not, hopefully he will chime in later when his online...
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Re: Falcon030 Users Experiences

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exxos wrote: Thu May 02, 2019 10:55 am
oguzog wrote: Thu May 02, 2019 8:49 am one more question. Other than those do i need new caps for mainboard itself?
People are generally doing this lately, Steve is your man for that.. I cannot remember if he posted a list of all the capacitors or not, hopefully he will chime in later when his online...
he did. But don't my device will come soon and i have an electronician friend that can help :)
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