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    Interesting. So he had three of them? I see in...

    Interesting. So he had three of them? I see in the ebay history only two - one of the two I bought and then one, as you said, from a week earlier.

    When I purchased mine, it was a single BIN...
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    They were the same day, but yes.. that's probably...

    They were the same day, but yes.. that's probably them.

    I was a bit skeptical. There is an auction that finished not too long before with the exact same title as these two, and it went to $1600. ...
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    That doesn't sound right.. 7990? That would be...

    That doesn't sound right.. 7990? That would be the 90th week of 79.

    At some point the 'RFI' boards went to serial numbers I think... but the earlier ones I thought still used the four digit YYMM...
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    Pretty sure it'd be Rev 04. I have machines up...

    Pretty sure it'd be Rev 04. I have machines up to SN 14000 with Rev 04s in my records.
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    It seems to be mostly just thick dust and...

    It seems to be mostly just thick dust and grime... maybe from being stored in a shed. I wonder if I should do the dishwasher trick?
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    Atari Falcon with ST color keyboard

    Recently I picked up two Atari Falcons for what I thought was a great price. The seller only had pics of one of them... it was one of those listing where it had 'inventory' and the cover pic was...
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    What serial is the II+? Generally you're always...

    What serial is the II+? Generally you're always better to keep it original... a Rev 04 will always have more value than the RFI boards.
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    I think I'll pull the board out tomorrow and do a...

    I think I'll pull the board out tomorrow and do a check on the backside. Visually - that chip is the only one that seems to have any damage. Not sure why the one right beside it didn't also take...
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    I found the source of the burnt plastic smell, I...

    I found the source of the burnt plastic smell, I think. This 74LS244 is definitely showing signs of having burnt up.

    56710

    I think these are 5V devices.. so perhaps that hints at where to...
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    Seems to be +0.83v

    Seems to be +0.83v
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    Yeah I think I'm going to just replace most of...

    Yeah I think I'm going to just replace most of the caps. I did pop out the 470uf and 4.7uf at C83 and C82 respectively (the service manual says to check there first if no power). They do seem to...
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    When I plugged it in, it made this awful whine...

    When I plugged it in, it made this awful whine noise and didn't light up (I didn't dare leave it plugged in very long). I've only ever heard that noise before.. after I broke another CRT by accident...
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    Dang. I did figure out a way using JB weld to...

    Dang.

    I did figure out a way using JB weld to reattach the screen to its mounts. But when I looked more closely at the CRT neck, I could see what looked like possible little cracks in the very...
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    Thanks Dwight!! I tried a variation of this.....

    Thanks Dwight!!

    I tried a variation of this.. just running my DMM in ohms mode and seeing the resistance between power supply pins on the motherboard. But that unfortunately did not reveal...
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    Tandy 1000 TL that eats power supplies

    I got a Tandy 1000 TL for $75. I checked out the power supply beforehand, everything seemed alright. I fired it up.. the machine made a clicking noise and the floppy drive light flashed on and off....
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    Brickout question

    Now that I have my Rev 0 working I wanted to play some 'period correct' games, and naturally thought of Brickout.

    I understand there were two or more versions of this (one port to Applesoft) over...
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    Thanks Mike. That's interesting.. so 301 would...

    Thanks Mike.

    That's interesting.. so 301 would be January 1983. So 301000089 would imply this is the 89th unit (since there weren't any earlier than 1983)? That'd be pretty cool.

    Yeah so far...
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    I wasn't actually trying to get original. I was...

    I wasn't actually trying to get original. I was trying to get cheap. ;) A few of these were up on ebay from same seller.. one worked but had broken screen, this one did not work at all but looked...
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    Yeah it's not that for sure. When I was playing...

    Yeah it's not that for sure. When I was playing around with the batteries and cleaning the contacts, I noticed sometimes the 'low batt' light would come on, even though the batteries were brand new....
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    Okay, the NiCD seems to be charged and holding a...

    Okay, the NiCD seems to be charged and holding a charge. But no action otherwise from the machine. I was checking out the voltages on the motherboard at various points like VEE - and we've only got...
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    The NiCD has risen to 3.3V now. I'm surprised...

    The NiCD has risen to 3.3V now. I'm surprised I'm getting anything.

    I guess the AAs charge it?
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    Model 100 No power up

    I got one of these for nothing, and have been checking it out this morning. The battery compartment had a significant but not crazy amount of rust, which I've since cleaned. I can see just under 6V...
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    By the time I get parts for it I'm hoping...

    By the time I get parts for it I'm hoping everything will be fully discharged.

    Side note - when it blew, I was up close with the PSU out in the open to see if any bad smells, etc were coming up. ...
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    Power supply electrolytics

    Tried out a Tandy 1000 TL I got for $50 and got a bit of a smell, then a bang. One of the electrolytics blew out in spectacular fashion.

    I guess I'll replace all of them to be safe (luckily the...
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    I thought I had run this game on this machine...

    I thought I had run this game on this machine before but maybe I'm wrong on that. Initially it would get just to the 'Broderbund' title screen and then no animation at all.. just flashing screens of...
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