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    Question How to start? Atari 800Xl Working.

    Bought it at my neighbors tagsale recently apparently it was in his basement since the 90's! It works pretty well but I want to get under the hood doing some cleaning and restoring of my own, I happen to be new here, I was told about VCF by my other neighbor. My question is What tools should I get specifically Bits, Key pullers, anything from soldering and such, I just don't know how I should start, maybe a list of tools I should get and soe tips, Im pretty knowledgable with computers and fix consoles for fun sometimes but I jsut want to make sure I am doing it right! thanks!

    (Will provide pictures if asked! Im also looking to do some Retrobiting on it, what are some good techniques?)

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    Well, I'll start. One of my favorite kits and comes with a case. Fairly cheap too.

    https://www.amazon.com/ORIA-Screwdri...ver%2Bset&th=1

    Get the best solder station you can afford. I personally use this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51.../dp/B000ARU9PO

    They have this newer model and it's cheaper, but have no idea what it's like since I've never used it.

    https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WE1010...dp_ob_title_hi
    Last edited by liqmat; January 10th, 2019 at 07:24 PM.

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    My most often used tool is one of those cheapo screwdrivers they sell near the registers at Home Depot. I believe the Buck Brothers 4 in 1. It has 2 reversible bits so you get a large and small straight slot and a large and small phillips. I believe the newer ones are the same size bit so now you get just one size nut driver. Its great in a pocket and durable.

    You will eventually want to get some isopropyl alcohol, q-tips, and disinfecting wipes for cleaning.

    One idea that you likely already have the tools for is a cell phone. Photograph everything as you start a step in case you forget where or how something goes. Its also nice as a journal to track your progress and see before & after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaferriere View Post
    Photograph everything as you start a step in case you forget where or how something goes. Its also nice as a journal to track your progress and see before & after.
    Actually, probably the best advice anyone can give. Do you know how many times I've forgotten how certain wiring goes and a cell phone photo saved the day? So important.

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    Hi Linden, the 800xl is a nice computer. It was my first and favorite computer so I'm biased.

    The Camera is a real good idea. Not sure you'll need the soldering iron right away. But do be careful of the keyboard ribbon, it's fragile and brittle.

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