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Date: 2001-03 atari800xl.org comp.sys.atari.8bit
65xe keyboard  
 
1.  Richard Detlefsen  
 More options Mar 1 2001, 1:27 pm
Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
From: Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> -
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 22:20:24 -0600
Local: Thurs, Mar 1 2001 1:20 pm
Subject: Re: 65xe keyboard
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Luis Vasquez wrote:
> Today I turned on my 65XE, and the keyboard letters J K Spacebar and Help
> didn't register.  I push them and nothing happens.  It's been working
> before, I use it about once a month, it's not fresh out of an attic or
> anything.  Does anybody know of any ways to find out what the problem could
> be?  Are 65XEs known to have unrealible keyboards or chips or something?
> Thanks!

The most likely problem is excessive wear-replace the membrane, or get another
XE which is probably cheaper, plus you'll have lots of spare parts.

Another failure is that the circuitry of the membrane is not protected, mostly
the ribbon and the fold.  This is why an exposed area tarnishes-turns black.
Looking at my info, several lines are involved.  So, the easiest way to find
out which traces are open is to look at the membrane using a light source,
following each trace, of the affected keys, back to the connector.  A
crack(possibly at the fold-be careful, it can be fragile) is a dead giveaway.
Mark the trace at the connector ribbon.  It could be that several of these have
tarnished so much the resistance is just too high.  A meter on the trace at
each end of the ribbon will determine this.  Simple cracks can be fixed with a
silver conductor pen, but this will pay for an entire XE.

An eraser will remove the tarnish.  Once the repairs are done and all tests
well, I mask off the contact fingers and spray the ribbon (and the fold if
exposed) with laquer. DON'T laquer the switch contact areas.

Rick D.


 
 
2.  ANTHONY WILBER  
 More options Mar 11 2001, 9:30 am
Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
From: "ANTHONY WILBER" <wilb@prodigy.net> -
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 17:33:30 -0700
Local: Sun, Mar 11 2001 9:33 am
Subject: Re: 65xe keyboard
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From my experience with xe keyboards is they are trash.  But your best bet
is either buy another xe from someplace or get a new xe keyboard from B&C
computervisions or best electronics.  Keyboards are not real hard to replace
on xl and xe computers and should only take 5 minutes to replace.  I think
either Best electronics or B&C has a optional replacement keyboard for the
xe which is far superior than the garbage the Tramiels put out.  Hope this
helps.
Tony

Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> wrote in message

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3.  Luis Vasquez  
 More options Mar 12 2001, 2:08 pm
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From: "Luis Vasquez" <l@mediaone.net> -
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 05:07:07 GMT
Local: Mon, Mar 12 2001 2:07 pm
Subject: Re: 65xe keyboard
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Thanks, but I think I'll get a Atari 400 or 800 when I see one.  I saw some
at a flea market a while back, and I might be able to buy them the next time
I go.  BTW, would XE games work on an 800 if it has enough memory?  Or does
the game need something that only XE/XL computers have?

"ANTHONY WILBER" <wilb@prodigy.net> wrote in message

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4.  Pockets  
 More options Mar 12 2001, 8:00 pm
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From: "Pockets" <pock@DUMMYcix.co.uk> -
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 10:57:55 -0000
Local: Mon, Mar 12 2001 7:57 pm
Subject: Re: 65xe keyboard
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There were some changes in the operating system between the classic 400/800
and the XL/XE series. A small number of games just dont work across all 3
main versions. Most do however. Look at the FAQ for a reliable list of games
of which there are known problems with.

JP

"Luis Vasquez" <l@mediaone.net> wrote in message

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8bit spare parts  
 
1.  Richard Detlefsen  
 More options Mar 1 2001, 1:29 pm
Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
From: Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> -
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 22:25:21 -0600
Local: Thurs, Mar 1 2001 1:25 pm
Subject: Re: 8bit spare parts
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Jindrich Kubec wrote:
> Hi!

> Doesn't anybody know somebody who could have these Antics:
> CO12296
> CO21697

> also CTIA is welcome.

You really want the GTIA (C014805) instead.  More graphics support.

Rick D.


 
 
2.  Jindrich Kubec  
 More options Mar 1 2001, 5:08 pm
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From: Jindrich Kubec <kub@asw.cz> -
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 08:50:06 +0100
Local: Thurs, Mar 1 2001 4:50 pm
Subject: Re: 8bit spare parts
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Richard Detlefsen wrote:
> You really want the GTIA (C014805) instead.  More graphics support.

No. If it'd want GTIA, I'd write it. I want CTIA, because it produces
different artifacting and I would like to see it.

--
Jindroush <kub@asw.cz>
See for Atari 8bit utils!


 
 
3.  Richard Detlefsen  
 More options Mar 2 2001, 12:22 pm
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From: Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> -
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 21:20:06 -0600
Local: Fri, Mar 2 2001 12:20 pm
Subject: Re: 8bit spare parts
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Jindrich Kubec wrote:
> Richard Detlefsen wrote:
> > You really want the GTIA (C014805) instead.  More graphics support.

> No. If it'd want GTIA, I'd write it. I want CTIA, because it produces
> different artifacting and I would like to see it.

> --
> Jindroush <kub@asw.cz>
> See for Atari 8bit utils!

O.K., O.K....just a suggestion.  Most people don't know there is a GTIA,
and those that do would at least say they "they want a CTIA, not GTIA"
specifically.

Rick D.


 
ATR8000 Software  
 
1.  Richard Detlefsen  
 More options Mar 1 2001, 1:49 pm
Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
From: Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> -
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 22:44:14 -0600
Local: Thurs, Mar 1 2001 1:44 pm
Subject: Re: ATR8000 Software
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RHamiIton5 wrote:
> >Richard Detlefsen "74766,1561"@compuserve.com remarked:

> >As per several requests,  here is a listing of the ATR-8000 SIG
> >(Printed)Newsletters:

> How does one achieve access to these great resources?

> -Ron

> Inform everyone that communications have completely broken down.

I do still have a bunch of sets the user group printed, but if I get
enough requests, I can throw them and the money away, scan those that
need it and post them.

Rick D.


 
 
2.  Richard Detlefsen  
 More options Mar 2 2001, 12:24 pm
Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
From: Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> -
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 21:21:58 -0600
Local: Fri, Mar 2 2001 12:21 pm
Subject: Re: ATR8000 Software
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O.K., I asked someone else, and they said, toss 'em, post the info, but
they are on their own then.
I'll post the link soon.

Rick D.


 
Bad Picture Output on XE  
 
1.  Richard Detlefsen  
 More options Mar 1 2001, 1:55 pm
Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
From: Richard Detlefsen <"74766,1561"@compuserve.com> -
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 22:47:01 -0600
Local: Thurs, Mar 1 2001 1:47 pm
Subject: Re: Bad Picture Output on XE
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thomsen wrote:
> Howdy *.*!

> My problem: The 130XE gives a real shitty picture. Vertical stripes,
> especally in green or blue background.

> What can I do? Is there a way to fix this *very bad* tv out?

> I've tested the XE with my C1084s with seperate chroma/luma ... and
> normaly, this would give the best picture quality it look still
> lousy...

There is a very good possibility that the power supply had gone bad.
Try swapping to another know good one or attempt to check out the one
you have if you know how.  Maybe a big capacitor has cracked loose.
Somewhere AC is probably finding its way into the DC line.

Rick D.


 

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