Atari 800XL RF cable (and I/O cable availability?)
jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 16:54:44 CST 2015
I picked up a little Atari 800XL bundle the other day (system, pair of 1050
drives, and an 850 expansion box) - cheap because it was missing cables and
1) When hooking this up to a TV via the RF input - is there any "magic"
involved, or will a suitable braided co-ax TV cable with a phono connector
added at the Atari end do? I know it "works" because I lashed one up
quickly (and I do mean quickly, no soldering involved) and ran the machine
from a stray +5V PSU, which obviously resulted in a fuzzy picture - but
then when it came to making a good one, I got to thinking about those
little antenna switch boxes that US machines often seemed to come with, and
wondering if there were a bunch of passive components in there which make a
difference to the signal quality.
2) Does anyone have any spare I/O cables, or know of a source of the
connectors so I can make my own?
(I suppose while I'm here I may as well ask if anyone just happens to know
what voltage power supplies the 1050's and 850 need, but I'm sure I can dig
the answers to that up online if needed)
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