Atari ST in a
box - Part 2
Last month was
Matthew’s birthday and October is mine. I’ve
only got him by 20 years though.
In last month's
article I had received an old Atari 520 ST in
pieces from my brother in a cardboard box. After carefully taking
all the pieces and putting them back together,
I couldn’t get it to work. As you may remember,
the 512 KB RAM was missing from the mainboard.
I went on an
adventure going to several older computer stores
looking for replacement RAM. I did get RAM that
was supposed to work, but the unit still would
not come to life.
During this adventure
I found a place called the “Goodwill Industries
Computer Works” in Austin, Texas. This place
takes computer donations and resells them to
the public and the money goes to the needy.
It reminded me of an auto salvage wrecking
yard. All shapes and sizes of computers lined
the shelves including the most modern to the "vintage"
oldies of the 1980s. There between the Apple
Mac’s and Apple II’s were a few pieces of Atari
To my surprise
I found two Atari SC1224 color monitors and
a broken up Atari 1040ST. All items are sold
“AS-IS” so I bought them and hoped for the best.
Now I had a
Atari 520ST, 1040ST and two Atari monitors
to use in this article. As fate would have it,
neither monitor had the 13 pin video cable so
I had to order one from our Atari friends at
B&C Computer Visions.
While I waited
for the video cable to arrive I attempted to power
up all three items (which they did). A
few days later, the cable had arrived, so I tried
it out the 1040ST. I guess sometimes you live right
because the 1040ST and both monitors worked.
(that's lady luck for you - Ed)
After our friends
at H.A.C.E. had seen last month's article,
they sent me an e-mail offering to donate their
old BBS system, a 520ST with a couple of B&W
So, I took them
up on their kind offer and drove down
to Houston to collect yet another box full of
ST stuff. My old friend John Hauser loaded
me up with two SC124 B&W monitors, a 520ST
with FDD, an Atari SCSI HD with case, CD-ROM drive
for the ST, a 44 MB SyQuest Tape drive,
a dual monitor selector box, a 9600 baud modem
as well as some miscellaneous software.
He gave me two
other items that will come in handy, a new 1040ST
case for my other unit, and a copy of PageStream.
So what started
out as an addition of one Atari 520ST has turned
into several Atari ST items.
Of course, this
Atari 520ST spent its life as the BBS server
for the world famous H.A.C.E. BBS up until they
took it off line a few years ago.
I will continue
to try and get the first 520ST going, but now
I have several new ST toys to hook up and test.
I think my 8-bit stuff is going to collect and
little dust over the next several weeks.
See you next