Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by stephen_usher » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:11 pm

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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by rubber_jonnie » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:14 pm

@PhilC I'm honestly not surprised, I've seen a few long legs like that on both my Megas, and straightened a few along the way. The quality of these machines is certainly low.

Glad you found it nice and quickly, and another case of mechanical problems causing electronic chaos.
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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by PhilC » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:47 pm

@rubber_jonnie it gave me the excuse to clean up a few other dirty looking soldered joints whilst I was at it, sows worth the effort.

But as you say quality is lacking on Megas. Wonder if they were made at different assembly line?
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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by rubber_jonnie » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:40 pm

@PhilC Makes you wonder if they were all made on a Friday.

It's a bit weird, the Mega 1 I have seems to be much better quality than the Mega 4.
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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by JezC » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:00 pm

Glad you have both sorted the problems with your respective Megas...hoping that my Mega 4 doesn't decide to develop any of these annoying quirks anytime soon!

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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by rubber_jonnie » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:01 pm

JezC wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:00 pm
Glad you have both sorted the problems with your respective Megas...hoping that my Mega 4 doesn't decide to develop any of these annoying quirks anytime soon!
I'm keep my fingers crossed for you!
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800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by JezC » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:10 pm

rubber_jonnie wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:01 pm
I'm keep my fingers crossed for you!
Thanks - managed to fire up my Falcon to test Monkey Island 2 so I need to test the spare 4M RAM cad I bought for the second H4 at some point.

Still waiting on some other shortages before I can build the first one even :( though even when they arrive, I'm sure there will be something else I am still missing...

Just make sure to seal the case on your Mega 4 now & use that upgrade on your Mega 1 instead! :D

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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by rubber_jonnie » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:19 pm

Yeah, that memory upgrade is looking like it's destined for the Mega 1.
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Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by rubber_jonnie » Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:43 pm

I decided to have a bit of a tidy up in celebration, here is the Mega 4 running YAART:

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I came back a few hours later and it was a happy bunny.

Today has been a good day :)
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Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: Looks like I'll be getting a Mega ST4 soon

Post by exxos » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:00 am

rubber_jonnie wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:43 pm
I came back a few hours later and it was a happy bunny.

Today has been a good day :)

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