Considering everything that has been replaced before it, it that question that has to be asked lol Thank goodness I plugged it in lol. But the one thing here is this: The unit has always had this problem since I've had it (about 5 yrs now). As I was replacing things, I used sockets for the replacement chips. Last month decided I would give it another go now that teaching is in its groove and the students are in their projects thus I have a bit more time. Happen-chance I moved the old PLA just a bit and it worked for about a week. I was playing games I had on disk and everything. Then, a few days later, it was back to the weird colour thing again and it's never recovered. Coincidence perhaps. Resoldering the PLA socket didn't change things--in our out of the chassis the 40col still remains the same.
Not likely we would find a magic cable that drains the chroma AND luminance out of every other character... at first I thought it resembled bad combining of luma and chroma into the video input, but those black letters...
I bought a C128Dcr a few years ago and I now have the time to put into it, so I'm back at it. It has a strange problem with colour on the VIC side & it happens for both 64 mode and 128 mode. The colours for the characters are almost always black & grey--alternating between the two. Every once and a while a letter will display in a colour, but not the proper colour. In the images, the V on the C64 and the S in the C128 are coloured... it's wierd. The border and background are perfectly fine. None of the characters are messed up, just the colour. Changing colours only changes from/to black or gray.
I was checking things over a few weeks ago and at one time, for a few days, everything was back to normal. But since then, the weird came back. I've changed the 4066 timer and the colour RAM--no difference. I just recently changed the PLA, no difference. I changed the VIC II and the 8701 and the crystal, no difference. I bought a new power supply, no difference. All new parts are in it, but there is no difference. Am I missing something? Could it be a cap? If so, which one might be the best guess to change? Could it be something in the RF?
This is just the VIC side, everything else works fine--sid, vdc, etc. It's driving me insane and I can't put this puzzle down lol They are so hard to come by now a days that I would very much like to see my dcr back and working well. It's really the only reliable 1571 that I have, too.
I think I might have found one in Toronto...I think. The cost is $50 CDN and the shipping is only $12. The ebay price looks very reasonable, all considering. But shipping it to me is almost the same cost as the part, making it about twice as much lol. Can't win for losing. Thanks for the info
Agreed. Then everyone else seems to join in on the bizarre prices and nothing is ever sold. I tend to think that this really hurts the scene when a lot of people cannot afford the misguided inflated prices. Something that should $50 is trying to being sold for 250. It's a greedy shame. It's a shame that anyone would pay it--making the trend continue.
Hi. I was wondering if there's anyone out there who is normal (compared to ebay, that is ha ha) and has a 1571 that is not "l@@k! R@RE!! $251.46" and actually is at a normal and helpful price. Or even two of them (one for my zoomFloppy and another for the C128)? The one that I had gotten with the 128 does not work. I've been poking along with a couple '81s which are great, but the '71 works with all the other original software that I have (like paperback writer, iPort, etc).
Albeit, I should be further along with my software projects and getting some solutions going for the ethernet card and the 128 but I've been given a new section of science to teach and that's been taking up my time for the past few months -- and will be for the next few months, too.
I'm located in Canada. If anyone can pass along some help, that would be grand and greatly appreciated I'm not look for garage sale 25 cent cheap, but a price that is at least relevant and normal.
I was thinking about that, too--with the character redef. But it seems just as easy to actually move the blinking cursor around like the old DOS days (like Norton Commander). Why change what your brain is expecting to see. I'm thinking that I should start to program something to play around this. Something kinda unique and VDC'ish. I kinda have a little time on my hands (for a little while each week) now that my classes are finished up.