Subject: [stella] Strange Atari item found|
From: "MoonlightKnight" <mnlghtnt@xxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 02:47:08 -0600
Time for me to speak out again. In order to increase my collection, I have been buying and selling on EBay. I just received one of my purchases today and found something odd. The auction said I would get "games and chips." I took chips to mean PCBs without their cases. What I got was just the chips without the boards and a strange "player" for them. Someone took an Atari board, removed the chip and soldered a "TexTool" to it where the chip used to be. This mod makes it possible to swap any of the chips and play whatever game with just this one board! For those of you who don't know what a TexTool is it's kind of like the slots for PC processors on your motherboard. You know, put the pins in the little holes, move the little "locking arm" down to secure the chip. The interesting thing about this item is that it accepts programs from several different companies despite the fact that it has an Atari board. I've got games from Activision, Data East and M-Network that seem to work just fine with it.
Definately a strange object, but pretty cool anyway. I might try taking apart some of my games that have never work ( I receive one or two every once in a while) and trying those chips to see if I can get them to work with out their original boards. Who ever made this thing was part genius and part crazy. Good Idea, but you have to rip apart carts to use it. I got about 100 chips here (some of them don't look like they are the original chips for the games that are on them,) but unfortunatly nothing rare or unusual among them.
Well, that's all for now, but I'll be happy to go on about this if anyone is interested.
Brian J Nelson