It goes all black
When I'm playing my atari and in the middle of a game, the
game console will either reset to the beginning of the game or the screen
will go black. Nothing I do will change the screen once it goes all
black. Also, when I start raiders of the lost ark, as indie is being
lowered down from the ark, my game just keeps playing the music but
nothing else happens, i.e. the game does not go to the first stage. Is
this my machine or game cartridge that is causing the problem?
thank you for any help,
Sounds like a dodgy cartridge, could just be bad contacts.
machine are you using?
The RAM of your machine might be defect. For
example, most of the RAM is OK, but
when you load some more - like the 2nd level - the error becomes visible.
I assume you are using a 2600 console because there is no console
mentioned in your e-mail. When the computer resets, it seems there is
more a contact problem then other things. Try to clean the contacts,
this is a problem because of the age of the cartridges. Even new/sealed games
could have this problem.
I had the same
thing on my Jaguar with a new memory-track that I bought even
though it was sealed but eight years old. The cartridge
didn't work. After cleaning the contacts it did work 100%.
Something to check
if cleaning the contacts doesn't work is to open the
console and feel
if some chips are running extremely hot.
Drumming up interest
I run the web
site http://www.cps-games.co.uk and I like to develop
hardware kits for the Atari. The problem for me is I can't get anyone
interested in the kits. This also gives a greater problem that I can't fund
other projects either. It also seems a little pointless developing stuff if
no one is interested as well. I wonder if you could review the projects I am
working on at the moment? I am not sure if this will be possible or not to
undertake. Details of my projects can be found at http://www.cps-games.co.uk/projects/projects.html.
would like to gain some interest in my 1.44 MB floppy kit since that project
is now completed. My next project will be a 4 MB expansion board. I have a
lot of future projects planned such as a 24 MHz ST booster, though such kits
require a lot of funding, and interest!
I suppose most people won't
bother because they can get kits elsewhere already. I did look at those available when I wanted to upgrade my own ST's, but
I found them not be what I
was looking for. Most kits seem to be "messy" and IMO a bit of a bodge really.
So this is why I hope to bring a new range of "better" kits to the market. I
have been trying to get interest in my floppy kit for a while though its
proved impossible. It's worth developing if there is interest and I really
want to develop hardware, though if there is no interest then there's not much
So in all I wonder if there's anything you can do to generate some
interest in my kits?
we are more than happy to support you efforts
and hopefully your letter will encourage our
readers to visit your site. Look out for a review