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Hi all,

 

First time posting.

 

I was wondering if ye could help me out?

 

I collect for many many systems but I've always had a shine for prototypes and or test / promo carts.

 

Could anyone give me information on this cart please as unfortunately Atari is not my area of expertise at all. What I've been told is that it would have been supplied by Atari to service centers to verify systems were working. It seems to be the same cart as the RX8031 Donkey Kong cart but I don't actually have a physical system to test it at present. My next question would be is it legit? or would anything point to it being real? I opened it as can be seen in the picture included but genuinely can't figure out how to get the pcb fully out of the plastic cartridge shell. I don't want to risk damaging it. The plastic part that would shroud the screw (has been removed where the pcb is visible) seems to be restricting me removing it even when the plastic tab at the top has been carefully pulled up.

 

Im so sorry for all the innocent clueless questions. As i mentioned before I'm fairly dumb when it comes to Atari but I'm here to learn!

 

Al.

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Everything says loaner.

To remove the PCB you must release the safety catch on the dust protector (two holes on either side of where the pcb finger edge slot is), any thin rigid object or flat blade screwdriver will do

push the dust cover back

release the PCB retention tab at left of your photo and wiggle the pcb up once the retention tab end clears the screw post you can angle it out.

the reason I suggest angling it is... the dust/protection assy has a spring that some find tricky to re insert or not damage.. I've never had that problem but you wont believe what I've seen over the years...

any reason you want to pull the PCB? Curiosity?

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Everything says loaner.

To remove the PCB you must release the safety catch on the dust protector (two holes on either side of where the pcb finger edge slot is), any thin rigid object or flat blade screwdriver will do

push the dust cover back

release the PCB retention tab at left of your photo and wiggle the pcb up once the retention tab end clears the screw post you can angle it out.

the reason I suggest angling it is... the dust/protection assy has a spring that some find tricky to re insert or not damage.. I've never had that problem but you wont believe what I've seen over the years...

any reason you want to pull the PCB? Curiosity?

cool. thank you. is "loaner" the atari equivalent to a promotional working copy or would it be considered a prototype?

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more akin to promo copy but in theory was to be returned to Atari, though sometimes they were a gift, reward, promo, many just never got returned ;)

I'd go to prototype thread and see what the kids are defining such things as today.

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American Techna vision was prominent and wonderful Atari sales and service business that often bought or acquired products en masse. They sold kits, great hardware and parts. Many times they would sell surplus or replacement goods at a discount. You sometime ended up with no badge or label. If something was wrong with a product that Atari did not care to fix, you might find it at American-Techna vision, they would make the repair or modification and sell it, sometime with a paper label sometimes not. It was the best place on the planet when it came to Atari goods. Great surplus. It was also not the most well known in terms of general retail, sadly. Many people kept this treasure to themselves. This made it almost a contradiction in terms. For one segment of the market they were prominent and well known, for another segment people knew little to nothing about them save a passing advertisement in a magazine!

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American Techna vision was prominent and wonderful Atari sales and service business that often bought or acquired products en masse. They sold kits, great hardware and parts. Many times they would sell surplus or replacement goods at a discount. You sometime ended up with no badge or label. If something was wrong with a product that Atari did not care to fix, you might find it at American-Techna vision, they would make the repair or modification and sell it, sometime with a paper label sometimes not. It was the best place on the planet when it came to Atari goods. Great surplus. It was also not the most well known in terms of general retail, sadly. Many people kept this treasure to themselves. This made it almost a contradiction in terms. For one segment of the market they were prominent and well known, for another segment people knew little to nothing about them save a passing advertisement in a magazine!

 

 

Ahh... American Techna Vision.... where a shipment with plethoras of SIO cables, Atari chips and 1050 mechs came from. What a happy day that was.

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