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PLEASE DO NOT MAKE OFFERS, as I don't entertain them. This is something e-bay does on their own and I can't do anything about it. The nerve of is astounding, as they think they can enter my store and just arbitrarily change prices. E-bay thinks it generates sales, but all it does is piss off potential buyers when they find out sellers won't consider INCLUDES 1050 WITH ICD US DOUBLER UPGRADE AND SPARTA DOS 3.2F. NO POWER SUPPLY OR SIO CABLE are offerding on one used professionally refurbished Atari 1050 floppy disk drive with theICD US Doubler chip upgrade and awrite control switch. No power supply or SIO cable provided. The drive also includes SpartaDos 3.2Fsoftware and 14 day warranty.
The drive is innice, but not great, cosmetic condition. The case has been cleaned thoroughly. Per Atari standards, there is the usual color inconstancy between the top and bottom, I couldn't notice any yellowing.The top metal stripis in fair condition with some shine, butit does have some scratches. I've taken a close up of it.Overall you should find the case in pretty good condition.
The Tandon drive transport is in excellent operating condition. I apply a checklist I devised to ensure that the drive has been cleaned inside and out as much as possible, including very light touches of lubrication applied, read/write head cleaned, speed tested and adjusted, track zero tested and adjusted if needed and more. The US Doubler upgrade adds UltraSpeed support along withtrue Double Density support, not this "Enhanced Density" garbage. SpartaDos supports UltraSpeed and double density.
Operational testing includes reading, writing and formatting along with a full 24 hour RPM test. Since some drives haven't been used in 25 years, this will test the condition of the drive belt, spindle bearing and tachometer response circuit. I'll then test the drive extensively with Atari DOS and an assortment of copy-protected commercial games, including MicroProse's Silent Service (20 sector track) andF-15 Strike Eagle (track skew alignment), Synapse's SynCalc (weak/21 sector tracks)and the infamous Electronic Arts 34 sector track on One-On-One.
PLEASE NOTE: Though I test all units when I get them, I also do the same when they sell and give each a final 72 hour test. If it fails, I want it to be here, not after you receive it. This is why I state 3 days to ship.
The drive has a 3-way write control toggle switch on the front. The top position places the drive in a write always mode, write protected or not. This allows writing on the back of a disk without having to cut a notch. The middle position is for normal drive operation, as if the switch isn't there. The bottom position places the drive in write protect mode. No writing to the disk is permitted.
I offer a full 14 day warranty for this drive and only accept returns if drive does not work properly. The warranty begins after you receive it, not after I ship it. The warranty is voided ifthe drive is opened. The warranty does not cover the power supply if one is included. See below.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the poor design of the 1050 power supply jack, I no longer offer a warranty for the power supply because it is so easy to blow the fuse. Tip: TO PROTECT AND KEEP THE POWER SUPPLY FUSE FROM BLOWING, FIRST PLUG THE POWER SUPPLY INTO THE 1050 DRIVE, AND THEN PLUG THE POWER SUPPLY INTO THE WALL OUTLET.
Shipping is USPSPriority Insured at actual cost only. There is usually very little, if any, cost difference between Priority and Economy at this size. Shipping weight is around5 pounds. I do not profit off of shipping. NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS. Global Shipping Program okay, but it is your responsibility to ensure the drive works in your area. Please e-mail with any questions, and thank you very much for viewing my for irony? Microprose released F-15 Strike Eagle with a new disk protection called "skew alignment". Simply put, this is a protection based on the relationship of sector 1 of track zero to sector 1 of track 1, all the way through track 40. But Microprose didn't do their homework and, incredibly, did not test this scheme properly on the Happy with the Tandon drive mechanism. You can try this by copying F-15 with any sector copier and then running it on a Happy drive on fast mode. Sure enough, it will work. Go