Just got an evil white screen of death on my Falcon due to missing Screeneye

6 02 2016

Seems that the NVRAM stored, that the device have to be pressent. I turned on my Falcon and got the white screen of death. After I while and reading some forums I put back the screeneye I put out recently and it worked again.


Gotek drive replacement finally is installed

10 01 2016

Today I finally installed the Gotek disk drive replacement in my Falcon.

It fit’s damned nice into the Falcon. The colour fits much better than the floppy drive that was there before.

Maybe the last disk drive I ever used

10 01 2016

Today I removed the broken disk drive from my Falcon. It’s maybe the last disk drive I every used. So from 1986 untill 2016 I used disk drives or at least owned broken ones 🙂 30 years is a long time.

It begun with a Commodore 1541 5.25 inch floppy on a C64.

Next was a Atari SF354 Single Sided 3,5 inch floppy drive for the 520 STFM.

For the same computer I upgraded to a Atari SF 314 Double Sided floppy.

My Atari Falcon 030 came with a HD drive. I forgot all the PC 5.25 and 3.5 inch drives in between. I remember that I once bought an usb floppy drive for the PC.

The one I removed today was the 3rd floppy drive for the Falcon.


After about 20 years I removed the screeneye from my Falcon

10 01 2016

I got the screeneye camera capture card for the falcon a long time ago, but did not much with it. During the creation of Grenzüberschreitung, I got the idea to use it to make photos of people who want to participate before we start so that I have enough time to include them into the gamer database.

I did this 2-3 times and yes it worked, but it took ages to get the photos together, cut them into 20×20 pices in Rainbow II Multimedia and them transfer them into the gamer database.

Pep / SAK  later gave me a very small camera so I tested this again, but because with a handy nowadays everything is much faster, the screeneye wasn’t used since years.

The reason I removed it today was that I’m bored of have the cable in the way all the time I put my falcon out of the cuboard and back into it.

It will now go the way down in the cellar to be covered with dust. As far as I remember I also still have the original case.



USB Mouse adapter finally works

31 12 2015

I ordered a USB mouse adapter for my Falcon a while ago. At the STNICCC I wanted to test it, but I found out, that I ordered the Amiga version instead of the ST version. So I ordered the ST version and found out, that I bought the wrong mouse. I had to buy an Netscroll Mouse and bought a Netscroll 100. So again I ordered another mouse. This time a Logitech RX250.

And finally it works !!

Here the setup with a joystick extension cable. You could see the Mouse adapter in the middle.

Here the setup without the joystick extension. You could see, that the Mouse adapter is not visible, because its hidden under the Falcon.

So I archived that I now could use a “modern” USB mouse instead of my “oldfashioned” PS/2 trackball. Also this mouse is optical, so for the first time I use a mouse on my falcon without a ball.

Another wast of time and money comes to and end, and the setup is save back in the cupboard 🙂 Hauptsache es macht Spaß 🙂

MF is back in the net again

27 08 2010

MF (Millenium Falcon), my beloved Falcon 030 is now back online. I replaced the IDE drive by a IDE memory block of 4 GB and so I had to reinstall Mint. After the update, I copied all my TOS stuff back from my Iomega ZIP disks. So the network itself was running yesterday already, but Highwire was not working. I read on SSB’s blog that he figured around with the gluestick configuration, so I remembered, that ChrisTOS once told me how to configure the right highwire module. Thanks to his advices, today I was able to browse also in the web, so the migration of the IDE HD is finished now.

Thanks to SSB and ChrisTOS

retrothemen #08/2010

28 02 2010


Finally the new Blog at http://www.npoi.de/stot is ready to use. Also the flyer is finished and will be used at the next meetings. The Forum seems to be up again, and the actual game: Switchblade II is a great game.

I managed to score 79800 so far, being a little bit behind Xerus and SSB.


The flyer is also finished, as well as a slideshow of pictures, I bought a digital photo frame for. Looks nice, and a lot of greate memories. During my trainings I manged a new record in scored goals: I did a 9-3 against the computer.


Also the WGL flyer is finished.


I started to play Dragon Blade on the Wii. It’s a nice game due to the wii controls of the light sword.

Millenium Falcon

Not long ago MF was looking really bad. But now finally the new case is finished and also a new Disk drive is build in. Next will be to replace the big network card by a Hydra, I will get from SSB next week.

MF near death

MF reborn