The Atari ST has been on obvious omission from my collection for a while and it was time to address that issue. I’ve been looking around for one for some time but wasn’t really in any rush as I don’t have a space to set it up at the moment and building a new display unit has been delayed due to covid (Wickes for some reason have stopped selling oak effect wood at the moment).
But over the weekend I saw an auction for an ST on eBay with no bids. The photos looked ok but the description was simply “Powers on, mouse works” not exactly the greatest of adverts. The seller also only had a feedback rating of 3 so I guess this put most people off. However, the item didn’t say it was un-tested or spares or repair or anything so I figured it was worth a shot and the buyer protection would almost certainly cover me if it was a lemon.
So £78+p&p later, the guy sent it our via parcel force and today I took ownership of a good condition fully working (including the floppy drive) Atari 520STFM.
So what are the next steps? It needs a good clean and the case is a bit discoloured so it will be going for a hydrogen peroxide bath within the next week or so.
I have also ordered another gotek drive to flash with the flashfloppy software so I can load the software from USB pen drive rather than having to deal with floppy disks all the time.
I will document these processes when I do them so if you want to see how it works out, be sure to subscribe for email notifications 🙂