I'm having a clearout of bits and bobs here in the Tamworth House of Atari, I keep finding boxes of stuff I'd forgotten about which is a nice surprise! Anyway, I have a few 1010 recorders, keeping a couple for myself and selling the rest. Problem is, I have two here that have the same problem (one Japanese Sanyo and one Honk Kong Chelco). I've re-belted both of them and all work fine mechanically now. But, the computer doesn't recognise the audio, if you know what i mean? You can hear cassette audio including the start whistle through the tv/monitor and then the all familiar records, but the computer can't hear the whistle/records or detect the program at all - am I making sense?!? The computer just doesn't pick up the cassette even though you can hear the audio. The computer does not make the normal loading sound through the other channel...
Could it be something 'simple' like a capacitor has died or something more involved? It's a shame to scrap them because they are in superb condition. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys!
If some of the recorders work and some do not, the problem is fortunately not in the computer. I would recommend:
Cleaning the head
Checking integrity of the SIO cable that connects the data recorder and the computer. It might be possible that the audio in wire is OK (you can hear the screeching), but the DATA IN wire is not (no data read). Check with your multi-meter. If you are using just one SIO cable for all your recorders, then disregard.
have you tried the other I/O connector to see if that cures the problem?
It could be also be something as simple as a capacitor, but there are 2 different 1010 recorders, the 1010C and the 1010S. Reading from left to right, on the S, the Pause precedes the Stop/Eject, and on the C the Stop/Eject precedes the Pause, according to the Atari 1010 field service manual.
Symptom - Unit doesn't load
1010 C - Head, C119, C131, R138
1010S - Head, IC1, IC2, Q1
The test flow chart is in the service manual, but you will also need some test equipment, a Digital multimeter and an Oscilloscope. Don't know where you would get the tapes from.
If it's a C model try replacing the capacitors and resistor. If you need more help, PM me.
Hi beamer, capacitor is maybe a problem as by now the caps are well past there life expectancy. Also the azimuth (adjust head) can be out of alignment. Try adjusting the head see how you get on. (Right hand screw on the silver head)
I know what you mean about blank cassettes becoming thin on the ground/you can't remember where you've stashed a few, Dom, but I try and keep a stock of a dozen or so as I sometimes tape the reminiscing, rambling recounts of an old fella who visits us and tells us about his life and times in Hull in the 50s - 60s and his days serving on a Royal Navy frigate HMS Torquay. Not to mention his severely over the top sex life!
One of these days, my tape collection is going to be worth a small fortune to the guys from 'Mills & Boon'... ahem.