I waited for the machine for weeks and it finally came. Yeah! I unpacked everything, connected as described in the manual and...... nothing.
The machine is completely dead.
I used 4 different power sources (5V, 1A, as described). 4 power cables (including the original). 4 HDMI cables (including the original). 2 monitors: a huge flat TV-set & a computer monitor with HDMI cable.
I saw it coming ON for a short moment TWICE. The second time it showed a "language choosing" screen but when I just touched the cables - it went dead again.
What's most strange - the manual says it should start working by itself, without switching ON. But it does not. All 2 times I had to press the ON/OFF button (and hold it for a veeeeeeeeeeery long time to obtain any effect).
Seems like they mounted it in a sh*tty way and the connectors are broken (might be also badly mounted ON/OFF switch, I dunno).
Has anybody encountered anything like it? Can anybody help me? I had soooooo much hopes related with the Mini and I'm genuinely p*ssed-off that I have to return it (and possibly not get another one because if one came from a factory destroyed, others might too). And I really wanna make it WORK and use it. Arrrrrrrgh!!!!!!! Heeeeeeeeeeelp!!! :-( :-(
If you live in the UK and need to send it back, try buying one from Smiths Toy Shop or Argos as you can change it for another the same day you buy it. That's if the shop is local of course... Chances of another being faulty are very slim.
Thanks a lot, guys - I had nothing to loose, so I just gave it to a friend who fixed it. Now it works normally.
What was it? - you might ask. Like I suspected the POWER micro-USB was badly soldered (not a nice surprise for a beginner-user) - my friend fixed it quickly. I already re-flashed it with the new firmware, so everything is OK.
Again, thank You for Your interest.
PS: I didn't suspect the computer is SO cute - looks far better than on videos. :-P
synchromesh: Anyone know why thec64.com is down ?
Aug 2, 2019 23:06:45 GMT
DG5KR: When I was young I felt like the world was turning faster. The C64 was a world full of adventure. First Basic, then Assembler, playing incredible games with friends. It was the best time of my life.
Jul 5, 2019 9:08:27 GMT
Heini: Zieht den Bayern die Lederhose aus!
Jun 27, 2019 21:20:54 GMT
j.: @lordvico - I've noticed this with lots of games. I wondered if this was a PAL vs. NTSC thing and also wondered why the screen type wasn't translated for me.
May 3, 2019 1:01:44 GMT
j.: william - don't pull the joystick. If you need to pull to insert a USB stick - get a USB hub so you can have both plugged in at the same time. One way to save would be to use the game save-state feature. This would be the easiest to do for 4 or less
May 3, 2019 1:00:29 GMT
william: So far I am pretty frustrated using the BASIC. Every time I pull out the joy stick to put the usb into the machine it pops out of BASIC and goes back to the main menu. How does one write a program in BASIC and save it?
Apr 29, 2019 15:11:45 GMT
eBUG: Hmm how about the C64 makers include some Pascal software and other creative software in addition to games in the carousel ? :-D
Apr 7, 2019 22:45:31 GMT