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Buyer Beware! You could be buying defective merchandise!! Some Persons selling Atari don't care if you wind up with junk. As long as they get your Money! On the other hand, here at Bravo Sierra Computers, I have a reputation to uphold. One I earned, one customer at a time! I take extreme measures in testing my Computers. For instance, when testing XL's & XE's. First I hook it up to my Magnavox TV using an RF Cable playing Star Raiders to be sure the RF Port works. Then I use software to test the KeyBoard and make sure all keys work. Then I hook it up to a Floppy and boot up a RAMDisk which tells me exactly how much RAM is installed, then I fully hookup the Super-SALT extended test unit which runs all tests, repeating them in a tight loop, until either an error develops and the Computer Fails the tests or 48 Hours passes and the Atari passes all but the last test, which was recommended to me by another Atari Dealer. I run a test on Built-In Atari BASIC in the XL or XE. If it passes, then I put on my sticker and add it to my Inventory. If the Computer passes my stringent Tests, I add it to the rest of my Quality goods in my Catalogs. If it's defective, I find someone who wants it for a project. Still, my prices are reasonable, considering the work I put into them, and I stand behind what I sell. Regardless of how much, how strict my test methods are, my prices are quite reasonable. Even comparing to auctions! Buyer Beware!

Another example of my Stringent Testing Standards: Lets say I'm testing an Atari ST. If the ST has an RF Modulator, I hook it up to my TV to see if it looks Good. Then I plug in the Diagnostic Cartridge & Try the Keyboard to make sure each Key works. Then I make several test to the Internal Disk Drive, Including tests to make sure Tracks 80-82 work so Copy-Protected Games / Software wont fail because of those Tracks being Bad. If the RAM on the ST has been upgraded-or not stock, I run a seperate test on just the RAM for 48 Hours straight. These tests are intensive & designed to force a failure if their are any flaws. I do the same if the Operating System (TOS) has been upgraded. Tested for 48 Hours Straight. Then I Hook- Up an external Circuit Board to all interfaces that works with the Board running all relevant Tests, both Internal and External, running tests for 48 Hours Straight. 48 Hours on a MonoChrome Monitor & 48 Hours on a Color Monitor! This way I can also test out ST MonoChrome and ST Color Monitors with the ST Computers before I sell them. Trying to force an error. If they pass, the STs and Monitors. Then I add my stickers and add them to my Inventory. If they pass my stringent Tests, I add them to the rest of my Quality goods in my Catalogs. If they are defective, I find someone who wants one for a project. Still, my prices are reasonable, considering the work I put into them, and I stand behind what I sell. Regardless of how much, how strict my test methods are, my prices are quite reasonable. Even comparing to auctions! Buyer Beware!



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