Valkyrie wrote:It boots up fine and I can see the desktop on my TV. I had the original Genius mouse from years ago, but it would only move up and down, not sideways. This mouse broke completely when I unplugged it the other week, so I bought a brand new mouse on eBay which was in original box and never used. (So it should work, right?) I've just plugged in new mouse, and can't get the cursor to move at all. I tried ALT + Cursor keys and this didn't work either.
If its loose mouse connection, I can open it up no problem and touch the connections with a soldering iron, but why would this affect ALT + cursor keys?
The keyboard mouse/joystick connectors will sooner or later lose connection with the motherboard. So it might very well be that that causes your problem.
Also, if you're going to open your keyboard up to resolder the mouse/joystick connectors, it might be a good idea to get some solvent (I recommend 96% alcohol) and clean the keyboard pcb from any spilt coffee/coke/whatever.
The keyboard is a very simple construction, it is easy to fix, even with the most rudimentary knowledge, however timeconsuming work. After you open it up, you will find there are quite a few rubber thingies in there, and when you put it back together, I guarantee you that one will be missing, but don't worry, it is supposed to be one missing.
Is your keyboard working at all? (ie, clicking sound present when pressing a key) or is it completely dead?
You haven't opened your computer up and accidentally disconnected the keyboard, or inserted the keyboard cable wrong?
About your genious mouse. Some mice will sometimes stop moving in horisontal or vertical direction. That can sometimes be fixed if you open the mouse up, and adjust the optical sensors, that reads the movement of the corresponding "wheel" inside the mouse. Most often you just nudge them a little bit closer to the wheel, and it works again.
Your problem description suggests that the problem isn't your mouse though, but rather the connector that needs resoldering.
Another "problem" with the atari keyboard is that there is a plastic pin on the underside, that helps stabilising and holding the keyboard up inside the case. If you put enough pressure on the upper side of the computer, for example when storing it for a longer period of time, that pin can punch a hole in the keyboard PCB. A couple of cables, soldering iron and some patience will fix the broken connections. That particular problem can be detected if you find that some keys work, and some keys don't. The working/nonworking keys are often in groups, making a pattern on the keyboard.