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« on: March 7, 2007, 10:29AM »
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I have a complete near mint AVE Micro Systems Sargon 2.5 Auto Response Board that worked perfectly at the time I stored it about 4 years ago. I just hooked it up and I can only get a couple of the LED's on the side of the board to light. I cannot "start a new game" and none of the LED's for the white or black squares light. The power transformer works. Does anybody have any ideas about the fix? Does anyone know where I can buy a Sargon 2.5 computer module for this?
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007, 01:53AM »
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Quote from: Mike Watters on February 15, 2007, 03:51PM   

There is also an article on the 2.5. My experience is that it makes the ARB stronger, plus more responsive and useable. It has additional features including takeback, sound reduced and off etc. Definitely worth trying.

I absolutely agree!


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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2007, 03:51PM »
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Hi Terry

This is what Wiki has to say about the 4.0

http://www.schach-computer.info/wiki/index.php/Chafitz_ARB_4.0_50_S

There is also an article on the 2.5. My experience is that it makes the ARB stronger, plus more responsive and useable. It has additional features including takeback, sound reduced and off etc. Definitely worth trying.

All the best
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2007, 02:24PM »
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It's me again... more Sargon Auto Response Board info - it seems I forgot I had a 4.0 module for the board. I've heard about the 3.5 but not the 4.0.

I haven't tried it yet but are there any opinions about the 4.0?  What does it play to and has anyone had problems with it?

I'm wary about plugging modules in the board.

Thanks and regards,
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Re:Sargon 2.5 chess program
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2006, 04:47PM »
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Can you provide any details on the one with many problems:

-  as in does the cartridge work (have you tested it plugged into one of your working boards?)

- is it all problems in the board itself, bad wires/connections or faulty LEDs or what?


Also let me know when you get the reed switch fixed on the other one.

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2006, 04:00PM »
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I have a Sargon 2.5 ARB that was going in the Doubles sale. Just before it went on the list I tested it and found the g7 reed switch had failed. When I have some time I will mend the switch and make the ARB available for sale or swap again. It is in the picture on the right.

I also have another one, not on my collection list or in the photo, which has plenty wrong with the wiring and electronics. This will probably be beyond my repairing abilities but may suit someone looking mainly for a board and/or for parts?

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2006, 01:45PM »
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I have always wanted one of these AVE Sargon 2.5 computers, just because they are good for the confidence, especially since my days of competitive chess are behind me.

I bought a Scisys Kasparov President board back when I wanted to spend the money for a nice board and thought I miht someday be able to beat it routinely, but now know that is not going to happen.  So if any of you who have a duplicate unit laying around and would be interested in a swap of some sort let me know.

There is a AVE Sargon 2.5 board on sale at eBay right now, but it has no pieces or power supply and no promise that it will work, but I may pick it up if it is not too expensive (bid is about $10 right now with 1 day to go).  I have a great set of pieces for it (a Jaques knock off) and I suspect with help from the members of this board I can figure out how to get or make a power supply for it.  Maybe I will be lucky enough to find it works and end up with a unit that way.
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2006, 12:32PM »
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Mike and everyone;

Thank you for your responses, and this is a great website.  Just for info, I bought my set from AVE in El Centro, CA , where they maufactured them. AVE Micro was HQ in Orange, CA.

I have the 2.5 and the 4.0 (including manuals in case anyone needs info) and might buy the 3.0.

Even though I've had the set since '82 or so, I only brought it out of storage recently because I couldn't stand watching TV.

So I'm getting back into the game and 2.5 is a good confidence builder.

Again, thanks to everyone for your responses.

Best regards,

Terry
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Re:Sargon 2.5 chess program
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2006, 06:50AM »
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Hello Terry

You are not alone. Several people who post here have Sargon 2.5 ARBs.

Here is a picture of three of mine -



If you wade through the old threads long enough you will find threads about repairing the ARB and, I think, the original patent, and other subjects. Some are obscurely titled like Conchess repairs Live? 

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2006, 09:58AM »
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You can use a translator web tool as Google page has to do it. Please, try to look for the translator tool in www.google.com

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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2006, 06:55AM »
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Thank you.  This is a great site.  I do not speak German, but my son-in-law is a German scientist and will translate this.

Best regards,

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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2006, 01:52PM »
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Look here

http://www.schach-computer.info/wiki/index.php/Chafitz_ARB_Sargon_2.5
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2006, 10:33AM »
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About 1982 I bought a Sargon 2.5 Auto Response Board ( board chess game - not computer software ) from a company called AVE Micro Systems in Orange, CA.

I still play the game and recently had the controller replaced, and I'm only an occasional player but it's better than TV.

I can not find anything about this board, and no one has even heard of it - does anyone out there know anything about the board, the developers, or AVE Micro?

Just curious...

Thank you,

Terry
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