No problem, but the link i posted above is from KLOV where Clay provided the technical insight into the why's and how's of my observations. I consider this a closed topic for what I was curious to confirm.
Robotron gameplay is driven by the CPU performance.
And CPU performance involves the componentry on the board.
I have messed with 4 sets of ram
1-original 30 yr old set of 4116 ram, all good (meaning they always pass the boot up test)
2- original 30 yr old set of 4116 ram, flakey (meaning that varying rams will fail about every 5th boot up test, but game still plays fine)
3- new set of 4116 ram from bob roberts
4- new set of 4164 converted rams from bob roberts.
Ram set 2 makes the game amazingly easy...boring
Ram set 1 makes the game play like i observe in online videos
Ramset 3 is tough game play, but manageable. (i'm going to assume this was like game play in 1981)
If I could stay up 100 hrs, and put an air conditioner unit blowing on the CPU, i'd play some hokey old ram and whip ***** on that fake record. And I'm just an average player at this point in my game.
If I were a turkey, I'd practice a few months on flakey ram and try to get close to the 1million 5 man game..ha ha ha (don't worry redelf my best so far is about 350k on a 5 man game with ram set 1...uggggh)