After wining the Atari XEGS on eBay, it finally came in. Got the console, the keyboard and some game carts. Cool beans. I hooked it up to a 13" color TV and it came right up. So it worked. Now to tear it open and see what was inside.
A few turns of the screws later, I had the cover off and was looking at the motherboard. I could see I had my work cut out for me. The first thing I had to do was desolder the 6502C CPU, also known as the Sally chip. So I fired up the soldering iron and solder sucker, then went to work. About 30 minutes later, I carefully pried up the CPU, then I installed a 40 pin machine socket and seated the Sally back in. I hooked everything up and turned the computer on. It came up.
Now to desolder the 32K ROM chip. Same song, different dance. After carefully removing the solder from the pads, I gently pulled the ROM chip out, put in a 28 pin machine socket, soldered that, and put the chip in. Fired up and it worked.
With those two chips socketed, I could now turn my attention to the truly awesome brain transplant: 6809, here we come.