Ogien, on Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:01 AM, said:
Ok so I bought an Atari 1010 Program Recorder for my Atari 400. I hooked it up, typed in a short program and did CSAVE. It seemed to work, the tape turned and computer made the correct noises. I then rewound the tape and did CLOAD. Unfortunately all I got was Error 138.
I tried this several times with different tapes; I even opened a brand new tape, with the same result. I put the recorded tape into an old boom box to see if the program was actually recorded, and the sounds coming out of the speakers did not seem right (but I am not an expert). They were only coming out of the right speaker and were low in volume and were not exactly the same as what came out of the computer when saving. However I read that the Atari Program Recorded somehow records thing a bit differently then what I would have seen on say a Commodore or Timex, so I am not sure if that is the problem
My question is what can I do to make this thing work, are there any standard fixes/tests that I can do to make this Program Recorder work. My first instinct is to clean the head, but where do you get a tape head cleaner in 2012
Sounds like you're not 'cueing' the tape correctly. ERROR 138 is device time out, you are rewinding the tape all the way and there's too much header before the data. Fast forward
beyond the tape header and some into the brown tape, but not after the data starts, you can read the tape counter and make several tries at cueing the tape. When your CSAVE,
the tape needs to be beyond the header, so watch the counter as it is SAVING and see where the data starts, then rewind and fast forward to just one or two units before where
you saw the data start. Since you are getting good sounds, it probably isn't a bad 1010. You can tell when you've cued the tape correctly, it makes strong sounds, if it hasn't
been cued correctly you get 'weak' blubbering sounds.
Edited by russg, Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:44 AM.