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#201 Inky OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:14 AM

I'm having similar problems. 

Getting the error
 

Cannot open serial port 'COM1': The system cannot find the file specified.

Emulation stopped.

Windows 10. Seeing it in  "other devices" as "SIO2PC Universal Interface"
In the device driver details, I'm getting 

 

The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)
 
There are no compatible drivers for this device.
 
I want to think I got an error when installing, something about an unsigned driver.
 
I received this unit second hand, so I don't know who manufactured it.  The board says © 2007 Steven J Tucker (Actually, after googling, looks like Atarimax)


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Posted Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:47 AM

Is it connected via USB port?
If yes than it will not work with RespeQT.
YouTube should get driver from Atarimax for it. And WinAPE.

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Posted Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:50 AM

I already had WinAPE installed.  I grabbed the driver as well. It seems to work.

 

I was hoping RespeQT would work with it.  Oh well.



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Posted Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:08 PM

I received (yet another) SIO2PC-USB device and I am using RespeQT.

Very good software, a big thank you to programmers.

Please replace File/Boot Atari Executables Atari Infogrames logo with the real Atari logo.



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Posted Thu May 10, 2018 9:00 AM

There is an awful lot to read here!

 

First, RepeQT rules!  Great job!

And here's my silly question:  Does RespeQT support the use of .car (cart) files?

 

Thanks!!!



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Posted Thu May 10, 2018 9:10 AM

Does RespeQT support the use of .car (cart) files?

 

No, it doesn't.



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Posted Thu May 10, 2018 9:10 AM

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Posted Thu May 10, 2018 3:00 PM

 

No, it doesn't.

Thanks for the reply.  So, is there any soft out there that does?  Using SIO2USB?



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Posted Thu May 10, 2018 3:23 PM

Thanks for the reply.  So, is there any soft out there that does?  Using SIO2USB?

 

No. .Car files are cartridge rom images. They cannot be loaded over the SIO bus. However, there are several options:

 

1. Most vintage cartridges have been cracked and are available as bootable .XEX files, which can be loaded through an SIO device.

2. Even more cartridges are available as cracked, self-booting .ATR disk image files which can also be loaded through an SIO device.

3. There are a number of cartridge emulating devices available these days that can accept a memory card of one type or another and emulate whatever cartridge you want. To the Atari, there's no difference between using an original vintage cart or one that's being emulated through the cartridge device. I can personally vouch for the relatively inexpensive UNO Cartridge, which uses SD cards. Works perfectly in any XL or XE machine. It does NOT work with a 400/800 however. A somewhat more expensive option is the Ultimate Cartridge, which does work with 400/800 machines. There is also the Atarimax cartridge (which I have no experience with) but I understand it requires a special USB-based programmer to program a chip inside the cartridge. 

 

Anyway, there you go. :) 



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Posted Fri May 11, 2018 9:08 AM

 

No. .Car files are cartridge rom images. They cannot be loaded over the SIO bus. However, there are several options:

 

1. Most vintage cartridges have been cracked and are available as bootable .XEX files, which can be loaded through an SIO device.

2. Even more cartridges are available as cracked, self-booting .ATR disk image files which can also be loaded through an SIO device.

3. There are a number of cartridge emulating devices available these days that can accept a memory card of one type or another and emulate whatever cartridge you want. To the Atari, there's no difference between using an original vintage cart or one that's being emulated through the cartridge device. I can personally vouch for the relatively inexpensive UNO Cartridge, which uses SD cards. Works perfectly in any XL or XE machine. It does NOT work with a 400/800 however. A somewhat more expensive option is the Ultimate Cartridge, which does work with 400/800 machines. There is also the Atarimax cartridge (which I have no experience with) but I understand it requires a special USB-based programmer to program a chip inside the cartridge. 

 

Anyway, there you go. :)

Awesome!!  Thanks again Dr.V!



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Posted Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:55 PM

I finally received my SOI2PC-USB from Poland. It took me a while to get it working using my Windows 10 laptop. When I finally got it going on my 600XL, DOS2.5 would crash the machine. I switched to my 800XL and got it working. Can it work on a 16k machine? If so, which DOS can I use?

It took me a long while to figure out creating and using a new image. I finally figured out I had to set a DOS type and then format it in DOS. I was then able to save a BASIC program. I understand there are problems with th3 BASIC built into the XLs. Is there a good BASIC with a compiler I can download?

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Posted Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:31 PM

I finally received my SOI2PC-USB from Poland. It took me a while to get it working using my Windows 10 laptop. When I finally got it going on my 600XL, DOS2.5 would crash the machine. I switched to my 800XL and got it working. Can it work on a 16k machine? If so, which DOS can I use?

 

DOS 2.0S should work with a 16K machine (I've booted one of my 400's with it once on a lark). It doesn't leave much usable memory though - only a bit under 8K. But if you've got a proper DOS 2.0S .ATR, you should be able to boot to the BASIC READY prompt, type DOS and get to the menu. My 16K machines are all packed away at the moment, but I just checked in Altirra on a 16K machine and it worked.



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Posted Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:22 PM

DOS 2.0S should work with a 16K machine (I've booted one of my 400's with it once on a lark). It doesn't leave much usable memory though - only a bit under 8K. But if you've got a proper DOS 2.0S .ATR, you should be able to boot to the BASIC READY prompt, type DOS and get to the menu. My 16K machines are all packed away at the moment, but I just checked in Altirra on a 16K machine and it worked.


Thanks for the reply. I actually like the 800XL better anyway because of the composite video. I may decide to try the 64k upgrade for the 600XL someday. I just haven’t done a lot of soldering in years. I wish the 320k upgrade was still available. That would be perfect. I really don’t understand why so many upgrades are internal instead of using the expansion port.

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Posted Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:39 PM

Thanks for the reply. I actually like the 800XL better anyway because of the composite video. I may decide to try the 64k upgrade for the 600XL someday. I just haven’t done a lot of soldering in years. I wish the 320k upgrade was still available. That would be perfect. I really don’t understand why so many upgrades are internal instead of using the expansion port.

 

I've never done the 600XL 64K upgrade, but it can be done with two new DRAM chips and soldering like 2 wires. But as for why memory upgrades are mostly internal, it's probably a couple things - the parts needed are small and putting them inside the case is simple and easy and avoids the need to a large edge connector. Plus having the memory inside keeps the footprint of the computer nice and small, while avoiding any risk of jostling the memory module and possibly crashing the computer or something.

​That said, if you scan through the threads on main 8-bit forum here, you can buy a Sys-Check device that plugs into the PBI interface and provides 512K of memory.



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Posted Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:30 PM

Thanks for the reply. I am thinking about buying the sys-check. I need to decide if I really want to get into these machines or not. If I decide to go all,in, I will buy a sys-check and a unocart. I think that would allow me to run just about any Atari 8 bit software out there.

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Posted Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:41 PM

Well,I'm sure the Sys-Check is handy for diagnostics and stuff though I don't really care for having an uncased PCB hanging off the back of my computer for daily use. And even if you got a 3D-printed case for it or something, the idea brings back terrible memories of my old ZX-81. Just looking too hard at the 16K memory pack on the back seemed like it was enough to crash the machine. :) 

 

But I can vouch for the UNO Cart. It's great and runs every vintage CAR file I've thrown at it. Between that and the thousands of XEX files I have on it, I'm set. 



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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:58 PM

I am using AspeQT because I followed the instructions on Lotharek’s site to get the SIO2PC-USB I bought from him working. It works fine, but I can only get 19200 baud regardless of what I set the option at. Is RespeQT better? How can I get faster loads? I think maybe I need a cart with an advanced O.S.

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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:15 PM

RespeQt is a fork from the AspeQt code. It’s got substantial code cleanups and general improvements since the fork and I use it regularly, from regular 19200 SIO speeds all the way up to POKEY Divisor 0 (basically 6 times faster than standard). However, high speed IO requires a patched operating system ROM to handle it, or use of something like an Ultimate 1MB board with Flashjazzcat’s high-speed PBI BIOS routines.

#219 Keneg OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:17 PM

So RespeQT is better, but won’t get me more speed without a cart like the autocrat or Ultimate 1MB?

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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:26 PM

Respeqt is worlds better, and so long as the dos supports high speed, it will works at higher speeds on Respeqt... I have some sparta's set at divisor 4 some at 8 and some at 0

it all depends on the dos or loader and what hi speed patch or filter is in it...

 

it's pclink is wonderful for pure Atari to x86 hard drive fun :)

 

APE registered and Respeqt... all others seem to fall short....


Edited by _The Doctor__, Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:28 PM.




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