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Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:08 AM
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:42 AM
Did you hold down "otption" while you turned on the computer?
That disables the built in basic so the game can load.
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:36 PM
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:37 PM
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:18 PM
Some things to try.
- Does the Option key work in the self test?
- Do the the ROM an RAM test ok? Repeat several times while leaving the machine on.
- Try another known good tape game.
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:44 PM
Sounds to me like the tape's possibly suffering drop out towards the end of the recording, fella.
As the lads suggest, have you any other tapes to try and/or try cleaning the 1010s play head with a bit of isopropyl alcohol and a cotton bud?
Have another go after the clean - you never know... else test some other tapes, bud.
Good luck - there's something about the old tapes that really adds to the nostalgia and sentiment we all feel for these great old classic machines.
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:56 PM
You guys are misunderstanding and I am. It explaining myself well enough. I can get the thing to start loading just fine and it even goes into the Zaxxon loading screen so all seems well when all of a sudden it just goes into a test mode and there doesn't seem to be any way to boot into the game. I can only test my ram and sound etc.
I beg to differ. For the sake of clarity, please confirm that you were powering up the computer with both START and OPTION keys pressed.
Just to explain. Atari BASIC ROM occupies 8KB of address space (A000-BFFF). The game might expect RAM at these addresses. That's why BASIC has to be disabled by pressing the OPTION key.
The tape can be faulty, so you might try a different tape if you have one on hand or get one. If you happen to own an ordinary cassette recorder (a boombox or something better), you can record your own tapes.There is an easy-to-use software for authoring of your own tapes available. Another possibility is to use a cassette adapter.
A footnote: Atari tapes are terribly slow - 600 bps. If you would like to use your Atari computer on regular basis, get one of the disk drive replacements.
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:15 PM
Posted Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:18 PM
Posted Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:11 AM
Posted Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:54 PM
Good luck, fella!
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