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#1 electronizer OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 5, 2017 10:44 PM

I recently acquired some Atari "Hometax" disks, along with a disk that says "Medit and Forms." Have these programs been archived? I haven't tried reading the disks yet, need to get my 1050 out.

 

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#2 luckybuck OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Sep 6, 2017 5:22 PM

Hi electronizer!

 

Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!

 

They are even not listed in the Wiki!!!!!!!!!

 

Big found! :-)))

 

Serial => Atari internal eyes only! Not for the public... Have stickers of those!

 

Would you share this with the community?

 

It may be the:

 

Atari Editor CX8105 (maybe replaced by the Atari Program Text Editor?)

 

the lost to believe one...

 

https://atariwiki.or...?page=Rarity 10

 

WOW!



#3 Allan OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Sep 6, 2017 5:54 PM

Interesting. It would be great if you could archive them.

 

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#4 electronizer OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:18 AM

Okay, I tried to copy a few of these disks tonight. I'm probably not using the best method to do this; I'm just using DOS 2.5 on an 800XL with a stock 1050 and the duplicate disk option to copy the disks to blank images on an SD card via SIO2SD.

 

The copy of "Medit and Forms" seemed to go okay:

 

Attached File  Medit and Forms.atr   90.02KB   12 downloads

 

I also found this on archive.org:

 
 
 
The copies of "Hometax (program disk)" and "Hometax (screen disk)" also seemed to go okay:
 
Attached File  Hometax Program Disk.atr   90.02KB   13 downloads
 
Attached File  Hometax Screen Disk.atr   90.02KB   13 downloads
 
However, I am not able to run either of these disks. The Hometax Program Disk beeps for a while, then freezes on an empty screen. The Hometax Screen Disk just gives boot errors.
 
I was unable to copy the "Hometax Demo" disk. I eventually get an error 144. I did try to boot this disk directly in my 1050; it beeped for a while and eventually gave a blank screen. When the disk stopped booting, a screeching sound started coming out of the speaker that sounded like a fax machine transferring data.
 
I did cover up the write protect notches on all of the original disks, just to make sure I didn't accidentally write over them. I also have an extra demo disk, and original copies of the program and screen disks that I haven't touched yet. Anyone have any advice for what to try next?


#5 David_P ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:43 AM

Could be an OS issue, expecting the 800 OS, or potentially a BASIC issue...

#6 DrVenkman OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:03 AM

The Hometax program disk loads up in Altirra with "400/800" set as system type and stock 1050 drive emulation. It gives you a welcome message and tells you to insert the Screen disk. When you do, it beeps for awhile and then Altirra crashes; the emulated system displays "Bad screen number".

 

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#7 Allan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:21 AM

 

Okay, I tried to copy a few of these disks tonight. I'm probably not using the best method to do this; I'm just using DOS 2.5 on an 800XL with a stock 1050 and the duplicate disk option to copy the disks to blank images on an SD card via SIO2SD.

 

The copy of "Medit and Forms" seemed to go okay:

 

attachicon.gifMedit and Forms.atr

 

I also found this on archive.org:

 
 
 
The copies of "Hometax (program disk)" and "Hometax (screen disk)" also seemed to go okay:
 
 
 
However, I am not able to run either of these disks. The Hometax Program Disk beeps for a while, then freezes on an empty screen. The Hometax Screen Disk just gives boot errors.
 
I was unable to copy the "Hometax Demo" disk. I eventually get an error 144. I did try to boot this disk directly in my 1050; it beeped for a while and eventually gave a blank screen. When the disk stopped booting, a screeching sound started coming out of the speaker that sounded like a fax machine transferring data.
 
I did cover up the write protect notches on all of the original disks, just to make sure I didn't accidentally write over them. I also have an extra demo disk, and original copies of the program and screen disks that I haven't touched yet. Anyone have any advice for what to try next?

 

There are a few people here that are good at recovering disks that have errors. Plus the few of us that have a Kryoflux could try copying it.

 

Allan



#8 luckybuck OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:58 PM

Dam' right! :-)

 

Further, founds like that should never leave the country, due to x-ray at the customs. A few days ago a good soul could save data, while altering the disk speed just on some special sectors...

 

My biggest worries are about CX401-3, of course. Irmy at owner of the box and we have game over....



#9 luckybuck OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:26 PM

Even the VTOCs do look strange for official disks...

 

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Attached File  FORMS.BAS.txt   15.26KB   5 downloads

 

 


Edited by luckybuck, Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:27 PM.


#10 electronizer OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:13 AM

@luckybuck yes, I noticed the strange directory listings! Where it says "#MEDIT & FORMS 42" (42 is the serial number printed on the disk label), I was wondering how they did that...

Busy week but I'm hoping to have time to try again soon. Will probably clean the head on my 1050 and see if I can copy the backup of the screen disk.




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