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#1 Ranger03 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:09 PM

how was it done? i got as far as line 1000 (without the rem statements) and it refused to go any further

 

Compute magazine #67 page 48



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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:22 PM

more information needed, many programs were saved and loaded from Cassette tape, without DOS eating up memory, you will have more room...

 

Make sure you are only typing in the Atari section of the program and leaving out the proof reader codes when typing the listings.

 

many people also used very tiny footprint DOS versions and types to get games to load on memory restricted machines. also once a program is loaded in it was sometimes expected it would overwrite DOS etc. and the only way to leave was to power off the machine. Written and saved to tape, copied to a disk with small DOS system, maybe with autorun.sys. So long as the game ran no one cared.

 

So we need to know more about your system and what you are using on it.

 

By all means remove all REM etc

 

I'm sure the usual suspects will be along to add more to this. but I think this will get you started...


Edited by _The Doctor__, Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:29 PM.


#3 Ranger03 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:28 PM

i am using Altirra 2.99 and using the atari 600XL 16 k mode



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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:40 PM

Hi!

how was it done? i got as far as line 1000 (without the rem statements) and it refused to go any further
 
Compute magazine #67 page 48


I says:

Balloon Crazy (Program 1) runs on any Atari computer with at least 16K RAM (or 24K for disk).


So, if you have DOS loaded, you need 24K or more, 16K is not enough.

#5 Ranger03 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:57 PM

crap. thanks



#6 Rybags OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:08 AM

If you're typing it into an emu then just use a config for 64K and worry about the 16K thing later.

 

There's mini Doses from the modern day that have a small enough footprint to work on 16K computers.



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Posted Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:23 PM

the reason i tried it is due to this: https://arstechnica....s-type-in-code/



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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:06 PM

And a 600XL often has BASIC Rev B which has a bug that will bloat the RAM consumed a dozen bytes or so each time you SAVE or CSAVE the program. Workaround to recover the wasted RAM is to LIST/ENTER it.




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