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#4196145 Star Raiders release date

Posted by hunmanik on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:58 PM

According to the report by Ted Nelson on page 34 in the June 1980 issue of Creative Computing, an Atari computer running Star Raiders was shown by Ludwig Braun at an "education-and-computers" conference in September 1979.  I have been seeking corroboration of that event, or to even identify what conference that would have been, for years.  Who can help?

 

Other than the month being off (November, instead of September as reported), this one seems rather plausible:

 

"Science and Math Education Through the New Information Technologies" November 8-9, Tarrytown NY, sponsored by Wicat, Inc.




#4185369 Concorde C-221M Disk Drive PSU?

Posted by hunmanik on Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:12 PM

There's so little info about this drive, will be easy enough to include everything in this thread.

 

The attachment is the ad they ran in Antic for several months.

 

Also, their product announcement mentioned a lineup of four drive models, as reported in Analog: https://archive.org/...ine-23/page/n13

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#4185283 Concorde C-221M Disk Drive PSU?

Posted by hunmanik on Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:04 PM

Willing to share pics of the rear and bottom?

 

Yes these seem exceedingly rare, first time I've seen evidence of one.  Thanks for sharing!




#4176032 New Atari 8-bit scans and video

Posted by hunmanik on Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:45 PM

https://archive.org/...anualSupplement

Second draft of the manual for the "Atari A1200" computer, which would be renamed Atari 1200XL prior to release. Manual dated November 30 1982, by Robert A. Peck. It primarily shows the differences between the 1200 and its predecessors, the Atari 400 and Atari 800. Near end end of the document, you'll see a memo by Harry Stewart (dated January 10, 1983) with suggested edits to the document.

 

Page 6 of the Stewart memo confirms that the Rev B PAL 400/800 OS had not been released as of 1/10/1983.  




#4167073 Safe power supplies?

Posted by hunmanik on Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:43 PM

   I'm not sure whether it counts as an Ingot PSU or not. The Ingot has the FAQ write up (from Atari mania, linked to from scitari's blog) of:

 

Atari#: C061982  (nicknames: Type II, Ingot, Ugly Klunker)
    "Power Supply"
    UL Listed: 94H6, Made in Taiwan
    Type: DV-512CM
    Input: 120V AC  60Hz  40W
    Output: +5V DC  1.5A
    Shipped with: 600XL,800XL (earlier 1984 units by Atari, Inc.)
    Works with/NOT recommended for: 600XL,800XL,65XE,130XE,XEgs
    NOTE: This unit is known for its ability to fail in such a way that it can
          damage your computer.  While the 600XL/800XL are somewhat immune,
          the XE computers are particularly vulnerable to such damage.
    http://mcurrent.name...61982-Ingot.jpg

 

Hah, 600XL/800XL's are definitely not more immune to 11+VDC (AC?) going down the wire into components intolerant of more than about 5.5V! The regular stream of hardware troubleshooting posts on these forums for victim machines is evidince enough...

 

 

In my defense, I wrote that based on multiple case reports at the time.  People were saying that XLs generally weren't as thoroughly fried by the ingot as XEs were, in their experience. 

 

But I've gone ahead and removed the suggestion that the XLs might be somewhat safer than XEs, I think we're better off without it.  Thanks.




#4133515 Star Raiders release date

Posted by hunmanik on Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:54 PM

According to the report by Ted Nelson on page 34 in the June 1980 issue of Creative Computing, an Atari computer running Star Raiders was shown by Ludwig Braun at an "education-and-computers" conference in September 1979.  I have been seeking corroboration of that event, or to even identify what conference that would have been, for years.  Who can help?




#4128909 1050 Field Service Manual - 51 page version

Posted by hunmanik on Sun Oct 7, 2018 10:49 AM

Here are the pages that are missing from AtariMania's incomplete pdf of the official 1050 FSM, FD100330 Rev. 03, October 1985.

 

2nd attachment is the cover (in color), plus the inside front cover (also missing).

 

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#4107454 DOS 3f

Posted by hunmanik on Thu Sep 6, 2018 8:05 PM

I hope this doesn't just muddy things further, but could this be the "DOS 3" Harry Stewart was contributing to in 1981, which I think was also not the DOS 3 that was released?

 

https://archive.org/...onalDescription

https://archive.org/...eanupUtilityFRS

https://archive.org/... major projects




#4056095 How many variants of 600XL without (!) sockets you know?

Posted by hunmanik on Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:24 PM

Nice!

 

Would you be willing to post a pic of the underside label, where the serial number is? 

 

There may also be an assembly date stamped there (I hope).

 

I think your unit was probably made in Taiwan, looking forward to finding out.  (Most 600XLs were made in Hong Kong.)




#4028927 Applied Engineering made Atari RAM expansion daughter cards?

Posted by hunmanik on Wed May 16, 2018 5:19 PM

In the various Applied Engineering catalogs from the time period that I'm finding online, they were always proudly stating that they only designed products for Apple.  So this does seem like an interesting mystery. 




#3977425 Looking for commercial BBS info

Posted by hunmanik on Sun Mar 4, 2018 10:14 AM

I've done some of this in the FAQ (now section 8.16).  I've tried to cover both commercial and non-commercial.

 

Another place to know about: http://www.bbsdocume...ATARI/EIGHTBIT/ 

 

Plenty of room for more complete information!




#3919234 Software compatible with the CX77 Touch Tablet

Posted by hunmanik on Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:47 AM

 

Good hint (even "dye" is already mentioned) but "Xirius Defect XXL" is missing.

 

Added, thanks!




#3895459 XEGS game missile command in ST mouse mode?

Posted by hunmanik on Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:56 PM

On my 130XE my brown cart Missile Command in trackball mode works perfectly with both my STM1 mouse and my CX80 trackball in trackball mode.

 

 

 




#3845176 Turbo DOS ver 2.5

Posted by hunmanik on Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:56 PM

I guess he mixed it with Turbo-DOS XL/XE by Reitershan which you can find on the webpage...

 

I agree.

 

Here are pics I saved from somewhere else, that show what I think is a 1990, version 4.0, cartridge based version of the Turbo DOS 2.5 from 1989 in the first post of this thread.

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#3828610 Turbo DOS ver 2.5

Posted by hunmanik on Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:05 AM

Goes with the Top Drive 1050 upgrade from Poland, I believe?

 

Looking forward to a more expert response!