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#4189361 New (alt) BIOS for Ultimate 1MB/Incognito

Posted by Kyle22 on Wed Jan 2, 2019 9:39 PM

What about the case of the SpectraView-1 cart? It's 2 chip OSS type cart. It REQUIRES the BASIC chip to be replaced by a custom ROM. The cart depends on the onboard ROM being there.


Note: if anyone has a Spec-1 cart, internal ROM, or both, PLEASE DUMP THEM!!! Thanks.

#4189354 Richman's Word Processor with "Column 80"

Posted by Kyle22 on Wed Jan 2, 2019 9:32 PM

Try mine: http://atariage.com/...d/#entry3722352

#4186038 A Warning About Old Floppy Disks...

Posted by Kyle22 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:26 PM

Who made the 5.25 disks for Tandy? I have some of them that work well. In fact, MOST, if not all of the Tandys are good.


Edit: I should say "The Tandys that I have seem OK". I can't say anything about other Tandy disks that others may have.

#4185979 1088XLD - Custom A8 Computer in 1050 Drive Case

Posted by Kyle22 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:06 PM

Good luck. I can't see well enough to solder anything but DIP anymore.



#4185935 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Kyle22 on Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:54 PM

I installed the CR2032. Looks good so far. Time will tell. :)

#4184813 Concorde C-221M Disk Drive PSU?

Posted by Kyle22 on Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:39 PM

Interesting device. Z8 CPU, standard WD controller, 1K RAM. no visible UART. Must be a bit-banger. Excellent candidate for an UltraSpeed ROM modification.


I'd like to see the same thing done for the ATR-8000. It should be possible to re-use most of the code from the Indus UltraSpeed hack.

#4184811 New (alt) BIOS for Ultimate 1MB/Incognito

Posted by Kyle22 on Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:26 PM

I have installed it. No visible problems yet.


#4184792 Altirra 2.70 released

Posted by Kyle22 on Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:52 PM

I had an RCA NuVista Color with a round tube. 21" IIRC. It had a front plate masking the top and bottom so they were flat, but the sides were round. It was a big heavy floor model from the early 60's.

It had a beautiful picture (after I tweaked the convergence controls. [I am extremely anal about convergence. It MUST be perfect])


That Nuvistor tube in the tuner made it extremely sensitive. It would pick up channels far away even with a bad antenna.


Wikipedia Nuvistor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuvistor


Atari looked good on it, but the corners were a problem with some things.


Edit: Added picture.



Nuvistor is about 11mm diameter and 20mm high, not much bigger than a discrete transistor, but more sensitive and can handle higher frequencies.


#4183719 A quick Merry Xmas all and a tremendous new year as well...

Posted by Kyle22 on Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:37 PM

Merry Christmas to everyone. I believe 2019 is going to be a GREAT year.


Remember WWG1WGA:)

#4183712 Proposal: Atari 8-Bit Desktop Distro

Posted by Kyle22 on Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:19 PM

After reading FJC's post above, I'm kind of surprised that SDX isn't as universally adopted as I thought.  I guess to me, it's hard to imagine why anyone would prefer to choose anything else for a de-facto standard.  Sure, I can see wanting to mess around with other stuff once in a while.  But if I were asked which one DOS should be the standard, the one that software and hardware are developed to work under, it would have to be SDX without hesitation.

I cannot agree more :)


Merry Christmas.

#4179320 PLATOTerm 1.1 for Atari - Splitting out prefs?

Posted by Kyle22 on Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:34 PM

There's nothing wrong with writing a separate utility to write a SETTINGS.INI file. It strips out infrequently used code from the main application and allows more free RAM.

#4179243 Ultimate 1MB upgrade - questions

Posted by Kyle22 on Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:42 PM

But, what is the advantage of APE Warp OS if you already have High Speed SIO in the BIOS?

I do divisor ZERO just fine using the BIOS and RespeQt.

#4177309 SIO cables

Posted by Kyle22 on Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:28 PM

I have met Brad in person and he is a great guy.

#4176677 How to xfer software from PC to an 8-bit platform?

Posted by Kyle22 on Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:27 PM

I have the SDrive Max, it is nice, but for general purpose transfers, I use this setup:


Windows (XP32) laptop running RespeQt 4.2.1

SIO2PCUSB cable that cost $9.00 from eBay and I had to solder my own SIO plug on the end of it. Just make SURE that it uses a REAL FTDI chip.

SpartaDOS-X with PCLINK.SYS driver loaded.


It's as simple as:


Browse for your file in Web Browser (I use FireFox).

Right Click -> Save As->(browse to your My Documents\Atari folder)->Click save.

At the Atari, type (assuming you have set up the PCL: drive ad D:):


DIR PCLD:        (Shows directory)

COPY PCLD:FILENAME.EXT D1:      (or other drive)

or just run it. Let's say it was Donkey Kong, and it's name (as downloaded) was Donkey.xex




It runs.


Very simple.

#4174581 SDrive-MAX ATX support

Posted by Kyle22 on Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:01 PM

Isn't it extreme to drill holes in the case and mount switches for testing something that only needs to be confirmed one time? In fact, I've heard it's already been confirmed.


What's the use? If you use the box, it's only a matter of time until someone flips a switch and makes it not work.


I can [almost] understand the power source switch, but not the diode ones.