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#4242757 Atari Computer Exhibit at Vintage Computer Festival East

Posted by spookt on Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:11 AM

Thanks for posting that!

#4242592 Atari Computer Exhibit at Vintage Computer Festival East

Posted by spookt on Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:31 PM

Any chance Joes presentation will be recorded / streamed for those of us stuck on the wrong side of an ocean?

#4221499 1088XLD - Custom A8 Computer in 1050 Drive Case

Posted by spookt on Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:42 AM

Watching with great interest. Ive got at least a couple of spare 1050 cases and this might be just the project to get me back into Atari after something of a break.

#4183843 A quick Merry Xmas all and a tremendous new year as well...

Posted by spookt on Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:44 AM

Not as active here as I once was but still love my Ataris and still lurking.

Happy Christmas one and all - best wishes for the new year.

#4004049 Atari SC1435 Monitor

Posted by spookt on Mon Apr 9, 2018 6:28 AM

Thanks for the info :)

#3769493 Altirra 2.81 and new blank disk

Posted by spookt on Thu May 25, 2017 3:44 PM

After creating your new blank disk and formatted it did you select 'Save disk' in the disk drives dialog? I guess so since you can then load it into D1.

I used the LIST command which is just a different way of saving. LIST creates a listed text file, SAVE creates a tokenised BASIC file I think. To be honest it's been a while. Shouldn't make any difference. Make sure you have it set to R/W in the drives dialog (not virtRW).

#3769259 Altirra 2.81 and new blank disk

Posted by spookt on Thu May 25, 2017 9:45 AM

Here's a quick screen capture of me doing what I think you're trying to do. Apologies if the text in Altirra's dialog boxes is hard to see. 


#3630010 Atari 800XL - where to start and what to get

Posted by spookt on Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:20 AM

Quick tip for cassettes (and you may already know). Often you need to advance the tape beyond the clear or coloured leader before you try to load. Use your finger or a pencil in the right hand sprocket of the cassette and wind the tape forward until you see the brown oxide tape at the bottom. Then put it in the 1010.

Some games require START to be pressed as you boot the Atari, often they'all need OPTION too which disables BASIC. If your games have inlays check the instructions. (It's worth trying with both START and OPTION as early games pre the XL line often just say START as the 400 and 800 didn't have BASIC built in)

Even if you do manage to get them loaded you'll probably want to move to a more modern storage method and any of the suggestions above are good.

Welcome to Atari - enjoy!

#3621263 Forum loading issues - slow / repeated server timeouts?

Posted by spookt on Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:52 PM

Hi Folks


Is anyone else having issues accessing the forums. For the past few weeks I've seen very slow load times and frequent server timeouts. I've tried multiple browsers, clearing cache etc but they still persist. Just wondered if it was a know issue or something local here. My connection if fine and I don't have problems anywhere else.




#3594017 GTIABlast! WIP demo

Posted by spookt on Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:23 AM

Finally managed to play this on real hardware last night using the xex on my Incognito. It's even better on the 'real thing'!


I love the fact that you've used familiar elements from other games, it's a real walk down memory lane! 


Thanks again for a great piece of work. I know I'll be coming back to it for a while. (Might need a new joystick though!)

#3593358 New (alt) BIOS for Ultimate 1MB/Incognito

Posted by spookt on Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:40 AM


The loader has a CIO FAT file system, so you absolutely should be able to flash the firmware from the XEX loader, but if it's not working, I've either broken something, or your Incognito needs a CPLD update (not coincidentally, the old CPLD code didn't allow flashing from the loader).

I'll try on my Incognito tomorrow to be sure. I'll check U1MB as well, since during development I do all the flashing over SIO2PC.



It may be that I'm running the original CPLD code. IIRC this Incognito was one of the first batch. *SIGH* this is what you get for being an early adopter!

#3590638 GTIABlast! WIP demo

Posted by spookt on Thu Sep 8, 2016 4:16 PM

Great game - loving it! Thanks!

#3565800 ABBUC Softwarecompetition 2016

Posted by spookt on Thu Aug 4, 2016 11:59 PM

I finally bit the bullet and sent a membership request a few days ago. The fact that the magazine is in German and my German is rusty to say the least had always put me off before, but so many English speakers have recommended membership I decided to go for it. 

#3491702 Shipping Atari Computers

Posted by spookt on Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:00 AM

I've shipped XLs simply wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap and an outer layer of plastic. As others have said the main issue is separate items in the box acting like projectiles. If I ship anything with a power brick, I usually wrap it in bubble wrap and tape it to the floor of the box.

#3489518 Need help: Atari 1010 recorder and Official Frogger

Posted by spookt on Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:23 AM

This one would seem to match your description of the cassette: http://www.atarimani...ogger_6780.html


Note the instructions say to "remove cartridges" then hold down start while turning on the computer. Since removing carts on an 800/400 would mean no chance of BASIC being installed, on an XL/XE you'll need to hold down START and OPTION when you turn on the machine. Option disables BASIC and START tells the machine to boot from cassette. The other thing I would do is manually advance the tape beyond the leader so that you can just see the brown oxide of the actual tape at the bottom of the cassette before you load it into the deck. 


When you turn on with start + option held you should hear a beep. Release the keys and press play on the tape deck followed by return on the computer.


EDIT: Just noticed you're using a 600XL so tested the cas image in the emulator using 16K and it loads OK so no issue with too little RAM.