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#3982090 Simple (single) RS-232 interface ?

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:01 AM

there was a couple pictures and schematics of r verters that had control lines, you would think knowing what we know now a full speed buffered flow controlled rverter could be done...

#3982089 Nothing special

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:58 AM

XEX's plz, it's gotta play on the real thing babie!

#3982071 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:56 AM

Okay I called in using an MSS 100 , MIO , and Bobterm... Atascii was working....

then I used all the different windows built in telnets, and that works without echos...

the I hit it with hyperterm and it was okay, so I think your set... and your Atascii note after log on is also fixed up as well... :)


Of course anybody calling in probably couldn't connect while all that was going on... and well er I had to test Pro-Zee and well a few other 'crucial' diversions like that.


If your going to download successfully, I suggest marking the file, or files, and then use F-modem batch downloading. It's what works with whatever old Bobterm I was using...

#3981407 XEL-CF Compact Flash Adapter for 1088XEL (formerly XEL-I3)

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Fri Mar 9, 2018 6:33 AM

Michael is very proud of his work, I heard it in his voice. Nice job. :)

#3981402 Mint Atari 800 photos

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Fri Mar 9, 2018 6:26 AM

I would just use an aero duster, would not pull the key caps at all

#3981083 Need help with Atari 800 & Lantronix MSS-100 Setup

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Thu Mar 8, 2018 6:58 PM

You will want ICE-T, TLP, etc...and the later Bobterms...

avoid versions made to 'work better on emulators' as they got around emu issues and created issues for real hardware...  fact is the issues have finally been addressed on the emulation front, I wish that atr of the emulation friendly bobterm would go away forever... it's like a bad meal that just keeps turning up...

I've posted wiring and tips for a number of lantronix boxes in the pinned BBS thread as have others, you might want to check out what's there...


Always be careful when updating the different lantronix modules, they all look the same on the outside but can be different on the inside. the lantronix site has helpful hints on serial numbers and dates as well as revisions to keep you in the correct firmwares


I'd start at 2400 and then 4800 baud.... after you've got that go for 9600... TLP is 2400 max.. most BBS can do 9600, and you only get 19,2 with other solutions they usually do well with hardware flow control at that rate.

#3980412 Looking for commercial BBS info

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Thu Mar 8, 2018 1:33 AM

Correct, those are for the mux. Multi-line, and networked files.. it was very slick.

#3980334 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Wed Mar 7, 2018 10:22 PM

Welcome "Erasmo Snock" to my BBS. It was nice to see you call. Please feel free to apply for a password and stay a while. Be sure to check out the games. Maybe someday, you can see the filez. :)

You still need to put your bbs IP and name in your signature and profile!!!

#3980235 Alternate Reality : Dungeon image?

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Wed Mar 7, 2018 7:56 PM

With score saving? That would be perfect!

absolutely and remember to include the don't turn off or remove cart, saving score note! then after save completes say Done!

#3980207 Need help: 1200XL no SIO (Won't read disk or SIO2SD)

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Wed Mar 7, 2018 7:21 PM

lift one end of r28 to rule out the cap 91 being shorted or bad on the sio side.

something doesn't add up... when measuring voltage... black lead should be to common ground rail... you then move only the red lead to each side of components to get voltages...

when doing diode tests you do it across a component one way then the other.. resistors don't require testing both directions

be certain to disconnect power and discharge caps before you test them...

all of my meters including cheap one I have from harbour freight years back have diode, transistor, and cap testing on them. Not very good or accurate but when an item is truly dead it's good enough to catch it.

#3979355 How do I check the Weather on my Atari?

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Tue Mar 6, 2018 8:10 PM


don't know if it still works but it used to

#3979290 Interest in Analmux POKEY music tribute album?

Posted by _The Doctor__ on Tue Mar 6, 2018 5:45 PM

You just made me well up with emotion, my eyes are full, and yet my heart feels somewhat lighter!


I think there are at least 7 somewhat active members making some really good sounds right now. (You know who you are). I bet you could turn out quite the album.. 7 songs with 3 bonus tracks, ending powerful and building majestically in the last track...


Posted by _The Doctor__ on Tue Mar 6, 2018 10:34 AM

Atari just 'guessed' about all the prices? There were ball park figures... but hey call it what you will.

The chips exist but failed in different ways... while there could have been mix ups in the submissions... it still doesn't change that fact. Different modes of failure from the same submissions doesn't make sense! Who bungled? Maybe both!

We all know it wasn't a delivered product or we'd all have them! What is this? Straw men on fire?

This is getting to the heart what went wrong, and who knows maybe the proto-types will be used to fix it one day. Before the next negative shot about why would we... maybe because we can? or taking care of unfinished business? or maybe it would be freakin' nice or awesome. It's fun or interesting! This is why individuals share what's known and hope for the best.


Posted by _The Doctor__ on Mon Mar 5, 2018 5:26 PM

Amy was a working project, the few chips (on ceramic, and that means silicone also btw)  that were produced... each had different problems, this was a problem due to manufacture and complexity. It would have been sorted out had Atari chosen to try again with a little more money and perhaps a different manufacturer for the chips. Add to that the problem of having one more chip for video, and possibly splitting up the sound chip because the first try at it failed (rather than letting someone else try to produce it) meant added cost, the whole group of ideas end up in the can...  short sighted and honestly, imho a rash decision. They could have done this a step at a time, which was an idea... there was no one fault in each chip, so you get a response of it doesn't work... but because each failed differently.. you know it was not a failure of the chip itself but rather manufacture. If it was the design itself all would have failed the same way... but whatever. Of course it didn't make it to production.. but it wasn't exactly 'vaporware' in the sense that it was just an idea that never happened like so many other things.


Posted by _The Doctor__ on Mon Mar 5, 2018 4:36 PM

Please know that for every 1 'suggestion/complaint' there are thousands of thank you's that will take it how it is...

Some may ask that a hard drive friendly version be worked on however, since disk space would allow it.

I hope everyone can see fit to help in a friendly tone and way of talking. Might it also be suggested there be donations to our coding friends... perhaps they have patreon, of fund me, or pay pal...
It is a joyous gift, and perhaps some giving is order to make some happy in place of tough talk.

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