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Booted my Atari 7800 for the first time in 30 years!

Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:19 PM

Thanks to my wife Beverly ... I got an early Christmas present ... we sent off for an adapter for my 7800 ProSystem, and I powered it up for the first time in 30 years tonight:


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It all works perfectly! :)  Can't wait to start using it to develop my Sky Scraper game, and also add it to my music studio!  One thing:  You have to keep the console absolutely still, or it will glitch.  May need to be opened up, and the dust of 30 years blown out of the cartridge port. :)



Trying to bankswitch ... having troubles

Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:06 PM

A conundrum here ...


I am wanting to use a bankswitched ROM for my Sky Scraper game, and stick the title screen code in the very last bank (bank 32).


When I do this, and use the gosub titlescreen bank32 and finish the routine with return otherbank ... I try to compile, and get a graphics overrun in bank 0.  What am I doing wrong?


Attaching code, plus the zip file with the graphics from the current build.



Sky Scraper title screen troubles

Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:58 PM

Having some problems:


I have implemented a title screen ... however, when I hit the fire button to bypass it, the level loads, but my man keeps falling to his death ad infinitum.  Any ideas what I am doing wrong?



Non-functioning 130XE ... scavenge for parts?

Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:18 PM

I have an Atari 130XE computer which does not work ... it doesn't turn on properly with the power adapter I have ... red screen.


I do also have a Atari 1200XL which is currently up and running.  Is there any way that I can take the extra ram from my 130XE and add it to my 1200XL?


Alternatively, can the POKEY chip be harvested from the 130XE and soldered to the 1200XL for dual POKEY?  Is the POKEY seated or soldered on the 130XE?

Atari ST or Amiga Mouse on 7800. Possible?

Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:04 PM

I am thinking of writing a game on 7800 which would use the Atari ST or Amiga Mouse as a pointer.  Would this be doable?


I found all this information for using such mice on the Atari 8-bit:






The other question is, would both mouse buttons be readable?