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#3608770 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Oct 8, 2016 8:00 PM

Hoping someone can help me figure this out. I am trying to use bobterm with the xep80. I am connecting via APE. I have no trouble while connecting without the xep80. As soon as I put the xep driver on the atr as module1.btm, bobterm starts dropping characters. I do see text on both the xep and atari screen, but tons of characters are dropped. I have tried all baud rates from 300 to 9600, although I don't think baud should be an issue because I get dropped characters even when not connected. For instance, I type '?', and the APE help menu has lots of dropped characters. I have tried bobterm versions 1.20, 1.21, and 1.22- all with the same result. I couldn't get 1.23 to load at all. I have tried using the updated module1 from Mathy's site that supports 9600 baud with each version of bobterm.

What am I missing?

I haven't tried downgrading or updating APE. I haven't tried not using APE and connecting via 850 and 830 modem. Is there anything else I can try? Is there an alternative to bobterm that works with the xep?

 

Have you tried using ICE-T 2.0.8.6 80 column ANSI/ASCII terminal for the Atari 8-bit?  You can download a copy here in these forums.  It was posted a while back.  I use it all the time without the XEP80.

 

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-

 

SysOp of YYZ BBS

yyzbbs.no-ip.org:65




#3439863 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:35 PM

Folks,

 

The Bates Motel is BACK OPEN for business!!!  Woot!  Yes!!  OMG!!  20+ years later!  {ahem}

 

It is *slightly* untidy.  I thought I had a handle on all of the text files and such necessary to get it running and, well, I was wrong.  Oh so very wrong.  However, I want people to test it out.  Tell me what is broken so I can go and fix it.  I have a list of things I need to fix, but I might as well do a "soft open" for those hardy souls willing to take a shower . . . errr . . . test the water .... yeah, the time for Psycho puns is probably past . . . 

 

But ANYWAY

 

telnet over to 76.14.174.25 Port 8888  The Bates Motel welcomes you.

 

BTW, we are running on real iron:  Atari 800XL // VBXE in Rambo mode // Black Box w/Floppy board, 80G ATA via ACARD 7320UW // Lantronix UDS-1100  Even got a permanent address for the Motel, so you always know where you can rest your weary A8/TI 99/4a head.

 

I plan on posting/hosting discussions and files for A8, TI 99/4a, and Portfolio files.  I will also post purchase details about the R-Time8 replacement cart that is nearing completion!

 

Thanks for beta testing (for now) the setup and I hope you enjoy your stay.

 

P.S.  If you steal the towels, you willhave to speak with my mother . . . .

 

Cool, MacRorie!  Nice to see another 'real' Atari BBS in the community.  I run YYZ BBS and 8-Bit Guild BBS on real A8 equipment.

 

One of the things I noticed logging onto your board with my UDS-1100 was that your board kicks back a small string of jumbled characters after I type something or hit return.  To clear up this problem in your UDS-1100 settings, try this:

On a PC log into the Lantronix UDS-1100 via 'Telnet Configuration' connection using their device installer utility to configure these settings:

First, select '7 Defaults' and then, '9 Save and exit' to clear out any previous old settings.

Next, select '1 Channel 1' and make these adjustments:

*** Channel 1
Baudrate: 9600
I/F Mode: 4C
Flow: 05
Port: 10003
Connect Mode: CE
Send '+++' in Modem Mode: enabled
Show IP addr after 'RING': enabled
Auto increment source port: disabled
Remote IP Adr: --- none ---, Port: 00000
Disconn Mode: 00
Flush Mode: 00

Example:

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UDS-1100 Settings by agpctech, on Flickr

 

 

I spent an entire weekend several years ago programming my UDS-1100 to work right with calling BBS'es to eliminate strange behavior when connected.  This configuration works great connected through my ICD P:R:Connection via RS232.

 

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-

 

YYZ BBS - yyzbbs.no-ip.org:65

8-Bit Guild BBS - 8bitguild.no-ip.org:130


 




#3324832 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:29 AM

low.blow,

 

Welcome back to BBS'ing in the year 2015!  Telnet is keeping us alive with all the innovative mods for our Atari's.  However, the good 'ol vintage boards some of us run are mainly on original equipment and virtually no assistance from a PC.  At least my 8-Bit Guild BBS is running on Atari 130XE, 3 1050 drives, Atari 850, and Lanronix UDS-10 for telnet.

 

Retro computing in a modern world rocks!

 

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-




#3243454 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat May 23, 2015 10:09 PM

Changed my BBS port #'s again:

 

<8-Bit Guild BBS>

Telnet to: 8bitguild.no-ip.org:130

IP address: 99.116.104.171:130

 

<YYZ BBS>

Telnet to: yyzbbs.no-ip.org:65

IP address: 99.116.104.171:65

 

This should help work with various dialers and routers that only recognize port #'s that are 4 digits or less.  These should fit in your dialers macro as well.

 

I chose port '130' since 8-Bit Guild runs on a 130XE and # '65' since YYZ BBS runs on a 65XE computer.

 

Enjoy your retro computing today!

 

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-




#3091039 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:58 AM

I uploaded two videos of myself dialing up telnet action through BobTerm and Ice-T terminals yesterday using Atari 130XE, Atari 1050 Disk Drive, ICD P:R:Connection, and Lantronix UDS-1100 Device Server for telnet:

 

BobTerm 1.21: 

 

Ice-T 2.8.0.6: 

 

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-




#2851487 Ice-T XE 2.75 released

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:31 PM

Although the printer works fine with my P:R: Connection, I still can't get ICE-T to work with it via the Lantronix MSS-100. Starting to think the PRC itself has an issue, then I discovered this review:

 

http://www.page6.org..._30/page_74.htm

 

My PRC has a 4.000 MHz crystal. Could that perhaps be causing problems with RS232 (on PAL machines)?

 

The pinouts for the ICD P:R:Connection (R1:) on the DB9 connector are:

Pin # 3 - Transmit (XMT)
Pin # 4 - Receive (RCV)
Pin # 1 - Data Terminal Ready (DTR)
Pin # 2 - Signal (Carrier) Detect (CRX)
Pin # 6 - Data Set Ready (DSR)
Pin # 7 - Request to Send (RTS)
Pin # 8 - Clear to Send (CTS)
Pin # 5 - Signal Ground (GND)

The usual RS232 pinouts on the DB25 side are:

Pin # 8 - Data Carrier Detect (DCD)
Pin # 3 - Receive Data (Rx)
Pin # 2 - Transmit Data (Tx)
Pin # 20 - Data Terminal Ready (DTR)
Pin # 7 - Signal Ground (GND)
Pin # 6 - Data Set Ready (DSR)
Pin # 4 - Request to Send (RTS)
Pin # 5 - Clear to Send (CTS)
Pin # 22 - Ring Indicator (RI)

 

 

-=[LC]=-




#2849790 Ice-T XE 2.76 released

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:29 AM

Here are some latest pics of Ice-T 2.8.0 on my Atari 130XE setup:
(click picture to visit set)

 

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20131016_215923 by agpctech, on Flickr




#2846583 Ice-T XE 2.75 released

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:34 PM

Do you have a wiring plan for that Lantronix to DB9 serial cable in your video? I had about three goes at making one for my P:R: Connection and it never worked.


Lantronix Device (DB25 connector) <> P:R:Connection (DB9 Connector)

DB25 Pin #2 is Transmit connected to DB9 Pin #3 Transmit
DB25 Pin #3 is Receive connected to DB9 Pin #4 Receive
DB25 Pin #7 is Ground connected to DB9 Pin #5 Ground

I went to Radio Shack and bought the DB25 connector (male) and the DB9 connector (male). I used a CAT5 network cable for the wire. Works great!

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2844805 Ice-T XE 2.75 released

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Wed Oct 9, 2013 10:18 PM

PRCONN.HND is similar (or perhaps identical?) to ATARI850.HND. It's a very small executable that contacts the PRC, downloads a handler that is stored on the PRC's internal ROM and installs that as an R: handler.
 
After the PRC was released it was discovered to be incompatible with some misbehaving terminal program popular at the time (HomeTerm) and so a purely disk based handler, with some workaround built in, was released. It is named PRC.SYS on the disk that came with the PRC and named PRCONN2.HND here. You will notice that it's a much larger file than the PRCONN.HND.
 
Since this file is a workaround for some problematic terminal program that does not interest us today, I am considering dropping this file from future Ice-T releases. Please try 2.75 with PRCONN.HND and let me know if it works so I can get rid of PRCONN2.



Yes, Itay ("it tie"), you are right. PRCONN.HND works fine with ICE-T 2.75 in both SpartaDOS and RealDOS. You can get rid of PRCONN2.HND.

I'm able to call Atari, TI99, Commodore, and PC boards in 40/80 columns ASCII/ANSI really well. I'm impressed. So, you suggest I move on to your latest release 2.76 now?

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2803679 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Aug 3, 2013 1:05 PM

Ok, here is my 'working' Lantronix UDS-1100 settings with my Atari 130XE and ICD P:R:Connection (RS232) when using 9600 baud terminals: BobTerm & ICE-T:

On a PC log into the Lantronix UDS-1100 via 'Telnet Configuration' connection using their device installer utility to configure these settings:

First, select '7 Defaults' and then, '9 Save and exit' to clear out any previous old settings.

Next, select '1 Channel 1' and make these adjustments:

*** Channel 1
Baudrate: 9600
I/F Mode: 4C
Flow: 05
Port: 10003
Connect Mode: CE
Send '+++' in Modem Mode: enabled
Show IP addr after 'RING': enabled
Auto increment source port: disabled
Remote IP Adr: --- none ---, Port: 00000
Disconn Mode: 00
Flush Mode: 00

Example:

Posted Image
UDS-1100 Settings by agpctech, on Flickr


With this configuration and hardware combination, I'm able to flawlessly call 98% BBS'es without any problems such as double characters, ',j' characters, and interference. It works great for ATASCII / ASCII / ANSI! Took me a while to find the right combination and configuration between the UDS-1100, P:R:Connection, and Lantronix settings. I booted up SpartaDOS 2.3e and loaded the RS232 file first. Then, I either boot BobTerm or ICE-T terminals and it works!

Enjoy,

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2788197 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sun Jul 7, 2013 7:16 PM

Some shots of YYZ BBS (Atari 8-bit board)

telnet: yyzbbs.no-ip.org (port 23)



Give us a ring! ATASCII or ASCII 40/80 columns


-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2712313 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Mar 9, 2013 12:58 PM

Ok, can someone compile and post on here a current Atari BBS list? I need to send some people to the current ones. :)


Here is a list of working Atari BBS's (I call everyday):

'Boot Factory' [Atari 8-Bit]
Telnet: bfbbs.no-ip.com
---------------------------------
'Inside the 8-Bit' [Atari 8-Bit]
Telnet: www.realdos.net:8888 or 8889
---------------------------------
Thunderdome [Atari 8-Bit]
Telnet: thunderdome.home-ip.net:471
---------------------------------
YYZ BBS [Atari 8-Bit]
Telnet: yyzbbs.no-ip.org
---------------------------------
Darkforce [Atari ST]
Telnet: darkforce-bbs.dyndns.org
---------------------------------

And... an outsider (ASCII/ANSI) BBS I call (who the SysOp, Mad Hatter, likes calling our Atari boards) is:
'Heatwave' [TI-99]
www.heatwavebbs.com


-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2689164 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Fri Feb 1, 2013 9:00 PM

Steve Carden's 'Inside the 8-Bit BBS' is now officially live and rock-solid:

Log on via telnet: www.realdos.net:8888 or 8889

Steve Carden's custom TCP/IP Express! and RealDos is the master control of the board.

Give him a ring with your favorite terminal. Supports 40/80 column & ATASCII/ASCII/ANSI protocols up to 19.2k baud. Running on real 8-Bit hardware on 2 nodes at once!

See you there!

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2674764 Just returning to the Atari World

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:01 PM

I know that I am new to this community and most of you do not know me but, I wanted to share some photos of my 8-bit desk, now that I finally have it the way I want it. All of the disk drives work but only two are actually hooked up. I thought it was a great way to store them. The rubber band around the R-Time 8 is to keep the case together. Not sure where I got it but the case was broken when I found it at the bottom of the proverbial junk pile that I bought. Still works though. The left PC case on top houses 2 Adaptec 4070 Controllers, 1 Teac 65 meg drive, 1 65 meg full height drive (still unsure of the manufacturer) and another 30-40 meg drive (never got around to identify it). The MiniScribe drive I bought on eBay was non-functioning. The PC case on the right is a windows XP system with the Ape software installed and houses all of my ATRs. The SIO to USB Dual is next to the Atari Hard Drive Case on top. I need to do something better with that. The Pics:[code=auto:0]


Nice SoulBuster! Nothing like retro computing from our former days in the 80's. Fortunately, my original Atari equipment from '85 was still in my mother's attic. When I went back home to visit her in 2009, I got curious about my Atari stuff and pulled it out. To my surprise, most of it worked! I bought some extra pieces on Ebay for backups and such. The rest is history... hooked again!

See here:
http://www.atariage....50#entry2666660

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-


#2666660 Atari 8-bit related BBS(s)

Posted by Lord Cygnus on Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:45 PM

YYZ BBS has had a successful great month with 77 calls to the board! Thanks for all who call on a regular basis and support this Atari 8-bit BBS.

Posted Image (taken 12-29-12)

Of the 77 calls so far:

Guests = 06
300 bps = 05
2400 bps = 30
9600+ bps = 42
80 column callers = 25
40 column callers = 52

Much thanks to:
- Steven Tucker for recently updating the AtariMax APE modem for the board to handle the EOL translations properly for ATASCII/ASCII 40/80 column callers.
- Stephen Carden for the lastest registered copy of his customized RealDos to run the board. (nice powerful DOS with extra features)

Yours truly,

-=[Lord Cygnus]=-
SysOp of YYZ BBS

YYZ BBS is located in Houston, TX USA.

Telnet: yyzbbs.no-ip.org
IP: 99.116.104.171 (port 23)