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In Topic: Were there any alternative OS or CPU cards for the 800?

Mon May 14, 2018 10:24 PM

There were 2 different OEM CPU cards for the 400/800, the original used the standard 6502B, while the later version used Atari's custom 6502C(AKA Sally).

 

There is also the 400/800 Super Color CPU card by tf_hh, the later version includes Bryan's UAV video upgrade.

http://atariage.com/... 800 cpu card

 

Then there is the alternate OS card for the 800 called the Ramrod MMOS. I believe it's main purpose was for use with the Newell products, OSN/Omnimon/Omniview.


In Topic: SIO2PC usb printed Case (WIP)

Mon May 14, 2018 9:07 AM

OK - only reason I ask, is I made a super shitty - simple, box for my device.  Literally, a black box.  I miss the LEDs though, so I want to somehow bring them out.  I may order new LEDs, and use the longer leads to bring the actual LED to the box, rather than trying the light pipe approach.

This is what ICD did with the LEDs on the MIO, they also countersank the inside of the holes so the LEDs were just below the surface.


In Topic: ICD P: R: connection..

Fri May 11, 2018 8:00 PM

Atari couldn't use thr PC standard 9-pin serial port since it didn't exist at the time, the 850 was released several years before IBM introduced it on the AT computer.


In Topic: Any Screen Printing Programs for the Atari 1025 Printer?

Thu May 10, 2018 11:29 AM

After giving it some more thought and doing a ton of Google searching over the past few days I think I've been going about this backwards. Instead of deciding on a printer to print graphics on the Atari 8-bit first I should be finding software capable of printing graphics on an Atari 8-bit then select a printer based on compatibility with the software. 
 
From my own research the only software I could find made for the specific purpose of printing AtariArtist images was the screen printing program for the Atari 1020 plotter that I linked to in the original post, but it occurs to me that the most popular graphics printing software of the time for the Atari 8-Bit line was probably Brøderbund's The Print Shop. Though I haven't been able to find a clear scan of the back of the box for The Print Shop yet to get a full list of the printers compatible with it I understand that it was capable of printing graphics on a number of popular dot matrix printers via an interface device, and it was compatible with the Atari Touch Tablet.

 

So I think the questions I need to hunt down the answers for now are "What format does AtariArtist save images in and is that image format something that can be loaded in The Print Shop?" and "What dot matrix printers and interface devices is The Print Shop compatible with?". Once I've found the answers to those two questions I'll hopefully have the information I need to select a printer that print both AtariArtist tablet drawn graphics and AtariWriter text.

I've never used it, but I believe The Newsroom has more features than Print Shop.

http://atariage.com/...by-springboard/

 

While there are only a few Newsroom clipart disks available, there is a utility for converting Print Shop icons to Newsroom format.

https://www.atarimag...8/newsroom.html


In Topic: 1050 Floppy drive help please

Sat May 5, 2018 10:34 PM

ok, have 3 1050 5.25 inch drives.  #1 seems to read the disk, but then reverts to a black screen.  #2 gives a Boot Error message, and #3 seems to not be recognized by the 800XL.  Are any of these issues easily repairable?

#3 could be the ID switches which cause it not to be configured as D1:.

 

It could also be U1, a CA3086 transistor array which buffers the DATA-IN/DATA-OUT & COMMAND signals. U1 is known to sometimes fail when the SIO cable is unplugged while the drive is powered up.