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Justin Payne

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#4243530 Values applied to SDMCTL. Not quite understanding

Posted by Justin Payne on Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:17 AM

Yeah, I was just reading another section of Mapping The Atari and it wasn't as complex and then the bit column thing all of a sudden made sense....and was a bit redundent. I don't need to be told that if I add 2, that both bit 0 and bit 1 will be set. So, now that I understand, the value set in Fort A would equate to..

Standard Playfield

Enable Missile DMA & Enable Player DMA

Enable Instruction to Fetch DMA


Funny how the brain works, and doesn't, some times. :-)

#4226659 After 38(!) years:The Atari Accountant CX401 (Holy Grail of Atari) is bac...

Posted by Justin Payne on Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:15 PM

Wow! My mom used this to run her business for a bit. She wanted me to learn how to use it but I was probably 16 at the time and had no interest in accounting. I didn't realize it was THAT special and that people said it didn't exist. 

#4207464 The Atari Xegs Cart by Cart Podcast.

Posted by Justin Payne on Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:11 PM

We just released Episode 11 where we review Airball and the budget game, Head Over Heels. 

#4200964 The!Cart or the Ultimate Cart?

Posted by Justin Payne on Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:38 PM

I didn't realize this but The!Cart did a little size by size comparison to the rest of the devices.


#4192406 Atascii Archery Amis BBS

Posted by Justin Payne on Mon Jan 7, 2019 9:21 AM

How did your house being torn down have an effect on your Atari equipment? I dread to think that is was in the house when that happened but I suspect you meant to say that you got rid of it because of the loss of the house.

#4167164 7 classic Atari 2600 games new

Posted by Justin Payne on Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:27 PM


Hold REEEAAAAL still now.  :-D 

#4167002 "New Sealed Pac-Man"

Posted by Justin Payne on Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:30 PM

Maybe is was sealed with a kiss? If you buy it, you might want to disinfect.  :grin:

#4159493 Dust covers for the 130XE

Posted by Justin Payne on Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:12 PM


Here is what Julie said when I emailed her. Here husband is James who is on here and has posted her designs in the past

The 800 is $31 and the 130xe is $29. These prices include embroidery, but shipping is extra. If you can let me know your zip code I can get you a shipping quote. If you want them mailed in a box I’d ship them in a USPS medium flat rate box $14. If I can ship it cheaper at the time I ship you order then I’d reimburse the additional shipping. 

Julie Wilkinson

Little Darling Designs

#4153412 The Atari Xegs Cart by Cart Podcast.

Posted by Justin Payne on Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:28 PM

We're recording Episode 11 this weekend where we cover the isometric games "Airball" and "Head over Heels".
Give us your thoughts on these games, or previous games we've reviewed, and we'll mention it in the show.

#4142581 The Atari Xegs Cart by Cart Podcast.

Posted by Justin Payne on Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:13 PM

We just posted Episode 10 to our website. Feeds will populate soon. In this episode we review the boxing game, "Fight Night" and the side-scrolling budget game, "Revenge II".

#4142094 What to listen to

Posted by Justin Payne on Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:13 AM

As far as Retro Podcasts. (NOTE: Have listened to others in the past but I can't seem to keep up with all of them so these are the ones I listen to most often)

  • Player/Missile (unfortunately on extended hiatus)

  • Inverse ATASCII

  • 16/32 Podcast

  • Atari Jaguar

  • ANTIC The Atari 8-bit
  • Into The Vertical Blank

  • 7800 Homebrew

  • 7800 Game by Game

  • Atari Byte

  • XLXE

  • Pie Factory

  • 2600 Game by Game

  • The Atari 5200 Podcast(With Robert Benedetti and David Vucetic)
  • ...and just cuz I co-host and edit the show, "The XEGS Cart by Cart Podcast"
  • The Adam Carola Podcast
  • Cox and Crendor
  • Star Talk (host: Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Of course, I'm always looking for more; mostly science/technology and/or comedy.

#4133649 Strange issue with 800 memory cards

Posted by Justin Payne on Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:29 PM

"what you a call a cartridge is just a cased board..."


Correct.That's why I said this. "Just an FYI. Since one 800 has bare boards and the other has the RAM/ROM in cartridges, I'm going to call that out so you'll know which RAM I am using."

Maybe that wasn't as clear as I hoped it to bel.


"a possibility would be a card with different refresh than the others... odd man out shuts you down..

  the Antic chip could come into play possibly as well. it is not uncommon for cards to need to be installed in a certain order, more so with larger upgrades..."


I'm not quite clear on what you mean by this so I'll need to explain further but I'll try to answer the best I can but please forgive me if it's not the answer you are looking for.


So, I've confirmed that all of the RAM cards in the cartridges do work, just not all together. This machine has already had a full 48k (3 16K boards) so I know all slots are in working order. It's just when I try to use all 3 slots with the cartridges RAM cards that it goes black. If I use two cartridge RAM and one non-cartridge also works just fine.


"somewhere on these threads is a group of discussions and diagrams on why the cards need to be in what slot. the traces being attached in a fashion to attempt most cards to be in either two or three but slot 4 are a somewhat special case...."


That's a thread I'd be very interested in reading. 


"Were there any ROM carts in the left or right cart slots work you tested? If not, did it go to memo pad when it worked?"


Yes, actually, there was. I had a Ultimate Cart in the left slot. I would hope that that wouldn't be an issue but I'm glad you mentioned it. I'll give it a shot w/o it. Thx.

#4129438 The best type in magazine programs

Posted by Justin Payne on Mon Oct 8, 2018 8:10 AM

I tried doing that with SoftSide magazine but what OCRed it wasn't good and I would have spent more time finding all of the mistakes. Google had an API library that you could teach by providing examples of each letter but it still wasn't perfect. I, instead, got my hands on most of the typed in programs. The problem is that stupid dot matrix font they decided to use. Some letter look too much like other letters. I guess they didn't expect people to copy/paste this into their emulators 30+ years later.  :grin:


Or copy and paste the program type in text into Altirra :-D

#4071909 The Atari Xegs Cart by Cart Podcast.

Posted by Justin Payne on Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:02 PM

It's funny when you read your previous post where you apologize for taking so long to get your last episode out only to do it again. Still, I hope it was worth the wait because we just released Episode 9 where we review Necromancer and the budget game Excelsor.

You can start listening right away on our website or soon on  iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and Player FM.


Thanks for listening.

#4045221 Spreading the Love with Free Games and More... Edicion Cinco

Posted by Justin Payne on Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:29 AM

Wish I had a witty retort to all these, but alas...the memory has been spoken for. Thank!


  • They have been forGOTTEN
  • Someone TOOK a walk down memory lane
  • Those chip have RAM away
  • They are SIMMply gone.

...and many more, from the Dad Joke collection. :-)