with 299 Zloty or 70-75 Euro it is approx. 50% cheaper than the Abbuc version (half the price!), but there are lots of un-answered questions (and since I do not understand polish language and google-translate does not help much, I ask these questions here):
- what pen/stick size is supported (up to max. xGB or FAT16, FAT32, etc.) ? USB 2.0 only I guess or would USB 3.0 be possible ?!?
- how many drives are supported ? more than one I hope...
- standard-speed with 19.2kBaud is nice, but how about ultraspeed (Happy / Speedy, etc.) or HIAS high-speed-OS with up to 126kBaud ?!?
- ATR images are "read only" - no write / format possible ? doh !
- are other formats (e.g. XFD, XEX) supported also ?
- are there any further OS / Firmware Updates ? (think with Google-translate I read somewhere the OS is final ?!?)
- 8.3 filenames only, 8 chars for filename and 3 for extender, ok; but: image-file must not have .ATR extender ?!?
(which hopefully means, that a file inside the image must not have ATR extender ?!?)
- what about some software / firmware for this device (is it included onboard on a chip or do we need to load a certain ATR-image from the stick ? e.g. SDrive requires a) folder "Atari" and b) SDrive.ATR to work, SIO2SD requires a) folder "Atari" and b) SIO2SD.XEX to work - what about this device ?)
- what size does the pcb have - and therefore what minimum size is required for an enclosure ?!?
Enough for now, it would be good if some of these questions could be answered... -Andreas Koch.
Honestly: This has become really complicated. I´ve entered the thread late and am still confused. Too much different information spread over too many pages. For now I am happy to be able to create .xex pictures with what I assume was the latest version posted here.
...the seperate arrow-keys are missing ! Still I would want one ! Looks way cooler than a 1450XLD, to bad its only a photoshopped picture. Beetle, now its your job to make it real... (and show us pics when done)...
So, is the Basic Cartridge for Atari computers completely superfluous for an Atari 800XL computer? If not, what does it do?
(And, perhaps more interestingly, if so, what happens if you try to use it anyway? )
As an Atari 800XL owner, BASIC was built-in to the computer and I've always assumed that the Basic cartridge was for the old (and ugly ) Atari 400.
if you want to play/use ALL programs on the A8, then the Basic cartridge may have some use even on the 800XL. Imagine the following: You download a game or application from atarimania that a) requires the old 400/800 OS and b) Basic Rev. A (yes, such programs do exist!).
As an 800XL owner you may boot the Translator disk, but the program will still not work, since 800XL computers do not have Basic Rev. A. So, you have to plug-in the Basic Rev. A cart. into the XL, then switch on the computer and boot the Translator disk with Basic (Rev. A) enabled, then load the program which should work then. (Instead of the translator disk, you may also install the 400/800 OS as an alternative OS inside the XL; then you just switch to the 400/800 OS, plug in the Basic Rev. A cart., power-on your XL and boot one of the rare programs that do require the old OS and Basic Rev. A.)
Last not least if you are programming a lot in Atari Basic and your XL computer has Rev. B Basic, you sooner or later want to get rid of those Rev. B bugs, especially the 16-Byte appending bug, when saving Basic programs. Thus Basic Rev. A or C cart. could be a good alternative for you and your XL computer with Rev. B...