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#4206137 New Dragon Ethernet cartridge interest check

Posted by ZuluGula on Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Dragonet in English which means Smoczek in Polish which also means this:

smoczek-dla-dziecka.jpg


#4205875 New Dragon Ethernet cartridge interest check

Posted by ZuluGula on Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:13 PM

I started this thread to motivate one person to work. I didn't anticipate that I will motivate someone else. I was unaware of another project being developed currently at the same time (as anyone on atari.area forum). This project started about 13 months ago with someone asking basically for a rerun of original Dragon Cart. The conversation turned quickly in the discussion about designing an improved Ethernet cartridge for Atari. Today, I spoke briefly on a phone with Duddie about the current status of his work. He told me that he made two prototype cartridges, which went to atar.area users: Draco030 and grzybson, who are working on a software (new and conversions of existing programs). This prototype is different from planned production version, which supposes to have a pass thru cartridge port and Ethernet port on a side. The side Ethernet connection and available cartridge cases might become problematic for 800/400 and 1200XL users. Please understand that those computers are not very popular and widely available in Poland, which may make testing difficult. He said that he will continue his work, despite of another similar existing project.

 

Oliver, do you have any working prototype? How about working software? Can You share with us? 

If I understand correctly, your plan is to make a dedicated board for PBI and another for ECI computers. Or you will have one universal device for most XL and XE computers?




#4200868 New Dragon Ethernet cartridge interest check

Posted by ZuluGula on Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:28 AM

I am not a creator of it, I only repeat what I have read on atari.area forum. We can call it DragonCart II. It should have the same features with some improvements. From what I understood, some of the work will be off loaded from Atari and taken over by cart chipset.


#4200568 New Dragon Ethernet cartridge interest check

Posted by ZuluGula on Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:33 PM

For this you have 850 inteface plus Lantronix serial to Ethernet device.


#4200312 New Dragon Ethernet cartridge interest check

Posted by ZuluGula on Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:17 PM

There's a talk on atari.area forum http://www.atari.org...=246635#p246635 about producing new Dragon Ethernet cartridge http://www.atari8ethernet.com

Duddie from http://retronics.eu/ said, that he can start making them after he get customers for 50 cartridges. Estimated price is $60 plus shipping.

We have a list going over there to gauge interest (currently 10 carts are claimed). I would like to start the same here. So if you are interested in one or more, please add yourself to the list. Let's get this project started. Thank You.

 

Please copy the list and add yourself to the end with a quantity you want. Here's a proposed format:

 

1. YourForumNickname - 1 cart(s)

2. ....

 

 




#4195026 Largest quantity of a single Atari device

Posted by ZuluGula on Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:52 PM

Since many of as own multiple Atari computers, I wonder if it would be possible to connect them together in one cluster computer. All the machines would share processing power of multiple 6502 and all those kilobytes of RAM to run software.


#4194685 Atari 800 XL Dilemma

Posted by ZuluGula on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:50 AM

I really like to try this out so is there anyone here who lives in or around Chicago that is willing to help me test this computer out?


Where are you in Chicago? Shoot me a PM.

In couple of days I should have ready a power supply made of new Mean Well 5V 3A and Atari plug. I am making one for me so I can do another one, it would cost around $20.
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#4178956 Rick Dangerous

Posted by ZuluGula on Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:44 AM

I don't blame you. Polish is one of the most difficult (grammar) languages, pronunciation is also hard.
https://owlcation.co...guages_-_Polish

On the other hand English, German and French and very similar. They come from the same language family or branch.


#4178919 Rick Dangerous

Posted by ZuluGula on Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:35 AM

While I can't understand any of it, I got from the comments on atarionline that they are trying to get it onto a cassette.


From what I understood, they want this game run on 64k machine. It will load from cartridge, disk or cassette. The sound visuals are done. Currently they are working on artificial intelligence of enemies. Later in the video, they compare it to the other 8 bit versions.
The release date is still unknown. They have many projects going simultaneously (demos etc) and game development can take a month or two months brakes.


#4177509 Idea:External Atari ST drive transformed to 8-bit (XF551 internals)

Posted by ZuluGula on Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:39 AM

 
Please tell us more about the PCB you are using.
 


It's not mine.
The board was designed and built by an Atari area forum user - x-angel. The whole discussion can be found in this forum post (in polish, use translator), link to the pictures:
http://www.atari.org...=236286#p236286


#4175784 SIO cables

Posted by ZuluGula on Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:23 PM

You could get a cheap caliper and compare yours plugs to the original. Harbor Freight has them for $3 or $10 digital.


#4175251 Idea:External Atari ST drive transformed to 8-bit (XF551 internals)

Posted by ZuluGula on Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:42 PM

Something like this?




#4159058 ftp.pigwa.net needs your help

Posted by ZuluGula on Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:13 PM

Many of you know and use http://ftp.pigwa.net for years. It’s a place that hosts all kinds of documents, pictures, and files for Atari and retro computing projects and websites. Its archives are constantly growing. With it comes a demand for better server hardware, more Internet bandwidth, and other related expenses. In the past, this project was funded and supported by private funds of administrator and help of polish Atari community. Now you can be a part of it and support it through Patreon https://www.patreon.com/pigwa The goal for next year is a new server hardware.

 

Thank you to everyone who decides to help.

 

 

 




#4159029 Sails of Doom, new multijoy game

Posted by ZuluGula on Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:39 PM

OK, I will use it as a wrist watch.




#4147273 Mini 850 Clone?

Posted by ZuluGula on Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:24 PM

At some point, Atari offered 850 in kit version
http://atariage.com/...50-bare-boards/