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MiniWriter 3 cart (with novel, integrated parallel interface)

Tue May 8, 2018 8:07 AM

This thing is pretty interesting.


Does anyone have a photo of this cracked open? Id love to see how its pit together. Can the TI write (output) to the cart port? Hmmm....trying to recall if MiniMemory is a command module or a side attach cart. Maybe the whole bus is exposed on that cart connector.

Im intrigued.

Listing of "recent" A8 games and programs?

Sun Feb 4, 2018 4:03 PM

What's the best place on the web to get a feel for some of the more recent Atari 8-bit homebrew games that have been developed? 





SIO2SD oddity - A8 program loader

Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:58 PM

I just got Lotharek's SIO2SD device and did so thru eBay so got the lower price bundle loaded with his SD card full of games and demos.


Sadly, in this setup, the menu program starts to load --- I see the folders listing, and then it boots into the first (alphabetical) item in first folder on SD card -- mid listing. It used to list more of the menu before this happened, now I just see three folders and boom. I am hoding OPTION and SHIFT on the SIO2SD to get menu.


Anyone have any help? Thanks. Using with a 800XL PAL.






800XL s-video cable to Sony PVM - did I blow the CRT?

Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:50 PM

Ok, so I have an 800XL and a 130XE here (both NTSC) and ordered a s-video cable from 8BitClassics. I have an incoming 800XL PAL motherboard with the chroma enhancement done to it which I plan to use here in the states on my Sony PVM via s-video, which should be able to do 50Hz (it does Amiga RGB 50Hz fine, at least). 


So, I plug the 800XL NTSC into the PVM via s-video cable and see a black and white image and wonder why. I leave the set on for half an hour or so while I do other things and I remember that most 800XLs in the states didn't have s-video, and I had checked the BASIC ver and once knew this 800XL does not do it so I was about to grab the 130XE and connect it. At that moment I heard a hummmm come from the PVM and a few minutes later I go to see what was up, and I see not the black and white Atari BASIC prompt but helter skelter garbled video, with the humm. I turn on the Amiga 2000 and switch to RGB in and the image goes solid, switch back to s-video and the video goes haywire. I try the 130XE on the system and it's the same, but with a little color thrown in the garbled mix. 


Here is a video I just took.



Is hooking an Atari 8-bit s-video cable going from a pre-s-video A8 to an s-video display sending some damaging voltage down the chroma line? Did I blow part of the board's electronics in the PVM?


Any suggestions here? Thanks.




Looking for 256-color image slideshow disk

Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:12 AM

Ive seen the set of images shown here, along with a few others, linked together in various forum posts on the web, searching this morning on the APAC software approach to high-color on the A8 using various clever tricks.


Does anyone know where this or a similar slideshow can be downloaded as a disk image? Thanks.