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#3138915 Anyone else thinking of getting an XEGS for Yule?

Posted by Rybags on Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:36 AM

I've already got one, find it more useful for Mule actually.




#3131781 New Demo: AD:6502 - Arsantica 2 for 128k machines

Posted by Rybags on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:55 AM

Just been listening to the end tune in RMT... good way to evaluate game/demo music is do so in a detached form, let it live only on it's own merits:

 

. as a technical feat, uses stereo and probably near nothing in the way of synth tricks.  Probably nothing in there that hasn't been done technically in the last 5 or maybe even 10 years.

 

. as a musical feat - Wow factor=maximal.  The emotion and atmosphere generated by this song is rarely matched by anything on the Atari.  If a list of the best 10 musical pieces ever done for the A8 was done, this would have to make it.




#3123004 Why demo and not game?

Posted by Rybags on Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:38 AM

This subject has come up before, probably >5 years ago and I was one of the ones advocating more effort towards games.

 

The last few years I think we've had a healthy balance with at least 1 or 2 "epic" games per year and overall probably more "complex" games than demos.

 

The thing with a game is you can have the polishing and fine-tuning of gameplay elements that might take near half the development time.  With a demo, since it's a scripted type thing with little or no participation from the outside it can be a much quicker process doing those things.




#3122823 800xl Red Screen. I want to fix!

Posted by Rybags on Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:46 PM

Peter Gabriel did Sledgehammer... not that it's quite to that point.




#3122462 Atari 400 arrived and faulty

Posted by Rybags on Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:55 AM

Shipping 400/800 has it's risks since neither is a single board computer.

 

Since you'd be needing to pull it apart anyway I'd just pull the boards out, put back in and it might work straight up.

But yes, I'd be looking at the Ram and Antic if it doesn't work properly, Pokey has nothing to do with display generation and wouldn't cause the symptoms you have if faulty.




#3118599 800xl Red Screen. I want to fix!

Posted by Rybags on Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:40 PM

I've done that - I desoldered an Antic from an XEGS and made a meal of it.  11 legs broke off, got some donors off another chip and soldered them back on.  Worked fine, not that I'd recommend it.




#3118234 If Atari made a new console, what would it be called?

Posted by Rybags on Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:00 AM

Atari Tardy - with specs roughly matching a PS2.  Released somewhat later than it should have been, like most of it's previous hardware.

 

Atari Scat - well, Nintendo name their one after number ones, so we'll name ours after number twos.




#3118152 Thank you Fandal

Posted by Rybags on Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:56 AM

My thanks too - along with this place and Atari Online Poland, Fandal's is practically a daily visit for me to get the latest news and releases.




#3117344 800xl Red Screen. I want to fix!

Posted by Rybags on Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:14 PM

The test procedure either way will work but it's probably easier to put a chip at a time from the bad board into the good one.




#3117286 800xl Red Screen. I want to fix!

Posted by Rybags on Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:47 PM

Unsocketed board - makes it a whole bunch harder and more labour intensive.  Don't desolder or attempt to solder sockets in unless you have the required skills.

If you don't have the skill, practice on something not valuable like an old PC card that uses the large DIP chips or a game cartridge you can live without.




#3117265 800xl Red Screen. I want to fix!

Posted by Rybags on Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:31 PM

Powering up and the screen staying static colour means the OS can't initilize and plenty of things could cause it from failed CPU to bad Rom or Ram or a failed Antic.  Or it could be something as simple as one of the 7400 series logic chips that costs about a buck to replace.

 

An easy way to test if you don't have equipment like logic analyser is to swap in chips from the bad computer into a known good one at a time and see which ones don't work.

 

Main ones to test would be CPU, Antic, MMU, OS Rom, Ram chips.




#3116439 What was general opinion of Stargate 2600?

Posted by Rybags on Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:54 PM

Williams made the Defender and Stargate games, not Midway (which was later aquired by Williams).

 

Possibly the rights agreement wasn't struck by Atari and Williams which meant they used the Defender II title.




#3114431 In search of Basic B Cartridge

Posted by Rybags on Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:52 AM

Can't say I've ever had C behave badly.  Of course if you have programs that call routines within the Basic Rom itself then there might be potential for problems.

Also can't say I've ever heard anyone give negative response to C when comparing to the previous ones.




#3114420 In search of Basic B Cartridge

Posted by Rybags on Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:53 AM

In some ways B is the worst of the lot.  They fixed one move bug and introduced another.  The 16 byte bloat when saving is the least of it's problems.

 

Keeping a copy of A or B is worthwhile for collecting or testing purposes only.  If you have the means, then use C every time.




#3113606 If Atari made a new console, what would it be called?

Posted by Rybags on Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:46 PM

Atari Fukushima.

 

As in, the city with the nuclear plant which was swamped by the tsunami.