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    Chicago's Far-West Suburbs, IL, USA
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    Atari 8-Bits, 2600, Lynx.

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  1. Somebody broke sound in Gates of Zendocon from 0.971 to now. Doesn't seem to work in 0.98 or this 0.99 version. The laugh of Zendocon is my first test for sound compatibility.
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  3. Put me down as interested when the time comes to order from a larger batch. If you can do any sooner, I can test on 600/800 XL with RAM upgrades via PBI, but most of my machines are stock, or just have slight video upgrades (monitor jack in 600, svideo in the 65XE). The exception is the 800, with an Axlon RAM board.
  4. Out of curiosity, and because I only skimmed the thread, is there a list of which models this works in? What have people had success with, including upgrades?
  5. I need more time reading, and less time chasing kids. Turns out I *have* the Mf you speak of, in the blue binder, but it's incomplete. Eight tapes, sixteen quizzes, but two of the Dorsett "Practice Folders" are missing. Still, I'm in touch with Kevin; sorry it's a partial, but hey, right more tapes, right?
  6. So, if I have the inserts for Spelling, SP, who needs them for scanning? Also, W - Reading Comprehension/Vocabulary, levels 5-6 Mn - Mathematics, levels 1-6 Mf - Mathematics, levels 4-8 Ma - Mathematics, Basic Algebra
  7. Will there be any options for users in the United States, or elsewhere in the Americas?
  8. Thanks, James! I haven't had the entire case open in a very, very long time, but I know the original video cord for TV display has been cut off. That's the only thing I would vouch for right now. If I get time tomorrow, I will try to get the entire case opened up and photographed.
  9. So I got my father's Atari 800 out again recently, and tried to start figuring out just what upgrades he had done to it, and how they might be useful. He told me at one point, and this was something like 30 years ago, that he was trying to get the 800 so that it would work like an XL (I had the 800 XL). The OS board has had work done on it, and the #2 memory card has a switch. Using SysInfo, it shows a 1920K (!) Axlon RAM bank. Searching AtariAge last night, I couldn't find a way to get into that bank for testing it, but I was able to use a couple of ATR files off of my SIO2SD to get it to successfully create a RAM disk. But I still have no idea what the actual capacity is. Here are some photos. All cards in the Atari 800 with the top off. OS Board RAM from slot 1 RAM from slot 2, with physical switch
  10. Ok, that's what I thought. Just haven't made time to do the mods and add an OS switch yet. But, it did work!
  11. So, since this post I tried Remix 2.0 and got *nowhere* with it. I also reimaged a micro SD card to take a bare bones install of Android and made more progress. It seems to be much happier communicating to Google's servers over Wi-Fi to set my account, download and update apps, compared to the really low download speeds I was getting with wired Ethernet out if the same router. Anyway, I downloaded SIO2BT, did the bluetooth handshake in the settings app, opened the SIO2BT app and it accepted the connection. As with my SIO2PC tests I booted a stock XE with a souped up SIO2SD connector that also allows a Serial port connection and SIO traffic to pass through. That second connector is where I successfully placed the SIO to BT module. As with my first test, I had the basic system boot from a disk image with one program on it, while data for that program was delivered from the Pine64, a little distance away. Now I will not say these tests are conclusive, they are, actually, just a start. But the XE was able to read, edit and play back a song from a data file delivered over Bluetooth. The loading times were pretty high, which means I have 8quite a bit of investigating to do to fine tune the complete process. So for those keeping score: Pine64 with Ubuntu and Serial to USB adapter was a complete success. Pine64 running Android 5.1.1 and SIO2BT was successful, if laggy. Remix OS - no definitive answer. Other OS'es?
  12. Only sort of Atari related as I go through old boxes and need new labels... What are recommended USB label printers (probably for Windows 8 or 10)? I was looking at the Brother QL series, but I know Dymo is still in the field. Even Zebra, but those seem pretty high end.
  13. RespeQt works just fine on a Pine64. No changes to the source code required. Haven't tried SIO2BT yet.
  14. The board is on the right side of the first photo, with 1000BaseT, HDMI, power, and a USB hub all plugged in. The USB to Serial adapter is plugged into the hub (you can see the two cables where they connect). And if you look carefully you can see the WiFi/Bluetooth card plugged into the top of the Pine64 board. For the purposes of the test, I had the Atari XE in question boot from a .atr file on an SIO2SD card, then load and play data as D2: over the serial cable.
  15. The tl;dr version is: IT WORKS! I had this wild idea some months ago when the Pine64 board was just another project on Kickstarter to be able to set the board in its enclosure (which I haven't received yet, there was a delay), and let it control an Atari. I'd either use SIO2BT or SIO2PC over Serial or USB, or some combination of the two. My first trial was using the Pine64 board (the 2GB Pine64+ model), running Ubuntu Mate 16.04, with the Sabrent SBT-FTDI model adapter and connected into an SIO2PC serial jack. AND IT WORKS WITH NO CHANGES to the current Github copy of the RespeQt client. I had to install Qt5, g++, and set up a symlink for qmake, and that was it. RespeQt launched...but then I had to get it to talk over /dev/ttyUSB0 and restart it with sudo. Screenshots attached from Ubuntu, and a photo of the PIne64 board connected to my SIO2SD + SIO2PC Serial box. Thanks everyone for the continued work! I'll be trying a raw Android build and/or Remix OS and SIO2BT next.
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