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    Atari 8bit, 7800, Jaguar, ST, PC1, Falcon; Commodore VIC-20, Max, C64; Amiga 500, 1200; TI-99/4A; Sord M5; Camputers Lynx
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  1. 498,600 Still a long way off Fandal's record...
  2. I switched to an NTSC machine; 300,300
  3. 265,400 I like this game much better than Donkey Kong.
  4. Seems to me Tandy Radio Shack couldn't get out of their own way. My perspective is from the UK where I grew up. In the 82/83/84 Home Computer craziness, the Tandy CoCo seemed a distant also-ran. I might agree with those who say the Atari, Commodore, BBC etc were superior machines, but I am biased. What I do know is that the TRS80 Model 1 had a successful clone in the UK called the Video Genie, which is the machine I used to learn BASIC programming. I don't know if the Video Genie was a licensed clone or not, but I suspect it wasn't. EACA also went on to add color the Video Genie to produce the Colour Genie, an interesting exercise in what might have been had Tandy Radio Shack followed the same principles. The CoCo spawned the Dragon 32 and 64 machines, and despite any claims that other machines were technically superior, the Dragon was a very successful machine for a while in the UK. So why didn't RS benefit? My memory tells me that the CoCo was offered in 4K and 16K models at prices that were not far off the list price of a BBC Model A. For a long time it seemed they were massively over priced for the market. I am having trouble verifying that statement as when I look back through old copies of Your Computer, C&VG, Home Computer Weekly etc, I see not a single ad from Tandy. Other machines were sold through a variety of distribution channels both mail order and high street. The Tandy models it seems were only sold through the Tandy stores or catalog, and Tandy perhaps believed they didn't need to advertise. I also recall going into Tandy as a kid. That was back when they still carried a lot of components in the store. They also had HiFi systems, those table top electronic kits for kids, calculators etc. I don't recall the computers ever being shown in a significant display. In fact I don't recall ever seeing one turned on. Over at places like WH Smiths, Boots, Rumbelows, Dixons and Woolworths they had ZX Spectrums, VICs, Dragons, Commodore 64s and some times other machines, all there to explore, with lots of games to buy. Even later then Tandy did achieve considerable success with their PC compatible line, the UK market was dominated by Amstrad and other low-cost PC-clones. I don't recall ever seeing a Tandy 1000EX or HX in the UK.
  5. Depends on what inputs you have on your modern flat screen TV. As Paul says, a simple solution is the composite video option, if you have composite-in (yellow or green/yellow plug) and the resulting output is acceptable to you. Some modern TVs still have SVideo inputs, although they are getting very rare nowadays, and that will offer a slightly better display for an Atari 800 or 800XE, but not all 800XLs had separate chroma/luma outputs, so you need to make sure your Atari has the requisite monitor port wiring, or be willing to add it with a bit of modding. If you are in Europe then you might have a SCART option. I don't know if they still fit those plugs to European sets, but if you have one, it usually supports composite video. If you want HDMI then you need either an upscaler or a Sophia video mod. Upscalers will up-convert your composite video into HDMI adding scan lines to maintain resolution and try to address the blurring that occurs when you plug composite video into a modern high-res TV. Prices range from cheap, to the Frameister XRGB unit which is very nice, but also very expensive, and not for the casual/occasional user. The Sophia mod will allow your Atari to output DVI natively, but it is difficult to fit to an original Atari 800 due to the shielding. If your 800 is a genuine original 800, with flip up cartridge door and 48K of RAM, the Sophia will be a challenge to install, but it has been done. For 800XL or 800XE machines it is much simpler. The DVI output can then be converted to HDMI with a simple adapter I believe, although to be sure, I have not personally tried this, as I still use CRTs for my Ataris.
  6. 38,100 after four or five attempts. My score doesn't seem to be improving...
  7. According to Wikipedia, the 2600 PacMan was released March 16 1982. If we check this site with the PacMan source files for the 8bit - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=PAC-MAN, the source code is dated 10/03/82, which would be 3 October 1982 assuming they followed the typical U.S. date formats. From there the code would have had to be burned to ROMs and assembled into cartridges, packaged and shipped. I would imaging that process would have meant 8bit PacMan was not available to buy in a store until at earliest mid November 1982. Assuming both sites are correct, the 2600 version pre-dates the 8bit version by at least 6 months. Is it possible your "pre-order" was perhaps a case of just ordering the 2600 cartridge, which may not have been in stock as it was a very popular title, despite its lousy quality?
  8. Thanks for the TOS boot disk. It looks like the BOOT ROM is available here: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=18983 So I can use the ROMSPLIT tool from PLM's website to split this into HI and LO, burn it to a pair of 2764 ROMs and insert them into the ST right? I don't have my ST open right now, but it looks like sockets U4 and U7 from the picture in the first post.
  9. Has anyone dumped the boot-disk splash screen ROMs? I tried searching but the oldest I can find is TOS 1.0. Yeah I know a 520ST with TOS loaded from disk would be mostly useless. But hey, a 520ST with TOS in ROM but without any memory expansion isn't exactly useful either.
  10. When it comes to consoles I only have the Jaguar and the 7800. I got into those because my son is into Nintendo, Playstation, XBox etc. It gave us some common ground for conventions. My main focus is home computers - Atari 800, Amiga, ST etc.
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