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  1. Everything opcode says is right, And you can replace Atari with Commodore, STE with Amiga 1200 and 1989 with 1992 and it all still makes sense. By the late 80s, both Atari and Commodore were being squeezed by Nintendo dominating the entertainment end of the market, and IBM PC compatibles dominating the productivity end of the market. And as PCs got better and cheaper, there were fewer and fewer reasons to choose an Atari or a Commodore. Didn't Commodore sell the A600 along side the A1200? Wasn't the A600 supposed to be a cost-reduced A500 but ended up being more expensive? The AGA chipset was barely evolutionary, let only revolutionary like the original OCS in the A1000 had been. Why is there so little AGA specific software? It's easy to play Monday morning quaterback with the benefits of hindsight. But what could they have done differently? Both companies were trying to capitalize on limited R&D budgets to squeeze some market differentiation, but Sega and Nintendo had a lock on the IP that kids wanted to play, and with PCs the advent of affordable sound card standard (Soundblaster), CD-ROM media, Windows 3.x and sheer grunt of the 486 which more than compensated for the lack of hardware accelerated graphics on the VGA, meant that any advantage Atari or Commodore had was fast evaporating.
  2. Awesome! Thanks for doing this! I placed an order.
  3. I'm trying to see if I can get Aladin to work on my STe (TOS 1.62) I think I configured it to use 2MB of RAM. I used Jay-MSA to extract the MACROM.IMG image file to a disk. When I double click on ALADIN.TOS I get a happy mac icon, the disk spins, and then it spins and spins and spins and nothing happens. I have no idea if I am doing this all wrong as I don't speak German. What am I missing here?
  4. Yeah the 1040STe. Plus whichever other machine has the same floppy drive eject button/top case plastic, so you have a source of spares for the future. From memory the power supply of the STf/STfm cannot be swapped with the STe, but the keyboard, floppy drive, top case and a few other items can.
  5. Hey guys, What do you all think of the ACA1221 and ACA1233 accelerators for the A1200? I have a stock A1200 and it is limited due to the RAM. I would like enough to play some of the larger AGA games like Sim City 2000. Both cards seem to fit the bill, and I think they can also be used with the ACA500 to make my A500 go faster. I know the 1233 is faster, but for games is that a benefit or will the extra speed cause some games to become unstable? I'd like to get Wing Commander and Frontier running at a smoother frame rate, but on my 486 back in the day I reached a point where the extra speed caused the Frontier controls to get so twitchy that it became almost unplayable. I'm not looking to use the Amiga for anything productive here. Thanks Graham
  6. Hey guys, I have an STe that looks beautiful and works great - mostly. It's a U.S. spec model. I have it connected to a Commodore 1084 monitor. For the most part the picture is vivid and sharp. But after a few hours of use - maybe 4 or 5, I noted the screen starts to develop a very slight shake. Sort of like a shimmy. Nothing too pronounced but still annoying. My Amigas and Falcon do not exhibit this behavior so it isn't the monitor (unless its the cable?), so I am wondering if it might be something in the STe like maybe caps on the power supply? Anyone else seen this or able to venture an opinion on what might be cause? Thanks Graham
  7. Mine arrived this weekend, and I have to say it is pretty awesome! The extra built in RAM means that all my WHDLoad images start smoothly every time (no screen flashing in Lemmings), and the ability to swap the boot drive to DF1 means I can now boot of my HxC2001 SD floppy emulator without having to install a boot disk switcher. I have only started to scratch the surface of what this can do, but if you have an A500 then this is well worth the money. Thanks for the heads up on the ordering, I might have missed it otherwise.
  8. So here is something that always bothered me. I love the Atari fuji symbol. It's elegant and simple and instantly recognizable. In the early 1980s it may have had brand recognition almost as good as any major brand. On the 400/800 line the symbol is prominent. It is on cartridge port door, the keyboard, the disc drive, the 820 and 825 printers, every cartridge shell and the spine of retail software packaging. Yet on the XL line, from the 1200XL to the 800XL to the unreleased 1400 series, the symbol is banished. From the keyboard sure - the inverse symbol made more sense - but its not on the case or any of the peripherals, and you have to hunt to find it on the retail packaging. The 1200XL's splash screen would have looked even better with a rainbow fuji on the screen! The 5200 (1982) has the fuji on the case and on the screen on power up (although it looks like it was drawn in Atari Paint - the arcs look all wrong) and the 7800 (1984) also features the fuji on the case and on the splash screen if it detects a 7800 mode cartridge. I dislike the XE line's poor build quality, but at least Tramiel put the fuji back on the case plastics and retail packaging. Wondering if anyone knows what Atari's marketing department's reasoning was behind the missing fuji on the XL line?
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    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    Atari Falcon and STe

    Pictures of my Atari Falcon 030 and my Atari 4160STe next to each other for comparison
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    20161230 100642

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100811

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100859

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100530

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100624

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 101106

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 101118

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100510

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100530

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100724

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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    20161230 100543

    From the album: Atari Falcon and STe

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  22. That second picture looks like an original 1979 TI-99/4. Quite rare and much more valuable than the common TI-99/4A. A nice collection indeed!
  23. Thanks for the link! I too registered interest. Would love to see one my 500s upgraded with a Vampire.
  24. "Is the Jaguar as bad as everyone thinks?" Well if the Jaguar was a home computer, it would have the capabilities of the VIC20, the install base of the Aquarius, the pricing of the Lisa, and the fanboy hubris of the Mac.
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