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  1. I seem to recall buying my 520STm in 1986 from Silica Shop in Kent. No disk drive bundle, I had to buy an SF354 later on. The TV modulator was built in and GEM was included on ROM. My documents are all packed away as I am moving (again) but from memory the basic ST included: Atari 520STm computer. Atari ST1 mouse Black power brick RF TV cable 1st Word Plus disk (don't remember a manual for this). CP/M 68k disk Atari ST BASIC, disk and manual Atari Logo, disk and manual GEM Paint disk A demo version of Time Bandit (maybe 1 to 4 levels playable?) I don't know what was included by Atari UK and what Silica Shop added to the bundle. I think the original magazine adverts looked something like this: http://wotsit.thingy.com/haj/ads-images/size2/atari-st-feb86.jpg This ad says there is GEM Write, but I recall First Word Plus in my package. This is all from memory of things 25 years ago, treat accordingly.
  2. Looks like a Sony Profeel Television. Possibly a 20 inch unit. I think Sony offered them as an NTSC/PAL/SECAM multi-standard unit. Sony also offered it as a monitor:
  3. It was very straight forward as I recall. The Snowy_VM download package includes a bare VM with the VMX file already configured, the darwin boot ISO disc and some drivers. I bought Snow Leopard from Apple for less than $20 online. Some other examples have you hacking the VMware code to add an "Apple Mac" option, but the snowy_vm just lists it as "Free BSD". From memory, once powered up for the first time, you stick the Snow Leopard disc in the drive and the OS install starts. For me it installed first time without any issue. The only thing I had to do was disable the inactive sleep mode as that would crash the VM.
  4. Picked up an Atari 800 at a yard sale yesterday. Full 48K and works great, but damn is it dirty! Does NOT need a retrobrite, it is not discolored, but it look like it spend 20 years in someone's garage. With access to a typical hardware or grocery store in the U.S., what are the best products to clean the case without damaging it?
  5. Just be aware that Atari sold the LOGO cartridge (RX8032) separate from the manual set (BX4208), and ideally you need both. As others have stated, the cartridge is an excellent implementation of LOGO, and being on ROM it is extremely easy to setup and use. Best Electronics appears to have both in stock.
  6. Various retailers advertised both the 400 and 800 in Your Computer magazine in the UK throughout mid to late 1981.
  7. So its a 16-bit ISA bus? Okay that might explain getting some more advanced games to run. Third party SVGA 16-bit ISA cards were pretty common and popular. I've attached a couple of files in case the owner wants to get the full spec. One is an old IBM internal only tool we used to use from the Poughkeepsie Tools Disk called CONFIG. It will dump out version and RAM information and compare the speed to a 6Mhz AT. The second is CHECKIT which does some similar things. A non IBM tools but it also includes some test features. CONFIG.zip CHECKIT.zip
  8. Yeah good luck with that. Even if you could find an external CD ROM drive and the requisite 8-bit ISA adapter to interface it, that game needed SVGA, something the Model 30 isn't going to do. MCGA can do CGA modes and do mode 13H (320x200 pels in 256 colours). It cannot do EGA modes, VGA's 640*480*16 mode and it cannot do any of the VGA's hardware assisted functions, such as hardware scrolling. The MCGA adapter came with 64KB of RAM, whereas all but the earliest VGA cards came with 256KB. A game that used mode 13H for a static display would be okay, but anything more than that and more than likely it won't display anything.
  9. I thought the Model 30 was an MCGA adapter, not a VGA. That might cause havoc with games expecting an EGA or VGA. I worked for IBM when they made the model 30, but declined the employee purchase of one due to the graphic adapter being crap. Hope you get your game to run.
  10. I run Snow Leopard on a Windows 7 PC under VMware Workstation 9. There is a download available called the darwin.iso file and a special formatted VMX file, that allows you to install MacOS from the install DVD. Apple will sell you the install disc for about $20. It's quite useful. My Dell E6520 has 16GB of RAM and an SSD boot drive, plus an i7 processor with 4 cores and 8 threads. I don't know if Apple sells an equivalent spec laptop as I think the MacBook Pro tops out at 8GB RAM. Plus running MacOS on a PC means I have a real VGA port to use for connection to an overhead projector for a presentation. Whereas all the Apple users have to dig around for another dongle, my Dell Hacintosh connects to everything. And if I want to return to a PC, I can just minimize the VMware window and I'm right back to a Windows desktop. I have run Microsoft Office on this virtual Mac and it has been just fine. I have not found any apps that won't run this way, although I have not tested heavy duty games or video editing. I did this for the challenge and entertainment value but its really quite a useful toy.
  11. Be careful what you wish for! The TI Expansion Box is an interesting option, and once you have fully expanded your TI with 32K card, disk controller and RS232 you have a noticeably different computer than before. But the PEB is massive, takes acres of desk space and sounds like a small jet engine due to the noisy fan. You have limited options to place it elsewhere due to the thick and short fire-hose cable from the TI console. I knew some of the guys in the Chicago TI club who used their PEBs to add SID chips, Myarc or Corcomp disk controller, RAM disks or to support a Geneve set up, but unless you plan to go that far, other options such as the CF7 or the Corcomp 9900 are a better option. The acoustic coupler modem plugs into the RS232 card, so adding it gives you the ability to use an old style telephone to dial into servers, I don't think you could directly network two TIs in that fashion unless you are willing to write your own code to do it. TI Terminal Emulator cartridge does not allow that IIRC, since it can only dial out, not receive incoming calls. I did use mine to connect my TI to a Linux server, but its limited what you can do with a 40 column screen in Linux. However, I expect if you dig through the vast TI public domain libraries you might find some software that can do what you are looking for. The 10 inch monitor is okay, but not great. The image is small and somewhat fuzzy compared to the later Commodore monitors. It's tough on the eyes after a while. I used my PEB and TI monitor a few times before deciding they took up way too much space, and the CF7 and Commodore monitors were of much more use. Using the RS232 to communicate with other computers was fun too, but the entertainment factor wore off fast. I ended up selling my PEB after a year, and I had to send the monitor for recycling as no one wanted it.
  12. You can also use the 850 to connect your Atari to a Linux server with an RS232 port, and then use a terminal emulator like Ice-T to connect to Linux from your Atari. Of very questionable use I know, but it was a blast connecting to the company servers and then launching SQL*Plus to connect to a production Oracle database, all from my Atari 1200XL. BTW. DONT buy a 1027 if you plan to actually print anything, the chances of an operational print head are about zero.
  13. Seems there are various problems with Atarimax cartridges working with Candle enhanced Ataris. My MyIDE II cartridge wont work with my U1MB 1200XL, but works fine with a Atari 32-in-1/256K 1200XL. I have read on other forums that Atarimax carts are sometimes not working with Incognito enhanced 800s. I will have to test some 8MB flash carts with the Ultimate 1200XL and see how they interact.
  14. Do you have any other Atarisoft titles and do they work? V2.2 consoles wont play the Atarisoft games, and IIRC, the title does not even show up in the Master Title Menu.
  15. I believe that device was 100% vaporware. Adverts were run but I believe not a single device was ever sold. Never even seen any prototypes.
  16. Alternating L1 and L2 is normal during RAM test. Bad RESET key is unusual. Normally the RESET key works even when every other key on the keyboard goes bad. That the unit gets stuck in a RAM/ROM test and wont recognize the SALT cart makes me suspect a bad MMU. I suspect the keyboard might also be bad, and someone might have already tried ot fix that and possibly forgot to plug it back in properly when they reassembled the unit. How much are they asking for it?
  17. Atari was a niche player in the European market in the early 80's, and with the limited disposable incomes, most users were stuck with tape and could not afford disk. Remember the UK had its own third-party disk drive manufacturer; Cumana provided drives for the BBC Micro, Sinclair QL and later the Atari ST. Neither Cumana nor the US 3rd party manufacturers saw any benefit in shipping Atari 8bit drives for the UK market. For Percom or Rana to access such a market, they would have needed to adapt their products to 240V/50Hz as well as open up a UK distribution and post-sales support operation. UK consumer laws meant that those firms would have had to honour 12 month warranties instead of the 90-day warranties US law allowed for. Currency fluctuations would have meant potential profits could easily have been wiped out by external factors. Before the EU, drives packaged and shipped to the UK might not have been suitable for sale in Germany or Ireland. That's alot of cost and risk for limited gain, and for small companies that risk is unmanagable.
  18. Most of the games in the Gamebase are in TAP format for tape emulation. These won't work on an uIEC type device since it emulates disk, not tape. Since most of the TAP images cannot easily be dumped from tape to disk, you instead need to find the software in .D64 disk image format. As far as I know, there is no good SD-to-tape emulation system that would allow TAP format files to be loaded on real hardware
  19. You gotta play it on PAL! On NTSC the score comes off as busy and a bit agitated. But on the slower clock speed of PAL it sounds sleazy like some corner jazz bar in Chicago.
  20. Pac-Man 2012, Crownland, Dr. Mario, Bomb Jack, Night Driver....
  21. That's a really fun graph, thanks for sharing that. I remember a lot of fan fare over the Dragon 32 when it was launched, and I knew quite a few kids who had them. The graphics always looked blocky to me and the colours were garish. And that from a kid who had a VIC-20 at the time. The ZX81 was selling for like 60 pounds and you could get it at W.H. Smiths, whereas for the longest time the Spectrum was mail order and the delays were legendary. Magazines of the era were full of letters from irate readers complaining about their Spectrum orders taking months and months. I was wondering about that too, and I wondered if the launch price of 200 pounds for the Model A might have caused temporary inflated demand, before Acorn raised the price to 300 - much to the loud annoyance of Sinclair Research. Also the Government was handing out money to schools to buy computers and a clear preference was given to the BBC micro (how long would a Spectrum have lasted in a classroom!?) But this graph is from 1983 and something is fishy here - where is the Electron? The Electron wikipedia page claims the Electron was at one time the number 3 best selling machine, and from my memory that sounds about right. The Electron was launched mid 1983 as I recall, and was available in sufficient volume by December 83 to at least out sell the MZ80A, the Colour Genie or the Grundy Newbrain. Maybe I am reading this graph wrong, but it looks like the Electron is showed briefly outselling the Colour Genie and the Epson HX20 - stealing the position of the Nascom 3 - before vanishing again. The Nascom 3? Has anyone ever seen one of those in the flesh? I am sure Atari UK would have liked the 600XL to take market share away from its competitors, but the wisdom of the new launch was more than just that. The price of the 400 had largely been dictated by Sinclair and Commodore, forcing the price of the 400 down from its 1981 level of about 300 pounds to by mid 1983 a level of about 150. The problem for Atari was margin - the 400 was just too expensive to manufacture and the 600XL allowed them to add a real keyboard and more conventional looking appearance and at the same time add back in a healthy margin. They might have been clearing inventory. The famous "Now with 48K RAM" retail box stickers make me wonder if Atari U.S. had a huge stock pile of parts they wanted to assemble and ship before they introduced the 800XL. Again from memory I think Atari continued manufacture of the 400 and 800 systems for some time after the 1200XL came out in the U.S. when the 800 no longer made any sense in the market place. My first experience with a computer was an Apple II in December 1981. My best friend's Dad worked at British Leyland in Coventry and he brought one back from the office. I don't remember which model it was. Wonder if that machine ever helped design the Maestro or the Montego.... Didn't see another Apple computer until a 128K Macintosh about 1986.
  22. Are you using Composite Video In or SVideo on your Sharp LCD TV? The 1200XL monitor jack did not have separate Chroma/Luma like the 800 did. You need to run a wire from the junction of R27 and C61 to J2-5 to fix this.
  23. oracle_jedi

    Ultimate 1200XL

    Detailed pictures of the installation of a Mk1 Ultimate 1MB into a 1200XL. The 1200XL install is slight more complex due to the need to replace the 24-pin OS sockets and patch the MMU's OS select line
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    IMG 6319d

    From the album: Ultimate 1200XL

    If you zoom in on this image you can see the five tapping points used to install the Ultimate 1MB. I have color coded my config as follows: PHI2 (pin 39) - white. RW (pin 36) - red RESET (pin 40) - yellow HALT (pin 35) - green A13 (pin 23) - black
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