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  1. I have the exact device from Lotharek and it hung on my 800 too when I first got it. It worked much better when I downgraded to the 2.5 version of the device firmware. It also works much more reliably if the SIO bus has a strong power source (I think my 800 alone was a little weak). I am running mine with his SIO Splitter with a power supply I got on amazon and it is very stable. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0719GY29M
  2. maybe if enough of us wanted kits in the US we could combine shipping from Germany, sharing the cost, and thus it could be affordable. Someone would have to act as a trusted middle man in the US on Roland's behalf to ship the individual orders by US Mail once the "Uber" package arrives.
  3. I had one of those for my atari st in college. Produced awesome color prints. I would think the ribbon cartridges are hard to come by these days.
  4. For a budget iron, I've been really happy with this one. Quick heat up from cold & the heat remains constant during use. 65W Tilswall Solder Station at Amazon
  5. Thank you for working on this, its just awesome! Any chance you still have a way to make a version of that HHDP_* folder with headers removed & filenames for the Mateos Multi Cart? I saw some really old threads where you had provided such a thing, but links are all dead.
  6. Just wanted to report that Ben is still in business and seems to be doing well. He's still providing the great service and attention to detail I remember from way back. Yes, you do have to be patient and go along with his limited ways to receive payment, but I think its worth it. Overall, I am very satisfied with my little box of Atari loot I received today from him.
  7. I have been thinking about him recently as well. I just sent him an email. A long time back (maybe 15 years yikes!) I visited him a few times and we played some Jaguar games together. He is a good guy.
  8. I live in North America and still like cassette software. Its mostly nostalgia I suppose, still like my 410. For sure I'd buy a new game on cassette. Actually, a few days ago I bought a two pack of RadioShack LN-30s and a copy of Atari Space Invaders. Planning to spin some tape this week!
  9. Wow, thanks Doc, I just tried this and it worked! Running both SIO2SD and SDrive-MAX at the same time. Here's my setup: Atari 800 (stock) SIO Splitter SIO2SD (Firmware 2.5) (set DeviceID=1 in device config) (D2:OFF) SDrive-MAX (only D2: mounted with ATR) Loaded and ran programs for about 30 minutes, loaded DOS several times, accessed files on the SDrive-MAX, and back to SIOSD menu, etc. No crashes nor hangs.
  10. I typically don't use both devices, but I tried for a while today and I do see an occasional hang in the on screen menu in SIO2SD. Its infrequent though on my setup. Maybe 1 out of 10 game selection/execute cycles. I had SIO2SD with D2 set to OFF, and SDrive-MAX with all drives off except D2. Lately I've been (slowly) going through the source code, converting to mac65 & debugging, the on screen menu for the 2.5 firmware. Mainly for my own education and possibly to make a few tweaks in the display code. Maybe I can eventually find the cause of the hang.
  11. The 2.5 firmware seems to work best with 2GB FAT16 format sdcard, at least in my experience. In windows 10, to format the sdcard correctly, right click sdcard drive, choose Format, select File System: FAT and Allocation Size: <Blank> and check "Quick Format". firmware for SIO2SD is here http://sio2sd.gucio.pl/wiki/SoftwareAVR_en download the 2.5 file named "sio2sd.bin" and put it in the root of your sdcard. To enter config mode on firmware 3.1RC?, you tap shift a few times. The instructions say to hold for 5 seconds, but tapping seemed to work for my device. The LCD should display the word "config" along with either the current firmware version or "Lotharek". At that point, I think you press Shift+K3 to begin the upgrade/downgrade. After its done you will need to delete the SIO2SD.CFG file in the root of your sdcard to reset the settings to default.
  12. Yes, the SIO2SD seems to work more reliably when connected to the SIO Splitter. Also I have the SDrive Max and don't need to use external power when in the Splitter. Its very reasonably priced, like $22 I think. But shipping from Poland to USA is a little much these days.
  13. I really like the hardware quality from Lotharek. I have the "BIGGUS DICKUS" SIO2SD and SIO splitter. I frequently use SIO2SD with my 800, so I've downgraded the SIO2SD firmware to 2.5 which works fine on my setup. I did notice a lot of crashing/hanging with the 3.1RC? versions of SIO2SD firmware when running on the 800. Another benefit of the 2.5 firmware is that its much simpler, just D1 - D8, no virtual disks or maps, which makes it more user friendly IMO. 2.5 also has the "ATR swap" function when you press "Shift + K3" which is very useful (I've never figured out how to do that in the 3.1RC? versions).
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