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  1. A few years ago I was looking for cheats of some games I played a lot back in the day but never beat. In the end I ended up hacking some cheats myself. They can be found in this thread :
  2. This is what happened with my 400 when it stopped working.... Sometimes a black screen, sometimes a green screen, once or twice even a dark red screen. Turned out to be a bad ram card. I think i paid around $15 for a replacement on ebay. Swapped the ram card and the 400 booted up fine.
  3. Same thing happened to me. Several years ago I hooked up my 400 for the first time in 30 years. Blank screen. Took apart and reseated chips and wiggled connections. Nothing. Put it aside. Decided to fiddle with it again during covid lockdown last winter. Replaced RAM card with one ordered off ebay for about $15, swapped it out, and it booted up fine. ...not that I have any real USE for a 400, but it's kind of nice to have my first computer from 40 years ago functional again.
  4. Only way I finished it was by using a cheat file.
  5. 32" samsung crt circa 2003. Don't know the model offhand but it's an odd duck in that it is a non-interlaced ntsc crt, so image is more like a computer monitor than traditional ntsc tv (no visible scanlines). Love it for playing old videogames; hope it doesn't die anytime soon.
  6. Does anyone happen to a program that will generate a random maze in Atari Basic, in either graphics mode 7 or 8? I have one that works nicely in graphics mode 0, but doesn't lend itself to non-text modes. Thanks.
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    Meant to post in 8bit, cant figure how to delete. Sorry...
  8. Cool. Anyone have any other short (10 lines or less) Basic programs that do something interesting graphically? Way way back in the early 80s I had some very short Basic programs typed in and saved on cassette that did things like this, or that plotted out various mathematical functions. Used to like to watch these type of things when I was bored.
  9. Awesome! Will have to try this over the weekend. Would love to see The City turned into a cart as well. I know somebody here started working on it years ago, but never quite got it working.... It would load up and let you start playing, but after a few minutes it would crash, I believe when it went to load certain types of creature encounters. Anyway, great to see the Dungeon finally converted to cart.
  10. Awesome! Thanks so much for this.
  11. It's the age of covid-19 lockdown so there's not much to do. And so I've been playing much more Atari lately. I decided yesterday to mess around with Flight Simulator II a while. I actually owned a store-bought copy back in the day and spent enough time with it to learn a bit about flying, and the program controls. Well, that was then and this is now. The default is that you always start off in Chicago. After browsing through Atarimania's instructions, I see that ESC enters edit mode, and that ctrl-E loads a scenery disk. But the instructions also say that the included scenery includes NYC and 3 others....Fine....But it also mentions that coordinates, etc can be found on the included "charts". Well, I haven't been able to find any additional charts. And unfortunately, while I kept all my Atari hardware (and disks), I tossed all the packaging in the trash when I moved 20 years ago. Oops. Basically, all I want to do is be able to start a flight near New York City. Can anybody tell me how to start a new flight on a runway at either Newark or JFK? Much thanks for any help.
  12. I'll second a request for air sea battle. Also would like to throw out a request for missile command.
  13. One thing I was just wondering about this week - what hardware differences are there between the taiwan and hong kong versions, other than the version of basic, type of keyboard, socketed chips and such? A week ago I had all 3 of my 800xl's in use the same day and could really see the difference in video quality... The hong kong unit had much muddier video, while both of the taiwan units were sharper and brighter. These are ntsc units, using a composite monitor cable. What exactly did they change on the motherboard to improve the video when they switched to taiwan production?
  14. I had similar problems with my 400. I had replaced the 16k ram card with 32k intec card way back when. A couple years ago, when I tried to use it for the first time in like 30 years, all I got was a black screen.... Or brown.... Or green. A few weeks ago I decided to mess with it again finally. I took a 16k board out of my 800 and put into the 400. Bingo, it booted up fine. I then ordered a 16k board from ebay for $20 and my 400 is in business again after all these years. So if you haven't tried it yet - swap the ram card with a known working one.
  15. When I saw this I thought - no, how could that work on a 16k machine? But I just tried it and it did (though it did crash once). Now I'm even more impressed with AtariBlast! Haven't found many games that work on my 16k 400 with an sdrive-max. For cassette there's Apple Panic, Buried Treasure, Frogger, Genetic Drift, Sea Dragon and Stellar Shuttle. For disk images, there's Canyon Climber, Caverns of Mars, Chicken, Galactic Chase, Ghost Encounters, Jawbreaker2, Pinhead and Survivor. Problem is there's a decent amount of games that were 16k on tape long ago, but either there isn't an image of the tape version available (like Pogoman), or the tape is a multi-stage load which the sdrive doesn't do well with because it doesn't pause the loading between stages (like Zaxxon & Crypts of Terror). Oh well, at least it was fun to give my old 400 some use the past couple of weeks.
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