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_The Doctor__

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  1. I don't think people understand that pressing a key on the Atari to start the load has always been how it's done... it's no different with any emulation device... you set up the tape to skip some of the leader on the tape itself and press play... then you use the applicable tape loading method as listed on the software... the Atari will make the sound and wait for you to smack a key... I always chose the return key or space bar... then the dual tone symphony starts...

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  2. if the same make and model try setting the switches in the non working one the same as the working one...

     

    Matthew Ratcliffs Antic program "Custom Print" (March, 1985) has an option for quadruple density dot graphics on the Gemini l0X printer.

    The Panasonic KX-P1091 also has a quadruple density dot graphics mode? To modify Matt's program for the Panasonic, change the lower case "z" in line 320 to an upper case "Z".

     

    https://www.atarimagazines.com/v4n12/ioboard.html

     

    shows how to modify the calender program to use the KX-P1091 in both draft(fast) mode, and Near letter quality mode...

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  3. how much space? a microfeed, a pin, a line, a complete character height?

    did you adjust head gap if it's a small tiny fractional amount?

    how is the paper fed? is it slipping? would a cleaning or pressure adjustment help.

    does the problem exist with other graphics printings from other software?


  4. the printer support 3 modes, standard (panasonic/Epson RX80), ibm proprinter 1, and ibm proprinter 2....

    it also supports 2 bit modes 7 bit and 8 bit...

    it also can handle microfeeds

    you can try making sure the correct switch are set and the correct printer is picked in print shop(they must agree)... failing that search out an additional drivers disk for print shop or roll your own.


  5. 32 minutes ago, Peri Noid said:

    @rensoup, could you please attach an ATR image together with SIC Flasher and a game ROM file so that flashing it to SIC cart would be possible? Right now, one has to strip 16-byte CAR header, transfer so created ROM file to an ATR and only then a cart can be flashed with SIC Flasher. A DSDD 360KB image can handle this.

    Thanks. 

    PS. I already did it so I'm asking on behalf of others.

    why not send it to rensoupp so he can look it over and post it if all is okay rather than having him do it again?

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  6. 4 minutes ago, rcamp48 said:

    I have a Basic XE cart that needs to have its chips reseated , it does not work, so I have no choice but to open it, first before I open it would an Omnimon XL Mod in a 130XE that is stock cause it to fail?

    Russ

     

    the xe isn't stock if you've changes the OS... so there could be a conflict, this is why such mods usually have a way to run the original OS

    this the thread is asking how to open the XE styled grey carts... not the BASIC XE carts...


  7. 1 hour ago, flashjazzcat said:

    I think all A8's are technically 'out of spec' in one way or another, but an issue which (in my experience) requires a 'fix' on the base machine more than fifty per cent of the time cannot really be retrospectively blamed on the quirks of the target platform. I say this as someone who would have no idea where to begin designing hardware or writing VHDL, BTW.

     

    Regarding the loader: I am now fixing the issues in the 'big' (internal loader) FAT driver which weeks ago got fixed in the little (CIO) driver, with a view to releasing something when this is done. Fair warning, though: the big driver is 6,000 lines long and the short driver has been subject to a catalogue of optimisations and fixes which I can either port verbatim back to the big driver (momentarily breaking everything in the process, I imagine), or pick through the big driver and fix the issues in an ad-hoc fashion. The second option is quicker, but the first option is more pragmatic and will result in code which is far easier to maintain.

     

    Expect this to take a little while, anyway, since it represents a shed load of work regardless.

    I could see you transitioning quite well into designing hardware and writing the hardware descriptors, touch a little PASCAL, route around in ADA, then grab a couple VHDL manuals and you'd be there. I think you're more capable than most to do this!

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    While I hear the either or approach, inevitably, the two are always intertwined. I think it's always going to be done in parallel... if not on the editor then at least within the mind. Taking from one and transplanting it to the other in different ways.


  8. with the caveat that sometimes a substitution was done by a factory or penny pinching buy of chips... slightly out of spec for the machine but good enough to get the things out the door and the order filled. Sure they worked and barely passed the basic tests, but it did cause issues for PBI/ECI/and expansion card/card edge pick offs. We aren't talking a re work of the board or architecture here. Just a replacement of an out of spec chip for our dear machine.

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