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_The Doctor__

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  1. the problem isn't in the casual request over time, it's in the barrage of them from the same persons that don't relent.... others see it and do the same carpeting of requests, again nothing wrong with a request for a single port of some kind... but when it's multiples across days or a week those time frames can be a bother.
  2. Yep the ingot is crap, any epoxy filled mess has been on any platform including the Atari... the commodore had a crap ton of their shit power supply shipped out with theirs as well, people put them in high air flow areas and had fans blow on them until they could be replaced. Thankfully we all know about them and keep vigil so it won't happen to anyone else if we can warn them quick enough
  3. If there are sockets. check that not are shorted by debris or conversely not making proper contact with pad/swipes/ or with chip legs. seen enough dodgy sockets over time with poor connection and weak/broken swipes and debris/flakes shorting boards and others have as well. also consider checking multiplexor/decoder chips for keyboard. The chips may be goog but sockets me be bad... DEOXIT everything with a contact. DO NOT deoxit the mylar traces etc. though!
  4. the computers hanging like that need restraining tethers, all trays/shelves/tethers should be affixed with anchor bolts an similar on solid wall, toggle bolts or similar on plaster / sheet-rock walls....
  5. The 800 was designed for that purpose, right on down to the personality board... Icognito wouldn't have come about more than likely if it weren't in the 800 DNA nor the Bit3 or Franklin Card Video Card, not to mention memory upgrades, I/O cards et al.
  6. Image slot density detection is flaky is what you are saying, I noticed on old flavors of it that selection of certain images would work sometime and other times not, same image, not changed a thing, but would miss a single bit here or there. missing sectors on load in so to speak.... eel curb for example load fine this time not the next or fail to load on cold boot another day and then load fine the next attempt... perhaps something is just slightly borked for image slot i/o and density detection in general? I will have to test if this is the case with the latest .0b version I suspect it would be working as he's got the cartridge issues and other fixes in it that were done since .08 further edit, you are testing and noticed it's still not quite right. I will try to verify... is it in all cases that copying a disk from a real sio drive to the MyIDE image slot can fail detection or just certain disks? Is this also with sio2pc cables or only with sio2pc cable etc... I ask in hopes to narrow down and make the issue easy for Mr. Atari to reproduce as well...
  7. if the software is written assemble for one other... as stated before their are equivalent codes or the speed of the newer processor makes up for it a bit... two slightly different versions of the same software or even a detection or choice at boot should sort it.
  8. Yes you can re order them... some methods were to sector copy with appropriate devices, others were command line tools industrious folks explained and provided on whatever website, forum, bbs .... it was at the time... pretty sure such things could be tracked down or done again..
  9. If using MyDOS, you access all of the drives and it will get the density, then you save the DOS, next time up it has the Density for each saved as defaults.... is there another issue as in MyDOS doesn't detect the density at all on access?
  10. get a 'pokey one' or similar replacement
  11. we replace mt rams as well, but we have another problem... arcade cabinet owners cannibalize our machines and toss the machines in the garbage... seems they covet our sound chips and a couple other bits and pieces and then waste the whole of perfectly good machines... it's criminal in some ways, but folks only think about their needs and no one else. Some of Atari's sturdiness was also because is was all designed to behind a massive shield and was used in industrial settings... rather than change everything later on the chips pretty much stayed the same even as the shielding was minimized again and again and hole appeared in them for air flow. The 800 had it's ram carts uncovered and eventually dropped for cost savings... people thought they did it due to overheating... I think in the long run that helped also as there was less heat as a result... however they could have used the metal backing on the ram carts as heat sinks if there were a problem like that... as a natural built in heat sink and spreader.
  12. now that the fix works with all the the other carts, will it now also work with BXE 4.2 or is that still an issue due to memory banking methods?
  13. yup transition to zero for an instant, you can used and inverter if need be on the other side of things... works great.
  14. Most of this is answered in the manuals that I gave you the links to. If they are the original disks that were made by the ATR8000 then they will work with the ATR8000, the format of ATR8000 disks follow the standard layout of just about any other disk with the normal layout of tracks and sides. The XF is a special case, and the only adaptors to mimic the XF551 is the CSS Black Box with Floppy Board and APE as far as I can remember. If you have made disks from ATR's files (which have nothing to do with the ATR 8000 by the way) then you can have just about any format of disk going on... XF methods or standard methods... You might take a look with a sector editor, or use a streaming archival set up to extract the information and look at it. or try the disks in a converted 3.5 XF, floppy board, or in the ATR 8000. somedisk.atr does not mean ATR 8000... Are the drive assigned ds0 and ds1 with their jumpers on a straight ribbon cable and terminated? that was mentioned. Are the disks the originally made by the ATR 8000 disks or somedisk.atr copied to an XF or other drive system? Please take the time to ensure everything is configured and CLEAN. Drive heads can develope a film that hardens and you think it's dead but after a bunch of cleaning they turn out to work just fine. No one can guess if you formatted any disk as 90k, 180k, 360k, 720K, or 1.2~.4 whatever... We would have to try them or look at them directly. Or their flux dumps.. You are asking what others already answered or gave you as a tip... the ATR 8000 should be first in the daisy chain... Did you not read where I said hold down option on an XL/XE or make sure their are no cartridges in an 800 etc.? You can't have an Atari serial drive (810,1050,XF) assigned as D1: D2: while the ATR 8000 has those drives assigned at the same time same as you can't have disks in respeqt or ape etc either... the will conflict and the ATR 8000 will either interfere or drop the drives attached to it.
  15. correct... could be a bit of an exercise to put thing back correctly if somehow the disks were imaged in differing ways rather than straight copies...
  16. You didn't see this coming? Might as well just roll back to the previous firmware... it's going to be about it... gotta make it for all machines now... rinse repeat...
  17. really Atari... again with server issues... You can't do sh*t when all it does is pester about expired sessions... terrible... Sitting here with several sections giving BS errors...
  18. I bet the programming forum would have a handful of folks that would dig into this with you... for sure
  19. or best offer... I make offers now, even when they don't list it... just pm and go from there. some people put OBO and won't come down a penny... it's a weird world... others just want to be done with the auction antics and are like, here dude just get this out of my hands I want it gone..
  20. https://www.ebay.com/itm/255219315465 I think they did 4 or so titles... Alphabet Factory, Match UP, The Word Bird, Time Zone...
  21. Yes I did, for some reason AtariAge did not put up my full text, give it a read. It's more properly named and some other information about another title from them is listed
  22. Diskovery Reading Works- Time Zone Booklet might be a name for it.. they did a number of titles here's a write up that was in a publication about 'The Word Bird'.... from.... Diskovery Reading Works series from International Publishing and Software, a Canadian company. The bird pictured on the box of The Word Bird has a balloon filed with prepositions--on, in, beside, above--coming out of its mouth. It reminded us of our high school German teacher stalking around the room chanting "an auf, hinter, in neben, uber, unter..." Yes, Fraulein Behrens had one way of teaching prepositions, and it was effective, but times have changed. Children learning about preposition in English today have a far more pleasant vehicle. The Word Bird is a delightful program that "focuses on the relationships between objects in space and the way these are described in English." The disk includes three activities of increasing complexity which are chosen from the title screen by pressing the 1,2, or 3 key. All other action required of the player is executed either with the joystick or a strange set of keys. The keyboard control combination of left arrow (down), CTRL (left), 1 (up), and 2 (right), which did not correspond with the diagram in the documentation booklet, is one of the least logical we have seen, and we found that players had a much easier time with and preferred to use the joystick. After a short practice session in which you master the technique of moving a rectangular frame around on the screen and positioning it over a word to indicate a choice, you begin with Activity I which asks you to compare a sentence to a picture on the screen and tell whether the sentence is true or not. You may see a picture of a castle with a road leading up to it. As you watch, a snake moves across the screen and stops alongside the road. The sentence under the picture reads "The road is to the right of the snake." You use the joystick to move the frame over the word "yes" or "no" to indicate your answer. During play, the program selects randomly from a pool of five prepositions. When you have answered correctly with a given preposition three times, that word is removed from the pool and another is substituted. A total of 12 prepositions is drilled in Activity 1. The activity ends with a screen that reports the number of correct answers out of the number of attempts. The program then cycles back to the title screen to allow you to choose one of the other activities. In Activity 2, a picture is presented. Then an additional object floats across the screen, coming to rest near something in the picture. You read the sentence below and decide which of two or three prepositions when inserted into the sentence will make it correct. For example, you may see an outdoor scene with a bird peeking out of a mailbox. You must theh decide whether "inside" or "on top of" makes the sentence "The bird is the mailbox" describe the picture. You must get each preposition right five times in a row to advance in Activity 2. When you choose a correct answer in either of the first two activities, you hear a pleasant tune. A pencil then appears in the lower right corner of the screen and draws a red check mark. Finally, the message "That's right!" appears under the sentence. Incorrect responses evoke a "raspberry" sound, and the pencil draws an X. A sentence of explanation then appears on the screen. Activity 3 asks you to make your own sentences. A picture is presented along with a skeleton sentence containing three blanks. Beneath each of the blanks are two words or sets of words that can be used to complete the sentence. You choose one from each pair and watch as the scene ("The boat is on top of the bird," for example) is created on the screen. We found that the sillier the sentences. the more our playtesters enjoyed the game. Documentation The eight-page instruction booklet is a model of completeness. It begins by describing the rationable for learning the skills presented in the game: "Although our world is three-dimensional, we usually use only two dimensions to represen it...and to understand geometry, trigonometry, and geography, children must be able to recognize spatial relationships." The next section describes the use of the joystick and control keys, and instructions for loading the program to follow. Unfortunately, there is a typographical error in the loading instructions for the Commodore 64, so a strip of paper detailing the correct command is inserted in the package. Although it is a standard command, this is a bad sort of error to find in an instruction manual. The activites are described in a page and a half, followed by a page of suggestions for reinforcing the skills practiced in the activites--both with the computer and without. On the last page of the booklet we find a set of educational objectives that would satisfy any education professor. And we think that the program does an excellent job of satisfying those objectives Summary The Word Bird is a unique program that drills several valuable skills at once. It teaches spatial relationships while encouraging the young reader to read carefully (even our adult playes made errors when they overlooked the word "not" in some of the sentences or failed to concentrate on word order). The graphics are colorful and clever, and the vocabulary is varied enough to assure that children will not soon tire of it. Our only complaints concern the two typos (loading instructions and control keys) in the manual. These can be corrected easily, and we hope they will be in subsequent editions of the program. The Word Bird is a truly superb example of what educational software can be. We recommend it highly.
  23. https://archive.org/details/atr8000/atr8000 https://archive.org/details/VariousATR8000Information https://ia801803.us.archive.org/26/items/rearc_atr-8000-owners-manual-ver.-2-1982-swp-inc-us/ATR-8000 Owners Manual Ver. 2 (1982)(SWP Inc.)(US)_text.pdf
  24. ok, maybe this will help... make sure the sio cord is good and the atr jumper blocks are set accordingly, it can operate in rs232 terminal mode... as in a dumb terminal connect to the atr 8000's rs232 port... and it can operate VIA sio port to the Atari. next, in order for the 8000 to do it's thing... the disk must be a valid bootable disk... you turn on the ATR8000 the connected floppy drive spin a few seconds... you put that bootable disk in the DRIVE A, you then hold option down on your Atari XL/XE or start your 800 without basic etc. The disk should boot... If it does not, are the drive configured properly and is the floppy chain terminated? (resistor pack on floppy/or end of ribbon?) Trouble shooting, you can use atrmon and issue... B and then the return key... that tells the ATR8000 to boot it's disk (usually to boot cp/m) archive.org has all of this information last I knew... I will check
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