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  1. Not exactly a classic upgrade but I have a RAM320XL external RAM upgrade that can be slapped on the PBI on an 800XL. It doesn't have passthrough though. I haven't used it much lately after I bought a IDEPlus PBI IDE controller that is quite possibly the coolest HDD controller ever released for these machines. If either one of these devices had PBI passthrough or someone made a PBI backplane it would be beyond awesome. There were some really cool 3rd party devices made but Atari never did anything noteworthy with the expansion bus which is a shame.
  2. Any way to get this running with a happy drive? SIO2SD works, so does SIO2PC.... 1050 Happy drive doesn't work, even in unhappy mode.
  3. I'm a US NTSC user. PAL had higher resolution but a lower frame rate. PAL machines had a slightly slower clock rate but could do more between frames than the NTSC machine. IIRC palette is slightly different as well. Unfortunately all the REALLY cool demos were written in Europe and most won't run properly on our machines. Most games run fine. Artifacting was used to generate a couple colors in hirez mode but those colors aren't visible when using svideo, only composite. So with video upgrades you generally don't get these colors, just gaps between pixels in games that relied on artifacting. I was wondering if Sophia or any video upgrade really emulated artifacting to produce the color on RGB or DVI displays?
  4. PDF is like a mutant version of PostScript. It would be so beyond slow to build an interpreter that would be usable on a 6502. Plus the fact that many people scanning books and magazines do it as an image and embed it in a PDF instead of OCRing the text. Trying running CPEGview and looking at a JPG on your 8bit. A PDF interpreter would make that look fast. Best bet is just to strip the text from PDF, convert to ATASCII and send it on the the 8bit. There's plenty of Linux CLI tools that could help there.
  5. I've been wanting one of those for a while. Can either this or the VBXE emulate artifact colors in hirez? I still like to play a few games that depend on artifacting for colors so I've kept my CRT around and leave svideo and composite both hooked up so I can switch them. I have a few ST monitors so VBXE could be fun. I'd much rather have DVI/HDMI than RGB tho. My ST monitors won't last forever.
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  7. I use DD images for throwing a bunch of stuff on one disk along with MyPicoDOS or something. And yeah, you have to have the Atari on to run the sector copier. The PC just emulates the virtual drives. You are simply connecting the SIO2PC at the end of the existing SIO chain with your Atari and real floppy drive. In the setup I described the Atari is simply copying from the virtual drive to the real one. "Happy 256K Sector Copier" is just the software that I use on the Atari side for duplicating disks. You may want something different however if you have a 64K machine.
  8. I use a Happy 1050 but an XF551 should be fine. Even a regular 1050 will work with SD and ED ATR images.... it's DD you need the Happy board for. Pretty sure the XF551 can do DD out of the box.
  9. To make real floppies I use a cheap homebuilt SIO2PC USB adapter in the same SIO chain as my Happy 1050. On the "PC" side for software I use SIO2OSX. My method: - I boot "Happy 256K Sector Copier" from virtual D1: in SIO2OSX - Disable D1: virtual drive after boot and power up 1050 (real D1:) with blank floppy inserted - Mount ATR image I want to copy as D2: in SIO2OSX - Set source drive as D2: and destination as D1: in sector copier - Do the copy After that I have a real floppy. I've done this quite a bit and it works like a charm. This should work with most SIO2PC programs like RespeQT or APE. If you don't have a machine with expanded RAM, other sector copiers should work fine as well.
  10. Interesting, I never realized that was a hack. I guess you'd have basically the same effective horizontal resolution as you would using artifacting for everything in hi-rez mode. I learned something today. I'm in the same boat, I've done some actual development in high-level languages on bigger machines but nothing real special. I'm a SysAdmin more than I am a programmer. I'm working on an Electronics Engineering Technology degree full-time and the math is absolutely BRUTAL, especially since I'm in my mid-30's now, have a GED and never stepped foot in college. I'm passing but it hurts.
  11. AV Foundation has been in use since Yosemite, I doubt that's the issue. Something is likely broken and I'm sure Atari800MacX is not the only application effected. We'll see once another beta or two hits the wire. As far as Logic Pro X, you can always get a copy the same way most of us obtain our Atari software. There's this bay I've heard about with a bunch of people with eye patches. I seriously doubt Auria Pro could deal with my pile of x86-64 native VST plugins. And the difficulties with the sandboxing and filesystem abstraction on iOS make any attempts I've made at serious audio work on them subpar and not worth the hassle. Cute toy for an impromptu jam session but for a versatile do-it-all DAW the iPad blows. I'm sure Logic 9 will be working by the release. Logic 9 is the only option for 32-bit plugins that haven't been updated. Apple knows better. Or you could compile the Linux/UNIX version of Atari800SDL and use it with X11. Binary versions probably even exist in repositories like fink, brew or MacPorts. I got a Mac as a desktop-ready UNIX workstation with decent commercial software support, not to run Winblows software using some kludge. Atari800MacX might be dated by a few years but it's far from crap and it's quite likely that this issue may be fixed before Sierra's release. Apple doesn't have a habit of breaking API's on short notice.
  12. I'd forego the 1064. The 64K internal upgrade is quite painless. If you go external, the RAM 320XL is a much better option if you can find one. It will not only give you 64K base RAM but 256K of extended RAM as well. I have one of these on my 600XL nowadays. It's much smaller than the 1064 and doesn't add extra bulk. They are pretty hard to find unless you can find someone that wants to get rid of theirs.
  13. For some reason I prefer the original version that used artifacting for color. I have both versions, the original as an ATR and the newer one as an XEX. They both load from my IDEPlus just fine.
  14. As a native English speaker, I didn't find his comment snarky. Anyway, this may be a non-issue when Sierra hits an official release. Apple is pretty good about maintaining backwards compatibility with most older software. I've run some quite ancient software on recent OSX releases without issues. While Atari800MacX hasn't been updated in some time, it still runs quite well for me. The biggest hassle is getting it all to build in newer XCode releases. I'll take the slightly dated emulator for a VERY dated machine over running a non-native emulator in a craptastic Windows VM or WINE environment any day of the week. I would simply file reports with Apple and not really panic until the release version of Sierra hits. If it's still broken after that then it may be necessary to start digging at the Atari800MacX code.
  15. I would think the Antonia and IDE Plus config would be better suited for the 800XL since the 1200XL doesn't have PBI out of the box and takes some pretty serious effort to add it.
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