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  1. Well if your 800xl is unmodified i would say that the 130XE is a nice addition. Specifically the video output is better quality and the extra memory/freddie chip are nice to have. Rev C BASIC is also nice to have. If your 800XL has a video mod, Rev C BASIC ROM and some kind of memory upgrade, you have 99% of what you need. Freddie would be the only missing piece, but seems very inessential generally.
  2. You should start with DOS 2.5. I'm a big SpartaDOS guy, but Sparta is not for everything... if you need true double density there are lots of great choices as well... MyDOS, SmartDOS, etc. Avoid DOS XL and DOS 3.0 as they don't offer broad enough compatibility to be useful.
  3. I'm pretty sure that The Chip was developed by Mike Gustafson before he teamed up with Tom Harker and ICD, hence the name SpartaDOS.
  4. I have no idea when this came out, but I just discovered the Pantheon Emulator tonight. This emulator includes no roms, but makes accessing and playing games very simple. Many of the systems are not yet supported, but Atari 8-bit is well represented with 1,884 games! Most of the games seem to be single-stage or single-disk. I do expect the emulation engine is open source such as Atari800. Nice interface and great for beginners! I love the large game thumbnails. It also pulls in other game data like manuals which is nice. Pantheon also supports the 5200 in addition to other systems. Pantheon Download
  5. This is 100% fake. Just burned eproms on a cart board. I hate the fact that B&C misrepresents these on ebay... I'm surprised ebay does not take them down. It's a copy of super pac-man that has been out there for eons (leaked in the early to mid-80's). You'd think they could come up with a better label than that if they really want to fake people out. But hey its a great game.
  6. There are plenty of composite monitors that the XEP80 works with that are amber... not really much need for the TTL mod.
  7. well if the criteria includes two players you have to consider Ballblazer. Personal favorites for me include Wizard of Wor, HardBall!, Lords of Conquest and Joust. There is a fantastic Rip Off Clone published in Analog Magazine called Bacterion.
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  9. Ive purchased an r3 and screen that are supposed to be compatible... are there detailed instructions on hooking up the SIO cable? I saw a reference to having a diode and I cant seem to find a proper tutorial with schematic.
  10. Well $250 for a hard drive is 1985 would have been a steal. Im sure I paid way more in 1987 when I bought my MIO.
  11. My school used a Corvus with a multiplexer (for Apple II) in 1982. I think that's a more realistic use case. Not many Atari users were going to have one of these systems.
  12. The first hard drive system that was available in quantity was really the ICD Muti I/O. It was still a pretty expensive device and it was only a host adapter. You still needed a SCSI hard drive. In the early days of the MIO, most people would purchase a common hard drive like the ST-225. the ST 225 was a 20MB MFM hard drive, so a SCSI controller like the Adaptec 4000A was needed. I seem to remember that the combination was around the same price as the ST-225N which was the native SCSI version of the drive (The MFM SCSO controller had the advantage that a it could support two MFM drives.) Later which RLL controllers and drives were available, storage capacity jumped... I had a 20MB drive, followed by a 65MB RLL (which was effectively the same platter as the 40MB MFM). The Black Box came a couple of years later, but was very similar in terms of capabilities. In my opinion, the ICD Multi I/O was an incredibly useful device: It included a persistent RAM disk (the MIO could remain powered when the computer was off and keep its contents intact), a printer buffer, standard serial and printer ports as well as the SCSI host adapter. It was intended to have an 80 column display (mine has the port, but it doesnt work), but this was not delivered in the end. You have to keep in mind that a simple 20MB setup with the Multi I/O was around $1000 in the 87-88 timeframe, if not more. Big money for most Atari users. But ICD had the DOS required to make it work well on top of everything else. Everything was developed with SpartaDOS in mind. The biggest issue with the hard drive is that there were many software programs that were either not compatible with SpartaDOS, or were not "reentrant" in that you had to shut off the computer and reboot. ICD also had the R-Time8 which supplied the useful real-time clock as an alternative to setting the time with every sub-sequent reboot. But unlike the Corvus (which interfaced via joystick ports if you can believe it), the MIO provided excellent performance and usability for XL/XE users. I have no experience with the ATR-8000, but it predated the MIO for sure and did not have the same kind of performance as was available through the parallel bus. I always read about people using 8" floppies on them, but certainly it would have supported disk systems.
  13. Yes as long as there is no assistant manager involved. :-)
  14. You really want to use XEX and ATR anyway... dealing with protected images is a pain. There isnt anything which has not been made available in these formats, so just seek these out. because the other formats are protected you cant easily convert them either.
  15. So out of all these I'd say the Roklan Deluxe Invaders (which incidentally is an *official* port of the arcade game) is the best one. I always hated the Atari 8-bit version. 5200 version is only slightly better. This is one case where the VCS versions is way better. In spite of the VCS Space Invaders not being very faithful it's fun and the variations a pretty fun.
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