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  1. Was a 68000 - 16 MHz actually significantly more expensive than an 8 MHz 68000 by 88-89 ? The 68000 8 MHz debuted many many years earlier.. EDIT: And why did Shiraz leave Atari in 87?
  2. This is awesome! How are you connecting these towers to the STs exactly? can you attach it to a regular 'wedge' ST via ACSI port or similar?
  3. If inappropriate, please delete post ... but I saw what happened with TerribleFire* over in the Amiga community over a few years, and I hope we don't see anything similar happen in the A8 community. I just wanted to say thank you again to all of the people here who make this community awesome and give us wonderful toys to play with and a strong dose of nostalgia at the same time. This group is especially awesome as I was a bit too young to really get super involved in local groups related to the Atari 8bit so, (outside of BBS experiences and 1 copy 8bit party back in the day) I enjoy getting a real taste of what that might have been like.. today. Thanks Atarians! *TF did a lot for his community (and for the ST) and seems like a great person. I wish him well.
  4. Way too young. Only met him briefly but he was a really good person and great to talk to. Condolences.
  5. Thank you all - learned a lot here actually from this thread. I didn't realize the Mega ST had an ability to mount a drive internally - I assumed with the pizza slice drives that meant external only. I do like the Mega ST keyboard a lot though as Darklord points out (when I bought my Mega STE 5-6 years ago I asked for the 'older' style keyboard as it had the function keys that look like the AIO ST's..) I'm sure the blitter alone helped TOS a lot.. it's ashame the original ST's never had that. Any recommendations on where I can go to read more about the video cards offered for the Mega ST (not-E)? Did those cards drive all TOS / graphics output or was it basically a two monitor deal if you wanted to run all software?
  6. What were the main reasons for purchasing a Mega ST back in the day over a 1040ST(fm)? From what I can see it adds: - More memory out of the box (2/4MB) - Blitter installed by default (= faster TOS, desktop publishing?) - A non-standard expansion bus of some kind but I'm curious what was actually released for it? - Detached keyboard (= ergonomics improvements) - Battery backed clock - Somewhat reduced desk space usage (monitor stacks on case) - An opportunity for a noisy fan (hello Noctua from the future!) Anything else? The lack of real bus slots feels a bit like a miss here? Thanks..
  7. Hey Atarians, Did BBS Express for the ST ever eventually support ZModem, or any other 'faster' protocols than Ymodem-1K? (even FModem which was basically 4K blocks YModem)? And did they ever add support 'lazy support' for storing files on multiple hard disk partitions? Background: I ran 3 different Atari BBSes over time back in the day.. BBS Express (Pro?) on the 8bit, BBS Express on the ST, and FoReM the ST, before switching to PCBoard.. While I loved BBS Express for the ST, and even co-wrote a trivial pursuit game with my Dad (that Keith Ledbetter eventually asked and then took over development of - Keith is awesome), the kid in me just wanted more games.. so after my father kinda got out of the BBS and Atari scene (but left me with a nice 65MB harddisk on the ST) I switched to FoReM for it's improvements in file transfer protocols, and also because I remember you could just feed it drive letters and it would store files "warez" across all of them with no fuss. Given my machine was probably TOS 1.02 (520STm) - I had 4 x 16MB partitions. I also remember Fidonet being interesting but I never quite got that running (or at least not for a long period of time). Thanks! John
  8. It would be nice to have a version of this with higher clock speeds / cache or similar ideally too.. I think even a clock doubled 6502 without cache would help for a good number of instructions that aren't waiting on the bus..
  9. Just want to echo this. I also sent a donation recently as Jon provides us with wonderful toys
  10. Today I screwed up, but was able to fix it... I just wanted to document in case anyone else makes the same mistake. Mistake: You have a machine with an Ultimate 1MB installed, and a SIDE 2 cartridge, but flash the U1MB ROM to Incognito ROM accidentally. Symptoms: The system sits at a black screen when powered on (you might see a very fast bios screen/logo appear then disappear), unless you have the SIDE2 cartridge installed. When you power on with a SIDE2 cart installed, you see "Incognito" instead of Ultimate 1MB. The challenges: When the SIDE2 cartridge is installed, you can't mount .ATR files - regardless of settings in the BIOS in this configuration. With an older firmware SIDE2, the loader mounting will just fail. With a newer firmware SIDE2, the .ATR files won't even show in the Loader. In this config without the loader, the SIDE2 boots to SpartaDOS X regardless of whether it's disabled in the BIOS or not. The system also refuses to boot off D1: from an external device (i.e. SDRIVE-Max). If you run UFLASH.XEX from the SIDE 2 Loader, UFLASH will not see the hardware or give other errors on the opening screen. What I tried/didn't work: Updated SIDE2 to latest (v3.1 w/SDX as of today) firmware via a fully stock 800XL, various SIO, PBI, HardDisk, SpartaDOS X on/off, etc. What worked for me (system is 800XL + U1MB + UAV): - (Probably Optional) - Update the SIDE2 to the latest firmware in another system (See Flashjazzcat's excellent video for this) - Download the proper firmware zip for Ultimate 1MB - Boot into SpartaDOS X - Attach FIRMWARE.ATR to D2: via an external device -- SDRIVE, SIO2PC, etc. - Run UFLASH.XEX from D2: - Run the standard 'flash full ROM' procedure - Power OFF - and you're good!
  11. Thanks - That's actually what I was looking at -- just humor me for a double check -- to connect from the inside of the Atari, I'm soldering to the 4th pin from left / 2nd pin from right?
  12. Hi! Another Idiot here -- for Step 5 -- "The empty pin on the video DIN connector" - I can't tell which are empty and which are full?? .. I *think* Chroma is the end pin from the right? (the one on the right sticking out the most, or just right of the center pin)
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