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  1. Pro!-BBS can do limited script-like things by using batch files. It supports parameters and one can call existing modules to do all kind of things.
  2. If you're confident enough to do it, you can built your own with a generic 10V transformer like this one: Toroidal mains transformer This example is 100VA, enough to power 5 800's, but smaller versions exist.
  3. Indeed, initially not available, relative expensive, no space for hard drive (the main reason to buy one I guess), to fit the floppy board add-on requires a little modding, and most of all, it was too ugly for many.
  4. That's what I thought too... A few years ago the start-up partition went corrupt and couldn't find the motivation to recover it again. Apart from that, my life was also messed up back then and even got no internet for quiet some time so a running BBS would be pointless without ways to connect to it. Now my life is sorted my time is limited due to work. To top it of, I'm in the middle of moving to another house, which started last Christmas and is still far from finished so a working BBS will not be for tomorrow :-) (I wish I was just collecting stamps in stead of Atari computers, comics, and cars...)
  5. I was under the impression it already worked on an Incognito. 2 Reasons I have the Incognito are to connect a Black Box and the Freezer.
  6. The situation for archivers is a bit different as these are made to re-create non-compressed data. A multi-depacker/de-cruncher that runs on bigger systems is certainly possible but it requires lot's of work to replicate and implement all depacker routines. Older packers aren't a real problem as they mostly only used Run Lenght Encoding. None-the-less, a tool like SuperPacker (the PC tool) to re-create de-crunched files would be a nice thing. Also, when talking about Discommunicator and ARC... A PC tool to create (and restore) Atari 8-bit compatible archives would be welcome. LZH, LZW and ZIP can be unpacked on A8 when archived with the right, limited, parameters but a tool to make them doesn't exist (not counting the CMD versions where you need to figure out what works and what doesn't for A8 usage). Modern Win tools already dropped ARC support and LZH support is rare too. Not to mention ALF and ZOO archives.
  7. Usually the graphics for games are made to look good from close by on the system it was intended for. RC pics are in a whole different area. Many are high resolution graphics meant for modern systems and can only be viewed on A8 when making concessions. The lower color spectrum of an A8 makes them pixelated but it's still amazing that it's possible to view them without interlacing. Some look better than others because of the used colors. Each color only has 16 shades and on a PAL system there are many grades of blue, quite a few of green, but only 1 or 2 red ones. Even with such an imbalanced palette it seems to be possible to output something that can be recognized.
  8. Since I had the 7400 built into my 130XE anyways for the SIO2PC interface I used the free ports for Bernard Pahl's "CPU brake". http://www.b-pahl.de/atari8bit/Computer/computer.html#bremse Simply just works for many programs as long you don't lower speed too much (like a tenth of it's speed). Some games cause issues (VBI), as with anything non-standard you add as hardware. Nifty thing.
  9. Every packer has it's own characteristics so it's possible to detect which one is used. Since the depacker routines are in the executable file it's technically possible to load it and save it back as an unpacked version. For most files that are done with SuperPacker 1.0 from BeWe Soft it's not that difficult. It's shows where all blocks of unpacked data are saved so you can save the memory locations block by block after loading and append them to create a working, non-packed, file again. If the initial file worked with DOS it's very easy. If not you need a memory monitor to alter some registers to enable DOS. It's a bit harder when the file overwrites DOS-memory but not impossible, especially when using a custom O.S.
  10. It's not "not-as-good" as other Atari computers. It's just different from the outside and a little bit on the inside. It's still 99,9% compatible (if not 100%) with an 800XL, 65XE or 800XE. The XEGS size is unique so XL/XE specific covers won't fit.
  11. Pretty much full blown. source: http://www.abbuc.de/community/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=9560&p=79419&hilit=pokeymax#p79419
  12. He asked for an easy method. It's easy to get one, at least over here in EU. A little less easy way is to check the 1010 schematic to find a point where the audio enters the FSK filter and steal it from there. A tricky way could be swapping the Left/Right audio wires that run from the tape head to the PCB. When done you can use the Audio-Out on the 1010 SIO connector (Audio-IN on computer) which now carries the (pre-encoded) data signal.
  13. Use a regular cassette player and sample the audo output on a PC system.
  14. Does it have an audible key click? And "Bell" tone (hold start at power-up). No? See above post.
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