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  1. Haha, actually, I ended up having to box all of my projects up in order to prepare for a move. I'd been in the house since 1998, so I accumulated a ton of stuff. Anyway, as I've finally finished the move, at some point I'll be digging all of my projects out and resuming my tinkering.


    Glad to see there's some hope for getting around the dead keyboards!

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  2. You could build that power saver in a stand alone box using male and female DIN plug so it can be moved to different C64's. Just wire the 9vAC straight through and connect the shield on both end.


    Yep! That's the kind I got from Ray. If you have many machines, just move it to whatever one you're using at the moment..

  3. Error 9 is VERIFY, so F9 probably means it failed to complete or verify the format. Have you tried another disk or formatted it in another drive, it could just be a bad disk.


    If you have an old PC with a 360K 5.25 drive you could try using WriteAtr to create a floppy from the ATR image. There is also another program called AtariDsk that should allow reading/writing/formatting 180K DD Atari disks on the same machine.



    Great! I'll have a look.. I think I have a 5.25 drive in my old 286 machine.. I'll just have to dig that up.. Not sure if it's 1.2MB, or 360K.. It's been quite a while!

  4. Indus GT drives, in my experience, fail to read and write the last 20 sectors of a disk. So, if my guess is right, your effort to format a disk fails because of those

    last sectors. You could verify what I'm saying with my RW13.COM, which simply reads, writes, verifies sectors. The .ATR INDUSGTD.ATR only has a GT program on it which

    only tests the speed of your drive, it isn't a very helpful disk, or at least I couldn't get the 'DIAGS' program to do anything. Since you don't have a APE/SIO2PC interface,

    you have no way of running programs other than someone sending you a disk, I guess.

    I confess, I got finished with my GTs and gave them away.


    Thanks for the info - If I get some way to write my own disks I'll give it a try!

  5. Hi all,


    I'm working on an Atari Indus GT drive and I'd like to do more testing with a program that's mentioned in the Field Service Manual (Section 4 page 4-2) - GTDOC.COM.


    I looked on the only 2 disks that I have for the GT - DosXL and Data Manager and it's not on there. I don't have an SIO2PC, so the image that I've found (INDUSGTD.ATR) won't help me with the actual drive.


    Can anyone make me a copy of this disk? I would really appreciate it! Right now my drive reads fine, but won't format a disk - I'm getting the 'F9' error. I've tried multiple disks and changing the density selector on the back with the same failed result.


    Thank you!

  6. I've got the drive working - mostly. It doesn't seem to want to format a disk, though.. I keep getting an "F9" error on the drive. It reads fine, though. I've tried selecting the single/double density selector on the back. I was looking for the program GTDOC.COM, which is referenced in the Field Service Manual - it says that it is on the Master Diskette, but it isn't on mine. I have 2 disks for the Indus GT - "System Master Diskette DOS XL" and "GT Data Manager for Atari". I don't see the program on either disk.. I don't have an SIO2PC interface, so the disk image that I've found (INDUSGTD.ATR) won't really help.

  7. Hello all,


    I have a question about SNES cartridges with the save game feature - the ones with internal batteries. I was given several carts that the batteries exploded in, and I was wondering how similar the board inside is between different games. I don't have enough of a variety to know the answer to this question.


    Are the internal boards the same except for the main IC that contains the game ROM? I'm asking because one of the games is Breath Of Fire, and it's in really bad shape inside. If I could pop out a Super Mario World that's in great shape, and swap the IC, that would be ideal, but I'm not sure that's a valid option.


    I'm thinking that there were several types of boards, and unless someone knows which games use which boards, I'm probably out of luck.




    Whoops! I actually solved my question - sometimes Google is your friend.. I searched this many times, but never came up with this site until just now -



    They have info on the internals, along with pictures and which games use which board types..

  8. I'll trade you my nicely working Happy 1050 for the Indus GT.


    The Happy 1050 is the better drive IMHO and faster. The only reason I want an Indus GT is to build/find a RAMcharger board so I can run Indus CP/M. I have a lot of old CP/M stuff but my Osborne 1 died and I don't have an CP/M boxes around anymore.


    It's one of the repro Happy PCB's from AtariMax. Very well made.


    Cool! You will be the first to get a crack at it once it's repaired. Right now it needs some love, but I've been working on electronics for a looooong time, and I'm hoping that this will be a quick fix!


    I still have a cousin that's Atari crazy that I have to check with before I do any trades, though - wouldn't want him to flip out! ;)

  9. Happy copied software will run on any drive... it's only the tricky ones where they had parameters to emulate the copy protection that were limited to Happy drives only.


    Personally, I don't see a modded 810 being better than a modded 1050. For starters the 1050 is a more reliable and compact unit.


    Also re the Indus - I also find it strange they didn't make it more soft-moddable... or maybe it is but nobody's ever bothered to try it.


    Good to know. Maybe not enough Indus drives made it to market to be hacked and messed with..

  10. Not that I know of... but all their games I had were copies. I had a sampler disk original, for whatever reason it had some stupid sector skew that made it read about 2/3rds the normal speed (although it wasn't a copy protection measure).


    But even at the time of release, many of their titles had collector's status. They were one of the few companies that took pride in packaging and extras thrown in with their games.


    Good to know - I just got a load of original disks (no boxes or extras), and was deciding if I should keep them, or include them with a system I'm selling.. If I kept them, I was thinking on including backups with the system.. Thanks!

  11. Also, I found this info:


    Happy Doubler - Allows you to program your Happy 1050 drives to fully emulate ICD's U.S. Doubler, including formatting disks in the U.S. sector skew (which is not normally possible!). Also allows you to re-program your drive numbers up to D8:, without touching the switches in back! This way, up to 8 - Happy 1050s can be used at once! (4 - programmed as Doublers 5-8 and another 4 - as normal). Completely software based, no installation required! Price: $19.95 (+ S&H).

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