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  1. it's a really nice port! Is the source code available?
  2. the sega genesis controller option works great too. Like Bobo said.
  3. thanks, will look at that too. Hoping nothing is actually "wrong" with the drives and I just have something in the configuration/settings it doesn't like. Going to exhaust that first. Good to know though.
  4. thanks, will try that. Eventually I want to put a 3.5" in the mix anyway, but first I'd like to see it all working correctly in the "stock" state before I introduce new modifications.
  5. OK, I do have a different, but related question back to Percom drives. I looked around in other threads and other information (and went through the manuals multiple times) and still having this issue. I have a "set" of Percom RFD drives (a mother/controller drive unit and the slave drive unit). Both units still have their original full-height 5.25" floppy drive mechanisms in them (both are full height). RFD40S1 (main mother/controller Percom unit) RFD40A1 (Percom slave unit) Generally, I have them working now for the most part, but something is not right. It seems they are functional, but something isn't connected or configured quite right. I have them set up where the mother/controller drive is drive 1 to the atari, and the slave is drive 2. I have the terminator chip REMOVED on the mother/controller unit. I have the terminator chip INSTALLED on the slave unit. I have the back dip switch block (on the rear portion of the mother unit controller card) set to 4=off, 3=off, 2=on, 1=on (per the manual, this should be DD default for both drive 1 and 2, and also make the controller drive default to drive 1). I have the jumper chip on the slave unit drive mechanism board set with the proper pins to identify it as location 2. If I boot up using a 1050 drive for example, and then swap my IO cables to the percoms, everything seems to work pretty well. Meaning that the first Percom drive (mother/controller drive) works when you reference drive 1 and the second Percom unit (slave drive) works when you reference drive 2. Ok, great, that seems to work as it should. BUT, if I reboot my Atari system with the Percom mother/controller connected to SIO cable as drive one and the slave Percom unit as drive 2 (with a formatted bootable disk in Percom drive 1 of course) thing go bonkers. It boots for a little while and sounds/seems normal, but then after the first pause it does something weird, it starts spinning BOTH Percom drives at the same time and seems like it is trying to read from both of them concurrently. The booting sounds start to sound terrible, and clearly something is not right, and it will just stay in this loop forever with both drives spinning, sounding bad, and grinding every once in a while. It never gets to DOS or READY prompt, and it also never gets an error. It just keeps spinning both drives and trying to read (seemingly both drives concurrently) and keeps sounding bad and grinding, forever. Does somebody have a working RFD "set" like this (with an RFD40S1 mother/controller unit and RFD40A1 slave unit) that they could check out all the dip switches, terminator chips, and jumpers on both units and tell me what they are set to exactly? I am convinced I still don't have something right with the terminator chip, or the dip switch block on the main controller unit, or the jumper chip on the slave unit, or maybe even the jumper chip on the mother/controller unit mechanism. I don't know. I've tried to follow the manual exactly and other info I've found, but there are still some things that don't seem crystal clear so good chance I still have something wrong. That would REALLY help if someone could share that info from a known working "set" of Percom RFD drives. Thank you!!! -Eric
  6. Just adding one more screen shot which also shows the MyDOS version details at the top... By the way, I copied a bunch of file content to one of these HD floppies and it seemed like a bottomless pit that would never fill up! Almost like having a hard-drive. But it does take a while of course. Wish I would have had one of these back in the day when I ran my BBS... it would have been terrific for making a TON of files available for download without requiring a super expensive hard-drive. I remember the HD-capacity floppy drives were just coming out around the time I was running my BBS, but of course they weren't exactly cheap at that time either!
  7. Yep, no problem... Using the ATR8000 Attached the Fujitsu M2553K03B 1.2MB 5.25" drive to the ATR8000 The M2553K03B has a soldered jumper in place for DS1 as the default (which identifies it as drive 2 to the Atari setup). I just left it that way and referenced it as drive 2. Then I used MYDOS 4.50 and the following... DOS option "O" (change config) Drive Number: 2 Remove Drive: Y DOS option "O" (change config) Drive Number: 2 Remove Drive: N Is drive configurable? Y High capacity drive: N I drive double sided? Y Tracks/side? 77 Step rate: 3 Then I formatted a HD floppy in drive 2 (the Fujistu M2553K03B attached to the ATR8000) It shows 3991 free sectors after formatting. See photos...
  8. Wow. This is a "smack my forehead moment". I had never thought about the actual media needing to be anything higher than DD because, well, I never associated HD media with Atari 8 bits before. Totally makes sense of course! And, yep, it works fine with 1.2MB HD media. Duh! Thank you for stating the obvious. Sometimes it needs to be stated!
  9. You can just set that in the options in Scramble already. Right? I just set it to where the fire button shoots and drops bombs at same time.
  10. Anyone else going to classic game fest this weekend in Austin? I'm going for sure. https://classicgamefest.com/ Sent from my KB2005 using Tapatalk
  11. Yeah, I noticed that too when I scanned it. I assume the center-fold pages 7 and 8 are missing. Sent from my KB2005 using Tapatalk
  12. I posted this under the Dallas ACE thread, but good to reference here too. See AACE (Austin ACE) newsletter I scanned .. If I find more I will scan and upload them as well
  13. Here's an AACE (Austin, Texas ACE) newsletter from February 1985 that I just ran across and decided to scan. Yeah, these really take you back as a snapshot of what was going on. Atari at CES Pricing Atari Corp news, Lucasfilm and Epyx news, Broderbund news Infocom Hitchhikers guide Hardware DIY project Disk parties AACE0285.zip
  14. Ok all, i have an update regarding Sophia 2 and it makes me feel pretty silly. Yet, it is important I share this I think just in case somebody else runs into similar "challenge". I was previously having a problem where after I installed Sophia 2 it would not get an image through the Sophia 2. And it also would not get an image through the SVIDEO port either. This led me to believe that the Sophia 2 was bad. Well, I gave it another shot a couple days ago with the same initial result. But then as I was looking at the motherboard and the chip that I was replacing, I googled the chip markings out of curiosity, and the description came back saying it was a Freddie chip! What?! Then it hit me, this board is a 800 "XLF" (with Freddie) system. Which means the GTIA is not in the usual lower left hand location like most 800 XL boards. Oh my God ! I have been replacing the wrong chip this entire time. DUH. So I put the Freddie chip back in. Located the proper GTIA chip location to replace, and installed the Sophia 2 there at the correct location. Of course then it worked perfectly! AND WOW, IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. Finally working, but it was well worth the way. Also, something else I wanted to share... On these 800 "XLF" boards (with Freddie chip), there is an aluminum electrolytic cap right next to the GTIA. It is SO CLOSE to the GTIA that when you try to replace the GTIA with the Sophia 2 device it doesn't have clearance and will not allow it to seat into the motherboard (because the Sophia 2 will hit the cap). My solution to this was to first stack another empty socket on top of the existing socket, and then plug the Sophia 2 into that stacked socket. This gave it the perfect amount of clearance to seat without hitting the cap, but also still low enough that it doesn't have any problems fitting under the keyboard when the system case is put back together. See pictures below.
  15. is the main focus on ATASCII animation, or a static/finished graphics screen done with ATASCII characters as the end state? ATASCII can be used to make a little animated cartoon or short movie, or it can just be used to draw a picture. What is the goal here (or could it be any/all of the above) ?
  16. There's a sucker born every minute, and most of them survive.
  17. Also, on the A8 computers, if a game only uses joystick or paddle input and no keyboard keys are pressed, then the attract mode will kick in during game play. The user can get out of attract mode by pressing a key on the keyboard. To avoid this, the software program must disable the attract mode on a regular basis during the gameplay.
  18. So I finally went to the dentist for some work that was long overdue because of the pandemic. While the dental office I went to had recently been "updated" and remodeled, my appointment was scheduled in one of the rooms that had NOT been fully "updated" yet. I'm sitting there waiting between steps in the procedure and looking around, bored, and then I look up in a corner of the room and realize it still has an old-school Sony Trinitron CRT television hanging from the ceiling. I started thinking, hey, that would be a great retro-gaming TV ! So after the procedure, I asked the dentist what his plan was for that Sony TV. And he said, "you want it?, you can have it... in fact I have two of them (another in the next room just like it)". Not bad, two matching 20" Sony KV-20FS12 televisions! Both work great and have nice pictures with composite inputs on the back and the front. No svideo though.
  19. I love that ATR via email suggestion! Yeah, I use the phone/camera apps that translate "on the fly" and it's really cool for about 30 seconds. Then it's torture, especially for long articles.
  20. SWEET SET UP!!! I am trying to do something similar. Where did you get that enclosure box to put the power board and the drive mechanisms inside of ? That's exactly what I am looking for! -Eric
  21. yeah, i really want to dive into those RMT articles, but I might have to get google translate scanner going for that !
  22. I just received mine here in Austin today, and looks a little tattered on the outside but everything stayed intact it seems. All the goodies inside see fine. Looks like a great issue! Hey, where can we download the English version these days, since the ABBUC web servers was hacked and is down? -Eric
  23. yeah, VERY good question. I actually MUCH prefer MYDOS and that's my normal "go to" DOS for just about everything. What led me down this path was that I wanted to use the ATR-8000 RS-232 via the R: device, and also use Turbo Basic XL at the same time. So far I haven't found a way to load up MYDOS with ATR-8000 RS-232 handler active and also get Turbo Basic XL to work. Really, that's what I TRULY am pursuing here. But, in the process of trying to figure that out, I considered whether the combination of Atari DOS 2.5 + ATR-8000 + RS-232 + Turbo Basic XL was possible ? And I realized I had never seen such a beast. Anyway... being able to use MYDOS + ATR-8000 + RS-232 + Turbo Basic XL would actually be my PREFERENCE though! So if anyway has that solution, that would be even better. -Eric
  24. Hmmm, silence. Does that mean there is no such beast? I am starting to wonder. Is there a way to use the RS-232 port of the ATR8000 with DOS2.5? Or any Atari DOS 2.X for that matter? -Eric
  25. Actually I was using MyDOS 3.116 ATR8000 RS232 Version, and I also tried 4.53 I'll hunt down that specific MYDOS 3.18 ATR8000 RS232 Version and give that a try. -Eric
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