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  1. Ah! Found the problem. I had the memex peripheral installed. When I removed it, CALL SAY worked as expected. Now, anyone figured a way to get the text-to-speech program working in ABASIC?
  2. It was MYBASIC 4.04001. I wrote everything in upper case. I will try a couple variations and see if anything changes.
  3. Hi: I was playing with ABASIC using the Geneve emulation, and I discovered that CALL SAY doesn't seem to work. For every letter, the synth just says "uhoh". So, for example, if I do CALL SAY("HELLO"), the synth just says "uhoh" five times. Am I doing something wrong, or is CALL SAY not working correctly? Thanks
  4. Wel, as long as CALL MDM works, not a show stopper.
  5. Hi: I have a copy of the Myarc Disk Manager (mdm150.dsk) which is supposed to load from Extended Basic. I can use "CALL MDM" to load it, but, if I let Extended Basic load it through the "LOAD" program, it says "Subprogram not found in 100". Seems like this happens when the CALL LINK("SLOAD") statement tries to execute. Do I have an outdated version? or is something genreally wrong with the latest version. Thanks!
  6. Hi: I have been playing with Mame and Apple II emulation, particularly the Echo II or Echo II Plus speech synthesizers, since I am a blind user. I recently found a copy of Textalker for the IIgs, but, when I boot up the gs with the Echo II or Echo II plus selected, the program says it can't find an Echo speech synthesizer. However, I can successfully use either Echo II or Echo II Plus with the Apple //e emulation. Am I doing something wrong, for example, maybe I need to go into the IIgs control panel and change something, or is the Echo just not properly emulated in the IIgs? Thanks!
  7. Hi: Thanks for the recommendation. As for file comparison, I compared the .a52 files with fc/b file1 file2 Had to do that with each of the rom dumps associated with the game. I'll look into the other emulators as well. Thanks!
  8. Hi: Here's the absolutely weirdest thing I've ever come across, and I'd like to run it by you all and see if you have any thoughts about what could be happening. I downloaded a copy of the Pacman rom for Atari 5200, made sure Mame was set up properly, and ran it as follows: mame64 a5200 -cart "Pac Man (1982) (Atari).zip" It worked flawlessly. For comparison, I downloaded a bunch of roms from emuparadise and used the Pacman rom images from that set. I had to rezip them with normal zip, and change file extensions from .bin to .a52, but, after all that, all the rom files from each Pacman set showed to be exactly the same with a binary comparison. Even so, Mame refused to run them. The copyright screen would show up, then the screen went black. Bear with me, it's not over yet. Here's the really weird thing. I wanted to run Ms. Pacman also. I used the proper naming conventions, zipped the files, no success. Now, this gets really weird! Read on to see what happened next. So far, the only zip file that worked was the zip file of Pacman I originally downloaded. Working on a hunch, and, don't ask me why I thought of this, but, I said, "what the heck--everything else hasn't worked", I took the original pacman zip file, added the Ms. Pacman images to it, deleted the Pacman images from the file, renamed it to "Ms. Pac-Man (1982) (Atari).zip", ran it, and it worked! Yet, when I created my own zip file, nothing worked, not Pacman or Ms. Pacman, even though every file was checked and the binary comparisons were spot on, no differences, and, I made sure my zip file and the file names inside the zip file were consistent. There should be no reason why my own zip files I created wouldn't work, nor can I see any reason that using the original zip file that was working would make a difference. But, there it is. I now have both working Pacman and Ms. Pacman, and I can't exsplain why. I just created my own file for Jr. Pacman and it worked without me doing anything special, other than making sure the filenames were right. Is this not the absolutely weirdest thing you've ever heard of. I'm scratching my head over it, and probably will never understand it. But, if any of you have any thoughts, I'd like to hear them.
  9. Hi: I can understand your question and it is not a problem mom bought a 2600 back in 1982 or so and I used to like some of the game sounds. I could even do a little batting with Real Sports Baseball because I can hear when the pitcher pitches the ball. However, I can't do much with an Atari or most other mainstream game machines, I do like the sounds and I have family members who are sighted and might like to play some time. So, I was looking around and noticed this weird cartridge. I did know a girl who is also blind to whom I gave my Ms. Pacman cartridge I used to have because she wanted to try to learn the maze by the sound of the dots being eaten. With the arcade version of Pacman, I have figured out how to go get a power pellet. It is a little harder with the 2600 version of Pacman, but, Atari did a better job, from what I understand on Ms. Pacman and Jr. Pacman. Again, it's not a big deal, but, my kids might like to look at some things, so that's why I am curious.
  10. Hi: I've got a mysterious cart that doesn't sound right. Probably doesn't look right but I cannot see the screen. Found this image on Emuparadise.me and wonder what it really is. It was labeled as Ms. Pacman 1982 h1, but, the music it plays sounds like the Pacman tune. Also, there is a siren sound not present in the original Ms. Pacman cartridge--and definitely not there in the original Pacman cart. Is this a hack of Ms. Pacman, or, did someone do a later better Pacman for the 2600 and it just got mislabeled? I'm going to ask someone sighted around here what it looks like, but, maybe one of you knows what this is. Please let me know. Thanks! Ms. Pac-Man (1982) (Atari) h1.bin
  11. Hi folks: I am a blind user in Dalton, GA. Many years ago, when I had a TI 99/4A, I was sent a disk of programs written by a gentleman in the Atlanta area named Jim Foust, that were all written to use the Terminal Emulator II text-to-speech capibility. Among other things, he wrote an addressbook/HAM call look-up program, a checkbook program, a hangman game, and even a rudimentary word-processor, all written in TI BASIC. I am searching through content on WHTECH, but, so far, haven't been able to find these programs. I thought they might have been shared from Atlanta to other groups, but, so far, no success. Can't remember all the file names, but, the word-processor was named "WORDFOUST" and the checkbook program was named "BANK'N". If any of you have seen them and know where I could obtain them again, I would really appreciate the help. Thanks!
  12. Hi: My name is Joseph Norton. I am a blind user of the TI 99/4A computer, though I do not have one at present. I am currently having success using MAME emulation, which seems to be the best way to emulate the TI using the speech synthesizer. It even runs the Ernie and Bert demo program. Anyway, I am hoping to put together a podcast on a blindness-related forum regarding things that a blind person could do ith the TI 99/4A using the speech synthesizer. I am looking for disk images that I can run using the MAME emulator. Anything that shows off the speech capabilities of the TI would be appreciated. For all I know, there might be just what I am looking for on whtech, but, there are a lot of disk images up there and I'm not sure of the best way to search them. Do any of you have any recommendations? There is one particular set of programs that would be perfect, if anyone has been able to find and convert them. Years ago, I had a disk of programs written by a gentleman in the Atlanta area which were written specifically for the blind. This gentleman, whose name is Jim Foust, was also blind and saw the potential for the text-to-speech capabilities of the TE2 cartridge, and wrote several programs using its capability. Among the programs he wrote were a game of Hangman, a personal directory program, a program to balance a checkbook, and, even a word processor. He has gone on to other things quite a few years ago, so wouldn't have them himself, as far as I know. I lost a lot of my old stuff in a house fire in 2008, so don't have access to these programs either. If any of you folks can help, let me know. There are many blind people out there with fond memories of the TI, and, quite a few who would like to know a little about the early days of using speech. Thanks for any help you can give. --Joseph Norton, Dalton, GA, U.S.A.
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