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    Apple II, TI 99/4A, AnSpeech, sound, blindness-related programs
  1. Hi: I was looking through my copy of the Cyc, and I saw a brief refference in Micropendium. It must have been in 1997. The entry just says: A batch program that provides speech support for Infocom adventures. It requires Winfried Winkler's new speech card, RAM expansion, and a Speech Synthesizer. The name Oliver Arnold was mentioned. Other than that, no program name or filename was given, and, it may be something that can't be presently emulated. Anyone have this program and can it work under emulation? I realize it's a long shot, but, it doesn't hurt to ask.
  2. Hi: I'm using an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G4 CPU @ 1.10GHz 1.50 GHz Think that'd be ok?
  3. Hi: I know that, using MAME, I can run the TI 99/8 emulation. I know it has some nice built-in things, but, I am curious. Do any of you prefer using it to other TI 99/4 or 4A emulation? If so, what do you use it for and why do you prefer it. Are there things you want to do that you cannot use the TI 99/8 emulation for? If so, why not? Thanks!
  4. I don't mind about the file naming conventions. Each one has his own ideas. For example, the MAME developers name all the releases with version numbers. Whereas, the MAMEUI developer just tells you which version is on the site and it is just named "mameui.7z".I don't mind renaming--Actually, I just try to keep the latest version around. Funny about those naming things.
  5. Hi Tursi: Sorry about not posting the debug log. This is probably redundant now, but, here's my experience. I will be more careful to say more than "it doesn't work": DSR opcode >5 (LOAD) on PAB >096E, filename DSK1.LOAD Loading to VDP >096F DSK1.LOAD on drive type Image No DSK marker, assuming PC99 track-based image... Can't find PC99 start of sector indicator - corrupt dsk? Can't read sector 1 from C:\Users\josep\classic99\PHD5076.DSK, errno 0 Setting file error 6 on file buffer 54 DSR opcode >0 (OPEN) on PAB >096E, filename DSK1.LOAD Opening DSK1.LOAD on drive type Image PAB requested file type is IV254 Allocating file buffer 0 No DSK marker, assuming PC99 track-based image... Can't find PC99 start of sector indicator - corrupt dsk? Can't read sector 1 from C:\Users\josep\classic99\PHD5076.DSK, errno 0 Releasing file buffer 27 Setting file error 6 on file buffer 56 DSR opcode >5 (LOAD) on PAB >096E, filename DSK1.PHRASE Loading to VDP >0971 DSK1.PHRASE on drive type Image Can't find PC99 start of sector indicator - corrupt dsk? Can't read sector 1 from C:\Users\josep\classic99\PHD5076.DSK, errno 0 Setting file error 6 on file buffer 58 DSR opcode >0 (OPEN) on PAB >096E, filename DSK1.PHRASE Opening DSK1.PHRASE on drive type Image PAB requested file type is IV254 Allocating file buffer 0 No DSK marker, assuming PC99 track-based image... Can't find PC99 start of sector indicator - corrupt dsk? Can't read sector 1 from C:\Users\josep\classic99\PHD5076.DSK, errno 0 Releasing file buffer 27 Setting file error 6 on file buffer 60
  6. Hi: I can't be the only one with this question, but, searching seems not to yield much. This has to do with .dsk images in PC99 format (size is 260,240 bytes). Classic99 doesn't seem to be able to read them no matter what I do, yet, the manual says it supports them. Am I doing something wrong, or is this size not supported? I've tried with both images downloaded from whtech as well as images from my copy of the CYC. I can convert them with TI Image Tool, but, this is an extra step I'd like to avoid. For example, if I try to load an Extended Basic program with one of these disks selected, I get * I/O ERROR 06 If I convert with TI Image Tool, everything works ok. Am I doing something wrong, oe these images actually not supported? Thanks!
  7. Hi all: Back when I had my real TI, I purchased 2 programs from Quality 99 Software. The first was called "The Duplicator" and the second "Disk Manager IV". I see disk images for DM4, and something called Quick Copy. Is that the same thing as "The Duplicator"? or did one have more features? Also, can the tools available with emulation allow me to list any of the programs used, such as the XB program for DM4 (and maybe DM3), though I am not familiar with DM3, and I see there's also apparently a TI cart called Disk Manager III. Next, As to the copy-protection, I could tell they left one sector unformatted, because I used to listen to RF interference from my TI's components, and the disk drive made a certain sound when it couldn't read a sector. At the time, of course, I didn't know how to get around it. One thing I did do, though. The DM4 used an Extended Basic program for its menus, and, you couldn't actually list it, even if you did the poke that was supposed to unprotect an XB program. However, I did figure out that I could list it in TI basic, and, it would list the program, with the garbage strings when it came across the XB tokens. I actually listed it to my Echo GP speech synthesizer, spelling everything out, and re-typed the program, although I couldn't actually type the multiple colons they used for blank print lines, since double colon was its own thing in XB. But, I could modify it to speak, but, that was so long ago I can't remember much about it. Other than TI's own rudimentary copy-protection, that was the only experience I had with copy-protection. Thanks!
  8. BTW, since the speech sounds so good, I was talking with Leo Laport on his show about Windows 11 accessibility, and I told him I had a blast from the past to tell him about. I let him hear Classic99 say "you're listening to Leo Laport, the tech guy" using the TE2 text-to-speech. Didn't get a chance to say as much as I wanted, though. He called the sound on the TI primitive, which, compared with today's tech, is true, but, the TI had better sound than many other microcomputers of its day. Try getting an Apple II or IBM PC to do what the TI could do. But, I did mention the Web site where I got the emulator.BTW, with the last update, I was speaking with Leo Laport, on his show, and I gave him a quick sample of the TE2 text-to-speech as produced by Classic99. Didn't get a good chance to say much, but, I mentioned where I got the emulator from. He called the sound on the TI primitive, which, compared with today's tech, is true, but, I wish I had thought to say that the sound on the TI was, for its time, better than sound that came with many microcomputers at the time. Try getting an Apple II or IBM PC to do what the TI could do, out of the box. I
  9. Hi: If you have access, you might want to make a slight change to the "mameprepcygwin" file on whtech. The MAME developers no longer use "mame64.exe" as the executable name--they just use "mame.exe". Not a big deal, and most of us know how to change it. but, thought I'd mention it. Thanks!
  10. Hi: I am a blind user of the MAME emulation of the Apple IIgs. I read that it is now possible to use the IIgs control panel due to some change in MAME 0.230. However, the announcement seems vague as to what change made this possible. Also, I am still uncertain as to how to open control panel. The keystroke used for that conflicts with CTRL+ALT+DEL in Windows. I may have to try this under Linux, but, I'm hoping for a work-around. Any ideas using keyboard?
  11. speaking of backwards compatibility (or the lack thereof), when I compiled originally and got all those errors, I did get a binary as a result. I just compared what I originally got with the modified .asm file posted here, and, they end up exactly the same. So, maybe there was some backwards compatibility, but, there sure were a lot of complaints from DASM. Again, thanks for all the help. One feels better when programs don't complain
  12. Thanks for the assistance. To paraphrase Heinlein, "I know as much about assembly as a pig knows about patty-cake".
  13. Hi: I am totally blind, and have never assembled any Atari 2600 code before. However, I thought I'd see what the process was like. I tried assembling Mr. Debro's source posted here, and it seems to give me a working rom, but, I do get a bunch of errors. Are these anything serious, or are they just warnings? Here are the last few lines of the output from Dasm: source.s (3804): error: Value in 'byte byte -64951' must be <$100. source.s (3805): error: Value in 'byte byte -64951' must be <$100. source.s (3806): error: Value in 'byte byte -64993' must be <$100. Unrecoverable error(s) in pass, aborting assembly! Complete. (5) Just curious. Thanks!
  14. Additional note: I tried connecting the TE2 cartridge and the system just showed a black screen, so I couldn't try to dump it. Also, should it show TI Basic on every bank? Interestingly, with the saved nvram from whtech, I could load the TE2 cartridge, system didn't lock up. Haven't tried to dump it yet.
  15. Hi: I think I'm getting the hang of loading and saving carts with the MAME HSGPL, thanks to MIZapf's excellent starting instructions. Here's where I am still unsure. There are indications that you can do up to 16 cartridges in the HSGPL. However, the banks are numbered 00 through 11 (hex), which is more then 16. So, do I load grom0-2 into all those banks? Or, do I leave some of them alone. When saving a cartridge dump from a loaded module, do I just select the areas that are not empty? My first attemps saved several files, but, I did not change the default selections for rom and grom. Can I load more than one cartridge into a bank, or does each bank only hold one cartridge? The instructions from the SNUG web site are very technical, and they talk about starting addresses and headers and such. In short, they seem rather esoteric in nature. Also, can I put Extended Basic, and Terminal Emulator II in this setup and use features like the TE2's Text-To-Speech? I will experiment as well, but, it would be helpful if I had a little more information for someone not as familiar with the inner workings of the system. One good thing about this is, I cannot break it. If I save my nvram files, I can blow my working setup away and recreate a working one. My impression is that, if I had a real HSGPL, I could really mess it up if I selected the wrong options int the configuration program. Thanks!
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