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    My Atari 800 XL resurrected!
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    The Milky Way
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    Playing Atari and other games, and mainly exploring nature and getting bit by insects.
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    The world may never know...
  1. If this is true, is it possible to tell me what programs these are? Thanks.
  2. Ha ha, I like the song at the beginning of the podcast. Of course, we all love the Atari 800.
  3. Sorry, thanks for correcting me... I don't know where I got 27 from. Sorry, 32. I laughed at myself
  4. UPDATE: I tried to locate some errors or problems today. After awhile of constant attempts of revival, I got a different screen. It loaded back to the built-in BASIC screen as if it were brand new. I was pretty sure it was repairable. Thanks for the support you gave; you guys are wonderful. Still going on in perfect condition - even after 27 years of use. And yes, Keatah, it resurrected and I will have a repair party (by myself, of course)
  5. No, but I'll try that tomorrow. I forgot to mention there is one person in my family (not me) who is good at old and modern technology. Thanks for that obvious advice. I can't believe I never thought about that...
  6. First of all, this vintage computer has been in my family ever since 1983. It was a great entertainer in the 80's, even in this modern day to a few. I continued playing it as it was officially handed over to me last year from my father, who was the owner of the computer as a gift before he moved away. I cherished this gift, and I played it everyday. Today, I played my final cassette game with my family about guessing the states and capitals in the United States. We had great fun, and we got most of them right. Laughter and fun was in the room. This Atari 800 XL computer, as I have said before, was in my family as a great console since 1983. As you may know, these vintage/retro consoles are becoming hard to find, as prices on sites such as eBay are getting higher because of this. After the cassette program was taken out after much fun, we put in the killer application for the Atari 8-Bit computers, which was a game called Star Raiders. This cartridge has been used many times before, as I can easily believe it is the most played out of my collection. We, the five of us, took one turn playing the game as we virtually went through space and fought off space attackers. After everyone had their turn, the cartridge was taken out, after more fun and the laughter previously shared at States and Capitals. Another game cartridge was inserted into the console, which was Donkey Kong Junior (which is quite a hard game). Instead of seeing the game screen, I saw a "Self-Test". In confusion, we didn't know what to do. Then, I decided to see the Memory Test. After a test, I turned it back off and turned it back on with worry on my face. Still the same test. Instead of loading it's built-in BASIC (computing language on the Atari), we still saw the same screen. We repeated the process three times more, and yet there was nothing different except the same screen. The computer was pronounced "dead" at 10:22 PM. There was nothing we could do. Why, you may ask. The simplest answer I can give you is that: We are not computer nerds, and we know nothing about this old technology. It was quiet as the lights were still on. Everybody else left the room, said their goodnight, and went to bed. I stayed in the room. For me, it was sorrowful as I had enjoyed playing it for years (I played it before it was actually mine) and the fun had stayed the same. For twenty-seven years, my Atari 800 XL did it's job in business and entertainment. The simple games such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Defender, etc. had kept me coming to the single-buttoned joystick controller to play more games. Sometimes, it was the only gaming source I had. But it did me well, even though most would call it primitive. It may have been, but it was a unique system and a step forward in computer-technology. Right now, you may be thinking that I am a computer addict, but I am not. As I have said at the beginning of this paragraph, I am not a computer nerd nor am I a geek, but I can say nothing but to face reality and the fact that things get old, even ourselves as human beings, as well. I loved this old computer, and I even loved creating beautiful programs with the built-in Atari BASIC. Sadly and unfortunately, there were games that I had never tried before, such as a battle-simulation floppy disk which was called "The Battle of Antietam". It is very rare, and it is sad to think that I have never played it. I should've, but the only reason why is because I didn't have a certain cable to connect my Atari 1050 Disk Drive to the computer itself. When the word "Atari" comes to mind, you may think of old, primitive, and retro video games. Probably the first console that will come to mind when you hear the word is the Atari 2600, because it was massively popular in the home in the early 80's. I think of the computer I had cherished, which was the Atari 800 XL, which was the most-sold of the Atari 8-Bit line, which had been in competition with the most-sold computer of all time, which was the Commodore 64 with over 17,000,000 sold. But when I hear "Atari" I think of a revolution in the video game industry and stepped up video games to the complicated entertainment of the new generation. It is because of Atari along with other companies such as Commodore and Apple that we have these great games in our home. In the early and mid-80's, it really couldn't get better than what Atari or Nintendo did. And that computer is an everlasting artifact of a revolution in the computer and the video game industry. Too bad a great company had to fall in the 90's, the decade just after Atari's terrific and well done success. My Atari 800 XL computer, which had been at work for twenty-seven years is now gone. But it's exterior appearance is still here, as well as it's memory (not the computer memory anymore) it has given us. It was a sad night because of this, but I must go on with those memories it has given me and my family since 1983. Even though I didn't grow up with this, it is still one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. And what is better now is the memories it gave me. It was fun while it lasted. I try to remain cheerful, but my sadness is nearly crushing it down. I am happy it even happened and it still worked to this day, but it is sad to see it go. This computer made me into the person I am today. This experience was great. ...Tears flow into my eyes as I type this, yet I wish not to weep. --- In review, my Atari 800 XL vintage home computer stopped working today after 27 years. (Sorry it's so long!!)
  7. I have an Atari 1050 Disk Drive, along with an 800XL. I only have one floppy game, which is (The) Battle of Antietam, released in 1985 by SSI. I want to put my 1050 to more use, so I would appreciate any suggestions. Not trying to sound spoiled! Thanks a lot! I'd really appreciate your suggestions if you have any. Note: Please make suggestions of floppy games that are under 48K RAM, playable, and fun in your opinion!
  8. I appreciate your opinions. All of the games you said are amazing. I am an 8-bit owner, but I have some knowledge on other Atari renditions of arcade games. I used to own an Atari 2600 VCS system with a good amount of games, but I sold them in a garage sale. I do like some arcade versions of games on the 2600 (especially the 8-bit system, as I adore Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, etc.), but I am lazy to list them. Keep entertaining yourselves, Atari users and other retro system owners.
  9. I will finally get to play my Atari 800 XL again on May 9th!

  10. I bought about 10 cartridges and cassette programs (including one floppy) one week ago. It's exciting seeing small boxes in the mailbox.
  11. You're collection looks good! How many still work?
  12. My favorites are the classics: Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Extra question: What is your favorite rendition of an arcade game on an Atari console (any)? What are your opinions? I would like to know!
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