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About whaledriver

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  1. I came across another 800 with an 810 disk drive and bought both for $40. Good deals are still out there. Here is the serial.
  2. Ha! I thought that this might have been caught before. I did a quick search and didn't come up with anything. Oh well. Sorry for the re-hash.
  3. So I was watching a youtube video about the making of Back To The Future. They talk about writing the first version of the screenplay for the movie. The picture they show while talking about writing the screenplay has Bob Gale using a word processor. Its hard to tell but that sure looks like an Atari XE computer. That would be a pretty cool bit of history if the screen play for one of the most iconic movies made was written on an Atari. What do you guys think? Here is the video. The picture is at 3:56
  4. My families very first computer anything was an Odyssey II that my dad got us for Christmas in 1979. Man that was huge for me. I was instantly fascinated with it. Later, my father bought the Intro to Computers cartridge and that started my love of programming. A few years later my dad brought home a Timex Sinclair 1000. I taught myself basic programming and had pretty much decided I wanted to be a computer programmer as an adult. Then when I turned 13 My dad brought home an Atari 400. He had the keyboard and RAM upgraded. That was where things really took off for me. I got the Assembler Editor cart for Christmas and taught myself assembly. I had many years with that 400 being my main machine. Later I moved onto other computers and the 400 ended up in the closet. Lucky for me, that very same 400 made it through all the years/moves and I still have it to this day. In college I minored in computer science. My first jobs a kid (besides Burger King) were programming. As I grew up I got out of computers and pursued my love of aviation and became an airline pilot. Now that I am starting my 50s I find that I am getting the bug again to get back into programming/gaming. The funny thing is that I have no interest in the modern stuff. I just want to learn more about my 8 bits (especially the Atari)
  5. When I was a kid I was fascinated with the thought of dumping cartridges to disk. I wanted to write a program to accomplish this. Of course this had already been done many times by others but it still intrigued me. I had a few cassettes with copies of cartridges that would load a small program that would then load the cartridge. This boot program would display a lower case 'k' on the upper left side of the screen. I have also found some disk ATR images that use this same boot program with the 'k'. Does anyone know the name of the program that created these cart copies? I would really like to look at it and see how it worked.
  6. That is a classic head alignment problem. There is a 'Master alignment' disk used to align the heads so all drives write the tracks in the exact same position on the disk. If the head gets out of alignment it can read it's own created disks but cant read other disks that are aligned properly. So basically you need to get the drive re-aligned. That will take an alignment disk that is hard to come by. Someone here might have one that can help.
  7. Mine is a little different but it is pretty close. Out of my large collection, this is one of two computers I have now that I owned as a kid. Probably my most valuable (to me) computer. I have hundreds of hours on this very computer (got it when I was 15).
  8. Wow, that did go pretty quick. I still have the 400 my parents bought me in 1982. Luckily my dad had the forethought to have that keyboard installed on it back then.
  9. Don't see these too often. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-The-B-Key-400-Full-Stroke-Keyboard-for-Atari-400-Computer-keyboard-kit/254448617351?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D40719%26meid%3D97eb70d93fa141ee8c7bf3a9764f927b%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D10%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D233427562902%26itm%3D254448617351%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&fbclid=IwAR2b1P4zbASC2hzOe-FBP6vxgImh-d24jbCKEsWsKTnvHKFCIcG2DcDC1GQ
  10. This 400 had Bryan's UAV video and audio mod done to it. It looks and sounds fantastic. I just need to do the 48K upgrade. I am going to order another 48K kit to convert the 16K board to 48K.
  11. Sure. I am out of town for a few weeks but when I get home I will post those pics here.
  12. Well shoot. So I was looking through some old boxes and found the original box the 48K upgrade came in. My dad had the upgrade done at the computer store he bought it from (Scott Adams Adventure International in Winter Park FL) before he brought it home. I forgot I still had the original box and of course the original 16K card was in it. Oh well. Can't have enough Atari parts.
  13. Got the replacement 16K ram card. Looks like I dodged a bullet. She works fine. Now to order another 48K upgrade kit and be a little more careful with the re-assembly.
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