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  1. Okay, I had a real tech support moment, which is kinda like a senior moment, but features forgetting about the glaringly obvious in regards to tech. So, I connected the modems together using the PABX that I had gotten a couple of days ago. DTMF from the 1030 was still not recognized. So it was looking pretty grim for the 1030 with exploratory surgery all but scheduled. I then reconnected everything back to the HT701's and swapped out the 800XL for a 65XE. Tone dial worked. Now things are looking grim for the 800XL with the prospect of surgical exploration. I swapped the 800XL back in, and tone dialing worked. Now here's the tech support moment: I never restated the SIO cable at the 800XL itself, only the end connecting to the modem. I must apologize for involving everyone in a problem that could have been fixed with the most basic of tech support procedures. Thank you for your help everyone.
  2. I do happen to have an analog PBX that arrived yesterday. I was planning on possibly doing a video on budget friendly methods on using vintage modem gear. I can try getting that running with the modems.
  3. Sadly I don't have an ATA like that. I'm using a Walmart basictalk that I flashed the firmware to to be the Grandstream ht701 that it actually is. Hopefully I won't need to remove the U1MB. I'm afraid the original MMU didn't survive the upgrade. I'll start with the modem first, as the audio system of this model was close to being a complete kludge, and would be the most likely place of failure.
  4. I'm currently using an 800XL with a U1MB. It and an 800 with 48k was our family's first computers. I remember dad getting them, a 1050, 410, and this 1030 in trade for a pest control job, as well as all the software, cartridges, and many copies of Antic magazine. Quite a bit of the software was pirated, but most was not. Our family's next computer sadly was not an Atari but a 386DX by a company called PCpositive.
  5. So I isolated the modem on the SIO chain. Unusual tone removed, tone dialing still not recognized by the ATA. The source of the tone was from the SIO2PC electronics. Very strange as there is no connection to audio in the SIO2PC. I'm suspecting that the tones might not be loud enough. It looks like I may need to crack it open and check components. ATA is not at fault as a regular phone dials just fine. I added the same tuning that Nezgar used for jitter. Much improved reliability.
  6. Yes, it's 1030 on one extension, and PC modem on the other. I certainly need to do some tuning to improve reliability, it's fairly solid, but not solid enough. The issue though, is the fact that the DTMF from the 1030 is too deficient to be recognized by the ATA now. It was working great the previous day.
  7. So I decided to drag out the 1030 from storage to see if I can connect to the Linux server in my house over a VoIP connection. The answer is yes, but not to be trusted for data transfers. I have a couple of DAHDI cards ordered to see if I can improve on that. However I had an issue crop up with tone dialing, my ATA stopped recognizing the tones. So I dialed the PC modem with the phone handset connected to the 1030 then pressed 'F' on Bobterm, and it connected. So the ATA seemed to be fine then. I then listened on the phone handset while the Atari dialed, and heard a curious thing. There was what almost sounded like a recording prompt tone, the low and almost bell like kind followed by DTMF tones with an audio glitch of the previous sound. I'm sure this is what is causing the ATA from recognizing the tones and causing a dialing failure. Now the question before I open the modem up is: should I expect this to be an issue caused by bad caps, or some other part?
  8. The best way to do this would be with an SIO2PC cable. I'd recommend Lotharek's offering: https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=157 Of course you could also build your own if you have a real serial port on your PC or a USB to serial adapter: http://www.b-pahl.de/atari8bit/sio2pc/floppy2pc/prosys.html I personally use the schematic featuring the 14C89. It's a good project to get started with soldering and has very little chance to damage anything other than your pride if you get it wrong. From there you can use Respeqt to load ATR disk images from the PC or sector copy them to disks if that's your prefrence. You can shop around still for 5.25" disks, but it'll be new old stock at best. Be sure to get dual density disks, not High Density. The HD stuff isn't as good with our low density drives.
  9. Because the computer uses an external 5v power supply. So, connecting mains voltage, any countries mains voltage, would result in letting the magic smoke out of the machine in spectacular fashion.
  10. The gun is just a fancy looking joystick. If you wanted to you probably could use the paddle analog pins on the joystick port if you want the analog control feel. Everything as far as colors and speed is concerned might be challenging if software sprites have to be used.
  11. Okay, cool. Would rather have a properly fitting connector. It's just very hard to find a good SIO receptacle these days, and seemingly impossible to find a 3d printable one.
  12. Any chance that you could point us to where we could get the STL files for those SIO connectors?
  13. Thanks for the patch! I had also noticed this in my program translation efforts. I had simply attributed this to differences in BASIC dialects. Of course it might require the programmer of the BASIC program in question to trap this error themselves. I don't know just a thought that occurred to me.
  14. This is both cool and frustrating. I'm surprised that this bug hasn't been discovered until now. I suppose this goes to show how unimportant floating point arrays are to most programming solutions for our Atari computers. I guess I'll have to set this particular programming problem aside until this bug is fixed.
  15. Trying to learn FastBasic by working through the book "Your Atari Computer" translating the example Atari Basic programs into FB. Finally came to a program that requires floating point numbers in an array, and nothing works. I have FB puking scrolling garbage characters and no clue what I did wrong. Example of the problem follows: DIM FPARR%(5) FOR N=0 TO 5 INPUT FPARR%(N) PRINT FPARR%(N) NEXT N The manual doesn't help as it gives no example of how to use floating point arrays so I have no idea how I'm violating syntax. Quiver.
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