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phc_joe

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  1. HOORAY! I bought the "10502PC SIO2PC USB R2" through Vintage Computer Center (https://www.vintagecomputercenter.com/product/10502pc-sio2pc-usb-rev2), installed KAFAR, virtual COM port drivers and RESPEQT software on a Windows 10 PC and after a little initial confusion found that it works great! The KAFAR read my old disks into .ATR files, and RESPEQT showed me the file names in each, and allowed me to save the atart text files (my highest priority) into individual PC-readable text files. It even has a toggle to change the Atari CR/LFs into regular PC type carriage returns! YAY! My first go-around was unsuccessful as I tried to use an XF551 drive which did not seem to work. But luckily I also have a 1050 which did fine.
  2. Thanks to everyone who responded. There are a lot of possibilities to explore. While I have a ton of old disks (I used to be the PD software librarian for our local Atari user group back in the early '90s) there are probably only a couple dozen disks with the personal stuff. Once I know what I'm doing maybe I can copy the old PD stuff into some form that can be shared here (but likely this is all stuff you folks have seen before I would imagine).
  3. Wow. Thanks for that quick reply. I have looked at the lotharek sio2PC-USB adapter a few mins ago and may try to order one. But also saw a YouTube video just now of how to make an SIO2PC cable (cheap!) Would this serve the same purpose? Might try this if I have an extra Atari SIO cable but won't sacrifice one if I don't.
  4. Hi; One of the reasons I'm hanging on to a lot of my old Atari 8-bit equipment is to recover a bunch of text files I wrote back when A8 was my only word processor. I've got these file (mostly written with TextPro or some other PD word processing software...maybe some in AtariWriter). But I'm thinking, even with a Black Box and Floppy board, the best I'm going to be able to do is get these files on 3.5 floppies and I don't even have any computers that have those sorts of drives anymore! I'm not up to date with the modern world of the Atari 8-bit aficionados, but it seems to me I have heard mention of magical cartridges that can be stuck in an A8, that have an SD card slot and therefore CAN be used for moving the files from the old 1050/XF551 disks to the new world (yes, I know I'll have to do some sort of fancy search/replace for the line feed/carriage return characters). If I'm not dreaming, can someone point me to where/for how much I could acquire one of these magical devices? Thanks!
  5. 😆...mostly stuff my wife (veteran thrift store/rummage sale/flea market addict) deals with.
  6. Ha! You're probably at least partially right. But I did have 4 watchers before I mentioned it here.
  7. FYI: Books I have/available to sell if interested. Compute's First Book of Atari SAMS Programmer's Reference Guide for the Atari 400/800 Computers Your Atari Computer (Poole/McNiff/Cook) Atari Basic: A Self Teaching Guide (Albrecht/Finkel/Brown) Atari Basic XL Edition: A Self Teaching Guide (Albrecht/Finkel/Brown)
  8. I think that's a fair criticism. Perhaps I did start that one a bit high (but there are 6 watchers at the moment, probably "lurking" until the last 5 seconds before trying to slam in a bid). But we will see. I was just shocked at how quickly the 65XE got snapped up, with all that was wrong with it. From what I've been reading on various sites, the green screen thing may not be a difficult fix for a good diagnostic/hardware person.
  9. See? I've forgotten so much I lost track of the fact that there is this community of dedicated 8-bit Atarians still out there. I know Ebay takes a chunk (not sure it's 40%) but they also make the items visible to a very wide audience (and sometimes some serious high rollers).
  10. Hi; I have been a die-hard Atari 8-bit user since buying the snazzy new 130XE when it was first released and gradually acquired a motley collection of hardware. The past 30-40 years have taken me into various new responsibilities and interests and I look at this pile of stuff (along with a bunch of other piles of stuff) and say to myself "I'm not likely to use many of these things anymore, time to get them to someone who needs and wants them". Unfortunately I have forgotten how to use a whole bunch of these things and will have to re-learn a bit in order to test them/get them ready to auction. So, over the next few weeks I will be putting some or all of the following out on Ebay (Ebay name: "Kibbywibbles" (the kitten we had when we started selling stuff there, who passed away about 5 years ago at the age of about 15)) (Already sold) 65XE with horrid case and keyboard with many dead keys (Sorry: This one is already sold). *Currently listed as of 1/10/2022* 130XE with a ROM board/switch that can switch/boot between 3 different chips (This is currently listed/available, however it does not boot past the dreaded green screen) I may sell all of the following: but will do so strategically so I can test everything before listing it/actually selling it to anyone. Not yet listed: 130XE with 320 RAM upgrade/CSS Multiplexer OS (in good working order)/Will probably include some extra ePROMS of unknown pedigree as they can easily be swapped into the ROM socket. CSS Black Box with Floppy Board (Bob Puff was my main go-to guy back in the day!) SpartaDOS X Cartridge R-time-8 cartridge (I managed to put a new battery in it and it still works!) 800XL standard/good working order 1050 disk drive XF551 disk drives (2) Hard drive with various Sparta/MyDOS boot partitions and utilities. Various game cartridges and 8-bit software mostly on 5.25 disks. Some old Atari books that I never had time to read/do anything with. If you are looking for any old programs public domain or otherwise, message me and I will see if I have them.
  11. Hi; So I hauled out my 8-bit collection (that has been modded for various reasons back when I used it heavily back in the '90s). I have forgotten soooo much! This 8-bit stuff got me through a dissertation, online database searching and early attempts at running a profession-related BBS before the Internet was ubiquitous. Current problem. I'm trying to efficiently figure out what to do to resurrect a 130XE that currently only boots to a blank green screen. I noted that a different computer (Also Atari 8-bit) booted to green screen when the ribbon cable for the keyboard was badly inserted (a corner was folded over itself...straightening that out allowed it to boot correctly, but that was not the problem with the unit at hand). First question: I have a pretty horrid/beat up 65XE that I was thinking I might scavenge for parts/chips, BUT other than memory are the 65XE chips the same as the 130XE? Next question: Is there a step-by-step logical process for teasing out the most efficient process for diagnosing/repairing the green screen issue? Thanks Stuff I have on hand... CSS Black Box with Floppy Board (Bob Puff was my main go-to guy back in the day!) SpartaDOS X with R-time-8 cartridge 130XE with 320 RAM upgrade/Multiplexer OS (in good working order) 130XE with a ROM board/switch that can switch/boot between 3 different chips (this is the machine with the problem) 800XL standard/good working order 65XE with horrid case and keyboard with many dead keys (I might be brave/foolhardy enough to try and desolder this for parts). 1050 disk drive XF551 disk drives (2) Hard drive with various Sparta/MyDOS boot partitions and utilities. Various game cartridges and 8-bit software mostly on 5.25 disks.
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