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  1. I'd like an Eclaire XL too if/when they become available again.
  2. I have a printed copy of a 1.0 version of the FAQ dated Feb 15, 1995. I'm trying to digitize everything to take less space and was looking for a digital copy... all I can find is 0.7 so I need to scan it. If you want a copy of my scan let me know.
  3. I'm in for 1 please. - Thanks, Alan
  4. I see a couple things in this thread I can comment on (disclaimer: based on my memory) so I will... hopefully it helps someone: The Rat from Zobian Controls was mentioned earlier. That was a piece of junk. It was basically a Tandy/Radio Shack Analog Mouse adapted to work with an Atari via the X/Y POTS (e.g. pair of paddle controllers). The problem was jumpiness in the signal. I tried to add support for our Business Manager software adding a little graphical menu selection up front (6 images that one could point to and click to launch that part of the software) via The Rat. I experimented with as many ideas as my 15 year old brain could devise, but could never get it to work particularly well to solve the jitter issue. Consequently the Rat didn't really go anywhere. I can't imagine Matthew Zobian ever made any money off of it after paying for those color ads in Antic magazine. The Atari ST mouse uses the 4 joystick pins (up/down/left/right) to send its signal to an Atari in pairs for the X/Y axis. Basically (don't recall exactly) one might see 0, 2, 1, 3 if going up and 3, 1, 2, 0 if going down on the two bits being used for a given axis. The challenge there was reading the data fast enough. I added a bunch of DLIs to sample the joystick and then would process the data in between every frame. I think David Sullivan mentioned using the PIA interrupt or something so he may have had a better/more efficient technique than did I for all I know. In a nutshell, 2 bits for X and 2 bits for Y was how that worked.
  5. I can confirm that if you hook the diode up to the Receive line vs the Transmit line that it won't work. :-) Mine's working now. Yay!
  6. Actually it was the SD Card. I had to format with https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/index.htmlinstead of Windows... copied all the data off of it, did a Quick Format with that Utility, and then copied everything back. It makes more sense that the Firmware doesn't like the SD Card data... now I can actually select an .ATR file. Still not working so apparently I need to recheck my soldering (and now that I have printed a case I can do a better job of measuring everything), but getting closer... - Thanks, Alan
  7. Just following up on my issue where I could calibrate the touch screen, but then could not access any of the menu options. Fortunately when I ordered parts from Ali Express I ordered 2 of each. I flashed the other board and tried it with the same touch screen before doing any soldering... same result... so I tried my other touch screen and that works great. I apparently have a defective screen. Why it lets me calibrate and nothing else is a mystery I am not going to solve (???) and if that didn't happen with my first one I'd probably have had more confidence in everything. Looking forward to trying it with my Atari computer later. - Thanks, Alan
  8. Yes, I'm guessing it's a typo, but isn't that supposed to be 'sdrive.atr'?
  9. Thanks for the quick reply... was hoping that might be a clue to something obvious and was hoping I wouldn't have to break it apart again. I'll do that and recheck everything and if I still can't get it to go then I'll post some pics.
  10. Wondering if someone might have any suggestions as to what might be wrong with my SDrive-Max assembly... I have it all assembled... upon powering on (and when powering on while touching the screen) I am able to successfully navigate through the calibration process followed by the screen telling me my calibration results followed by the main SDrive-Max screen, but on the main screen I cannot select anything... New, Cfg, drives... touch does nothing on any of them. D0 has a green light on it (?). I have also tried removing the SD card and I do get an error message where the READY prompt appears at the bottom of the screen. This all leads me to believe my touch screen and Arduino are ok and from my tests my soldering connections seemed ok (although I'd expect to be able to select stuff on the touch screen regardless and would expect a failed SIO cable soldering job to just prevent it from working with the Atari computer). Any ideas as to why my touch screen lets me calibrate, but I can't actually do anything once on the main screen? Thanks in advance.
  11. I'd like one when available please.
  12. Thanks for the kind words about Diamond GOS... my view on it is... a) I sure didn't have the money to support the project to the point that would have gotten 3rd party apps developed for it. I kept having whispers in my ear about Atari being interested, but they clearly weren't (as they were focused on the Atari ST). I never had any direct contact with Atari and don't know how much of what I heard was actually true vs hearsay, but in thinking about it now it seems a bit ridiculous to think Atari would have packaged an 8-bit computer with a GOS which would have somewhat competed with its Atari ST line of computers. b) The install base wasn't there and when ICD pulled the plug on it (e.g. I got a phone call telling me I could order one last batch of cartridges and that was it and certainly didn't have the resources to make a huge order... a great lesson in binding your product to one supplier) I don't recall exactly how many had been sold, but I'd guess around 4 to 5 hundred at most... ultimately this is what killed it. c) I didn't have the Comp Sci knowledge to do some of the stuff I would have done with it had I known what I know now. Better memory management is what comes to mind first. - Alan
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