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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
  13. Is it me or is the link to download this via the Google share dead? I get a 'the file you requested does not exist' error.
  14. I'd like to get one of the last 20 too. $40 is the total cost shipped or is that just a deposit? Please PM me with what I need to do. - Thanks, Alan
  15. I don't recall that programs on that disk being in BASIC... FWIW I had one of these when I was a kid. In a nutshell, I joined a user group and they guy that ran it saw the ads for this amazing new Atari disk drive and helped to spread the word. I don't know how I convinced the parents to get me one at $450 if I recall and then the number of calls my Mom made to Mr Manz (sp?) over there before I finally got it. Anyhow, yes... it was a tank of a disk drive... and had two key features for me... access to custom formatting disks and a built in RS232 printer interface. I learned a lot about disk formatting theory with that drive and the printer interface was nice EXCEPT it didn't work well at all with programs like the Print Shop. Two ESC chars in a row and it would go nuts thinking that was a custom command... so it would be printing along... hit that bit pattern and suddenly my sign didn't look too nice. It also had the issue that timing holes were needed to format a disks... so one couldn't just punch the other side and flip the disk over. However, the funny other side of that was in EA's later years they used a track skew for copy protection... the one where you'd hear the drive head crank back and forth for half an hour... well, the MFM disk drive copied those like they weren't copy protected because it used the timing hole for formatting so tracks were all skewed correctly by default on it. Funny. Anyhow... I sold it... but kept in touch with the gentleman that ran the user group and he recently gave me most of his old Atari stuff including a dual MFM disk drive. I'd love to get those docs and that utility disk back... but it looks doubtful. I can't imagine there were many out there to being with.
  16. Sure, but what I am seeking is the Utility disk that came with the drive and the documentation on how to use it. It had tools for doing custom formatting, fast disk copying, track dumps... etc.
  17. I recently got a Micro Mainframe disk drive however I don't have the paperwork / documentation or the utility disk it came with and I'd love to get both. Anyone out there have either of those such that I could get a copy?
  18. I'd like to purchase an SIO2BT as a plug... what do I need to do? - Thanks, Alan
  19. Yes, I lived in Warrenville. I used to visit some of the local user groups such as SCAT and there was also one in Wheaton that really helped me get started with the Atari as it provided a bit of a community. No, I didn't write a CAD program. I did write a program called News Station for basic Desktop Publishing and to fill a gap as Springboard wouldn't release an Atari version of the popular Newsroom software. I was around 18-19 when I did Diamond GOS and about 14-15 when I started writing and selling Atari software with the Super Reevekey (a CX 85 keypad handler) being my first commercial product. I also did some work with 'The Rat'. The guy that did that... don't recall his name right now, but I do recall he was in Reading, PA... contacted me and I added Rat support to our Business Manager software. Basically what that amounted to was a mouse cursor on the title screen because the Rat was basically a modified Radio Shack mouse and was jumpy with the X/Y data it fed back to the computer. I tried to work with that data and stabilize things which I did, but that meant lost sensitivity. I recall he took out some big ads at the time. The Atari ST mouse was so much better although it was tricky to get it to work and my method was a bit of a hack as I used many DLIs to keep up with it. I think David Sullivan's GOE did it better, but then he didn't use P/M graphics as I did which I think was also better as CPU time was at a premium. You might want to make this a private email, but which High School did you attend and when? I could have used more friends as there weren't too many High Schoolers that wanted to just sit at home and play on their Atari computer at the time :-)
  20. I hope you don't think any offense was taken in reading that... I thought it was funny. I don't recall distribution, but I would guess a good 1/3rd or more of the cartridges that shipped had the 3.0 ROM. But that is entirely a guess. Some things are fuzzier than others and one thing I found funny in returning to this stuff a week or so ago is that I had planned to do a 'Diamond C'. Knowing what I know now, at that time I was WAY off in knowledge and ability with respect to writing any sort of Atari 8-bit C compiler. Diamond Write was the last full app released and that was a struggle. It was slow due to limited processing power. Drawing bitmapped fonts on the screen was costly. I would also say my knowledge of data structures as a teen wasn't quite there yet either with respect to writing a word processor and that would have helped, too. I had Mr Merrill telling me of Atari's great interest and had I any real business knowledge I'd have understood that Atari wanted to sell computers and the problem with the Atari 8-bits was once you bought one there wasn't much of an upgrade route to keep selling the same person more computers. PCs had and have the whole expansion slot thing going on and compatibility across CPU speeds so there is a desire to upgrade piecemeal there. Atari wanted 8-bitters to buy an Atari ST so I don't buy Atari had any real desires for Diamond GOS. I know one memory I had with my Mom when she helped out at a World of Atari show in Anaheim was giving Sig Hartman 4 copies of Diamond GOS in hopes that would help. He tried to politely refuse all 4 as he just wanted one or two, but she insisted as she tried to help me. Never heard anything from that. Surprise, surprise. I also recall doing the whole memory driver thing which was actually pretty clever for my age. I don't recall that ever really going anywhere which is sad. Whether it could have is another question as it was slow having to bank switch to do a memory copy. Memory lane.
  21. Just FYI for the group at large, I did have a couple people respond with addresses so I'll be sending the disks out on Monday (hopefully) and hopefully there will be positive news within a few weeks. - Alan
  22. RE: versioning... that just wasn't something I even thought about back then. If an update was basically bug fixes I probably didn't spent the time I should have updating the About dialog to reflect even a minor version upgrade. A binary compare of the ROM image is probably the way to go. There was certainly no upgraded label to differentiate between versions and I definitely recall shipping chips and allowing people to swap them out in the cartridge shell as they were all socketed. I do have another older image if anyone wants that one, but those are all I could find on that CD. I have since found many of the old floppies that had my Diamond GOS source code on them and tried to read them with my Kryoflux with mixed results. For one thing some are apparently on Atari's goofy Enhanced density format and the Kryoflux software only supports FM/MFM ATR images so it's ignoring the extra sectors. Others are on MFM. I don't have an Atari setup and I can't say what the results of this would be but I'll throw this out there... If there is still genuine interest (as isn't these some better GUI project for the Atari 8's going on now... thought I read something about that?) I'll mail the 10 or so disks with Diamond GOS related source code and such on them to someone that has an active Atari set up that could possible extract the MFM and Enhanced density data for all to enjoy. You have to have an Atari 8-bit currently set up to read both of those disk formats and be able to post the data here when you're done. I'm not guaranteeing anything. You might find that you can't read the disks. You might find you can read everything, except one critical source code file. I just know I'm not going to be setting an Atari system up any time soon to do this. If you're interested and have immediate access to such hardware send me an email with your mailing address and the person geographically closest to me will get the disks. I do recall my development environment consisted mostly of an MIO so I used to run everything off of one of those and then back it up periodically. I don't recall how I used to build the ROM images... I recall it was 8 8K banks at $a000, but I don't recall how I'd go from the Mac/64 assembled binaries to the 64k image. That may have even involved a PC utility as all the chips were burned on a PC based EPROM/PROM burner. I still can't find the CD that I thought I archived stuff to, but I also can't find several things since a move we made 8 years ago ranging from MtG cards to PSX games so ??? Maybe it's in the landfill with all the ET cartridges for all I know :-)
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