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  1. I don't think it will work because, as I said, only software the ONLY uses the extended color palette will work. If the software takes advantage of the other STE features, it will not work. If I recall, Lotus uses the extra STE features such as digital sound and the blitter, neither of which are on the 520ST.
  2. The JRI4096C board is compatible with the STE color palette, so any software (mostly graphics/paint software) that takes advantage of the 4096 color STE color palette should work. It does NOT mean STE software that takes advantage of the other STE-enhanced features like stereo sound, hardware scrolling, etc will run. Only software that uses the extended color palette will work.
  3. Looking at Atarimania, which I think has the largest ST libraries out there, they are missing the Arrakis Advantage Biology Volumes so that would good to dump.
  4. Atari sold their Taiwan manufacturing plant in 1991 (give or take a year...I don't remember the exact year). The Falcon was definitely not made by Atari Taiwan. As a shareholder, I remember reading the quarterly report where Atari execs were telling us that they, "Made impressive profits this quarter after several quarterly losses. The future of Atari looks really bright now!" What the Atari execs conveniently glossed over was that the reason why they had a profit that quarter was due to the large cash infusion from the sale of the Taiwan plant. 🙄 I thought I read somewhere that Toshiba was sub-contracted to produce Atari products at one point after the sale of the Taiwan plant. (Or was that the Jaguar after IBM stopped making them? Ugh! 😦) However, I also remember reading that Atari had several sub-contractors over time due to quality control issues. Who these other sub-contractors were...I am not sure.
  5. If it's truly dead, I hope you can sell it off as a parts machine. The case, keyboard, some ports like the cartridge, ACSI, monitor and disk drive ports can be used by others.
  6. Atari replaced the 65 MB hard drive with an 85 MB hard drive when they couldn't get 65MB hard drives anymore. This happened pretty early in the Falcon's release too, so it paid to be patient not to be the first on the block to buy a Falcon. 😁
  7. You need to replace the internal SCSI ribbon cable with one that has the 50-pin Centronics SCSI plugs. Then you get the standard SCSI-2 cable. As I mentioned, I'm not sure how well RLL drives with a SCSI convertor board work, but I assume they should work since the converter board should turn the RLL drive into a SCSI drive. I don't remember the cables being expensive though - $20 or so. Then again, I'm in Silicon Valley where we had a good number of places that sold cheap hard drives, cables and parts....
  8. I guess that would only be the case if you have a very old hard drive (pre-1988) or an Atari-brand hard drive (except the Megafile44) which used RLL or MFM hard drives which connected to a converter board to make them into ACSI hard drives. Atari brand hard drives were always more expensive than the third party brands and I still wonder who bought them. Unless you got it as part of the Atari MegaST DTP package or other cheap means, a little shopping around could have saved the buyer quite a few $$$ going with a non-Atari brand. But I digress... I would think by the late 80s, most hard drives sold by reputable third parties and Atari dealers were SCSI drives hooked up to an SCSI-ACSI host adapter. If that's the case, all you have to do is remove the SCSI-ACSI host adapter, mount the SCSI port/cable to the case and that's it. You can now use your ST hard drive on your Falcon. I remember some Atari dealers doing this service because I bought a used ICD AdSCSI+ host adapter at a nice discount because the original owner upgraded to a Falcon, but still wanted to use his old ST hard drive. Regarding the second floppy on the Falcon...I disagree that PC users wanted two floppy disk drives. The people I knew who bought PCs only had two floppy drives because one was a 3.5" floppy drive and the other was a 5.25" floppy. They wanted to cover their backs because software still came in both formats, but whenever they used floppies to swap files or something, they always used 3.5" disks. More durable, smaller, and stored slightly more data. They could have easily lived with one 3.5" floppy drive if it weren't for some software houses still selling their wares on 5.25" floppies.
  9. Yes. (Ya know, CPUWIZ was joking, right?)🤥😆 Fun fact: Some Atari US dealers actually imported CDAR504 units from Atari Canada because they were available there, but not in the US. Yeah, go figure. 🧐
  10. The cheapest module I remember that I was eyeing as a starving teenager was the Yamaha FB-01. It was $350 but had a maximum of 8 voices, so you could almost have an orchestra coming out of there. It was released in 1986, so 1 year after the ST. The Casio CZ-101 was the cheapest synthesizer with a keyboard. It also had a max of 8 voices and was released in 1984, so it was already out before the ST was released. It retailed for $500, but remove the keyboard, buttons, display, etc and it probably could have been around $300-$350 too. I was thinking that Atari could have some type of licensing agreement with Casio or Yamaha to make a cut down version of the CZ-101 or FB-01 to get the price down low enough. However, I bet by the time Atari would have released it, Casio and Yamaha would have dropped the prices of the CZ-101 and FB-01 to whatever Atari priced their MIDI module for or less. It was probably wise for Atari not to enter this field.
  11. Those icons are already used in TOS...or at least the first 12. I am pretty sure they are in TOS 2+. If my memory is correct, you just need to add the icons to the NEWDESK.INF file. There are programs that do that which I cannot remember off the top of my head now. No need to "hack" TOS.
  12. True. I remember calling him years ago though asking about Atari laser printers, STacy, TT, and other stuff that was listed as "Call or e-mail", and he told me that every single item was sold out "years ago." Basically, I assume if it says "call or e-mail", it's probably sold out forever unless he miraculously finds some stockpile somewhere. As far as I know, this has not happened to any items that I was looking for.
  13. I don't think he has anything near what he had back in 1996 when he bought out a lot of Atari's remaining inventory. I remember reading something 5-10 years ago that he started with four warehouses and he's now down to two warehouses. It certainly shows he is starting to run out of certain items by now. He doesn't have any complete systems in stock anymore (except the Lynx and XEs). It was only a few years ago when you could still get an Atari 2600, 7800 or Atari ST computer. Not anymore.
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  15. I believe there is no guarantee that it will work on your printer though. The author only tested it with his Xerox Phaser 6200 printer. IIRC, others with different printers have had mixed results. I can't find any message thread with a list of tested/verified printers. Maybe someone should start one...
  16. Not letting 3rd party game makers make games for other systems other than the NES sounds monopolistic to me. Just because you don't hear this from 3rd party game makers doesn't mean it didn't happen. Nintendo probably forced them not to gripe about it in their agreements. Putting a choke hold like that is monopolistic. Can you imagine if Atari put a chokehold on say, Parker Brothers. If Atari told them if you make Frogger for the 2600, you can't release it for Intellivision or Colecovision? If I were Parker Brothers, I would be pissed. While there aren't as many Intellivisions or Colecovisions out there as 2600s, they can still make a decent profit from those non-2600 versions. Why would this not apply to the 7800/NES/SMS era?
  17. Keep the R-Type box, its contents, and disks for your classic software collection. If you don't collect boxes, sell it on ebay. Some collector will want it. Just don't toss it!
  18. I remember CaTTamarans were a big hit back then because it increased the speed of the TT to 48 MHz and it only cost $99. Unfortunately, people started complaining that it started damaging TTs, so (at least) my local dealer stopped selling and installing them because of that. I wouldn't be surprised if your CaTTamaran failed. Maybe it would be good to remove it?
  19. I remember seeing 2600/7800/XEGS commercials when cartoons were on and during mid-day movies and other syndicated shows (game shows, People's Court, etc). Not a lot, but enough that I remember getting excited seeing them.
  20. Are we talking about the same modem here? The Avatex 1200 did have a voice/data switch and 300/1200 baud switch. It did not have a speaker which they fixed in the 1200hc version. I always had a rotary telephone on top of the modem to make up for the lack of a speaker.
  21. My first modem was an Avatex 1200. I remember buying it at the West Coast Computer Fair and the only reason I bought it was because it was the only Hayes-compatible modem that it was under $100. 1200 baud modems were around $150+ (as seen in the advertisement above), and being a poor teenager, I had to save every cent I can, so it was a real bargain. I later found out it was only 95% Hayes-compatible, but I never had a problem with the few missing Hayes-compatible modem commands, so it wasn't a big deal to me. That lasted until 2400 baud modems fell under $100. (see a pattern? 🤑) I order twice from White House Computer. The first was an Indus GT drive which I still have and worked last time I used it. The second was weird. It was about the time they started winding down operations or something weird was happening. I ordered two Wico bat handle joysticks. It also took a while to arrive and what I got instead was a 3-way Wico handle joystick (score!) and a cheap Quickshot (I think?) joystick which was not very good. Instead of returning it, we decided to keep it. Luckily we did, because we later found out the above - that they were going out of business.
  22. The ST did make some inroads into the education market. There was something called CCC Microhost that put lots of STs into schools, but it used only software from CCC Microhost and I think there was even a special ROM that was used in place of regular TOS to prevent it from being used as a regular ST computer. I believe these are the STs that the Brewing Academy and B&C are selling as they claim they come from a school system. I think Atari sold about 100,000 STs through this program, thus, they were able to achieve a whopping 1% market share in the educational computer market.
  23. I don't think Spectre GCR works with the internal hard driver or SCSI hard drives. You have to use a hard drive through the ACSI port on the TT030. That's why it works on your ST/STEs. I remember reading about the Spectre code was specially designed for the ACSI port that made it not work with SCSI ports. What type of 16 MHz accelerator do you have? I have an ICD Adspeed in my MegaST4 and Spectre GCR works fine at 16 MHz mode. Weird.
  24. What I don't understand about those renders is that if you look on both sides of the hotel, I see what looks like the Stratosphere on one side and then what looks like the Transamerica Pyramid building in San Francisco on the other side. What is the Transamerica Pyramid building doing in a render of a Las Vegas hotel?
  25. Because most PC software came on 5-1/4" disks. This was made for the Atari PC1 which was introduced in 1987. I don't know about you, but in 1987, most PC software still came on 5 1/4" disks so that is why the Atari PC came with a 5 1/4" disk drive built in. PCs didn't start using 3.5" disks in large quantities until the IBM PS/2 came out in 1987.
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