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  1. Well I finally had success tonight. I built my SIO2PC RS232 adapter and after a little trial and error I got it to load Sparta dos. I am incredibly excited now because this is going to really open up a lot of doors for me and my little 800xl. I see that I still got a lot to learn and Id like some info from you guys to help me along. First what file types does ape accept? So far I have only tried ATR. files just cuz I noticed that was what the DOS files that came with it were. Can it handle ATX. or XEX.? If not is there a convertor? I would just do the trial and error method like I usually do but I'm using an old Toshiba laptop I had lying around to interface with my 800. Its the only pc I got with a RS232 port plus I didn't have any other use for It so now its gona be a dedicated extension of my Atari. The only way I have to transfer files to it is by burning cd's. So I don't want to work by trial and error or I'm gona make alot of coasters. Where Is the best place to get files known to work well with ape. I have got a handful from http://atarionline.pl I have had about a 50/50 success rate. Boulder Dash and Tetris worked. Ballblazer wont load, and Rescue on Fractalus loaded but then crashed about 30 seconds into the game. I did finish this thing late and haven't had to much time to play with it. I wanted to type this up before I went to bed so hopefully Ill get some pointers I can try when I get home from work tomorrow. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks much Dripfree.
  2. Hi again... Sorry to keep posting so much, but I'm in the market for an SIO2PC cable, and I noticed there are several manufacturers. I've kind of narrowed it down to the Atarimax http://www.atarimax.com/sio2pc/documentation/ or Atari8warez http://www.atari8warez.com/support.html versions. The Atarimax seems to be the original and "gold standard", but it's quite expensive. I'd probably get the serial port one if I went that direction, since it's much cheaper. Would that work with a standard serial to usb adapter if necessary? I'm also reading that there's no Linux support and you have to pay for the APE software? Is that true? The Atari8warez one is much cheaper, especially for USB, but I'm not sure if the software is as good as Atarimax's APE. I presume that the interface software for these things are propretary, and I can't use Atarimax's APE with Atari8warez's product... or is the interface universal and it doesn't matter what software I use on what hardware? Any comments, opinions, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  3. Hello guys After drooling over AtariMax's "SIO2PC Universal USB DUAL SIO Jacks", I finally bought one a couple of month ago. Without noticing that AtariMax doesn't seem to have Mac software available. So now the question is: How do I get this to work on the iMac (running High Sierra public beta 2)? Sincerely Mathy
  4. Can the serial version be used to connect a modem or other RS232 device to the Atari? Is there an R handler for it? I looked around but didn't find an answer. Looking for a relatively cheap way to add RS232 port without having to buy an 850 or PR. Thanx Wade
  5. Doing a refit of one of my SIO2SD units (Retr0Brite, new LCD, etc), and I fancy adding activity lights on the SIO2PC component: I did this on a unit I made for AA member Philsan, but that one had an AtariMax SIO2PC in it, with ready-made hook-ups for the LEDs. This one is the standard home-made MAX232/RS232 version. What I have in mind is two additional LEDs on the front: one for transmit, one for receive. Any ideas how best to wire these up to the back of the DB9?
  6. It's been a while since posting, but I found some time to (re-)start the daunting task of archiving my fl[oi]ppy collection. As I am in possession of both a Raspberry Pi (raspi) and SIO2PC hardware, I thought about putting both to good use. Archiving my floppy collection is something I think of as good use. I wrote about my setup here before, so I will leave the details of installing the raspi and sio2bsd toolkit out of this post, if you need help with either, check my other posts, or send a PM. For the Atari side of things, I start with booting the recommended 'Copymate XE 3.7'. I have two 1050's connected to my Atari (D1 and D2), so after booting the copymate application from the raspi, I kill the sio2bsd application and run the diskarchive.sh script I wrote for the archiving job. The script is a quick hack to speed up the job a bit of manually starting sio2bsd all the time. In the script, there are three variables that need to be adapted to your own setup: BLANCO=( "/var/www/html/disks/Blank_MD130k.atr" "/var/www/html/disks/Blank_SD90k.atr" "/var/www/html/disks/Blank_DD180k.atr" ) DISKDIR="/var/www/html/disks/_personal/" SIOPARM="-s /dev/ttyUSB0 - - - ${DISKDIR}" The BLANCO array contains a list of blank disks that I created that are copied to a new location with the name you enter for your disk. Note that the order of the image locations matter, as they are used later in the script if you need to switch to another density for the destination disk. I default to the 130k image when using the script. String DISKDIR tells where to store the archive of images you're about to create. In this direcory, for each image you will create, there will be three files: .atr (the actual image), .nfo (the one line descriptive text you entered, more about that later) and .log (the output of the sio2bsd tool during the creation of the image). The other string SIOPARM has the parameters for the sio2bsd program used. Remember, if you use a level converter to the GPIO ports of your raspi, you need to change ttyUSB0 to ttyAMA0. In the above example settings, the image drive will be D4. Copymate XE When the application starts, it display usage information, but after you press a key on that screen, the program guides itself on the main screen. Tip: If you haven't started the script and/or turned on your drives, do that first (and make sure the script is actualy running sio2bsd (enter disk name and description)) then press the RESET button on the Atari so the program will redetect(?) the active drives. diskarchive.sh I think the script is self explanatory to me that is, but then again, I wrote it. It asks for some info before starting the sio2bsd program, but remember, it will kill all running instances of sio2bsd! So when you run the script, it prompts for the 'Disk Name', the filename that will be stored (threefold) in the archive directory. Stick to letters and numbers, no spaces and you'll be fine. Up next is the 'One line description for the disk', where you can enter some text describing the content of the disk. Don't make it too complex but the input is less restrictive than the Disk Name. Now the script will spin up sio2bsd on D4 so copymate can write to it. Make sure the Source and Destination drives on the Atari are correct and press START to start archiving your first disk. If for some reason, your source floppy is not in the enhanced density format but is single density, press the s key and the script will restart sio2bsd with a blank SD image, if that is what the second item in the BLANCO array is. Once the copy is completed, press any key (but the 'e', 's' and 'd' keys) to continue to the next disk. If you're done archiving for the day, enter 'q' as disk name, to quit the script. You'll find the script attached to this post. Copy it to a location you prefer (your home directory on the raspi ?) and run it as root (sudo ~/diskarchive.sh). NOTE: I haven't bothered to remove the message './diskarchive.sh: line 3: 2201 Killed sio2bsd ${SIOPARM}${DISK}.atr 2>&1 > ${DISKDIR}${DISK}.log' you'll see when switching disks. If it really is a concern, let me know. diskarchive.zip
  7. Hi Everyone, I'm ~30 years late to the party but I finally bought my first Atari computer this week, the 800XL!! As a complete beginner to Atari and this whole scene I'm excited but also a little confused and would love some advice. The computer came with a 1010 Cassette deck (I've replaced the belts) and about 8 games on cassette - the computer and tape deck work fine but unfortunately none of the games load, I keep getting BOOT ERROR - so I haven't been been able to do anything on it yet The main purpose of this is for games, programming (basic and assembly) and the general fun of discovering what this thing can do. I have seen many great looking devices such as: sio2pc, sio2bt, sio2sd, Ultimate 1MB, Side2, Pokey Stereo Sound Where do I start, what should I get? importantly, who should I get these things from and what should I avoid? Please tell me which devices you have yourself, what you found the most and least useful and your recommendations. Thanks to everyone in advance - hopefully this post can help future noobs like me. All the best - I look forward to some good advice!
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