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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. From the album: My Game Collection

    the Serial number of said heavy sixer
  3. Hello guys!! I thought I'd make the official Atari 2600 4 switch woody serial number thread. There is a serial number thread for the Heavy Sixer, Light Sixer, Vader, and Junior models. After extensive searching, there is none for the CX-2600A 4 switch woodies manufactuted from 1980-1982. Share your 4 switch woody consoles and their serial numbers. I'll lead off with mine. And the one out of my 5 different 2600's that get the most play time. My official game room system. The 4 switch woody 2600 and Sears Tele-Games serial number list as of 8/30/15 #81019322 Sramirez2008 Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #81134671 spawnshop Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #81205352 hookem Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #81914252 Sramirez2008 Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #82281004 zylon Sears Tele-Games NTSC Taiwan #82506814 BurritoBeans Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #549274883 High Voltage Atari 2600 PAL Hong Kong #827821160 SonicSageGamer Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #828289936 Retrogamer81081 Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan #828368579 opry99er Atari 2600 NTSC Taiwan Manufactured in Taiwan S.N. 828289936
  4. Does anyone know how rigidly the SIO timing specifications in the OS manual are followed in practice? I'm working on a high-speed SIO routine and am trying to determine what delays are required, since some of the delays are annoying to hit with variable DMA involved. The one I'm particularly interested in is the t2 delay from last command byte to command line deassert. This is specced as 650-950 microseconds, but it looks like the OS routine violates this by only waiting 400us: T-0.000403 | A=00 X=FE Y=00 S=F2 P=32 | EAA7: F0 F5 BEQ $EA9E + IRQ interrupt ... T-0.000002 | A=A0 X=FE Y=31 S=F0 P=B0 | EB11: A9 3C LDA #$3C T+0.000000 | A=3C X=FE Y=31 S=F0 P=30 | EB13: 8D 03 D3 STA PBCTL The actual delay is even lower in a gr.4 (IR mode screen, only 300us. I was tempted to use timers 1+2 in 15KHz for timeouts as it's easier to set up than OS timer 1 and I can hit delays up to four seconds that way, but now I'm not even sure I need to be that precise with the delays.
  5. well guys (and girls), I just bought five Lantronics UDS devices really cheap. I'll be selling three shortly but would like to know of would be a good way to test them before I put them up for sale. Got a PC with a serial port, any ideas?
  6. What Is It? Hayesduino is an Arduino sketch that provides a bridge between the world of the Internet and small devices that do not have built-in ethernet capabilities. Old computers, such as the Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 800 have serial ports, but do not have readily available Internet solutions with wide software support. While specialized solutions do exist for these platforms, they all require specialized software to use them and do not lend themselves to more general usage such as simply opening a socket, sending some data, and/or receiving some data. Hayesduino bridges this gap by emulating a Hayes compatible modem. This allows users to initiate Internet communications via sockets that are opened by "dialing" to a hostname and port. An example would be initiating a telnet session with a host by simply typing atdt hostname:23 and waiting for the host to respond. Using this technique, any online socket can be reached and communicated with. Hayesduino could have accomplished this without emulating a modem, but there needed to be a good way to allow the small machine to receive incoming connections. The three platforms listed above were all very popular systems for hosting BBS (bulletin board systems) which would accept calls over a telephone line via modem. Hayesduino simulates the incoming phone call whenever the software receives an inbound connection on port 23 (this is changeable in the code). When an incoming connection is detected, the Hayesduino will toggle the DCE-DCD line to trigger the remote software to answer the incoming "call". In this way a classic BBS can be hooked up directly to the Internet. http://hayesduino.codeplex.com
  7. This is a more targeted continuation of the blatantly hijacked thread <here>. Executive Summary of this go-forward: The NanoPEB being periodically peddled on eBay is a wonderful little device, providing 3 virtual disk drives which map to a Compact Flash card, a 32K RAM expansion, and an RS232 serial port. Unfortunately, the serial port was set up in such a way that virtually all existing Terminal Emulation software packages take one look at that serial port, and promptly throw their dish on the floor. The technical details of that I leave to vaster minds than mine to explain. Meanwhile, I have slapped together what I think is a toy many of us would like to have and use, a WiFi modem that is RS232 compatible and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. The prototype has been proven with several IBM-ish 8088 machines, and I have been surfing Telnet BBS's with it. I would like to test and use it with my TI-99/4A plus NanoPEB, but the terminal software always stops me, since none of them like my serial port. My current quest is to find, make, beg, borrow, steal or barter a package into working with the NanoPEB. The ultimate goal is to publish details of this very simple modem, so that others in this community can make their own for less than $10 and a few minutes work, and go BBS surfing using their household WiFi, Telnet, and a T-99/4A with either an "original" serial port or a NanoPeb. I'll explain how once it's tested, as I don't want folks clamoring to build one only to find that it doesn't work in this plane of existence. The modem itself works in another environment, but I'm a firm believer in end-to-end systems testing. Besides, I have a NanoPEB, so I'm greedy and want it to work with my TI-99/4A. So that's the lay of the land. In our last episode (thread) InsaneMultitasker had generously thrown me a software package thinking it might work. I'm sorry to report that it doesn't. It runs well up until the moment any byte is actually sent down the line, then it crashes. (Cursor stops blinking, and no keys respond.) To be thorough I connected a null modem cable between the NanoPeb and the modem, (they normally dock directly), but the behavior was the same. The quest continues,...
  8. Hello there! I've been trying to confirm serial port operation with Altirra/x64 2.40 (800 OS-B NTSC / 48K). What I'd like to do ideally is redirect the screen print output (typically using POKE'ing X,Y cursor screen location) to the serial port. Failing that a method of just sending the same print screen data to the serial port. Before doing that of course (if possible!), I'd like to test the serial port emulation in Altirra using R: How is this configured to test the functionality with a terminal emulator such as Putty? -ChromaBurst
  9. I asked a similar question on stackoverflow, but I figured I'd ask here as well. I use the Hatari (Atari ST) emulator on a Mac. Since there are a number of Atari ST BBSes out there still today, I'd love to be able to connect to them using a VT-52 compatible Atari terminal program, like Freeze Dried Terminal, TAZ, or VanTerm. But how can I get Hatari to work with telnet? I see that Hatari offers RS232/serial emulation. The manual suggests writing Hatari RS232 input/output to a file like /dev/ttyS0. And I found something called socat that lets you transfer data between various channels. So: is there a way to make socat take a telnet session and pipe it into a file that can be read by Hatari's RS232 emulation? Any ideas? I'm a unix novice, but I'd love to get this to work.
  10. Introducing Inty ECS GPS https://youtu.be/_8zZaOlPb58 Have you ever wanted to hook up your Intellivision to GPS? Now you can! The hardware setup for the Inty ECS GPS software is: Intellivision ECS GPS unit that outputs Garmin TextOut serial data, set to 1200 baud, 8N1 Cable that adapts ECS AUX to serial (Tx/Rx version) Cable wiring: ECS ECS DE-9 Signal Plug pin ------ ------ ---- Tx Tip 2 (optional, not used by Inty ECS GPS) Rx Ring 3 GND Sleeve 5 Note: the cable in the video also has internal loopback on the DE-9 for when it is plugged into a PC, but this is not relevant to connecting to the GPS hardware. This project grew out of my studying of the ECS's UART registers, which were poorly understood. As far as I know, this program demonstrates the first time in decades that anyone has read data from the AUX port into the ECS (writing out the AUX port previously known from the ECS's printer code in ROM). I eventually plan to present more formal register documentation later. For eager/curious developers, the source code here contains preliminary definitions of the registers and bit-fields. Since further research is still being done, expect some of the bit-field names to change in the future. For example, one unnamed bit field has recently been observed to change values but is still not fully understood at this time. ROM and source code provided below. Inty_ECS_GPS.zip
  11. I found a Trak-Ball that is serial number 00249, so I figured it'd be interesting to see what kind of serial numbers are out there. I asked the 5200 facebook group and a bunch of people there gave me the numbers off of their Trak-Balls. Please feel free to post your serial number and any interesting information, like Country of Manufacture and the EP codes. Or, any other code prefixes. Here's the list. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aOaXTLlwIG_rvisCZmIbVjZiZ8-MXtSo0AxY41u3-BU/edit?usp=sharing
  12. I'm trying to track down a user's manual for the AST Multi I/O card. It is supposed to provide parallel and serial ports, as well as a system clock for the Apple II. I managed to locate a utilities disk image for the card on Asimov but I have been unable to find any written documentation. It has a series of jumpers and DIP switches that, without some functional understanding, are useless. Any help is appreciated.
  13. I have an Atari 7800 that I've modded for composite video. Now I'd like to start learning how to write software for it. I'm already familiar with 6502 assembly (from the NES), but will need to do a deep dive into the MARIA chip (so far, how you access this seems crazy! ) and any other idiosyncrasies of the 7800. My question is, after writing and compiling on the PC (Windows), is there a way to run/test what I write on the real hardware? Or am I limited to running/testing in emulators on the PC? Something like a cartridge with a serial cable connected to the PC where I could compile on the PC and update the cartridge via the serial cable would be wonderful... does anything like that exist? I just had a vision of a Raspberry Pi Zero W in a 2600/7800 cartridge case connected to the PC over WiFi... LOL!
  14. I have opened up a pre-sale for HDX boards to modify your TI rs232 card to support the HDX1 DSR http://www.arcadeshopper.com/wp/?page_id=11#!/~/category/id=5051340&offset=0&sort=nameAsc For more information on HDX read on: Have you looked at Fred's site? http://home.vodafonevast.nl/fgkaal/Software/sw_ti99hdx.html#ti99hdx Basically HDX makes a network like connection over the rs232/2 port to a windows PC. It is a DSR replacement on the RS232 card and provides a device HDX1 that connects to software on the windows PC. Providing a "hard disk like" device to access v9t9 format files on the windows hard disk. Theoretically you can point classic99 to the same folder and run/access the files there on your PC without having to convert/move/copy them somewhere else. It also allows the use of TIPRINT on the windows pc to emulate printers and you can print to HDX1.PRINTER on the TI and it comes out on your windows printer. Both of these software packages can run on the PC with just a regular straight through serial cable. But to use them "seamlessly" on the TI requires the RS232 modification which uses the board I am selling. The board loads a new DSR into a battery backed static ram (very similar to minimem's memory as he borrowed that design) and that DSR has instead of RS322/2 it has the HDX1 device. A RS232 splitter cable is required to split RS232/2 off of the main connection for the connection to the PC. The cable required other than that is straight through DB25-DB9. To use HDX without the board you load the program CFHDXS1 on the TI and that allows a limited DM2K interface with HDX1 support built in. This is what I've used for months to transfer files to the TI from the PC, all I do is us TIDIR to put the files in my HDX files directory (or a sub directory) then load the software on the TI, go to HDX1. and there's the files and directories. Long as they are v9t9 format (TIDIR lets you easily convert to that if they are not) they come up and are copy, move, eXecuteable from CFHDXS1 or any program if you have the modified RS232 card. TIPRINT lets you print to RS232.BA=xxxxx. etc.. and it comes out on your PC's printer. Again with the HDX board modification you can print to HDX1.PRINTER and it will figure out the rest. There's also a Disk transfer program that works with the HDX board that will copy your disks from the TI directly to a DSK image on the PC in a "disks" directory. And you can copy DSK files back to real disks on the TI as well. I have used the software version with both Corcomp and TI rs232 cards and they worked fine. I haven't tested with anything else.. The modification of the card for the HDX board ONLY works on a TI card. No 3rd party cards. I am going to purchase a few extra RS232 cards and build them up with the HDX modification and offer them for sale if people are interested in the mod but not the build I am sure a few others are as well based on the quantities ordered from the pre-order. Greg
  15. So I see there is no one selling a Uthernet II anywhere on the net. So I was wondering has anyone use a Ethernet to Serial box like, "https://www.amazon.com/SainSmart-Ethernet-Intelligent-Communication-Converter/dp/B008BGLUHW"with an Apple //e. thx
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