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  1. Creating a SIO2PC cable for the Atari 8-bits with RespeQt is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get virtual drives for the Atari and also one of the best. He's a little how to on creating the cable and getting RespeQt up and running. Not to long ago I built an S-Drive for the Atari (see this blog). Also a fairly cheap and good virtual drive solution. It's portable and easy to use. But it does have one drawback, for me anyway. I do a lot of my development on my PC using Altirra and cross-compilers. So if I want to test a file on real-iron I have to pull the SD card from the S-drive, upload the file from the PC to the SD-card, remove the SD-card from the PC then put it back in the S-drive, fire up the Atari and load in the file to the Atari. A bit cumbersome procedure because of how fiddly it is to pull and re-insert that SD card in my S-drive. But with the SIO2PC and the RespeQt I can leave the Atari attached to the PC and just run the file straight on the Atari, no fiddling with cards. What you will need. You will need an SIO2PC cable and a copy of RespeQt. If you are running RespeQt on Windows you will also need a USB driver. There are several ways to create a SIO2PC cable. I chose the one recommended in the RespeQt documentation. A 'FTDI USB to Serial Adapter TTL Cable 5V 6 Pin UART Female Header Converter FT232' pictured here: I got my USB cable from eBay for $16 shipped. Lots of other places also carries the same or similar cable for about that price. You will also need some way to attach the USB cable to the Atari. I got an SIO plug head at vintagecomputercenter for $6+shipping. Any old SIO cable could work as well but I didn't have an old SIO cable at the time. Assembling the SIO2PC cable. First off 'The modern Atari 8-bit computer' does an excellent tutorial on creating a cable and setting up the RespeQt software. Watch Here. I would watch this first then but come back to this blog as he does skim over some important details. Back, good. Now when I got my USB cable it turned out that the colors of the wires weren't the colors listed by 'modern Atari' or in the RespeQt documentation. Bummer. So I had to do a little more research and create me a chart that could be used with my wire colors on my USB. Here's what I made: SIO (pin) my USB cable type green (5) (yellow) RXD black (4) (black) GND orange (3) (orange) TXD looking from the back of the connector You only need to connect three lines from the SIO to the USB; RXD, TXD and Ground. The color chart above was from a SIO2MIDI project someone once posted. The colors on the SIO 'should' always be the same. On the USB, maybe. Check your documentation that comes with your USB for it's color to signal type. I cut the head off the USB cable then tested fitted the USB cable to the SIO plugs and inserted them into the SIO head unit. Then I tested plugging in the SIO head into the Atari. Fit was good. Now on to the software. Setting up the RespeQt sofware If you are using RespeQt on a Windows 7-11 machine you will need a driver: CDM21228_Setup.zip Run the setup software for the driver on your PC before installing the RespeQt software. This will create the virtual COM port you that will need for RespeQqt. At this point you can attach the SIO2PC into a USB port on your PC. It 'should' find the right driver and create a virtual COM port on your PC. Now the RespeQt software. get it here: https://github.com/RespeQt/RespeQt Be sure you download the latest release and READ the bug list. v5.3 has a bug that will brick 'THE CART!' if you try flashing a copy to it. There are multiple packages for multiple PCs. I downloaded the Win64 package and it came with all kinds of goodies. In the package was the RespeQt software and all the .dlls needed, three ATASCII fonts for Windows (load them), a manual, how to create a USB2PC cable, how to compile the program and several Atari 8-bit programs, of which, I so far haven't needed (you might so check them out). To run the RespeQt software you will only need to copy the RespeQt directory from the .ZIP onto someplace on your PC. To execute the RespeQt software just click on the RespeQt.exe. This will start the setup routine for the software. For the FTDI USB pick the virtual COM port the driver software created. Then chose HANDSHAKE method of 'Software(SIO2BT)'. I found this handshake method the most stable but you can also choose NONE which is a bit faster but can be a bit unstable at times. The setup screen: The handshake of SOFTWARE(SIO2BT) loads the Atari software at about standard Atari drive speeds. Not fast, but also not too slow. I tested some high speed SIO routines but none seemed to work. If you set the handshake to NONE the high speed routines do work but under certain situations I had trouble loading. Note: printing doesn't currently work in Windows version. Try to print will usually result in crashing the program. The programmer is aware of this issue and is working on a fix. After you have tested the cable and the software you can now close up and solder the SIO plug head. Note the little bit of tape I used around the cable so the shell would clamp the wire tightly. The only real problem I had with the shell is the supplied screw was too short. I got another screw and it worked fine. Summary RespeQt has a lot of capabilities to it. I can run .ATR files, it can load from PC directories, it can be set to boot OSB automatically and bunch more. I managed to load almost all of my files except 'Music Construction Set' which is my only .ATX file. .ATX support is still under development. A side project from another set of programmers, which may or may not come to fruition, is including an N: network device. Would be nice. That's it, cheap and very useful, the RespeQT with an SIO2PC.
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    I have been back using my Atari 800 XL for about six months now. I bought a MyIDE cart to backup all my old floppies. Most of them were still readable. I did not really like the MyIDE cart though. Well, the cart is fine, it's mainly the patched O.S. It's a pity it doesn't support mixing SIO and IDE devices very well. So, I dug out my old SIO2PC cables. I had one MAX232 version and one using an MC1489. Both looked like crap (they were soldered very badly) so I decided to rebuild one. I "designed" a small PCB for the MAX232 version. Here it is: Schematic: PCB: (normal and mirrored version) Component placement:
  3. Hey, people. I have the entire Scott Adams Graphic Adventure (S.A.G.A.) collection for the Atari 800. My son's gotten into them as well, and I want to set them up for him on an emulator, but I've been unable to find disk images for most of these games (the text adventures are readily available but the graphical versions seem hard to find,) and my FC5025 won't read the second side of the disks. Does somebody have these? Or is it time for me to buck up and get an SIO2PC thingy of some sort? Thanks! Reverend -=ShoEboX=-
  4. A while back I was trying to figure out a way to daisy chain both my sio2pc devices just because I was sick of disconnecting and reconnecting them. I do switch between the two depending on what im trying to do. I started a thread but never really got the answers I needed. Then a little while back at a thrift store I found something that gave me some inspiration. It's a belkin data switch from 1999 (good news its y2k compliant). It's just a parallel port switcher but I figured I could turn it into an sio switch for my sio2pc rs232 and my sio2pc usb. So I did. I just hooked up the switch at the sio end of both my sio2pc devices. Anyway I thought I'd show it off just cuz I think its pretty sweet. So here are some pics. Also I was wondering if anyone knew how to put an led on an sio2pc device using the 14c89 chip. Id kinda like to have a little led above each of the two inputs that gets all blinky when I'm transferring data. That would be really sweet.
  5. Hi all, Someone asked about this, so I thought I'd make a quick video to show it off. This is my sio2pc setup that I recently put together. Here. Basically, a mini-itx mobo w/ i5 processor. 2 2600daptors(mounted inside case). dual-port sio2pc from atarimax(also mounted inside). running altirra and ape(registered). touch screen interface. pretty tight fit with the power supply and all... probably could have had plenty more room if I'd thought it out better in advance, but it runs cool enough.
  6. Hello I'm rather new to this, and I was wanting a little help. I recently bought an Atari 800xl and 1050 because they were going cheap and I loved it and the software packaged. However, I soon bought a SIO2PC thinking I could get ATR images off internet and run them on atari. I bought the serial cable model, and a serial adapter (I thought my pc had a serial port, alas, only usb) but when running the APE it throws up the error "[device manager] rs232 driver failed to initialize (usb only mode enabled)". The drivers are correctly installed as far as I'm aware, it says the serial adapter is in COM port 4, I don't know if this makes a difference. Thanks for your time
  7. Well I got sio2pc working awesome. It's set up for two different laptops one fairly modern dell and an old old toshiba. Idealy I want to take my dell out of the mix all together. Reason is I use my dell constently in the living room and I dont like moving it back and forth to the game room. Although my old toshiba does what I want it to do its far from ideal. The main reason is I have yet to get Aspeqt running on it. Now this laptop is very old its running windows 95. I have no problem running winape on it other then the fact that winape is kinda anoying. I did try to install Aspeqt on there but I get a message saying its missing a .dll file. I have not experimented any further then that. Before I open this can of worms my question is can I even run Aspeqt under win 95 or am I just gona run into another problem after I install the .dll file? Next question Id kinda like to get rid of win 95 altogether. Is there possibly some legacy version of linux that I could run Aspeqt under on a pc this old? And finaly would I be better off just giving up on the old toshiba all together? Id realy like to put it to some use and I think using it as a dedicated virtual drive for my atari would be sweet. So I thought id ask the gurus if this was possible or just a pipe dream. Thanks for your help.
  8. Using the SIO2PC, is it possible to save BASIC programs from my Atari 800XL to PC? I can send ATR images from PC to Atari, but can it go other way round? Do I need DOS or something? Thanks, sorry if this seems like a silly question
  9. I am interested in making my own SIO2PC. I came across the FTDI Friend from Adafruit for $14.75. Would that board work? I see the signal logic level is 3.3V by default, but I think the Atari SIO port is 5V. If the logic levels are okay, then I should just be able to use jumper wire to connect the headers directly to pins on the SIO port, right?
  10. If I have 2 sio2pc cables is there a way that I can daisy chain one into the other? The idea being my 1050 boots dos as D1: My laptop A is D2: via serial rs232 interface. My computer B is D3: via sio2pc rs232 to usb interface. The idea seems simple enough to me but the both these are chain enders. How hard would it be to daisy chain one into the other permanently. In a way where I could theoretically use one the other or both? That's what I'm working with. Its pretty pretty basic stuff the simplest 14c82 chip. This should be possible right it seems like it should be kinda basic stuff. Or am I way off on that?
  11. I have an Atari 800XL and a 1050 drive. I have old games, written when I was in junior high, and I would like to move them to the PC, where I can casually enjoy them via emulation. Likewise, I have recently hacked a couple A8 games (Popeye and Donkey Kong Jr). I would like to be able to enjoy them on my ACTUAL 800XL hardware. I really liked the idea of Lotharek's SIO2SD. However, I heard it can be tedious to cycle through a lot of software with 1 line of text and 4 buttons. Even though it would require my laptop nearby, I think I am leaning toward the SIO2PC/SIO2USB solution. The problem is that there are two different items with the same name. (One uses caps in the product name). Which one is the most versatile and uses the best software. AtariMax has an SIO2USB, and I have been eyeing that for a long time. My understanding is that it uses WinAPE software. Lotharek has an sio2usb. It is tiny -- the size of an sio plug. I am not sure what software works with it, but he seems to have a lot of good stuff. So WHICH ONE? I would like to be able to use .atr AND .xex files. Can either of these units handle both formats? Which one has easier to use software? Will either one be better for transferring my old games TO the PC? (Will they both act as a 1050 emulator to my PC?) Is it possible that neither of these will work for my purpose, and I need to go SIO2SD? Finally, are there any solutions I am missing? I have searched SIO2USB and SIO2PC in the forums, and I seem to get way too many irrelevant posts..
  12. From the album: Atari stuff

    This 600 XL features: - Supervideo 2.1 XL - Candle´s Ultimate 1 MB - Dual Pokey Stereopcb - SIO2PC all stuff was perfectly put into this device by tfhh/abbuc! thanks

    © JvR.

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