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If you're only using DOS2/2.5 you can have 4 drives D1:,D2:,D3:,D4:. You can use the shortcut D: to refer to D1.

D1 is the boot drive, if you want to boot a game, power off the atari, put the disk in D1, power on the atari holding down the option key (if you are on an XL/XE machine) to turn off BASIC and it will boot the game.

 

If you need to swap disks, do that in RespecQT

 

Remember that the files you see on your PC, the atr files themselves are actually usually disk sides, not always multiple disks. most games came as a single disk, some bigger games required you to turn the disk over and load side 2, really big games had a second disk to give you sides 3 and 4 so putting atr 2 into disk 1 is actually the same as turning the disk over, you couldn't put two sides of the same disk into two different drives so most games didn't support multiple disk drives. If a game saves your position you would usually put that disk in D1 if a second disk drive was supported.

 

Drives above D2 are really for more serious work, where you need lots of space.

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I just purchased my first ever Atari 800XL. At first glance it appears to be in farily good condition. It comes with an original power supply. I know some other 8-bit computers (C64) have reputations for system killing power supplies. Do Atari supplies have any similiar issues? If so, do you know of any resources for testing the power supply? I've search online, but there seem to be fewer resources for the Atari XL systems compared to the Commodore. I'm waiting on a video cable since my system didn't come with one, but would like to validate the system as much as possible ahead of time.

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I just purchased my first ever Atari 800XL. At first glance it appears to be in farily good condition. It comes with an original power supply. I know some other 8-bit computers (C64) have reputations for system killing power supplies. Do Atari supplies have any similiar issues? If so, do you know of any resources for testing the power supply? I've search online, but there seem to be fewer resources for the Atari XL systems compared to the Commodore. I'm waiting on a video cable since my system didn't come with one, but would like to validate the system as much as possible ahead of time.

best to wait on your cable, the ingot power supply is the only system killer supply for the Atari, and don't use a commodore supply on an Atari ever.

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You could snap a shot of your power supply in the mean time... we can see which type you have, or you can look at the examples of the different power supplies and their mug shots on the forums here at AA

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You could snap a shot of your power supply in the mean time... we can see which type you have, or you can look at the examples of the different power supplies and their mug shots on the forums here at AA

 

I found this page earlier. When I get home from work tonight I'll take a look at my power supply. It was certainly beefy.

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specifically http://atariage.com/forums/topic/95416-power-supplies/?p=1157349

this is very true of the 110-120 v countries... in general the epoxy filled supplies on any device for any equipment ever made are terrible... they are not only boat anchors but tend to make anything connected to them the same!

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Dang. My computer has an Ingot so I’ll need to put together a new one. Going to look around my old gear and see if I can find another 5v supply.

 

Had any luck getting a power supply? A good USB charger will power the 800XL well. There's someone selling a XL/XE usb adapter power cable on ebay. Some usb chargers will not work since they only give .5A unless the phone asks for more, or if it's a low amp charger to start with.

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Had any luck getting a power supply? A good USB charger will power the 800XL well. There's someone selling a XL/XE usb adapter power cable on ebay. Some usb chargers will not work since they only give .5A unless the phone asks for more, or if it's a low amp charger to start with.

Sure did. Cut off the original connector from the power supply and soldered it to an old raspberry pi power supply I had. 5 volts and 3 amps. Worked great, and I’ve enjoyed using the 800XL.

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I know this thread has been helping for all these years but I suggest a change of name, nothing too radical, just adding "and returning users" to the end, just to make it a direct pointer for them too. Newbies simply suggests new to Atari while seasoned past users returning may feel its not really about them and not look there.

 

I only go from past experience in other forums with newbie threads, many found it slightly awkward and presumed it was only going to be the most basic info and not to bring them up to date....

 

Anyway, a simple suggestion....

 

Paul..

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What a coincidence!

 

Some days ago I wanted to send the link to a once VERY experienced user but "Topic for newbies" seemed to me disrespectful.

 

Topic for newbies and returning users is nice.

 

Other ideas?

 

Do you think it's a good idea to change/lenghten topic's name?

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@Philsan I am a returning user (wrote a drawing program once in TurboBasic) and knew a lot about the 800XL, some of that knowledge is still there, the rest is vanishes to be sought back.. ;)
Idea for name-change: 'Topic for newbies and returnees'.

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Quick question about the 400, my power cuts out when the door is open and works again when its closed, is that expected?

Yes, a very nice idea to prevent a cartridge from being inserted with power on.

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Appreciate the information thanks. Another quick one ... I have a few disks for the 400/800 but there is one Adventure International game with no title on and I have no working disk drive, is there any way to work out what games are on what disks? There is a 13 digit code on the back of the disk, could I use that to track down the title?

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Quick question about the 400, my power cuts out when the door is open and works again when its closed, is that expected?

Yes - most people have said (and I always believed) this was to prevent inserting / removing carts while powered up. However, one of the machine's creators (Joe Decuir) was just recorded at VCF explaining that this was also to get around a bullshit FCC rule. No emissions could come from the machines (400/800), hence the original ridiculous aluminum cage. Having the power cut when the metal covered door was open, would ensure no cancerous waves would come from the computer.

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correct, the cartridge slots were hot swap-able and some carts have fingers shorter than others to facilitate this better, the interlock was two fold, to prevent emissions, and to keeps things safe when uncased... safety interlocks were a thing bitd...

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