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Best Electronics has a fair bit, here is a list of what I found with a quick look.

400/800 SALT (Stand Alone Test) 2.05 Diagnostic Cartridge                         TE15644    $25.00
600XL/800XL SALT  (SALT 2.05 Format)                                             CB101077    $25.00
600XL/800XL/400/800/1200XL/XE Super SALT Universal NTSC Diagnostic Cartridge     FD100335    $30.00
Super SALT Extended Hardware Universal Test PCB(400-XL-XE Computers)             FA100332    $50.00
130XE Plug in Diagnostic Test Board                                              CB102534    $34.95
Atari 810 Factory Diagnostic Cartridge.                                          CB101129    $20.00
Atari 810 Factory Manufacturing Test Cartridge                                   CB101130    $24.00
Atari 810 CPS Field Exerciser Diagnostic Cartridge                               FD100006    $24.00
Atari 810 Factory Disk Drive Check Out Diagnostic Cartridge                      CB103035    $24.00
Dysan 5 1/4 inch SSSD 810 Alignment Disk                                         CB101156    $40.00

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Best Electronics has a fair bit, here is a list of what I found with a quick look.

400/800 SALT (Stand Alone Test) 2.05 Diagnostic Cartridge                         TE15644    $25.00
600XL/800XL SALT  (SALT 2.05 Format)                                             CB101077    $25.00
600XL/800XL/400/800/1200XL/XE Super SALT Universal NTSC Diagnostic Cartridge     FD100335    $30.00
Super SALT Extended Hardware Universal Test PCB(400-XL-XE Computers)             FA100332    $50.00
130XE Plug in Diagnostic Test Board                                              CB102534    $34.95
Atari 810 Factory Diagnostic Cartridge.                                          CB101129    $20.00
Atari 810 Factory Manufacturing Test Cartridge                                   CB101130    $24.00
Atari 810 CPS Field Exerciser Diagnostic Cartridge                               FD100006    $24.00
Atari 810 Factory Disk Drive Check Out Diagnostic Cartridge                      CB103035    $24.00
Dysan 5 1/4 inch SSSD 810 Alignment Disk                                         CB101156    $40.00

I did find the alignment disk there, but was there ever an official diagnostic board as nice at the one for the 130xe?

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I did find the alignment disk there, but was there ever an official diagnostic board as nice at the one for the 130xe?

My post did list the Super SALT Extended Hardware Universal Test PCB(400-XL-XE Computers) FA100332

The full descrription is:

C.P.S. Super SALT Extended Hardware Universal Test PCB(400-XL-XE Computers) for use with above Super Salt cartridge. Required to run 4 - 5 of the above Super Salt Diagnostic cartridges tests and burn in loop test. (requires 2 - 4 joy port to port jumper cables, one 9 volt, 500 mA (2600 type) D.C. adapter, I/O cord 13 pin to 13 pin) Also includes a pass thru power cable for the 400 / 800 series of Atari computers which will allow the C.P.S. Test board to measure and display the current draw from the computer/external power supply. See 600XL FS Manual for Super Salt Manual. This piece of Atari Test equipment is a Must Have type of Repair Tool for any serious 8 bit computer repair Tech. Allows you to Fully test all functions of the Atari 8 bit 400 - XL-XE (except 130XE Ram bank) computers and do all Continues Factory Burn In loop tests on your Atari 8 bit Repairs.

 

I also missed 2 others that are listed for the 1200XL, the following is the full description on the Best website:

C.P.S. 1200XL Diagnostic Cartridge. With 18 Diagnostic tests              CB101073   $25.00
C.P.S. 1200XL Extended Hardware Test Unit for use with above cartridge    CB101079   $30.00

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This is the hardware I got. It is housed in an 850 shell. You will want to get the joystick port cables (get 4). The power passthrough comes with it. You use a 800 power supply (or equivalent) to power it. If you have this, you do not need the 1200XL test board as this one will test them all.

 

Make sure you get this diag cart

 

600XL/800XL/400/800/1200XL/XE Super SALT Universal NTSC Diagnostic Cartridge FD100335 $30.00

 

 

 

 

My post did list the Super SALT Extended Hardware Universal Test PCB(400-XL-XE Computers) FA100332

The full descrription is:

C.P.S. Super SALT Extended Hardware Universal Test PCB(400-XL-XE Computers) for use with above Super Salt cartridge. Required to run 4 - 5 of the above Super Salt Diagnostic cartridges tests and burn in loop test. (requires 2 - 4 joy port to port jumper cables, one 9 volt, 500 mA (2600 type) D.C. adapter, I/O cord 13 pin to 13 pin) Also includes a pass thru power cable for the 400 / 800 series of Atari computers which will allow the C.P.S. Test board to measure and display the current draw from the computer/external power supply. See 600XL FS Manual for Super Salt Manual. This piece of Atari Test equipment is a Must Have type of Repair Tool for any serious 8 bit computer repair Tech. Allows you to Fully test all functions of the Atari 8 bit 400 - XL-XE (except 130XE Ram bank) computers and do all Continues Factory Burn In loop tests on your Atari 8 bit Repairs.

 

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Aside from collector value, I don't think there's anything special about any of the Salt cart versions themselves insofar as extra hardware hanging off them - no reason they can't just be burnt onto Eprom on standard cart.

 

Although for running off something like an Atarimax flashcart, not sure if you can produce instant-start diag mode carts there or not. SALT is something you'd want to be able to run natively since a malfunctioning machine might start diag mode carts OK but not standard ones.

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