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Indus GT program GT DOC (GTDDC.COM)

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Finally got a power supply and the time to try out this Indus GT drive I've had for a while. It's passing initial diags and somewhat working, but I noticed in the field service manual, there is reference to a program called "GTDDC.COM". Does anyone happen to have this program and/or the BASIC source to type in? Even better are the disks that came with the system available anywhere, mine came with just the drive itself. I seem to have the word processor and data manager atrs, but I can't remember how many disks came with it.

 

thanks for any info...

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here is the gt diag disk. boot with basic on i think. it may have its own basic on it. cannot remember.

 

James

Checking with a sector editor (I don't have my A8 set up ATM), reveals that 'Atari 800 Basic v.1.0 (1981)' is on the disk.

The same sector also says "written by Weiland and Gates". Gee, did Bill ever code anything himself? I always thought he just bought the rights for stuff others had developed and then claimed it was his own work, MS-DOS being the most prolific example. I may be wrong...

 

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Checking with a sector editor (I don't have my A8 set up ATM), reveals that 'Atari 800 Basic v.1.0 (1981)' is on the disk.

The same sector also says "written by Weiland and Gates". Gee, did Bill ever code anything himself? I always thought he just bought the rights for stuff others had developed and then claimed it was his own work, MS-DOS being the most prolific example. I may be wrong...

 

re-atari

No - back in the mid 70s, Bill did actually code, in ASM even. He definitely did lots of the code for their early BASIC versions.

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No - back in the mid 70s, Bill did actually code, in ASM even. He definitely did lots of the code for their early BASIC versions.

It's a bit off a detour from this thread´s original topic, but there's some good reading about the various Microsoft Basic implementations at http://www.pagetable.com/?p=43

 

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here is the gt diag disk. boot with basic on i think. it may have its own basic on it. cannot remember.

 

James

Thank you!!

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Using my 810 I was able to run this and test out the GT. The 'GT' program was the only thing I could get to run. There are options for "Next Test" and "Boot Disk" but they didn't seem to respond when pressing the corresponding keys. I wonder if the "Next Test" just runs the same test over (which wouldn't make sense since it seems to loop) or if there are more tests. Good news is, according to the program that is fine.

 

I had made the Level 2 diag connector and that fails w/ an H4 (Bus Interface Test). Pinned out the connector multiple times to ensure it was correct. I would think if that wasn't passing, I wouldn't be able to do /anything/.

 

The issue I'm having is that after reading just a little from a disk, the drive errors out w/ what looks to be a 'G5' error code.

 

I'm still hunting for the GTDOC.COM program also since it does not seem to be on any of the disks I downloaded at the retrobits site.

 

<keeps poking around>

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I managed to find out where GTDOC.COM is in this thread

 

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/131602-indusgt-field-service-manual/?view=findpost&p=1945276&hl=%2Bgtdoc

 

It's the diags program, but you have to run it from BASIC, I was trying to do a binary run of it (I should know better, the service repair manual says it's a BASIC program!).

Be sure to disable BASIC on booting as it contains Microsoft BASIC and you'll get Out of Memory errors if you don't

 

I cleaned the heads and the rails and it seems to be behaving a little better, but still getting lots of read errors. The saga continues...

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I cleaned the heads and the rails and it seems to be behaving a little better, but still getting lots of read errors. The saga continues...

Did you already try reseating the socketed IC's on the GT's mainboard? Contact resistance can result in very strange intermittent errors.

 

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Did you already try reseating the socketed IC's on the GT's mainboard? Contact resistance can result in very strange intermittent errors.

 

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I will try that! Thank you for the idea. It's definitely doing a bit better since lubricating the rails, cleaning them wasn't enough.

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Please keep conspiracy theory garbage off the AtariAge Forums. 

 

Thank you,

 

 ..Al

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