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From: aa399 (Len Stys) Subject: Q & A - Dec.86 - Apr.87 Date: Tue Jan 23 16:04:53 1990 Time Capsule - Q & A - Dec.86 - Apr.87 -------------------------------------- Question Subjects Date Posted ----------------- ----------- ST/8-bit Questions Dec.26,1986 Displays Dec.28,1986 Modem & Printer Use Jan.01,1987 Software Jan.00,1987 LPrint Statements Jan.10,1987 Codes Jan.15,1987 Cassette boot Jan.19,1987 Booting from MIO Ramdisk Mar.14,1987 XM301 & Printer problems Feb.17,1987 Monochrome games Jan.25,1987 GEMDOS calls Mar.27,1987 Password access to a disk Feb.17,1987 Books Feb.17,1987 Percom drive Mar.22,1987 MPP Express Feb.27,1987 RAM Disk Feb.17,1987 Screen editor handlers Feb.17,1987 DOS Versions Jan.31,1987 800 RAM Feb.17,1987 RAM Disks Feb.27,1987 ST base Feb.27,1987 Print Codes Apr.05,1987 1020 Printer/Plotter Feb.27,1987 Data transfer via modem Feb.27,1987 Emulators Mar.22,1987 Conversion Programs Mar.19,1987 Fast file reading Mar.14,1987 Computer modems Mar.14,1987 VBlanks Mar.19,1987 MPPExpress Mar.19,1987 Password Access:AtariWriter Mar.19,1987 Star Printer Mar.25,1987 MPPExpress Problems Mar.22,1987 -From:aa268:qa:535967509:538559509:ST/8-bit Questions Can I ask both ST and 8-bit questions here or do I have to direct them to a certian sysop? ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Fri Dec 26 02:56:35 1986 ** I know it was kinda dumb to ask myself a question, but I needed to test this section, and It is a good question. Yes, You may leave a Question about either the ST or the 8-Bits here. Although We do not have a ST co-sysop at this time, I do have a resorce for any info on the ST. So feel free and have fun Cleveland. Your Sysop, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:ac365:qa:536010859:538602859:Displays Is there a way to stop the Atari 800 from changing colors after 5 minutes or so? ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sun Dec 28 18:03:30 1986 ** Yes Todd, To keep the screen from chang- ing color after a few minutes you have to reset location 77 by pokeing a 0 in. This is what happens when ever a key is press on the Atari keyboard. To force atract mode poke in a value of 254. The atact mode is uses to keep the screen from having a ghost burned into it. It will occur after a 9 min. wait. You may have to re-set 77 after some statments like print so write your program to loop through the setting or to go back after any print statment. Thanks for the question. Your Sysop, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:ab044:qa:536347302:538939302:MODEM & PRINTER USE I have a 130xe (upgraded to 320k) two 1050 drives a Star SG-10 printer and an xm301 modem.......my problem is that there is no way to use my modem and printer at the same time as I have an Apeface interface. Is there any other way besides an A/B switch? Would an A/B switch work? ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Thu Jan 1 21:01:15 1987 ** The best solution to the problem would be one of the many interfaces on the market that allow a user to pulg in more that one device. The one that comes to mind is the 850 interface but as I am sure you know these are hard to find to say the least. As for the A/B switch idea most of the ones I have seen on the market are for VCRs and are only setup for the coax cable (2 wire). So, No one of these would not work. If anyone has more info on the matter, Please leave me a msg. so I can post that info here as well. Thanks for the Question, Your Sysop, Jim Haynes aa268 2-27-87 A much less expensive alternative is to make one 4-ended cable out of the two 2-ended standard SIO cables (Atari peripheral cables). To do this, first determine where the two cables should be joined. Second, remove about 2" of insulation from each cable, being very careful not to nick the wires inside or their insulation. The third step is to examine the wires in each cable. There should be 13 in each. One in each should be bare and the others should have the same color coding. If not, stop right there and take the cables to someone who knows enough electronics to connect the proper wires together. If the wires do match, take a wire from one cable and the matching wire from the other, strip about 1/8" of insulation off both wires, twist them together AND SOLDER THEM, then tape them thoroughly. Repeat this for each pair of wires. When finished, you can plug one end into each drive and one into your computer, leaving the second socket on each drive free for other peripherals. There will also be a free end for other Atari equipment (1027 printer?). Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 P.S. See other printer/modem questions for comments on your next likely problem. -From:visitor:qa:536556999:539148999:SOFTWARE MY QUESTION IS:DO YOU KNOW ANYWHERE IN THE 612 AREA CODE AREA,IF THERE IS A DEAL THERE IS A DEALER WHO SELLS AN XEP80 MONITER ATTACHMENT? <<RONNIE[VISOTER]>> -From:ab714:qa:537070804:539662804:LPRINT STATEMENTS Can someone tell me why, In a basic program, when I have a line that is an LPRINT statement and it ends with a semicolon, and the next line is an LPRINT statement, the two lines will not print out together on the same line, when I run the program. EXAMPLE: 10 LPRINT "This line will not"; 20 LPRINT "be printed on the same line, as this line. " I believe the semicolon is supposed to cause these 2 lines to print out together on the same line. This will work if you r emove the -L- from the LPRINTs and just say PRINT. The above two lines will print out on the screen all in one line. EXAMPLE: (This line will not be printed on the same line, as th is line.) Why does it work on the screen but not on the printer? How can I get this to work on my printer. I am using a STAR NX-10 p rinter and a 130XE computer, using standard ATARI basic and a P.R. CONNECTION interface. ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat Jan 10 02:29:04 1987 ** The LPRINT statement is used in Atari basic to print one line of text. It will end each LPRINT with an EOL (End Of Line) character. This is in essence a carrage return. So your Printer will go to the next line. An alturnative is to open a channel to the printer and use the Print # statement. This will give you full control of the EOL and let you concatinate your strings. This is all explained in "YOUR ATARI COMPUTER" by Lon Poole. (also known as the ATARI BIBLE) Thanks for the question and I hope that helps. For More info. feel free to leave me e-mail. ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:aa275:qa:537299432:539891432:codes Does anyone know what the ASCII code for the bell is, yes the ASCII not ATASCII. This is the bell ^G^G. Todd aa275 Paine Dealer ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Thu Jan 15 03:27:28 1987 ** Well Todd, That's a good question. To answer it shortly, There is none, or there are many. Each type of computer has it's own codes to carry out certian functions, like cursor control, bells and clear screens. So you see what's one mans bell is another mans whistle. ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:visitor:qa:537665715:540257715:cassette boot How can I do a cassette boot and use a translator. I have an old version of Shamus that has not been used since I had my 400. Thank You. John c. Bassett ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jan 19 23:50:26 1987 ** GET IN TOUCH WITH THE USER GROUP IN LAKEWOOD BY CALLING B & G ELECTRONICS AT 521-2855. SOME OF THE OLDER ATARI MAGAZINES HAD A METHOD OF TRANSFERRING CASSETTE PROGRAMS TO DISK FOR USE WITH TRANSLATORS, ETC. -From:ab261:qa:537996205:540588205:BOOTING FROM THE MIO RMDSK IS THERE ANYWAY TO BOOT AN 8-BIT SYSTEM FROM THE ICD MIO RAMDISK? AND/OR ARE THERE ANY PROBLEMS WITH LEAVING BOTHE THE MIO AND (130XE) CONNECTED AND TURNED ON FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME? MY 130XE "SPAZZED" OUT AFTER I LEFT IT AND THE MIO CONNECTED AND TURNED ON FOR A FEW DAYS, SO I HAVE BEEN TURNING OFF THE 130XE, BUT LEAVING THE MIO ON WHEN LEAVING THE SYSTEM FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME ==> REBOOTING FROM DISK ALL OF THE TIME... THANKS, BTB ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Mar 14 10:53:43 1987 ** Check your manual. You can configure the RAMdisk as drive 1. This should work most of the time. Just be sure to back up your system often so you don't loose anything if you have a power glitch. You will have to start from scratch with real disk drives each time that happens. The good news is that, for most of N.E. Ohio that doesn'thappen often. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy Thanks for asking. -From:ab066:qa:537999989:540591989:XM301 & PRINTER PROBLEMS HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED ANY PRINTER PROBLEMS WHEN THE XM301 MODEM IS ON THE SERIAL BUS? I HAVE A CONNECTOR BLOCK CONSISTING OF 4 ATARI CONNECTORS CONNECTED WITH ALL THE LIKE PINS IN PARALLEL ( 1 TO 1, 2 TO 2, ETC. ). THIS ALLOWS ME TO CONNECT BOTH MY APE FACE PRINTER INTERFACE AND XM301 AT THE SAME TIME. THE PROBLEM IS THAT ALTHOUGH EVERYTHING ELSE WORKS FINE, THE PRINTER WILL OCCASIONALLY PRINT GARBAGE OR REPEAT A STRING OF TEXT AND LOOSE TRACK OF MARGINS. THIS PROBLEM WAS ALSO MENTIONED IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF ANTIC (SEE "GARBAGE" ON PAGE 8). THAT INSTANCE INVOLVED A UPRINT INTERFACE WHICH DOES HAVE ITS OWN BUS CONNECTOR. TOM PRASEK, WHO ALSO ASKED REGARDING THIS PROBLEM HAS A SIMILAR CONNECTOR TO WHAT I USE AND IT BEHAVES THE SAME. UNPLUGING THE XM301 SOLVES THE PROBLEM! ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Tue Feb 17 00:36:54 1987 ** I HAD A SIMILAR PROBLEM WHEN I ADDED EXTRA KEYPADS TO MY 320XE. IT TURNED OUT THAT THE POWER PACK DOES NOT HAVE MUCH MORE POWER CAPABILITY THAN IT NEEDS TO DRIVE THE COMPUTER. WHEN BOTH PERIPHERALS ARE CONNECTED TO THE 5 VOLT SUPPLY AT THE SAME TIME, THEY MAY BE PULLING THE SUPPLY LOW ENOUGH TO ENTER THE REGEON OF "UNPREDICTABLE RESULTS." THE SOLUTIONS ARE TO EITHER BUY A 3 AMP 5 VOLT POWER SOURCE AND ADAPT IT TO ATARI OR BREAK INTO YOUR ATARI SUPPLY AND REPLACE THE REGULATOR WITH A 3 AMP KIND. (THE TRANSFORMER AND DIODES WILL TAKE IT: ONLY THEIR REGULATOR LIMITS THE CURRENT TO ABOUT 1-1/2 AMPS.) YOUR CO-SYSOP JOHN E. SUCHY aa271 thanks for asking. -From:ac264:qa:538023063:540615063:ST Monochrome games Ok, Jim, here's a question for ya. Do you know of any games for a Monochrome 1040ST computer? Or do you know why manufacturers don't write the games for both color and monochrome monitor owners. hope to here from you soon. bye Rick Snevel ac264 ps. I have one game-Starglider and its great, but i would like something else. ** Answered by JAMES CLASPILL (aa274) on Sun Jan 25 22:31:25 1987 ** WELL JIM,I KNOW THAT PAWN,MIDEGA AND MONKEY SS ARE MONO.I WILL HECK FOR OTHERS AND LET YOU KNOW. JIM CLASPILL AA274 CO-SYOP -From:ab597:qa:538034402:540626402:GEMDOS calls Has anyone used the Xbios(?) #8 floppy read call? the St internals book definitely has some error in this section....... John Washell ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Fri Mar 27 23:24:16 1987 ** Well John, Your question is completely over my head. So I posted it here. Perhaps someone who can offer an answer will be kind enough to send it to me so I can post it here. ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Fri Mar 27 23:29:28 1987 ** -From:ab597:qa:538034402:540626402:GEMDOS calls Has anyone used the Xbios(?) #8 floppy read call? the St internals book definitely has some error in this section....... John Washell ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Fri Mar 27 23:24:16 1987 ** Well John, Your question is completely over my head. So I posted it here. Perhaps someone who can offer an answer will be kind enough to send it to me so I can post it here. ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:ab551:qa:538375541:540967541:PASSWORD ACCESS TO A DISK IAM LOOKING FOR A WAY TO PROTECT A TEXT DISK FOR ATARIWRITER FROM PRYING EYES. MY DAUGHTER WANTS A COMPUTER DIARY THAT HER SISTER CAN'T SPY ON!! ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Tue Feb 17 16:55:00 1987 ** I know of no way to "protect" an Atariwriter data disk. It may be possible to write your own protected word processor for your daughter, but that is probably down the road a ways, sometime when you know a lot more about programming and protection techniques. A more pracitcal solution might be to give your daughter her own disk or box of disks, and provide a way for her to physically secure the disks when not in use. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thank you for asking. -From:visitor:qa:538794316:541386316:BOOKS ARE THERE ANY GOOD ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE BOOKS OUT FOR THE ATARI 8 BIT COMPUTERS? I HAVE "THE ATARI ASSEMBLER" BY THE INMANS, BUT IT IS NOT THAT GREAT. THANK YOU. JOHN BASSETT ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Tue Feb 17 00:55:14 1987 ** I like to recommend Compute's Machine Language for Beginners. It covers Commodore and Apple in addition to Atari, but is an excellent primer. Once you've mastered the language, the Atari-specific books make more sense. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ab224:qa:538867223:541459223:PERCOM DRIVE WHY DOES FLIGHT SEMI. II BOMB OUT ON MY PECOM DRIVE??? PERCOM ?????????????????????????????????????????? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Mar 22 00:42:35 1987 ** There is something about the internal operating system of the Percom drives that interferes with many programs. I and my "expert advisors" at B & G know of no way to correct the problem. You might have to switch to a 1050 for Flight Simulator. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:ab714:qa:538891774:541483774:MPP EXPRESS Can anyone tell why I cant get the option Shift/Control/P to work. Im talking about using MPP EXPRESS tele.comm. program on my SUPRA 300AT mo modem. I have a STAR NX printer with a P:R: interface. This option is supposed to be able to print an image of the current screen to my printer. But all I get is about 5 or 6 characters and then the everything seems to just lock up. Sometimes if I take the printer off line I can get the program working again with the BBS I was communicating with. The only way I have any success using my printer i s to copy a screen to my buffer and then capture it to a file Then after I log off, I reload the buffer and take option "Z" which then prints the contents of the buffer.This isnt to bad, but sometimes I forget to dump the buffer to my disk before I log off. If I forget to do this, I loose everthing that was in the buffer, plus the program locks up, and I have to reboot it. What am I doing wrong. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Feb 27 08:16:14 1987 ** YOU PROBABLY AREN'T DOING ANYTHING WRONG. OTHER PEOPLE ARE HAVING TROUBLE USING MODEMS AND PRINTERS AT THE SAME TIME. USUALLY THAT'S AN XM301 AND ANY PRINTER THAT IS USED WITH AN INTERFACE THAT DOESN'T HAVE A SEPARATE POWER SUPPLY (APE FACE, U-PRINT-A, ZETEK, ETC .). MY BEST GUESS IS THAT THE 5VOLT POWER SUPPLY SUPPLIED WITH THE ATARI COMPUTERS IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO PROPERLY HANDLE THE EXTRA LOAD. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ac720:qa:538895794:541487794:RAM DISK Greetings, I just upgraded my 800XL to 256K. I'm interested in taking full advantage of the memory. Can you recommend a RAM DISK that will be compatable with "Paper Clip" from Batteries Included? Being a novice I'll need documentation in "rock form". I don't do any programing but do use the word processor, SYNFILE, HOME ACCOUNTANT, & HOMEPACK a lot. Any help would be much ap- preciated. Is there a Newsleter I can subscribe to relating to an Atari SIG? Thanks. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Tue Feb 17 17:05:05 1987 ** Let me start by saying that I don't believe in RAMdisks for large data files such as those from word processors or data bases. The purpose of the "Save it often" attitude is to prevent time and data lost should something unexpected happen. A power failure, computer failure or a cat or kid unplugging the computer loses everything you have in main memory AND IN RAMDISK. With that out of the way, many of the expansions to the 800XL are fully compatible with most of the commercial software available for the 130XE. This includes the 130XE versions of Paper Clip, Synfile, and Syncalc. Should you start using these, you will find that lo long files overwrite the first quarter of the normal ramdisks. I have heard that there is a RAMdisk program available on compuserve that allows you to set up 2 separate RAMdisks If you saved data only into the higher "disk", you might be able to use it with the 130XE programs. I will try to obtain more specific information for you. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:538968504:541560504:INFO ABOUT SCREEN EDITOR HANDLERS DOES ANYBODY HAVE INFO ABOUT HOW TO PROGRAM AN 80 COLUMN SCREEN EDITOR HANDLER? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Tue Feb 17 17:30:27 1987 ** It's been done. The program is available from the various user-group disk libraries around. try CACE or TAP listed elsewhere in this SIG. -From:ab873:qa:539024032:541616032:DOS Versions I Sometimes have difficulty runing downloaded programs from local BBS. Could this problem be associated with DOS versions being used. For exaple the downloaded program was on 2.0 DOS in single density and was saved on a enhanced density disk with DOS 2.. ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat Jan 31 00:16:37 1987 ** Sometimes a program is not compatable with other DOS than the one it is written with, this is true. however, I know of none of these problems between 2.0s and 2.5 versions. Another concideration is the computer the program is written on many programs that will run on an 800 for example will only run on a xl/xe if a translateris used and there are some that just plain won't run at all on an xl/xe. So, try a translater, or a diffrent DOS. If this doesn't work then try to d/l it again or check with the sysop and other users of that board to see if anyone else is having problems with that program. Handlers are often nessasary to run some programs. Check to see if a handler of a simular name is in the d/l section of the board as well. Thanks for your question, I hope we havehelped. ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:ac262:qa:539219172:541811172:800 RAM CAN YOU TELL B_ME IF TH_____W_IF IT _IS POSSIBLE TP_O EXPAND THE RAM OF AN ATARI 800._ _TO MORE TH___THAM_M_N THE STANDARD F_48K. ALSO, ARE THERE PROGRAMS TOS_ TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS EXPANDED RAM. SUCH AS SYNCALC? AC262 TOM WOLFE ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Tue Feb 17 01:04:18 1987 ** Yes, there are RAM expansions available. If nothing else, I have seen up to 1M advertised in Analog as plugging into the cartridge port. Software availability is another matter. Most current software is set up to use the 130XE system -- which many upgrades don't conform to. Whoever supplies you with the hardware, however, usually at least sends along some "RAM-Disk" utilities. My best recommendations are to get the details of any possible upgrade, first, then make the best choice you can. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking -From:ac720:qa:539544804:542136804:RAM DISKS I just had a 256K upgrade installed in my 800XL. What is the best ram disk software available to take full advantage of the upgrade. I would like to use the added RAM with "Paper Clip, "Synfile +", "Syncalc", and etc. thanks for your assistance. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Feb 27 00:52:42 1987 ** Paper Clip, Synfile, Syncalc, Typesetter, and so on use the first 64K of your new memory automatically if you have the latest versions. The Sparta- Dos construction set is supposed to be excellent, but there is also a down- load file on Compuserve that should allow the use of a RAMdisk with these programs. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:ac264:qa:539843039:542435039:ST base Sysop, is there any way to start an Atari ST base. I see commodore's started a Amiga base. I think the ST deserves its own section. bye rick snevel ac2634 ac 264(i goofed on the last number) ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Feb 27 08:30:27 1987 ** Find us a sysop and a co-sysop who will reliably handle the "new" sig and leave a message for Tom Grunder. As top SYSOP he only requires support and reasonable integrity. Your Co-sysop John Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. >From:visitor:qa:540852097:543444097:PRINTER CODES I HAVE AN ATARI 1200XL (I KNOW, THE FIRST MISTAKE) AND A 1025 PRINTER. I CAN'T SEEM TO GET THE PRINTER TO PRINT CONDENSED OR ELONGATED TEXT FROM BASIC OR FROM TEXTPRO AND SPEEDSCRIPT WORD PROCESSORS. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU COULD GIVE ME ON THIS AS IT IS DRIVING ME NUTS! THANX ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr 5 14:09:31 1987 ** Let's start with BASIC. Are you trying to test your 1025 with LPRINT statements? If so, you need to know that this command closes and re-opens the printer channel with each LPRINT statement, making it impossible to set up printing with one LPRINT command, then print with the next. Instead, use: 10 OPEN #2,8,0,"P:" j PRINT #2;CHR$(27);CHR$(code) j+10 PRINT #2;"your test text" k CLOSE #2 As for textpro and speedscript, have you followed the instructions on how to install your own printer-driver? That can be important even though the documentation may not stress the fact. Your Co-Sysop John E. Suchhy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ad037:qa:541045524:543637524:1020 Printer/Plotter Hi. I have some questions about the 1020 Atari Printer/Ploter. The price is right on this thing, but is it really useful for plotting and printing in your opinion? How flong do the pens last? And, does it connect directly to the joystick ports or do you need a interface? Any information would be appreciated! Thanks, Alan Wilczynski. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Feb 27 00:24:49 1987 ** I'll answer your last question first: the 1020 plotter is an Atari device that connects directly to the Atari disk drive cable chain. The cable comes with the 1020. How the pens last depends on usage and luck. My wife goes through four pens a week on a light work load, while another friend has never changed pens while printing "tons of stuff all the time". Uses for the 1020 are somewhat limited as it uses roll paper about 4-1/2" wide. Business or school use is highly unlikely. On the other hand, if you mainly need something for your own hard copy files or if size is not a problem, then the 1020 is a very good deal. Incidentally, the CACE user group (Cleveland Atari Computer Enthusiasts), listed in the news column, sells a disk of 1020 utilities to their members that includes a disk directory program and several multi-color picture dumps. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:ac483:qa:541365771:543957771:Data tranfer via modem Help.... I have left a message for help on the bulletin board ref: I have approx. 200 pages of data from an Atari 800 word processor that I would like to transfer over to my Mac Plus format. The word processor stores the files so that they are not readable by a normal Disk Directory command. Is there a way to make these files visible (and save me a lot of typing) I can then send them 9600 baud direct or over the modem.The word processor for the Atari is by LJK (Letter Perfect) Thanks for any help ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Feb 27 00:44:27 1987 ** My first attempt would be to print the file to disk. That is start the printing command normally, then when you get the P: prompt, change it to Dx:filename.ext. If this doesn't work, get back to me at aa271 and I'll get ahold of the CACE LJK expert. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:ab873:qa:541487045:544079045:EMULATORS Is there a CP/M or MS-DOS emulator available for Atari 800XL? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Mar 22 00:49:28 1987 ** The Atari 8-bit computers (400, 800, 1200XL, 600XL, 800XL, 65XE, & 130XE) do not have enough memory "left over" to hold an emulator and any of theprograms that would make emulation worth the bother. So, while probably possible, nobody has written one, yet. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:aa275:qa:541627182:544219182:Conversion Programs My word processor is written by LJK, it is Letter Perfect. I prefer using it for writing file, but the files are not saves/loaded by normal DOS2.0S, there for the files can not be used by my modem for transmission. Is there a way to convert the files so that they can be used by DOS2.0S? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Mar 19 00:37:38 1987 ** LJK uses primarily a "hidden directory" approach to copy protection. This interferes with data transfers to other programs. However, LJK also makesa program that does the translating you need. If you don't feel you can affordthe official version, there are also some Public Domain programs that do LJK conversions. Four of them should soon be available on the TAP BBS (228-7335). They are: LPERFDOS DPERFDOS DP2DOS & DP2DIF . ONLY THE FIRST OF THESE IS A DIRECT CONVERSION FROM Letter PERFect. Good luck. John E. Suchy Your Co-sysop aa271 -From:ad299:qa:541993466:544585466:FAST FILE READING Does anybody out there have a short BASIC program that quickly reads other files? I'm working on a copy utility and I think the normal INPUT # and GET # routines are just too slowlow. Can anyone help? Chris Needs(ad299) ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Mar 14 11:10:16 1987 ** If you want to write another copy utility, try contacting the CACE users' group listed in "news": there are a few people there experienced in such things. On the other hand, there are already a lot of very good copy programs already available, many of them in the public domain. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:542598473:545190473:COMPUTER MODEMS HOW DOES ONE INTERLOCK HIS COMPUTER MODEM TO A LARGER AND MORE COMPLEX SYSTEM? THANK YOU! ANSWER ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Mar 14 11:19:04 1987 ** The rate of data transfer is called "baud rate". If the larger system is set up to receive modem calls and your modem's baud rate is the same as the rate on the larger system's modem, they automatically work with each other. To talk with a friend by modem, one of you has to have a terminal program which includes an "answer mode".Leave us another question if you are interested in this technique. As a third possibility, if you are considering setting up a "larger system" and want other people to call you, your best bet is to buy a Bulletin Board program. As of this time most people I know like BBS Expressfor the Atari XL/XE line. Your Co-sysop, John E. Suchy Thanks for asking. -From:ab170:qa:542929473:545521473:VBLANK Do you by any chance know the Verticle BLANK (VVBLKD) register? "Mapping the Atari" says that the registers are 548 & 549, but this isn't so. Tom Lekan (ab170) ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Mar 19 00:53:10 1987 ** Please reread the section around548 in Mapping The Atari. VVBLKD at 548,549 is a DEFERRED vector register. The immediate VBLANK vector resides at VVBLKI (546,547). Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ab714:qa:542941629:545533629:MPP EXPRESS In Your answer to my previous question, you mentioned that I probably have an inadequate power supply to run my STAR NX10 printer, while on line and using MPP EXPRESS with my SUPRA 300AT modem. My computor is a Std. ATARI 130XE, w/ a P.R. Connection for interfacing the printer to the computer. How would I get a larger or more powerful one to allow me to print while being "ON LINE", or can you suggest a different way around this problem which would allow me to print while on line. Also is there a way to "LIST" or "COPY" a basic program to my printer when the program contains lines that have inverse characters? Apparently my printer does not recognize these letters when they are received so the printer just locks up. What I've been trying to do, is print a copy of AMODEM 7.2 to compare it to another version of AMODEM 7.2 which at one time I modified but can't remember what I changed. Hope you can help. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Mar 19 00:59:48 1987 ** In answer to the first part of your question, first check with Supra. I have recently learned that some of the modem/printer problems were due to defective modems. After that has been ruled out, either replace your main 5V Atari power supply with one able to giveyou at least 2-1/2 Amps, replace the 1-1/2 Amp regulator in the Atari supply with a 3 Amp version, or add a 1 Amp supply between the ground and +5V leads of the Atari std. I/O chain. Your second question has an easier answer. Most printers, being set up for ASCII transfer rather than ATASCII, can't recognise inverse or graphic characters. The solution is to translate each character in turn to a printable graphic pattern. Fortunately, YOU need not do it yourself; there are several commercial programs that do it for you. MAGNIPRINT from Alpha Systems and LISTER PLUS from Antic's Catalog are just two such. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. PS. Take this answer to a good Atari service center if you need help with the power supply hardware. -From:visitor:qa:543012441:545604441:PASSWORD ACCESS:ATARI WRITER IN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTION CONCERNING A PASSWORD: TO HELP YOUR DAUGHTER HIDE HER DIARY, YOU CAN CREATE A DOS THAT READS ITS DIRECTORY FROM ANOTHER SECTOR THAN THE NORMAL ONE. TO DO THIS: 1. BOOT DOS AND GOTO BASIC 2. POKE 4299,MSB OF NEW DIRECTORY 3. POKE 4226,LSB OF NEW DIRECTORY 4. POKE 4264,LSB OF NEW VTOC 5. POKE 4266,MSB OF NEW VTOC 6. 2 SHOULD BE 4229 7. THE MSB, AND LSB NUMBERS ARE THE HIGH/LOW BYTES OF THE SCETOR ON THE DISK. 8. GOBACK TO DOS MENU 9. CHOOSE OPTION H.WRITE DOS FILES 10. MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A FORMATED BLANK DISK IN THE DRIVE 11. THE NEW DOS WILL NOW READ THE CONTENTS FROM THE NEW RELOCATED SECTOR **WARNING** ONLY THE NEWLY CREATED DOS WIL BE ABLE TO READ THE NEW CONFIGURATION!!!!! MAKE A BACKUP! THIS NEW DOS DISK CAN NOW BE GIVEN TO YOUR DAUGHTER. SHE SHOULD USE THIS WHEN BOOTING ATARI WRITER. I HOPE THIS HELPS! PETER HALLER A VISITOR LONG LIVE ATART ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Mar 19 01:20:28 1987 ** This is a neat idea to prevent the children from copying data from the "secure" disk to a more standard one, but it does NOT preclude a nosy sister from booting Atariwriter from the modified disk. I still prefer physical security in this case. Your Co-Sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for your suggestion. -From:ad520:qa:543092608:545684608:STAR SG-10 PRINTER WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH UPGRADING MY SG-10 TO A 6K INTERNAL BUFFER?. THE MANUAL INDICATES THAT ONE OF THE DIP SWITCH WILL "tell" THE PRINTER THAT THE UPGRADE EXISTS. IS THE UPGRADE A BOARD, OR JUST AN ADDITIONAL CHIP, OR A REPLACEMENT CHIP? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Wed Mar 25 00:24:45 1987 ** THE 16K UPGRADE IS AVAILABLE FROM STAR AND, ACCORDING TO THE MANUAL, IS A PC BOARD. IF YOU ARE ELECTRONIC- ALLY INCLINED, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE YOUR OWN BOARD USING THE SAM'S PHOTOFACTS FOLDER THAT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE SG-10. YOUR CO-SYSOP JOHN E. SUCHY aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ad024:qa:543203059:545795059:MPPEXPR PROBLEMS In response to Bob Pearl's MPP problems I would like to mention my own experience. I own an Atari 130XE, AVATEX 1200 HC modem, Star NX10 printer, and run 850 EXPRESS software. I am also using PR INTERFACE. With the exception of the modems and the software (and 850 EXPRESS) looks very similar to MPPEXPRESS our two systems are the same. I have no difficulties at all with this set up. Therefore, I don't think that your problem lies in your power supply. My suggestion, (and I have no desire to contradict the sysop) is that either one of your cables is defective, or there is aa problem with your modem. I had an MPP1000E modem that I was running "SMART TERMINAL" software on. Although it ran fairly well, I did find that the 300 baud rate was very suseptable to static on the phone line, as most long duration downloads were totally unuseable. I recommend, and I know that they cost, is a 1200baud modem (Hayes compatable is nice). I would, however, check my cables before I did anything else. Look for shorts and OPENS. Bob Walch ad024 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Mar 22 01:15:27 1987 ** Far be it from me to hide an alternate viewpiont, especially if it could be right! Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for your help. ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. 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