About this Support Area

Welcome to the Atari SIG's 8-Bit Computers Support Area! The 8-Bit Computers Support Area has something for everyone, from the new owner to the experienced and advanced user and programmer of the Atari 8-bit computers. Here is a small overview of each section and its contents: 1. About this Support Area - What you are reading now. 2. The Atari 8-Bit Computers - A fairly detailed historical description of the 8-bit Atari computer, along with a brief overview of what makes the system so popular. 3. Reference Desk... - Contains the latest versions of the Frequently Asked Questions List, the Vendors and Developers List, the New User, Emulator Help FAQ, the Atari 8bit Support BBS's list, and the Hardware Upgrade, Modification and Add-On FAQ. In addition, the Reference Desk Help-Line is manned by your Atari SIGOps, ready to answer your Atari-related questions as best we can. 4. Atari News - Your source for news and announcements in the Atari world. 5. Bulletin Board - A general discussion board just for you and your fellow Atari SIG 8-bit computer users! 6. Usenet: comp.sys.atari.8bit - Usenet may be considered the world's largest Bulletin Board System. Participate in this newsgroup and get to know 8-bit Atari users from around the world! Since the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIGOps do not maintain this newsgroup, you must be extremely careful when posting to it. The posting of profanity or illegal material to this newsgroup will most likely result in the loss of your Free-Net account. Please refer to the Usenet rules in the Atari Library under the "Usenet" submenu. 7. Technical Resource Center - If you've ever wondered about what can be done on the 8-Bit, chances are you'll find the information here. This area is the archive of hardware modification and software development manuals. This section spans hardware upgrades for practically every 8-Bit module: from audio to memory to video. Even if you just havean unmodified machine, you will find out how to further expand its potentional from the software aspect via 'The Atari Reference Manual.' 8. Tips & Tricks - If you've ever wanted to get better performance out of your 8-Bit platform, this is the place for you. This section covers tips on keeping your hardware functioning and getting the most out of available software packages. Possible topics range from keeping your drive runing silently to the optimal configuration for running the program 'BFE' to the process for infinite lives on the game 'BFE'. 9. Product Summaries - A place for you to summarize your experiences with products for the 8-bit Atari. Let us know about the products you use! 10. Product Reviews - A place for you to detail your experiences with products for the 8-bit Atari. Let us know about the products you use! 11. Z*Magazine - Your source for the one and only International Atari 8-Bit Online Magazine. All 210 issues, with no un-arc'ing or reformatting to perform. You won't find this immense resource anywhere but the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG. 12. CAIN Newsletters - Central Atari Information Network Newsletter, the online magazine of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG. 13. 8-Bit Computer User Directory - Be sure to add your name to this directory. This is where members can look up other members of the SIG. Also, your SIGOps may periodically send important news announcements to members listed here. Finally, don't forget to use the main Atari SIG menu. There are several boards there that are relevant to the 8-bit Atari user as well, including the General Bulletin Board and the Wanted & For Sale Board. Other areas of the Atari SIG of interest to 8-bit computer users include the Voting Booth, the Atari Library, and SIG Directory Services. Permission is hereby granted to reprint any material found in the Atari SIG's 8-Bit Computers Support Area unless stated otherwise, so long as the material is not altered in any way, and the following information is included: Name of article Author's name Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG telnet freenet-in-a.cwru.edu ( (216)/368-3888 type "go atari" at any menu Thank you and please do your part in making this area a success. The 8-Bit Computers Support Area is only as good as you make it! If you have any comments or suggestions on how to make the 8-Bit Computers Support Area better then please send them to the Atari SIG, xx004, or to your 8-bit Atari SIGOps. We would love to hear from you! Thank you, Michael Current, aa700 8-bit Atari SIGOp Craig Lisowski, aa853 8-bit Atari Technical SIGOp
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