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From: aa399 (Len Stys) Subject: Q & A - Apr.87 - Jun.87 Date: Tue Jan 23 16:09:49 1990 Time Capsule - Q & A - Apr.87 - Jun.87 -------------------------------------- Question Subjects Date Posted ----------------- ----------- Upgrades Apr.03,1987 Olivetti Printer Apr.16,1987 YModem Apr.16,1987 Atari SIO Port Apr.10,1987 P:R: Connection Apr.12,1987 SG-10 Printer Driver Wanted Apr.12,1987 XM301 Defects Jun.15,1987 Radio Shack Printer Apr.29,1987 1030 Control Jun.04,1987 Vt100 emulator Jun.04,1987 Copy Programs May.18,1987 Assembler editor May.18,1987 Radio Shack Ink Jet Printer May.18,1987 Sectors May.18,1987 Heat-transfer ribbons May.18,1987 How Do I go sideways? Jun.04,1987 Modem Commands from BASIC Jun.04,1987 Atari 1200 Jun.04,1987 Bad Load File? Jun.04,1987 Help Key Jun.15,1987 Handlers Jun.15,1987 XIO commands Jun.15,1987 MIO, etc. Jun.15,1987 Vertical blank vectors Jun.27,1987 Arc files Jun.17,1987 Sound command Jun.27,1987 Flashing cursor Jun.27,1987 Computer speed Jun.27,1987 1030 Handlers Jun.27,1987 XM301 Program Jun.27,1987 Color Term Program Jun.27,1987 Ooops! Sorry Jun.27,1987 Screen Handlers Jun.27,1987 -From:visitor:qa:543986196:546578196:UPGRADES I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS ANY PLACE THAT WOULD UPGRADE THE ATARI 65XE TO 128K OF MEMORY IF SO PLESE HELP ME. THANKYOU ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Fri Apr 3 06:03:28 1987 ** Contact B & G Electronics in Lakewood their number is 521-2855. They do upgrades on the xl/xe's ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:visitor:qa:544119856:546711856:OLIVETTI PRINTER I NEED HELP. I PURCHASED AN OLIVETTI INK JET PRINTER LIKE MANY OTHERS FROM DAK INDUSTRIES. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE DRIVER DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD ON PROGRAMS LIKE THE PRINT SHOP. IF ANY ONE HAS A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM IT WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP. THANK YOU! ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr 5 14:03:41 1987 ** I have the same problem with my Okimate 10. Have had since they first came out. If ANYONE seeing this can help, please let us know! Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ab873:qa:544726988:547318988:YMODEM Is Ymodem compatable with the Atari 8 bit computers? What is the advandages of Ymodem verses modem? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Apr 16 01:03:20 1987 ** Let's start with the second half of your question. I'm not sure of the technical details, but the differences between the various _modem transfer protocols is the way in which the transfer program does its checksum. There is no reason that Ymodem should fail to work on 8-bit Atari's, but you would be very lonely with it: to my knowledge there are no people using it and no programs that support it. Most current Atari 8-bits use ASCII (no error checking), Xmodem, or Amodem. The last two are nearly--but not quite--identical. April 16, 1987 Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:544928132:547520132:ATARI SIO PORT IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I COULD BUY AND THE PRICE OF AN ATARI SIO CONNECTOR FOR THE BACK OF MY COMPUTER THEN REPLY WITH A MESSAGE TO PAUL SIMUNDZA ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Apr 10 12:46:05 1987 ** As of April 10, 1987, B & G Electronics at Madison & Hilliard in Lakewood, Ohio tries to keep Atari SIO cables in stock, and may be able to order the computer sockets. You could also try Futuretronics in Lorain, Ohio or Kompo Computers on Cedar Road in Shaker Heights. I don't know if they stock the part, but they do try to support Atari. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ab815:qa:545084846:547676846:P:R: Connection Are you able to use a modem and a printer at the sametime with this Hardware pie concerning SIO Cables I noticed that Whitlow Electronics in Euclid carry a good stock of them. Thanks, -Ml ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr 12 18:10:23 1987 ** YES! The P:R:Connection is designed to be used with both MODEM and Printer at the same time. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ad336:qa:545239047:547831047: SG-10 PRINTER DRIVER WANTED I have a 130xe, SG-10 and the Atariwriter Plus. I have been trying to design a good custom printer driver but have been uphappy with my results. Has anyonedesigned one that they are happy with that they would like to share with me? Thanks, Dan ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr 12 18:28:00 1987 ** I don't know of one for Atari- writer Plus. There is a good one n some of the local bulletin boards for the original Atariwriter. I gave this skimpy answer so everybody could see your question and maybe help answer it. Until I post it, only the Atari Sys-ops can see it. Questions for "anybody" often do better when left on the bulletin board part of this SIG. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ac849:qa:545684121:548276121:XM301 defects In an article on page 95 of the April (No. 53) Analog he state of a defect in the XM301 which interfers withdisk drive data transfers. I have this problem and the article mentions that by installing some resistors the problem can be cured. Does anyone know what resistors and where to install them. Thanks, Frank Carotenuto ac849 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 02:59:26 1987 ** Thanks for answering your own question for me off line, Frank. For the rest of you, here it is: 1. Buy 3 resistors: all 470 ohm/ 1/4 watt (if you don't know what that is, don't try this!). 2. Open XM301 case--THIS VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY! 3. Where the SIO cable meets the PC board, label and de- solder wires 3, 9, and 13. 4. Solder the resistors (one end only) into the 3 new holes. 5. Solder the wires onto the other end of the resistors in the matching holes. This procedure buffers the critical data lines from the computer and drives. It should prevent any more interferance with the drives (and maybe the printers, too)! Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking and answering! -From:ab016:qa:545810220:548402220:RADIO SHACK PRINTER I HAVE A RADIO SHACK DMP 200 PRINTER. IT WORKS FINE WITH PRINT SHOP FOR IBM, SO I KNOW IT CAN HANDLE THE GRAPHICS. QUESTION: I HAVE TRIED EVERY PRINTER ON ATARI PRINT SHOP, WONT WORK. IS THERE ANY WAY TO MAKE A DRIVER FOR IT? SYM ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Wed Apr 29 09:23:59 1987 ** I don't know of any way at present, but leave me a personal message with your phone number so we can talk about it and I will get in touch with you and an "expert" I know. Your Co-sysop Joun E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:546500584:549092584:1030 CONTROL QUESTION ABOUT CONTROLING THE OUTPUT OF THE 1030 MODEM... CAN THE LENGTH OF THE DATA BIT USED IN COMMUNICATING BE CONTROLED? I AM TRYING TO CONTACT THE MAINFRAME (IBM 3081) AT CSU WITH A PROGRAM CALLED VT100. THE MAIN FRAME CONECTION REQUIRES 7 DATA BITS, TWO STOP BITS AT EVEN PARITY. IS THIS POSSIBLE? PETER HALLER A VISITOR PS:BASICALLY I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN CONTROL THIS FEATURE OF THE 1030... ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun 4 02:32:45 1987 ** You can use any R-handler to make the 1030 communicate any 300-baud way you like. What you can't do from an R-handler is make it dial in tone mode. (Study your "R:" commands, esp. the XIO ones.) Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:546500584:549092584:1030 CONTROL QUESTION ABOUT CONTROLING THE OUTPUT OF THE 1030 MODEM... CAN THE LENGTH OF THE DATA BIT USED IN COMMUNICATING BE CONTROLED? I AM TRYING TO CONTACT THE MAINFRAME (IBM 3081) AT CSU WITH A PROGRAM CALLED VT100. THE MAIN FRAME CONECTION REQUIRES 7 DATA BITS, TWO STOP BITS AT EVEN PARITY. IS THIS POSSIBLE? PETER HALLER A VISITOR PS:BASICALLY I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN CONTROL THIS FEATURE OF THE 1030... ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:51:16 1987 ** Try booting your modem/computer without a terminal program on your disk or with a generic program such as 1030 EXPRESS. While I can't speek for the mainframe, I had a lot of success talking to the PDP-11 that way. If that doesn't work, try a good manual on Atari RS-232 handlers and use the data with the 1030's T: device code. (If that sounds confusing it's because I am not a modem expert.) Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 13:01:43 1987 ** -From:ad831:qa:546576757:549168757:Vt100 emulator I downloaded the VT100 terminal emulator for my Atari 800. It doesn't seem to work. I am using the P:R: connection. Is that part of the problem ? Chris Norris ad831 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun 4 01:40:40 1987 ** I can't answer without more information. check the emulator's DOCs for the following: 1. Is the program written for your computer? (Do you need a translator file?) 2. Is it written for your modem class? (MPP/1030/850): your modem requires an 850 style program. If the answer to both questions is YES, then you have either a faulty modem or a faulty program. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:547158802:549750802:COPY PROGRAMS IS THERE A PLACE WHERE I CAN GET A COPY PROGRAM FOR MY ATARI? IF THERE IS THEN PLESE LEAVE INFO ABOUT IT THANKYOU ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:40:18 1987 ** DOS, which you got with any disk drive you bought, has at least a file copy function--and most also have "whole disk" (sector) copiers. If you need more than that, check your bulletin boards or join a user's group. Both have stand-alone copiers available to members, and often to the public. As Free-Net Sysop and president of a "legitimate" users' group, I cannot recommend anything that will copy protected software. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ac937:qa:547233695:549825695:ASSEMBLER EDTIOR HELP I CAN SAVE TO DISK WHEN IN THE EDIT MODE BUT CANT LOAD IT BACK IN. IM USEING DOS 2.0 I GET ERROR 164 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:29:42 1987 ** I don't know why you got that particular message; it indicates a very scrambled disk. However, I suggest you try this: 1. FORMAT and put DOS.SYS and DUP.SYS on a new disk. 2. Turn on your drive and insert the new disk. 3. Install the ASSEMBLER cart. and turn on the computr 4. Type in a program and SAVE it then LOAD it--or LIST it to disk then ENTER it from disk. If the above in that order doesn't work get my number from the user group info and give me a call. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ac849:qa:547356213:549948213:RADIO SHACK INK JET PRINTER My friend bought the printer when on sale at Radio Shack and now needs ink cartiridges for it. Radio Shack told him the printer was discontinued and could not get them. Do you know who made the printer for them or whose cartiridges might fit. Thanks in advance Frank ac849 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:21:31 1987 ** As of 18 May 1987, I recall recently seeing a lot of ribbons, etc. for old R.S. equipment hanging on the wall at the Radio Shack Computer Center at about 275th and Euclid. If they don't have the cartridges, they should be able to get you the information you need. (They are also an R.S. systems/ service center.) Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:548130746:550722746:SECTORS IS THERE A WAY TO WRITE ERROR SECTORS TO THE DISKETTE? IF THERE IS A WAY COULD YOU PLEASE LEAVE A WAY TO DO IT. THANKYOU ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:11:38 1987 ** At present, there is a company named Alpha Systems, located in Stowe, Ohio that sells a disk/manual on protection techniques, and another on advanced protection. Use caution: one of my friends ran into trouble trying to use the data. You might want to come to a summer meeting of either CACE or PEEKERS (see user group function) and talk to Tony Ramos. He usually visits us when he's home from college. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy 18 May 1987 aa271 -From:ad150:qa:548295396:550887396:Heat-Transfer Ribbons Does anyone know of any company that still manufactures heat-transfer ribbons for the CITIZEN MSP-10? Thank Youm Ken Bohac ad150 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 11:59:25 1987 ** I wasn't even aware that such a printer existed. While that means that I don't know where to look for the ribbon, there may be another solution. The Brothers Typewriter Company makes a pure white thermal paper in 8-1/2" x 11" single sheet style that I use with my Okimate 10. While the ribbons for my printer cost about $5 for about 15-20 pages of print, the paper comes 200 sheets for $10 to $12. In the mean time, maybe someone will see this and send me a PERSONAL note so I can add a ribbon location to this answer. I hope you find what you need. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking! -From:ad336:qa:548568491:551160491:HOW DO I GO SIDEWAYS? Does anybody know of a utility program that will allow me to print my SYNCALC data sideways on an SG-10 printer? I know that they make sideways programs for IBM & Commodore. Somebody must have one for ATARI. If you have an answer please leave it here and/or leave me some mail. Then I won't miss it. Thanks *****Dan***** ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun 4 01:24:01 1987 ** You may have to use the DIF output function and another program to get the sideways printing. If anyone out there can be more specific or has a better answer, please leave me a private message. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking, anyway. -From:visitor:qa:548913366:551505366:MODEM COMMANDS FROM BASIC IS THERE A WAY TO RUN A MODEM FROM BASIC? IF SO PLESE LEAVEINFO ABOUT IT. THANK-YOU ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun 4 02:23:39 1987 ** To run a modem you need two kinds of code: a 'handler' and a 'user interface'. A handler is a machine language program that tells your Atari how to talk to the modem. It involves those strange internal workings like CIO, IOCB, and SIO. You don't need to worry about those if you search around the BBS's and user groups for an 'R-handler'('T-handler' if you have a 1030 or XM301). The handler must be 'booted' before you run your control program, or with luck and some research may be loaded at the beginning of your program. The user interface lets you (theuser) talk to the computer and tell it what you want to send to the modem and what to do with what it sends you. Thisprogram could be as simple as a two- person game such as 'battleship' or as complex as an auto-dial/auto-answer terminal program. In any case, for running a modem in BASIC, you need to study these commands: OPEN CLOSE GET PUT INPUT # PRINT # and XIO. Your best sources are THE ATARI BASIC REFERENCE MANUAL and the SAM'S PROGRAMMER'S REFERENCE GUIDE FOR THE ATARI 400/800 COMPUTERS. I personally use SAM'S. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking! -From:aa338:qa:548944745:551536745:Atari 1200 What's the latest on Atari's 1200 modem? Is it going to be released??? Any info on this subject would be appreciated... ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun 4 01:16:58 1987 ** The latest word is that it is not yet out, but Atari still says that it will be made available when possible. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 p.s. as of 2 June, anyway. -From:ad336:qa:549288957:551880957:BAD LOAD FILE? I downloaded a binary file from compuserve that I have been looking for and each time I try andrun the program I get the message BAD LOAD FILE. What is this and how to I correct it. It was a rather large program and Iam hoping I do not have try and downlod it again. Thanks Dan ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun 4 01:52:39 1987 ** Are you absolutely sure that it isn't a BASIC, DOC, or LISTED file? If it really is BINARY, when does it give you the error? If the error occurs immediately, the first few bytes of the file tell DOS that this is NOT a binary file even though it is. An error after the file has been trying to load probably means that the file byte count is off. Fixing the latter takes someone very skilled in machine code. Let me know, personally, if you need a more complete answer. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ae501:qa:549853522:552445522:HELP KEY HOW DO YOU ACTIVATE THE HELP KEY ON ATARI'S ? INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRITIATED. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:21:34 1987 ** The help key is always active. The only way to use it, however, is by POKE-ing its special memory location. I believe the location is 732 (decimal).Try this little program: 10 H=PEEK(732) 20 POKE 732,0 30 POSITION 10,10 40 PRINT H 50 GOTO 10 Start it running, then play around with the HELP, SHIFT, and CONTROL keys. Then delete line 20 and see what happens. (You will have to BREAK out of this program. Good luck! Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ad024:qa:549980215:552572215:HANDLERS Could someone please tell me what a handler is and what it's purpose is? I'm having problems with one of my telecom programs. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:32:49 1987 ** A handler is a system-level program that tells your Atari computer how to talk to--"handle"--a specific input/output device. There are built- in handlers for the keyboard, monitor, and printer. There is also a "loader" for DOS--that is, a program that tells the computer how to get information from a disk to install a disk handler. Your specific problem is called an "R- handler". It must be loaded from disk, and tells the computer how to talk to serial devices like MODEMs. Most users' groups now have public domain R-handlers available to members, and some will also give them out to other interested people.. If you have trouble finding one,give me some personal mail. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ae501:qa:550271230:552863230:XIO COMMANDS WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIAL XIO COMMANDS? I MEAN LIKE FORMAT COMMANDS AND COMMANDS THAT WRITE SPECIAL DOS FILES LIKE DOS.SYS AND DUP.SYS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THANKYOU AE501 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:48:29 1987 ** There isn't room here to duplicate much of that information. you should get ahold of a good reference such as THE ATARI BASIC REFERENCE MANUALor SAMS PROGRAMMER'S GUIDE TO ATARI. To tantalize you into finding out more, I can say that: If used properly, XIO 18 will fill a graphic-screen outline, and XIO 254 willformat a disk. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ab815:qa:550616196:553208196:MIO, etc. How much would the 256K & 1 meg version of the MIO run me... Locally? M.O.? Also how is the MIO compared to other Ramdisks??? Are there others where you can buy ready to use by the time you recieve it which cost cheaper??? Please Help! ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:59:02 1987 ** To start with, the AXLON Ramdiskis probably cheaper. It doesn't have the I/O ports or device number control that the MIO has. (MIO can be left on and configured as D1: to boot your computer ultra-fast if you like that idea.) Internal upgrades can be very cheap if you install them yourself, and can be used for more than just Ramdisks.The additional uses require that you learn more about your computer. As to price, your best guage is the advertising in Antic or Analog--the public Atari-oriented magazines. Loacl prices will be at least 10% higher, but the SERVICE is usually well worth the extra buck. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:550946568:553538568:VERTICAL BLANK VECTORS How do you set up a VBI? Every time I try it comes out wrong. thanx. /s ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 00:31:55 1987 ** Since you have been having some form of results--even bad ones--I'll assume that you know about the Vector, or "address of subroutine" associated with the Verticle Blank Interrupt (VBI, things that happen while the TV screen can't see them). In that case you are probably forgetting to branch back to the standard VBI routines at the end of your code. A JuMP to the original address in the VBI vector should do it. Let me know whether this helps. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ad150:qa:551222377:553814377:Arc Files I have a problem with my ARC 1.1 Extract program. Recently, I downloaded Kermit1030.Arc from a local bbs, but when I tried to "un-arc" the files, the program said they were not arc files. Even though the filename extender is .ARC, the program collapses. PLease help, this is not the first time this has happened when I have attried to use ArC. I even downloaded another version, but it did not help. -Ken bohac ad150 ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Mon Aug 17 04:00:56 1987 ** Hi Ken, There are quite a few compacting programs out for the Atari. The Problem you are having is probably do to this. Not all boards make provisions for all the different versions. Because of this your extender ARC maynot be correct. Check with the Sysop of the board and see id there are any other compacting type programs available through their bbs. These files will have names like: shrink, shrinkxe, diskcom, scrunch, etc. We hope this helps. If it doesn't call the T.A.P. BBS at 228-7335 and leave a msg to me "JIM/CO-SYSOP" I do have a program that I can upload that will tell you what program was used to compact the disk. ATARI SYSOP, Jim Haynes aa268 -From:visitor:qa:551225616:553817616:SOUND command I would like to know the proper SOUND command for a good screeching tire effect, for the Atari 8 bit. Thank You. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 00:44:55 1987 ** So would I. Put this question on some bulletin boards and let me know when you find out. (While I program a bit, I haven't played with the sound very much.) Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:551226225:553818225:Flashing Cursor I am a new owner, and would like to have the last pixel flash on DRAWTO commands in GRAPHICS 3, 5, & 7. If anyone can help me, it would be appreciated. Thanks. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 00:51:53 1987 ** This request is much more complex than just "flashing the cursor".If you look down at the bottom of the screen, you will see the cursor in the text window. Flashing the last pixel drawn requires some knowledge of the internal workings of both BASIC and the Operating System. Get 'hold of Mapping The Atari. Or leave me your number in my mailbox--(only I can go there). Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 P.S. "Can Anybody"'s belong on the bulletin board. Thanks for asking anyway. -From:ae501:qa:551384977:553976977:COMPUTER SPEED IF YOU WOULD CHANGE THE CRYSTAL IN THE COMPUTER TO A HIGHER SPEED CRYSTAL WOULD THE COMPUTERS CIRCUITS BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE FASTER SPEED? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<THANKS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:03:47 1987 ** The answer is usually "NO". There are several things to be considered: 1. Internal timing of the MPU, 2. Memory access time, and 3. Monitor timing-- to name a few. These are usually all inter-related, and while some "crystal speed-up's" work, most won't. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ae302:qa:551419488:554011488:1030 handlers Is the source code for the T: or R: handlers available? I need to see a documented source sothat I may modify vt100 to control the data & stop bits. thanks PETE ae302 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:11:03 1987 ** Antic Magazine had several articles about this a year or two ago-- including a "complete" T: handler. If you don't have a friend with the issue, join the PEEKERS (see user group info) and ask to look through the growing members-only magazine library. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ae454:qa:551544677:554136677:XM-301 handler I have an Xm-301 modem and I wanted to create a BBS program in Basic. I put the Handler to Autoboot and I read the Documentation but I couldn't understand how to Auto answer and send a carrier in basic when someone called. If you can help thanks. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:17:55 1987 ** I would need to see the DOC's, myself, in order to help. Check your mailbox. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ab170:qa:551636851:554228851:XM301 Program I bought a modem, the XM301, when it first came out. There was no documentation about controlling it through BASIC by XIO commands or the such. Is there any way to operate it through BASIC or ML readily? Tom Lekan ab170 ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:55:33 1987 ** See my comments about 1030's & handlers (especially R: type). The major functional difference in the XM301 is the auto-answer ability. If you don't need that, any program designed for the 1030 will work on the XM301. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy Thanks for asking. -From:aa338:qa:551764030:554356030:Color Term Program Well, I think I'm going to do it!!! I was in the process of writing a question because of a technical problem I found in using the modem at 1200 baud in Basic but figured out a way to fix it while typing the message. I'm also interested in writing my own BBS program for my board. Perhaps i can have the BBS support this program. Please respond if you know of any similiar programs for the 8 bit. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 02:05:04 1987 ** Congratulations on fixing your own problem. Leave me some personal E-mail about it. Incidentally, the current state-of-the-art BBS program for Atari seems to be BBS Express: see the TAP BBS at 228-7335. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for talking. -From:aa338:qa:551764231:554356231:ooops! Sorry I'm sorry!!! Please delete this and the other message I wrote. I wanted to post it on the open bulletin board!!! I'm sorry! ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 02:11:44 1987 ** Don't worry about it. The Q&A is not just for getting questions answered for yourself. It is also meantto help others who might have similar needs in the future. On this basis I will also accept tech tips or other non-current-event informative data in this column. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:aa338:qa:551764286:554356286:Screen Handlers In Basic would there be any small ML or other routine that will make the following program faster that you would know of??? Thanks, and this program is for the 8 bit. 100 rem #3=modem 110 rem #2 = E: 120 Get #3,x:put #2,x Basically its getting a character x from the modem or other device and putting it on the screen...Would you know of or where I can get an ML routine to do the same but faster or can't I "put" a character on the screen any faster than the baud rate of the "from computer to t.v." cable, etc.??? ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 02:24:29 1987 ** You don't say whether you are using a 300 or 1200 baud modem. If 300 then you will find it slow, anyway. If you have a 1200 baud modem, BASIC will really slow you down. Get 'hold of Mapping The Atari from Compute Books and De Re Atari, printed by the old Atari and now available from some mail order houses and the PEEKERS' lending library. You need to dig out the "CIO and SIO System Calls". If you still need help, leave me E-mail. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. It may only be reposted with the following information included: REPOSTED FROM: The Cleveland Free-Net Atari-SIG (216)/368-3888 type 'Go Atari' at any menu (C.A.I.N.) ____-______-______-______-______-______ --
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