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From: xx004 (Atari SIG) Subject: Q & A - Nov.87 - Aug.88 Date: Mon Feb 26 16:01:46 1990 Question Subjects Date Posted ----------------- ----------- XM301 sending Nov.19,1987 Parallel Bus Dec.06,1987 Names & Sizes of networks Dec.14,1987 Atari ST applications Dec.06,1987 1030 Modem software Dec.06,1987 320XE Dec.06,1987 1050 pin Dec.06,1987 1050 Power/Supply Dec.14,1987 Rambo XL Dec.28,1987 Whatta think (Amiga vs. ST) May.14,1988 Printer Support May.15,1988 800 Upgrade May.14,1988 Questions on hard drives May.14,1988 PASCAL Jan.25,1988 (More) Write DIR to disk Jan.25,1988 Questions May.14,1988 Line Feeds May.14,1988 Letter Quality Printer May.14,1988 Handlers May.14,1988 Copying a BASIC cart. May.14,1988 Terminally ill May.15,1988 Modems/software May.14,1988 HP Laser Jet series II May.14,1988 320K 65XE May.15,1988 Word processing FreeNet D/L May.14,1988 1200XL Translator Aug.27,1988 Atari XF551 Aug.27,1988 -From:ae501:qa:564273673:566865673:aa271 HI JOHN, IT'S RYAN WILKINS I WAS THE ONE WHO HAD ASKED ABOUT HOW TO SEND TO THE XM301!!! WELL I FOUND OUT AND I'L TELL YA. FIRST YOU NEED TO OPEN THE HANDLER (NATURALY) SECOND YOU NEED TO "POKE 7,27" THIRD YOU NEED TO "PRINT #x;"ESCAPE G"(PRESS THE ESC KEY TWICE THEN TYPE G). FOURTH YOU NEED TO "POKE 7,0" THEN YOUR ALL SET AND READY TO GO. JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW IN CASE SOMEONE ELSE ASKED YOU. LATER, RYAN WILKINS (WIZKID) -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Nov 19 02:14:20 1987 ** Thanks for the tip. -From:ae302:qa:564994082:567586082:PARALLEL BUS NEED HELP WITH INTERFACING TO MY 130XE. I HAVE BEEN READING MAPPING THE ATARIAND HAVE COME UPON REFERENCES TO A POLLING OF THE PARALLEL BUS BY THE OS AT COLD START. WHAT IS THE POLL LOOKING FOR? A HIGH AT PIN 1(EXSEL)? ALSO; IT MENTIONS THAT IT PLACES A HANDLER IN THE DEVICE HANDLER TABLES, WHAT IS THE DEVICE SPECIFICATION(I.E.; D:,R:...)? LAST ON THIS: WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFO ON THE BUS? MAPPING THE ATARI MENTIONS A 4 PART SERIES ON THIS IN ANTIC:THESE I HAVE READ, BUT WANT MORE SPECIFIC INFO FOR THE 130XE. ALSO INDIRECTLY RELATED QUESTION: HAS THE OS FOR THE XE MACHINES BEEN RELEASED IN PRINT? I HAVE THE OLD OS LISTING,(800 VERSION), BUT IT IS NOT REAL USEFULL FOR THE XE'S. THANKS PETE HALLER ae302 -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Dec 6 14:17:25 1987 ** You don't say what you want to do with the parallel port. So I will answer first your stated question as well as I can, then what I hope is your actual need. When first turned on, the 8-bit Atari computer checks several things, in order: the function keys (START, SELECT, and OPTION) the SIO port for DOS the SIO port for an R: handler (if no DOS), and the parallel port. I believe that all it does for the parallel port is try to talk to it by turning on parallel port access (see D100-D1FF and D800-DFFF) to see if there is anything there to be used. Any device that uses the parallel port must include a custom handler and may use any NON-STANDARD label. The exception to this is ICD's MULTI I/O Board which loads in a Dn: handler to mimick a disk drive. The point is, if you want to create a parallel port device, you have to write your own handler. As to the XL/XE OS (Operating System, for those who don't know), it has not been directly released. Bits and pieces are available in "Mapping the Atari", the magazines, etc. You could also try your only gueranteed complete resource: Dis-assemble the OS--IN YOUR OWN COMPUTER! Both user groups have dis-assemblers for members' use. The best is probably Ian Carlstrom's Turbo Dis-assembler (CACE). Now, let me speculate that what you really want is some way to either control something with your computer or to sense real-world information. Several people have written articles on how to do this using the joystick port(s). It is also possible to simply reserve one or more memory locations, "steal" them from memory, then just read and/or write to those locations without worrying about all the fancy handlers and other considerations. It just happens that I wrote an article on this for the December issue of the CACE newsletter. Good luck on your project. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:565016101:567608101:NAMES & SIZES OF NETWORKS First, I understand that there are networks of bulletin board systems such as FidoNet, PunterNet and RapNet. Are these the only networks or are there others? If others exist, what are their names? Secondly, how many bulletin boards are members of each network? Finally, can you provide the name and data telephone number, of the local contact, for each network? -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Dec 14 11:51:03 1987 ** I know of one for sure: Railnet--883-6298 but have not researched its size. Also, from its title, ST Guild--267-5022 may be a network. Good luck finding more. (Maybe the above will have referrals.) Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. I have called Railnet since the last answer and discovered: 1) Railnet accepts messages related to railroading, only, but 2) has a list of local boards under Options/Features that includes network affiliations. 3) There are many local Fidonet BBS's, of which one is 942-3389 4) There is a "Collie" (?) (946-2980 among others) affiliation. 5) Other affiliations are listed that I didn't catch. Again, good luck with your networking! 15 December 87 Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:ae962:qa:565036380:567628380:Atari ST applications (This is not a question, but it may be useful to struggling Atari ST programmers.) For those of us who are not computer engineers or computer science gurus, creating ST applications can be very difficult. Until recently, bookstores sold nothing detailed about the ST with the exception of simple BASIC programming techniques. "Atari ST Internals" and related books required much experience and knowledge unknown to beginners. There is a book I recently purchased that starts from the beginning and works its way up to simple applications, then more complicated applications, titled: Atari ST Application Programming by Lawrence J. Pollack and Eric J.T. Weber by Datatech Publications (Bantam computer books) The first chapter deals with the very basics of the ST: the TOS, the GEM desktop, the AES, and relates them to other DOS's, other BIOS, other XBIOS. Then it moves to simple programs that utilize this newly gained knowledge so that the programmer is completely aware of what he is doing. One more thing: the book uses examples using Megamax C, a very good and popular compiler. Only C programmers will be able to benefit much from this book. -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Dec 6 10:44:16 1987 ** Thanks for the information. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:ab687:qa:565078079:567670079:1030 MODEM SOFTWARE HELP!! I HAVE ACCESS TO A 1030 MODEM THAT I SCREWED UP THE SOFTWARE DISK FOR. DOES ANYONE HAVE A SOFTWARE DISK FOR THIS MODEM I CAN MAKE USE OF?? E-MAIL OR CALL BILL SMITH H-531-6133 W+522-5828 THANKS.. -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Dec 6 10:25:47 1987 ** Q & A is no place for "Does anyone know . . . "! However, both Atari user groups have disk libraries and a lot of members willing to help you. In particular, both libraries include: 1030 EXPRESS TERM1030 AMODEM in 1030 format. These are all Public Domain programs, so any charge to you would cover reproduction costs. (TAP makes you copy it yourself, CACE charges you $3 to $5 for a "utility disk".) Come to the meetings this week and see for yourself. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 P.S.: The B & G bulletin board (228- 7335) has at least 1030 EXPRESS--my personal favorite--available for down- loading. Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:565429147:568021147:320xe Well a friend of mine tried to up/date his 130xe and it doesn't see the up/date he gets a 000 free sec on sparta DOS nowand we can't see the problem if we put back his 64k chips but leave the up/grade we get somefree but not all and the rest is garbage you can't see any of the garbage but its there in the dir. but with the 256k chips you see nothing but 000 free sec. can you give any help????? -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Dec 6 10:19:35 1987 ** Come to either the TAP or the CACE meeting this week. You don't have to be a member, and there are several of us at each meeting who might be able to help. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 P. S. If you bring your computer with you, it could speed things up. Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:565805961:568397961:1050 pin How can I or someone else fix a loose pin on the I/O jack on the back of my drive? -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Dec 6 14:19:42 1987 ** Often, the simplest fix is to pull your drive apart and solder the connector back together. If it is beyond hope, try B & G Electronics--the only known complete and honest Atari resource in the Cleveland Area as of December, 1987. The user groups may also be of help. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:visitor:qa:566462776:569054776:1050 POWER/SUPPLY What is the best way to open up the power/supply for the 1050 drive I have a blo fuse and there has to be a easy way other than cutting it open -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Dec 14 11:45:40 1987 ** Try prying one of the little rubber feet off the bottom. If there is a screw under it, do the same with the other four feet, and getting in is easy. If there is no screw (or worse, no feet), you have to pry it apart along the glue seam. Start at the opening where the wires come out. Good luck. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 -From:visitor:qa:567491222:570083222:RAMBO XL I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS HAD SUCCESS WITH RAMBO XL. WHICH IS THE BETTER BUY; RAMBO XL OR SWITCH TO AN 130XE? I AM AWARE OF THE COST DIFFERENCE. I AM INTERESTED IN THE BETTER VALUE. I AM INTERESTED IN MORE THAN ONE RESPONSE. -** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Dec 28 09:27:20 1987 ** My own personal value judgement is that you should get the 130XE, then check with either of the listed user groups for my write-ups on expanding ITS memory. Approximate cost is $100 for the installed upgrade at B & G. What you get is 320K of RAM which can be used (with Sparta DOS) as a 2042 sector RAM disk. The ONLY reason I would considerusing the XL is that the keyboard will survive longer. The XE problems can be cured by obtaining the pink replacement keyboard insert from B & G or Best Electronics in California. (If you do one of these, don't replace it until one of the keys on your computer has actually died.) To get more responses, put your question on the message base. Only one "sys-op" will be able to answer you in the Q & A section, here. Good luck with your upgrade! Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. -From:ae586:qa:568686692:571278692:Whatta think? I was wondering. What do you think in your opinion. I was thinking about selling this St and getting a Amiga 2000. Most everyone I talked to agree that the Amiga is a much better computer. The software is reallly starting to roll out for it too. Personally, I had a choice a while back to get a 64 and should have. Even though not quite as good in some respects, I believe it to be a much better computer. I think your insight would be well apppreciated. RJS -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:52:52 1988 ** My opinion? A foolish move. Why would anyone with the availability of software for 4 to 5 diffrent types of computer ditch it for one. The ST is able to use IBM, Amiga, CP/M software among others. Why change computer? If you are unhappy with your present software change it not your computer. The software for the ST that is comming our is amazing. Look at the CAD Series or all the midi software. That's another advantage. Midi. A midi interface by itself runs around $200. The ST has a biuldt-in MIDI interface allowing it to control your Casio or Yamaha keyboard. You get alot for your money with Atari. It's beyond me why anyone with one would give it up. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:af704:qa:569173590:571765590:C PRINTER SUPPORT I HAVE BEEN LEARNING C, AND HAVE NO TROUBLE WITH THE LANGUAGE, BUT MY ONLY MANUAL IS A MICROSOFT C FOR IBM MANUAL. FOR THE ST, I USE A PUBLIC DOMAIN COMPILER WHICH IS FINE FOR ME AS A BEGINNER. WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS HOW TO DIRECT A LINE OF OUTPUT TO THE PRINTER. MICROSOFT LETS YOU WRITE TO THE FILE STDPRN; IS THERE ANY SUCH THING IN GEM, OR DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS? CARL KASHUK ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sun May 15 02:53:34 1988 ** Your question is being researched. We will post the answer as soon as we have one. If anyone has any suggestions Please send them to me Jim Haynes AA268 and I will move it to this area. -From:ac964:qa:569176115:571768115:800 upgrade I have an (old) Atari 800 and want to know if it is possible to expand its memory beyond 48K to at least 64K or possibly beyond? This would be for two reasons: -so that I could have bigger spreadsheet and word processing files. -to take advantage of a couple of programs that are better with 64K (FS II and Microleague Base- ball.) If it matters, I have an open slot in the RAM section. Also, what does it cost? In other words, is it cheaper than buying a 130XE? -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:46:04 1988 ** Although there are still a few upgrades for the Atari 800, They are hard to find. Some Mail order places carry them. Our best advice would be to get the Atari 130xe with it's 128k capasity. This will give you the added pleasure of a ram disk which comes in quite handy. This computer is also expandable to 320k. Thanks for your question. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:aa338:qa:569619925:572211925:Questions on hard drives Just a couple questions on something that's greek to me...hard drives. Can any hard drive controller work with the Atari 8 bit and MIO? If not, where can I obtain a controller? What should I look for in purchansing a hard drive for the Atari 8 bit? Thanks for your help! Please answer this ASAP for I just might have a great deal on one! Thanks! -Ml -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:48:10 1988 ** Thanks for your question. We are currently researching the answer and will post it as soon as we have an answer. Until then, We have put it here and welcome any suggestions from our users. Please send all replys to me and I will move them to this area. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:visitor:qa:569884016:572476016:PASCAL Is it possible to buy PASCAL for the Atari 800.(The one that uses cartridges) If so, where can I purchase it and do you know what it costs? THANK YOU -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Mon Jan 25 02:21:22 1988 ** Yes, PASCAL is available. Most Retailers can get it for you. I would suggest B & G Electronics Not that they are better than any other dealer. I just buy from there myself and so know that they will do their best to get it for you. I don't like to put phone #s up here, so please check your telephone book. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:ae633:qa:569906091:572498091:(MORE) WRITE DIR TO DISK I posted the question regarding writing the disk directory to a disk file, but neglected to mention the system involved. Computer is an Atari 130XE with 1050 drive. I would like to read the DIR from D1: and write it on D8:. I have a nice CP/M program to do this on another machine, but don't know how on the Atari. Any ideas? Thanks! -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Mon Jan 25 02:08:28 1988 ** To Write the DIR of one disk to a file on the other is realy a matter of what DOS you are using. Assuming you are using DOS 2.0s or 2.5, do the following. Go to DOS. Type <A> for a directory. When asked for the drive # and destina tion. Type: Dx:,Dx:filename.ext The Directory should now be on your disk as a text file under the name you gave it. If using Sparta-DOS type: PRINT at the D: prompt. OOoops! scratch that. Type: PRINT Dx:filename.ext Now everything that gos to your screen will be printed to the file as well. Next Do a DIR of what ever Drive you want the same as you always do. When you are done, Type PRINT to turn off this redirection. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:ae302:qa:572205439:574797439:QUESTIONS NEED SOME HELP WITH A FEW THINGS: AM HAVING SOME PROBLEMS WITH DL INTERUPTS. 1: IT SEEMS THAT SOME TIMES THE INTERUPTS CHANGE WHERE THEY OCCUR AT IN THE DL LIST. NOT ALWAYS BUT SOMETIME. EXAMPLE: DURING KEY BOARD GET; DISK I/O. 2: HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT THE INTERUPT WILL OCCUR WHEN I WANT? (AM WORKING IN ASSEMBLER) SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT SPARTA DOS: 1:HOW DOES SPARTA DOS TEST IF A DISK ISATARI TYPE FORMAT OR SPARTA DOS? MORE ON THE INTERUPTS: MY DL HAS MORE THAN ONE INTERUPT, IF THAT IS ANY HELP. THANKS PETE AE302 -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:42:05 1988 ** Thanks for your question. We are currently researching the answer and will post it as soon as we have an answer. Until then, We have put it here and welcome any suggestions from our users. Please send all replys to me and I will move them to this area. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:ab445:qa:572220501:574812501:LINE FEEDS We're having difficulty using an Atari 1200 XL to send electronic mail. The problem, when we're on line and reach the 65 character limit in a line the "enter" key does not take the curser to the next line ---it just keeps typing over the 65th space. The modem is not at this location so I'll need to guess, but I think its something like a 1040 -- whatever the number, it's probably the low end of the Atari line, assuming they make more than one model. Any thoughts and/or suggestions? Thanks... -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:39:25 1988 ** Thanks for your question. We are currently researching the answer and will post it as soon as we have an answer. Until then, We have put it here and welcome any suggestions from our users. Please send all replys to me and I will move them to this area. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:af902:qa:572727523:575319523:Letter quality printer Would like to get a better letter quality printer for my 800XL than our 1027. My wife likes Atariwriter software and is interested in a Panasonic T-30 word processor/typewriter which has a computer interface capability. Is it possible to use this Panasonic with our current system? If so, what else would we need? -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:36:04 1988 ** Most word processors, including Atari Writer come with a handlers for commonly used printers. Most also provide a utility to allow you to make one if your printer is not supported. So the answer to your question is a qualified yes. As for what it will take to connect your printer? You will probably need an PR: or other interface. These run between $50 and $100. If you are on an ST, you may not need anything but a cable. Check the manual that came with your Printer. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:visitor:qa:574320300:576912300:Handlers If I wanted to write a handler for a serial device I made to be used with Kermit or some other such program, what must the handler's status routine do to make it work with the program? In other words, what does a handler need to be a handler? -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:33:27 1988 ** Thanks for your question. We are currently researching the answer and will post it as soon as we have an answer. Until then, We have put it here and welcome any suggestions from our users. Please send all replys to me and I will move them to this area. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:af623:qa:574664637:577256637:Copying a BASIC cart. I recently typed in a program from a computer book only to find that it only works with revision A BASIC. Rather than spend money buying a rev.A, is there any way to copy it with any Atari DOS? -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:30:53 1988 ** To the best of our knowledge there is nothing you can do in this case. Your DOS has mothing to do with your problem. You could copy until the cows come home but it won't help. If anyone else has an answer please send it to me and I will move it to this area. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:af623:qa:575438558:578030558:Terminally ill I'm trying to write a terminal program for an XM301 modem. I've figured most of the task out except 2 things: 1.) What is the procedure for sending and receiving Xmodem? 2.) If the modem's buffer is full and the application doesn't handle the incoming data fast enough, will the Xmodem tranfer pause long enough to clear up the buffer? Thanks for your help. -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sun May 15 02:50:04 1988 ** This question is beyond the scope of our staff. We are sorry. We have posted the question in hopes that one of our users may be of some help. If you have an answer to this question Please send it to...... Jim Haynes AA268 and I will move it to this area. -From:ag124:qa:577384719:579976719:modems/software I am looking for a modem (used or new) for an Atari 800. Any recommendations for a suitable unit (prefer 1200 baud), which would be used to access the Free-Net, GEnie, as well as a DEC Micro-VAX Computer would be appreciated. By the way, is there a market for the ATARI 1027 printer, and cassete tape drive? I think that I will need an interface to accomodate the modem. Any comments/help would be appreciated. Thanx! ** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:18:30 1988 ** Our best suggestion would be the Atari SX212 Hayes compatible modem. It's got the right kind of price tag at under $100. The SX212 has been tested with the most popular software for Atari and works quite well. It also is a direct connect modem through the SIO or you can connect it as a serial device. I am currently using The 212 and give it my highest rating. The modem is 300/1200 baud. Thanks for your question. I hope we have been of some help. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:ad537:qa:577878658:580470658:HP LASERJET SERIES II I HAVE THE HP LASERJET SERIES II PRINTER IS THERE ANYWAY A PRINTER DRIVER CAN BE MADE FOR THIS PRINTER SO I CAN USE IT FOR THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS. 1) FIRST WORD 2) D.E.G.A.S ELITE 3) CAD 3-D VERSION 2.01 I HAVE CHECKED ALL BULLITEN BOARDS AS WELL AS GENIE AND COMP-U-SERVE , PLUS I CALLED CALIFORNIA TO START MAGIZINE IF THEY WERE AWARE OF ANY ,THERE REPLY WAS " CHECK DIFFERANT BULLITEN BOARDS. IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO CAN HELP ME ON THIS PROBLEM PLEASE LEAVE E-MAIL , BETTER YET HERE IS MY PHONE NUMBER 476-3522 ASK FOR BILL. AD537 -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:14:47 1988 ** Thanks for your question. We are currently researching the answer and will post it as soon as we have an answer. Until then, We have put it here and welcome any suggestions from our users. Please send all replys to me and I will move them to this area. -From:ae501:qa:577907102:580499102:320k 65xe I have a 320k 65xe computer.When i try to get a 256k ramdisk i cant...it will only give me a 64k ramdisk...this is in spartados 3.2d i need help...i also runa bbs and need 256k of ramdisk space hope you can help thanks ae501 (ryan wilkins) -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sun May 15 02:56:46 1988 ** Thanks for your question. Sparta DOS supports 3 or four kinds of ramdisk. Perhaps you are using the wrong one for your system. Try the others, is the only suggestion we have at this time. wWe will continue to look into the matter and see if we can find an better answer for ya. ** If anyone has any other ideas Please send them to Jim Haynes aa268 and I will move them to this area as well. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:ae962:qa:577961139:580553139:Word processing FreeNet downloads Here's some helpful comments programmers may want to know regarding word processors for the Atari ST (WordWriter ST, 1st Word) and probably others: I just found out a few codes my word processors use to store extra information in documents. Why ASCII files from FreeNet when loaded cannot be paragraph formatted or right justified was always a mystery to me. But after some work, I found out that to convert an ASCII file to a word-processorable document file, the user must simply: 1. Replace all ASCII 32's (spaces) with ASCII 30's. 2. Put an extra ASCII 30 at the end of every line that is not the end of a paragraph. Having done this minimum conversion with a program, you can use every function the word processor has when editing. If you short-cut step 2 and place ASCII 30 at the end of EVERY line, which is what I do, you have to carefully remove the extra spaces from the end of the paragraphs immediately upon editing so reformatting won't turn the document into one huge paragraph! I suppose you could get it to remove FreeNet prompts, and figure out when paragraphs end in the absence of a blank line between paragraphs, but this makes the program longer and harder to write. It's not worth it for the length of most things here. -** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Sat May 14 06:06:58 1988 ** Thanks for the info. Max. I am sure our users will find it useful. Jim Haynes AA268 -From:aa325:qa:581622549:584214549:1200XL Translator The 1200XL is, and has always been, the odd computer out in the Atari series because its operating system differs slightly from other members of the XL series. Do you know of any translator which will allow the 64K 1200XL to emulate the 600XL, the 800XL, or the XEs so that it can run software programs designed for these machines. Obviously Translators A&B will not work because they are designed to emulate a 48K operating system. Any solution to my problem? -** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Sat Aug 27 14:08:38 1988 ** I really doubt that Atari would release a translator specifically for the 1200XL because of the limited success of the machine. I would suggest FixXL for emulating the 400/800. If you know something about machine language, you could save the OS from an 800xl after turning of burst I/O by: xxxx: LDA #0 xxxx: STA 2606 but you would have to write a routine to disable the OS using the register in PORT-B and load it in. This would require machine language and the locations from 65530-65535 are very tricky because they have a lot do with interrupt and the keyboard. You would have to load the OS into a different part of memory so you would have the SIO routines available to load the file. Havine CIO around would help a lot too, not to mention DOS. If you find a copy of FIXXL, you might be able to get someone to modify it, but I don't know if that would work. Sorry that I can't be of more help. If anybody has any suggestions/ideas/solutions send them to me. Doug Wokoun Atari Sysop -From:ae826:qa:582706114:585298114:Atari XF551 Hey, anybody out there know how to modify the Atari XF551 drive to read and write and etc. a 3.5 inch disk? -** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Sat Aug 27 17:19:09 1988 ** As far as I know, there is no way to do that. The chips and mechanisms are so different that you would do better trying to get your 8-bit to run ST software. Why not just buy a 3.5" drive and see if it'll work with a Percom controller? Doug Wokoun Atari SysOp ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. 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