Q & A - Aug.89 - Jan.90

From: Len Stys (aa399)
Date: 02/27/90-11:28:56 AM Z

From: aa399 (Len Stys)
Subject: Q & A - Aug.89 - Jan.90
Date: Tue Feb 27 11:28:56 1990

 Time Capsule - Q & A - Aug.89 - Jan.90

 Question Subjects          Date Posted
 -----------------          -----------

Printer                     Aug.15,1989
Need help reaching Library  Aug.15,1989
Omnicom and sx212           Aug.15,1989
Determ                      Aug.15,1989
Draw and Fill (XIO) Command Aug.15,1989
Flash                       Aug.15,1989
BASIC print                 Aug.16,1989
Schematic XM301             Aug.16,1989
Re: Percom Disk Drive       Aug.24,1989
Re: Schematic XM301         Aug.24,1989
SX212/DeTerm...             Aug.31,1989
Shadow and Flash            Sep.07,1989
MIDI help!!!                Oct.22,1989
Re: Video Interface-1040ST? Nov.05,1989
Music Studio Info           Nov.28,1989
PM?!                        Jan.15,1990


-Article #161 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ah292
-Subject: printer
-Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:57:00 GMT

Is there anyway I can use my okimate 10 printer with my ST?
or do I have to buy another printer.

-** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Sun Jul  2 03:07:58 1989 **

     The Okimate 10 is designed to work
with the Atari 8-bit and Commodore 
8-bit and has interfaces to work with
these two systems.  It is not Rs-232
compatable and there is no way, as
far as I know, to connect an Okimate
10 to an Atari ST.

     However, the Okimate 20 is
designed to be hooked up to an ST,
I believe and has more colors, also.

|Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp|

       Thanks for asking......

-Article #162 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ah881
-Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:57:08 GMT

I've been told that what I need is
an emulator-- the name "Omni" was
dropped.  I can't use my modem to
dial up the 
Cleveland Public Library.  Any hints?
Please leave E-mail.

-** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Fri Jul  7 02:02:41 1989 **

I would assume what you are referring
to is a VT-100/ANSI emulation program
called OMNICOM.  It is an 80 column
VT term program available in the 
public domain at local BBSes.

The documentation (the program is not
very self-explanatory) can also be
found on one of the local boards as
far as I know.

     You might try:

     Part-Time   582-1196
     The Basement 381-7859

           Thanks for asking

|Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp|

-Article #163 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: visitor
-Subject: omnicom and SX212 modem
-Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:57:17 GMT

Can anyone tell me if they know if
Omnicom will work with the SX212 modem.
I'm thinking of getting one and need
to talk with a VAX computer at work.
If it does work, what handler will I

-** Answered by PHILLIP CHOW (aa400) on Mon Jul 17 11:12:47 1989 **

Omnicom was made to be used with an RS232 type modem. If you are currently
using a P:R: Connection/850/MIO with 
your SX212 then it is possible.
If not you can try to substitute the
handler your SX212 use (it should have
come on the disk with the modem) in

-Article #164 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ah241
-Subject: Determ
-Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:57:26 GMT

I'm trying to getting Determ to work with my 800 and Sx212 but I'm 
not having much luck.  I've tried about 3 or 4 handlers none of which 
have work.  I even tried the program on my friends 800 and 850 inter. It
still did not work.  I downloaded it again, and it still did not work.
The only thing I can think of is that I need more memory. ( i only have 48K)

p.s. I have ver. 1.59

** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Tue Jul 18 16:49:52 1989 **

     I can't determine what the
problem is.  DeTerm is supposed to work
with the SX212, I believe.  I don't
have an SX212, so I can't test anything
with the 212.  There are some SX
handlers I have seen around in an
ARC, SX.COM and SXATH.COM, those might
     If you don't have luck with any
of this, you could try downloading
BobTerm.  It is also a very good term
program and better suited to a more
experienced user than the cursor-
controlled DeTerm.  It also gives
you more buffer and better protocols
for file transfer.  It is compatable
with modules (1.1) and has a CP mod.

             -Thanks for asking

    |Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp|

-Article #165 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: visitor
-Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:57:37 GMT

 I have heard and seen it in the books about an XIO command 18.
It's supposed to fill in a graphic with color. How can I do this?
Please explain.
      Thank you for any information.

-** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Mon Jul 31 04:01:23 1989 **

The DRAW or FILL command is simply a
command to fill in all points from the
one selected to the right to the next
plotted point.

To make this clearer.

    +                 +     +
    A                 B     C

if you did an XIO 18 at point A, you
would get this:

    +++++++++++++++++++     +
    A                 B     C

In my experience, I have not had much
use for this command.  It will not fill
a closed object like the fill commands
in a paint program.

The disadvantage to this command is 
that you must load the values for the
coordinates into memory before calling
it.  loc.90 is the row coordinate and
91,92 is the LSB/MSB for the column.
You must also set loc.695 to a non-zero
number to enable the fill.

The other drawing commands can be
executed from XIO also.  This acts
like a call to a library of OS routines
including commands to various devices
when needed.

        Thanks for asking.

|Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp|

-Article #166 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ac365
-Subject: Flash
-Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:57:47 GMT

I have an Atari Mega ST 2 using FLASH on a Supra Modem 2400. I am having
troube sending the break signals for activating 2400 baud on this
system. Any suggestions?

Control C and Alt B DO NOT WORK

-** Answered by PHILLIP CHOW (aa400) on Sat Aug  5 07:13:37 1989 **

   To send a break signal using
 Flash 1.6 or any version you need
 to press the Shift - CLR/HOME keys.

Thanks to Todd Donovan for this info.

                        PMC ^ aa400

-Article #167 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: visitor
-Subject: BASIC Print
-Date: Wed, 16 Aug 89 21:57:24 GMT

        When I'm in BASIC, how do
I list the program to a printer?

        Currently using a 130XE w/320k
BASIC REV C, and SpartaDOS X.

                   Todd Wilkens
                   SW, CA.

-** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Thu Aug 10 15:31:24 1989 **

     Fortunately, BASIC on the Atari is
very flexible.  The LIST command can
be diverted to any peripheral.  
Normally, LIST means, LIST "E:" or
list to the editor.  You can change
this to LIST "P:" and it will list
to the printer, or you can use 
LIST "D:myprog.bas" and it will LIST
the file to a disk where it can be
read in normal text format.

     Also, ENTER is the inverse of
LIST, but you can only ENTER from a
legal input device, like the disk or
a modem (R:).

          Thanks for asking.

|Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp|

-Article #168 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ab408
-Subject: SCHEMATIC XM301
-Date: Wed, 16 Aug 89 21:57:34 GMT


-** Answered by DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) on Tue Aug 15 02:22:38 1989 **

Neither I nor any of the other SysOps
have any idea where you would get such
a thing.  If anyone has any information
on this, please send it to aa384, 
or aa399.

[Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp]

-Article #169 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ae454 (Paul Simundza)
-Date: Thu, 24 Aug 89 22:56:34 GMT

 the Problem With the Percom Is Something With the Directory and
the Ending Sectors, There is A File
on COmpuserve That Will FIx It Once
You patch the Boot Sectors on all
your percom disks....

Paul Simundza(ae454)

Answered by Doug Wokoun (aa384)...

     Thank you for the information.

[Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp]

-Article #170 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ae454 (Paul Simundza)
-Subject: Re: SCHEMATIC XM301
-Date: Thu, 24 Aug 89 22:57:58 GMT

 I have had the Same Problem When
i used my Xm3o1, The Way I Solved
it Was to Unhook it for a Few
Minutes Before booting games so
It wouldn't send the Sound of the
games and booting through the
fone and Picking it up, Its a
Common Problem, Caused by Periphrerals
Drawing power from the Computer...

paul Simundza, (An Atari User...ha)

Answered by Doug Wokoun (aa384)

       Thank you for the information...

[Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp]

-Article #171 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ag792 (Lance Gentile)
-Subject: SX212/DeTerm...
-Date: Thu, 31 Aug 89 15:46:25 EDT

A while back someone asked about compatability with the sx212 and DeTerm...
Well when i first u/l'd DeTerm to Part Time i only sent up the .COM file itself. The version i had was ARCed and contained a file called "DTSX.COM" i'd assume it simply had a handler tacked on the end of it, and i'm sure the SX.COM file 
works fine, but if not i can obtain that file and send it up somewhere...


-    Answered by Doug Wokoun (aa384)

     Thank you for the information...

[Doug Wokoun|aa384|Atari SigOp]

-Article #172 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ac365 (Todd Donovan)
-Subject: Shadow and Flash
-Date: Thu, 7 Sep 89 17:17:01 EDT

I just got Shadow for my Mega 2. It is a background file transfer program. I
can get everything work fine(atleast loading) when I boot from a floppy.
Unfortunately I have a hard drive and would like to boot from it. I have
moved the various key files around with no luck. Also I get a TOS system
crash when I try to run Flash and Shadow together- two programs that are
made for each other.

Any Suggestions?


-Answered by Doug Wokoun (aa384)

     Thanks for answering you own question.  We are posting this with
the included answer so that anyone with the same problem can see your solution.

Message #xx (xx is last)
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 89 01:00:21 EDT
>From: ac365 (Todd Donovan)
Subject: Delete

Please Delete my previous question about Flash. I tried something and
it worked. In order to allow flash to work from a hard drive, one must
delete EVERYTHING out of the 'Auto' folder, create a new auto folder,
install shadow first then reinstall your hard disk driver programs. Acually
you don't or can't delete the hard driver or else your loose your
hard drive. You move those files elsewhere, clear the folder, install
shawdow so that it has the earliest date, and then copy the driver
stuff back in. BADLY WRITTEN MANUAL - no help AT ALL!


     Thank you for the information.....

-Article #173 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ai100 (Jason Kraley)
-Subject: MIDI help!!!
-Date: Sun, 22 Oct 89 18:52:41 EDT

Could someone tell me if there is a MIDI program available for an
Atari 800XL... I own a Yamaha PSS-480 keyboard, and I wish to in-
dulge in it's MIDI capabilities...
Thank you for any information....

Jason Kraley
ai100 (Trekker)

-** Answered by Len Stys (aa399) **
MIDIMATE and MIDITRACK II was developed
by Hybrid Arts.

MIDIMATE is the only MIDI interface
currently available for the Atari
8-bit computers that I am aware of.
The MIDIMATE interface is nothing more
than a small metal box with a cable
that plugs into the free serial I/O
port on your Atari and jacks for MIDI
in, MIDI out, sync in, and sync out.
It comes with a two six-foot DIN cables
that connect its MIDI jacks to the
MIDI-compatible instruments, getting
all the power it needs through the
serial cable.

supporting it.  I do not know if Hybrid
Arts released any more software for it
but was supposely working on it a few
years ago with a modem.  MIDITRACK II
is similar to a computerized version of
a professional sixteen track tape
recorder except that it has far more
featurs and records how an instrument
is played rather than the sound of the
instrument itself.  The storage
capacity is said to be over 3000 notes.
MIDITRACK II allows you to only enter
notes through the music keyboard not
the computer keyboard.  It is not
recommended for a beginner in music but
for a professional only.  For
musicians, MIDITRACK II's capabilities
are extensive with well over 100
commands available.  Some of the
commands are listed under these


       transpose a track
       quantize a track
       punch in or punch out
       set note duration
       set velocity
       change relative velocity
       copy, delete, combine tracks
       perform real time editing or
        step by step
       choose whether to play or record         program changes and pitch wheel
       mod wheel and start/stop info
       specify which chanels MIDI
        should listen to


       select, turn on or off or solo
        any of MIDITRACK II's sixteen
       name tracks
       protect and unprotech tracks
       save and restore info on track


       specify which MIDI channel to
        use for each track


       select one or five sync modes:
        internal, external I,
        external II, MIDI, and single
       determine how an external clock
        will be used


       allows you to set, save or
        recall current tempo
       choose visual and/or audio
        metronome to help you keep time


       set synthesizer patch number
       set current MIDI mode
       send local on/off command


       save sequences to and from disk
       get a list of sequences stored
       format a new disk
       make a backup copy of a sequence
        disk or MIDITRACK II itself

     MIDITRACK II is hard to use and
the manual gives quite a bit of
information but is poorly written. 
MIDITRACK II is again not recommended
for a beginner but does the job for

     The MIDIMATE interface has a list
price of $200.00 and the MIDITRACK II
software has a list price of $150.00.
It is very expensive and it just might
make more sense to buy an Atari ST.
However, a few months ago, Antic was
half that.  Also, Antic has been
reportedly "going out of business" so
you may want to give them a call and
see if they have any left over that
they might want to get rid of for a
cheap price.

     Thanks for asking!

     Len Stys (aa399)
     Atari SIGOp

-Article #175 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: af338 (Nick Visic)
-Date: Sun, 5 Nov 89 11:39:11 EST

if you don't have a 520, then the cheapest way to record all
your picture/animation to tape is to buy a product called 
the video-key.  this give you standard rf and also color
composit output.  this way you can hook up to any tv, monitor
or vcr.  as for reatreiving (soorry) signals, you have to buy
a product called vidi-st.  this is a hardware product that 
plugs into the cartige port.  it runs about 100 dollars.  from 
what i have heard, it sounds like a verry nice piecte of hardware.
i wish i conuls   could have one.   nick
   *** Answered by Len Stys ***

  Thanks for your help!

-Article #176 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ai100 (Jason Kraley)
-Subject: Music Studio Info
-Date: Tue, 28 Nov 89 14:23:39 EST

Can someone tell me everything that is available for the Music Studio
by Activision--The XL/XE Version? Exactly how good are its MIDI 

And also, would a Yamaha PSS-480 keyboard be able to converse with
Music Studio? 

ai100 Jason Kraley (Trekker)
Director of Full Force, Inc...

-*****Answered by Len Stys (aa399)*****

     I regret to say that the Atari 8-bit version of Music Studio does not have
the feature of MIDI interfacing.  I have read many articles on Music Studio and
no one seems to know why they did not include this feature.  It could have
been easily compatible with Hybrid Arts' MIDITRACK but Activision did not
choose to include it.

     The Atari ST version of Music Studio does have the MIDI feature and that
is where you may have gotten confused.

     The only two MIDI software programs available that I know of is MIDI
MAX which comes with an interface, M.M.S. software with powerful editor,
A.M.S. to M.M.S. file converter program, instruction manual, sample song files,
and two six-foot MIDI cables.  MIDI Max retails for about $225.00.  Also,
there is MidiTrack II & III available for about $175xD each.

     Don't hold me to this but I think your keyboard will work with the
MidiTrack software as long as you buy the patch filer as well.

Thanks for asking!

Len Stys (aa399)
Atari SIGOp

-Article #177 (177 is last):
-Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions
-From: ai100 (Jason Kraley)
-Subject: PM?!
-Date: Mon, 15 Jan 90 16:44:36 EST

Can someone give me a simple basic program(short of course) which sets up
and initiates P/M graphics to work in a program using Gr. 8/24 after I load 
a picture in memory.?? 

I'm a dullard when it comes to P/M programming...

ai100 Jason Kraley(Trekker)
Director-Full Force, Inc...

      Welcoming the 199O's...

-Answered by: Doug Wokoun (aa384) on 15-Jan-90 at 16:43:44

        Check the Information Base under the Atari Library menu for a set
of items called the Atari Technical Reference Manual.  One of the chapters
is on P/M Graphics and should give you much help including an example
program for setting up PMGs.

        Also, Basic XE has commands for handling PM/Gs is you have the
money to dish out for the cart and they are much faster than what you can
do with Atari Basic...

        Hope this helps....

        Thank you for your question....

                /-] Doug Wokoun [-] aa384 [-] Atari SigOp [-/


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