Re: MS-DOS machines Reading Atari 8-bit Disks - ASG

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 05/30/90-02:52:08 PM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: Re: MS-DOS machines Reading Atari 8-bit Disks - ASG
Date: Wed May 30 14:52:08 1990

In a previous article, ac721@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Aron Gamman) says:

>I will be purchasing an MS-DOS machine in the near future and I was
>wondering if there was any way you could read an disk from an 8-bit disk.
>I know I could make a null-modem but, I was thinking of something less
>complex. I have certain files I'd wish to transfer to my MS-DOS machine.
>Any suggestions?
>"If it hurt none, do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."


     I would like to further a reply by Mark on reading an Atari 8-bit disk
on an IBM.

     There IS INDEED a program to do it.  I have seen it in the public domain
section of major IBM bulletin board systems.

     I don't remember the name but it will not run graphic programs but it
should be able to read text, etc.  When I read the instructions for it, it
said, "Ok, all you IBM users, you don't have to leave the 8-bit world just
because you moved to a different computer."  And it gave information on how
to run the program.

     If I am correct, it was made to run disks formatted with DOS 2.1.
However, the author's name and address is on the program and he may have
written a better version of the emulator.

     Incidently, I hate to see users leave the Atari world even if it doesn't
look like the grass is as green as it should be.  I have a feeling that Atari
will come back to the U.S. and make an impression, perhaps with the STe.
The STs can emulate IBM, Atari 8-bits, Apple IIs, and Macintosh.  Sure it
may cost you up to $1000 alone to get all the emulators but then you will have
a system for everything instead of just "IBM only."

Thanks for your question!

Len Stys - Atari SIG - 5-30-90

P.S. - I did not answer your question on how to transfer the information on to
IBM format but I hoped this help.


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