80 COL. CARD?From: Dennis Melcher (ai980@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 07/01/90-05:50:40 PM Z
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From: ai980@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Dennis Melcher) Subject: 80 COL. CARD? Date: Sun Jul 1 17:50:40 1990 Does the 80 column card that Atari makes (xep80 or something like that) work with 850 Express!. And also would Atari writer + work with it?, the software package of Atari Writer + I have makes no mention if it is compatable or not. I know there is a version that will work with the 80 col. card, but is that a special version of AW+ or will all AW+ versions work with it? Dennis Melcher ai980 *** Answered by Len Stys (aa399) *** at: 5:40 PM 7-1-90 I have purchased the Atari XEP80 and there are a few things that you should remember about it. The first thing is that you need a monitor/TV. It must have a plugging for VIDEO into your TV. If you do not have this, the XEP80 is no good to you. The second thing that you should know is that there are only about 3-7 software titles available for it that takes advantage of it. The Atari Writer + does not. You need a special 80 column version of it called Atari Writer 80. There are also database programs and word processors made by other companies that are sold for $40 or more. Several term programs such as DeTerm and BobTerm stat that you can use the XEP80 with them but I have not gotten them to work. I commercial package called the Express Cartridge by Orion also says that it supports the XEP80 which probably does. Have I used my XEP80 very much? Well, I've turned it on about 3x since I got it. I'm waiting for the price to go down on some of the software that supports it but wanted to make sure I had the hardware when it came out. So far, the prices are still way up there. It comes with a new version of DOS which is in 80 columns. Not with new features but new in the way that it is in 80 columns? Have I had any problems with it? Yes, the first time I purchased it, it worked for exactly 10 minutes then it stopped working all together. I took it back and had my dealers play around with it for a good 20 minutes and then they decided it was broke as well and gave me another one. I also had problems with the first one or two characters being cut off which I had to adjust and WAS A BIG PAIN. It shouldn't need adjusting. Overall, did I think it was a good deal and was well worth the money? No, I did not. I only got it because I love my 8-bit. If you love your 8-bit also and are willing to dish out the extra cash to get software that supports it then go ahead. But to tell you the truth, you'd be better saving your money for an STe. A 520STe may come out with 10 software titles for under $400. If you add up all the little extras such as a mouse, MIDI ports, and 80 columns already with it, you will see my reasoning. Plus you will still be able to emulate your 8-bit with Xformer. Thanks for your question! Len --
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