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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:11 pm

And for the newer members of the Atari community (hi there guys and gals! :D) here's a link to essential ST software, from those fab folks on the Atari forum (no, not this one, the other one :?):

http://bbs.datavase.info/ST_essential/

Midi stuff is in the Music Production Tools section, but there's basically all you need to get (and keep) up and running.
There's more about the list and a great discussion here:

http://www.atari-forum.com./viewtopic.php?f=14&t=16525
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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:56 am

And thanks to the guys on the Atari Music Network, here are two links to Atari docs
Just the thing for finding out more about our favourite computers! :bouncy: :beamup:


http://dev-docs.atariforge.org/
ftp://ftp.datavase.info/atari/DOCS/

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:41 am

Here's a link to a free download of the Atari version of Symbolic Composer (V.2.0.1).
This runs in conjunction with Dr.T's KCS:
http://web.archive.org/web/20050116110142/www.mracpublishing.com/download/SymbolicComposer2.0.1Atari.zip

and should provide fun for KCS fans!

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:37 am

Hi folks,
well for the first time in a VERY long time, I've had a problem with my Atari STE :madas: :protest: :?
It started hanging up and then finally refused to even load from the desktop. You know the thing -you click on an icon, and absolutely sod all happens :crazy:
After switching off and waiting for a few minutes (that guarantees that the memory is definitely completely cleared, and you'd be surprised at how often that can clear the odd glitch) the same thing happened again...and again.
It appears that the File Selector has thrown a wobbly.
Now I could be in a real tizz, biting the carpet, thinking of a PC (NO!!!), but I didn't.
I simply swopped my recalcitrant STE with a spare one (I have 4 -well you never know) and I'm back up and running in a trice.
I'll be sending the offender to Barrie fairly soon for an MOT and an oil change.
Moral: now's the time (if you haven't already done so) to invest in a spare Atari ST(E) for those File Selector moments. There's loads of them cheap on Ebay and you never know..... :roll:

Best wishes,
Dave (not having a fit, not having to reinstall everything, and not suffering downtime)

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby desmond » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:41 am

I tried to boot up my old STE the other day - the floppy drive has gone all weak and won't read floppies, and my old Atari hard drive (which I was hoping to copy some files off of) doesn't spin up... :frown:
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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:08 pm

Hi Desmond,
you could try one of those floppy drive cleaners (a disk with a mild abrasive and/or cleaning fluid such as isopropyl alcolhol), but your best bet is to see about a replacement floppy drive.
As regards your HD, Barrie is the man who can advise and fix all your problems -he can also retrieve and archive files if you need this.
01925-823334, as usual.

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby desmond » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:02 pm

David Etheridge wrote:you could try one of those floppy drive cleaners (a disk with a mild abrasive and/or cleaning fluid such as isopropyl alcolhol), but your best bet is to see about a replacement floppy drive.

In my minor googling around I saw that a common problem on aged Atari's is the floppy drive belt wearing out or corroding, so it might just be that...

David Etheridge wrote:As regards your HD, Barrie is the man who can advise and fix all your problems -he can also retrieve and archive files if you need this.

Thanks - I need to find out whether it's the drive itself that doesn't work or whether it's just not being powered up by the case electronics (it's a System Solutions MiniS drive). The case electronics do power up the fan so that part is working anyway.

As far as I know it's a standard IDE drive so I'm going to see whether it spins up in a PC. If it doesn't then it's probably beyond recovery...
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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby Neo-Classical Guitar Man » Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:08 pm

I have three 4160STE and starting to get uncomfortable with the amount of stuff I have acquired, plus the usual grief from the women folk over this! Anyway I have decided that having a few is a wise idea.......so they shall remain!.....For the time being anyway!


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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Sun May 08, 2011 8:39 am

Hi folks,
latest news from Martin Tarenskeen is a bugfix for his YS Editor Program, now on v.2.76.
The is THE editing prog for all 4 op FM instruments from Yamaha:
DX100, DX27, DX27S, DX21, DX11, WT11, TX81Z,
YS100, YS200, B200, TQ5, DS55, and V50 are supported by YSEDITOR PLUS.
(But V50 users are adviced to use the special YSEDITOR V50 version)

FB01 is supported by special YSEDITOR FB01 verion.

Go here for all the gen:
http://www.home.zonnet.nl/m.tarenskeen/yseditor.htm
or:
http://atari.martintarenskeen.nl/

(and you thought that no-one was STILL developing editors? How wrong might you be... :D)

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Tue May 24, 2011 2:14 pm

Hi folks,
here's the latest news about ACP (Atari Coldfire Project) FireBee, the next generation in Atari compatible computers. The folks working on it are developing USB connectivity in Freemint.
You can see all the details here:
http://acp.atari.org/

Fascinating stuff -any takers?

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby Mathias ACP » Fri May 27, 2011 10:11 am

David Etheridge wrote:Hi folks,
here's the latest news about ACP (Atari Coldfire Project) FireBee, the next generation in Atari compatible computers. The folks working on it are developing USB connectivity in Freemint.
You can see all the details here:
http://acp.atari.org/

Fascinating stuff

Thanks David, for the hint to our project. "The folks" have even to report some exclusive sound issues regarding the FireBee. ;)

Sound hardware is integrated, the big tasks are done already. Internal sound driver (falcon compatible) and AC'97 are done mainly. Recording works well. MP3 playback with Aniplayer is possible with only 22 % (!) CPU load (without a DSP - the 56001 is not finished recently).

The YM2149 works well (also out over AC'97 - and Falcon compatible), and first applications were tested successfully (no MIDI was tested right now), without any errors are for example; "MIDI Arpeggiator" a mini analogue-style MIDI sequencer, "Snippit Synth" a software-based sound synthesizer, "Squash it!" a sample processor, "Sound Chip Synth" (MiniMOO) a real-time synthesizer, "Soundigit" an AIF/WAV HD-Recorder/Player/Editor, or the well known "Aniplayer".

Thats important for me, because I like you to know we are not doing "only" a FreeMiNT machine. Many users demand as well a well working TOS computer. So FireTOS (A for ColdFire Processors adapted Falcon 4.04 TOS) gets ongoing several improvements. We are highly aware, that audio tasks are still a big part of "Atari-Computing". Thats why we are for example glad that we got the Soundpool owner on board as advisor as well.
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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:56 pm

Hi again folks,
here a link I've just found to another floppy drive emulator using SD cards:
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/index.html

You'll notice that the range is available for a wide variety of supposedly obsolete computers (including Atari of course :D) but also a wide range of floppies fitted to synths and samplers.
Scroll down through the list to see if your fave vintage synth is there.
(Apologies to NCGM if I'm posting info he's already placed here, 'cos I haven't checked and I know that he is our resident expert of this kind of gear :shock: :headbang: :smirk:)

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby Neo-Classical Guitar Man » Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:09 pm

Haha! I bought one of these interfaces via Ebay early last year, but not used it yet. I will be upgrading the firmware before I do, as at the time I asked the maker to write a file browser for the ST and two weeks later it was in the new firmware to download! This was later carried over into the Amstrad CPC which I also own, so the maker definitely listens to his buyers.

There is also someone else who has made an interface, that can backup any disk even if faulty I think! KryoFlux web page

More info

KryoFlux and HxC Floppy Emulator in action together with EMU Emulator 1 keyboard

HxC Floppy Emulator SD version with EMU Emulator 1 & 2


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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby David Etheridge » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:41 am

Hi gang,
another new year and we're still humming along as ever!
I don't know how I missed this link -another U.K. Atari site who offer info and some products for Ataris:
http://st-freakz.co.uk/index.html

Enjoy!

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Re: FAQs for all Atarians

Postby Neo-Classical Guitar Man » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:41 pm

Yeah he is a good guy with a good track record and he responds to emails quickly too.



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