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Date: 2000-11 atari800xl.org comp.sys.atari.8bit
PC Xformer cable  
 
1.  Valery Prokopenko  
 More options Nov 1 2000, 8:49 pm
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From: "Valery Prokopenko" <l@tums1.ukrtec.net> -
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 13:51:04 +0300
Local: Wed, Nov 1 2000 7:51 pm
Subject: PC Xformer cable
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I have made PC Xformer cable. Connect to LPT.
I start xformer.exe -x ( Xformer version 3.8).
The program gives out the message " Unable to calibrate cable ".
What me do?

 
 
2.  Rick Cortese  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 12:16 am
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From: "Rick Cortese" <ricor@netmagic.net> -
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 07:16:57 -0800
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 12:16 am
Subject: Re: PC Xformer cable
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The Xformer cable is about a 15 year old design and I don't think Derek
supports it any longer.

The Xformer cable used timing loops and IMO was really set up to handle the
slower computers available at the time. Problems started happening ~when the
Pentiums came out. Maybe you could test the cable on an old 386/486 to see
if it works.

Other then that, use the cable to build a SIO2PC or Prosystem cable and go
from there. They should allow you to convert the ATR to XFD format after
some jumping through hoops.

The only restriction is you can't run copy protected images from the
emulators. If you know enough to build a Xformer cable, you know enough to
build an SIO2PC cable. The extra cost/parts for an SIO2PC is only about 90¢
and they should never go obsolete.

"Valery Prokopenko" <l@tums1.ukrtec.net> wrote in message

...


 
 
3.  Mark Bedingfield  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 11:14 am
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From: "Mark Bedingfield" <m@baypc.com.au> -
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 13:20:46 +1100
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 11:20 am
Subject: Re: PC Xformer cable
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"Rick Cortese" <ricor@netmagic.net> wrote in message

...

Wasnt there a version of Xformer for the ST? I have been trying to find out
for years.

Mark


 
 
4.  Rick Cortese  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 11:46 am
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From: "Rick Cortese" <ricor@netmagic.net> -
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000 18:47:12 -0800
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 11:47 am
Subject: Re: PC Xformer cable
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"Mark Bedingfield" <m@baypc.com.au> wrote in message

...

Yes, I actually bought a Xformer cable from B&C when they first came out and
IIRC the package had a disk with Xformer on it. Could have been seperate,
but I seem to recall a disk in there.

There was also someone who wrote an ST program that installed the 1050 on
your desktop so you got an bit more of disk storage.


 
 
5.  Don  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 12:30 pm
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From: Don <d@qnet.com> -
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 18:34:32 -0800
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 11:34 am
Subject: Re: PC Xformer cable
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Mark Bedingfield wrote:

> Wasnt there a version of Xformer for the ST? I have been trying to find out
> for years.

> Mark

Yes, there is version for the ST.  It was still listed at emulators.com.  It
works with only ST computers i tried a TT and it wouldnt work.  Very simple to
build uses 1 resistor.

Don


 
 
6.  RHamiIton5  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 12:05 pm
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From: rhamiit@aol.comedy.com (RHamiIton5) -
Date: 02 Nov 2000 03:05:11 GMT
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 12:05 pm
Subject: Re: PC Xformer cable
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>"Rick Cortese" ricor@netmagic.net replied:
>The Xformer cable is about a 15 year old design and I don't think Derek
>supports it any longer.

That is about it; Derek sent me a response to my email saying any PC faster
than a P75 was probably out of range...

-Ron

I don't have a solution but I admire the problem.


 
MS-DOS compatability  
 
1.  Andreas Magenheimer  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 2:01 am
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From: Andreas Magenheimer <magea@mail.uni-mainz.de> -
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 18:01:32 +0100
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 2:01 am
Subject: Re: MS-DOS compatability
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"John K. Picken" schrieb:

> The USD can only handle 128- and 256-byte sectors. All PC drives (HDD and
> FDD) use 512-byte sectors so there's no way. The Happy controller firmware
> must have included a 512-byte capability at the hardware level.

> jkp

Well,
they did not. they used a (software-) trick. Since the Happy has a track
buffer it could buffer up to 6-8k; the program just told the Happy to
split the 512bytes into two sectors of 256 bytes. You can do this with
almost any drive that is capable of 256 bytes per sector. Just write a
program that splits 512 bytes sectors in two 256 bytes sectors and you
are done...    -Andreas

P.S.: A friend of mine tried it with a self-written program for the
XF551 and it worked. You know: the XF does not have a track buffer...


 
What is your favorite Atari 8-bit video game?  
 
1.  Andy  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 6:19 am
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From: "Andy" <vlnw30@cableinet.co.uk> -
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 21:19:07 GMT
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 6:19 am
Subject: Re: What is your favorite Atari 8-bit video game?
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yeah, the atari was brilliant, it never got the recognition it deserved here
in UK.  I loved missile command, fort apocalypse, elektraglide, quasimodo,
mercenary, beta lyrae, mountain king, bruce lee, phantom, zybex, ninja
commando, draconus, ninja, spellbound, god I could go on forever.  I don't
think new games will ever be as playable as these, sigh...

Steve Breech <sbree@atarist.com> wrote in message

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2.  Mark Bedingfield  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 11:13 am
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From: "Mark Bedingfield" <m@baypc.com.au> -
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 13:19:41 +1100
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 11:19 am
Subject: Re: What is your favorite Atari 8-bit video game?
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"Andy" <vlnw30@cableinet.co.uk> wrote in message

...

> yeah, the atari was brilliant, it never got the recognition it deserved
here
> in UK.  I loved missile command, fort apocalypse, elektraglide, quasimodo,
> mercenary, beta lyrae, mountain king, bruce lee, phantom, zybex, ninja
> commando, draconus, ninja, spellbound, god I could go on forever.  I don't
> think new games will ever be as playable as these, sigh...

I spent nearly 10 years playing Alternate Reality the Dungeon to christ
know's what hour of the morning and I never got bored with it once. But I am
married now:-)

Mark


 
Giving something back in return...  
 
1.  patchell  
 More options Nov 2 2000, 9:33 am
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From: patchell <patch@silcom.com> -
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 16:29:40 -0800
Local: Thurs, Nov 2 2000 9:29 am
Subject: Re: Giving something back in return...
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    Well, I can't complain.  I did the same thing for the 810 Happy board.
(there is a picture on my website).

--
 -Jim
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