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Article #6 (55 is last):
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.time
From: aa399 (Len Stys)
Subject: Q & A - Apr.87 - Jun.87
Date: Tue Jan 23 16:09:49 1990



 Time Capsule - Q & A - Apr.87 - Jun.87
 --------------------------------------

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

Upgrades                    Apr.03,1987
Olivetti Printer            Apr.16,1987
YModem                      Apr.16,1987
Atari SIO Port              Apr.10,1987
P:R: Connection             Apr.12,1987
SG-10 Printer Driver Wanted Apr.12,1987
XM301 Defects               Jun.15,1987
Radio Shack Printer         Apr.29,1987
1030 Control                Jun.04,1987
Vt100 emulator              Jun.04,1987
Copy Programs               May.18,1987
Assembler editor            May.18,1987
Radio Shack Ink Jet Printer May.18,1987
Sectors                     May.18,1987
Heat-transfer ribbons       May.18,1987
How Do I go sideways?       Jun.04,1987
Modem Commands from BASIC   Jun.04,1987
Atari 1200                  Jun.04,1987
Bad Load File?              Jun.04,1987
Help Key                    Jun.15,1987
Handlers                    Jun.15,1987
XIO commands                Jun.15,1987
MIO, etc.                   Jun.15,1987
Vertical blank vectors      Jun.27,1987
Arc files                   Jun.17,1987
Sound command               Jun.27,1987
Flashing cursor             Jun.27,1987
Computer speed              Jun.27,1987
1030 Handlers               Jun.27,1987
XM301 Program               Jun.27,1987
Color Term Program          Jun.27,1987
Ooops! Sorry                Jun.27,1987
Screen Handlers             Jun.27,1987



-From:visitor:qa:543986196:546578196:UPGRADES

I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS ANY PLACE THAT WOULD UPGRADE THE
ATARI 65XE TO 128K OF MEMORY IF SO PLESE HELP ME.
                                       THANKYOU

** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Fri Apr  3 06:03:28 1987 **

Contact B & G Electronics in Lakewood
their number is 521-2855.
        They do upgrades on the xl/xe's

                        ATARI SYSOP,
                        Jim Haynes
                        aa268

-From:visitor:qa:544119856:546711856:OLIVETTI PRINTER


I NEED HELP. I PURCHASED AN OLIVETTI INK JET PRINTER LIKE
MANY OTHERS FROM DAK INDUSTRIES. THE PROBLEM IS THAT
THE DRIVER DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD ON PROGRAMS LIKE THE
PRINT SHOP. IF ANY ONE HAS A SOLUTION
TO THIS PROBLEM IT WOULD BE OF 
GREAT HELP.    THANK YOU!


** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr  5 14:03:41 1987 **

        I have the same problem with my
Okimate 10.  Have had since they first
came out.  If ANYONE seeing this can help, please let us know!

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
Thanks for asking.

-From:ab873:qa:544726988:547318988:YMODEM

Is Ymodem compatable with the Atari 8 bit computers?  What is
the advandages of Ymodem verses modem?

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Apr 16 01:03:20 1987 **

        Let's start with the second half of your question.  I'm not sure of the
technical details, but the differences
between the various _modem transfer
protocols is the way in which the 
transfer program does its checksum.
There is no reason that Ymodem should
fail to work on 8-bit Atari's, but you
would be very lonely with it: to my
knowledge there are no people using it
and no programs that support it.
        Most current Atari 8-bits use
ASCII (no error checking), Xmodem, or
Amodem.  The last two are nearly--but
not quite--identical.

                        April 16, 1987
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:544928132:547520132:ATARI SIO PORT


 IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I COULD BUY AND THE 
PRICE OF AN ATARI SIO CONNECTOR FOR THE BACK
OF MY COMPUTER THEN REPLY WITH A MESSAGE TO PAUL SIMUNDZA

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Fri Apr 10 12:46:05 1987 **

        As of April 10, 1987, B & G 
Electronics at Madison & Hilliard in
Lakewood, Ohio tries to keep Atari SIO
cables in stock, and may be able to 
order the computer sockets.  You could
also try Futuretronics in Lorain, Ohio
or Kompo Computers on Cedar Road in   
Shaker Heights.  I don't know if they
stock the part, but they do try to
support Atari.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:ab815:qa:545084846:547676846:P:R: Connection

Are you able to use a modem and a printer at the sametime with this Hardware pie
concerning SIO Cables I noticed that
Whitlow Electronics in Euclid
carry a good stock of them.
                  Thanks,
                    -Ml

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr 12 18:10:23 1987 **


        YES!  The P:R:Connection is designed to be used with both MODEM and
Printer at the same time.  

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:ad336:qa:545239047:547831047: SG-10 PRINTER DRIVER WANTED

        I have a 130xe, SG-10 and the   Atariwriter Plus. I have
been trying to design a good custom     printer driver but have
been uphappy with my results. Has anyonedesigned one that they
are happy with that they would like to  share with me?
        
Thanks,
Dan

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sun Apr 12 18:28:00 1987 **


        I don't know of one for Atari-
writer Plus.  There is a good one n  
some of the local bulletin boards for
the original Atariwriter.
        I gave this skimpy answer so
everybody could see your question and
maybe help answer it.  Until I post it,
only the Atari Sys-ops can see it.
Questions for "anybody" often do better
when left on the bulletin board part of
this SIG.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:ac849:qa:545684121:548276121:XM301 defects

       In an article on page 95 of the
April (No. 53) Analog he state of a 
defect in the XM301 which interfers withdisk drive data transfers.

       I have this problem and the article mentions that by 
installing some resistors the problem 
can be cured.  Does anyone know what
resistors and where to install them.

                        Thanks,
                        Frank Carotenuto
                        ac849

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 02:59:26 1987 **

        Thanks for answering your own
question for me off line, Frank.  For
the rest of you, here it is:
 1. Buy 3 resistors: all 470 ohm/             1/4 watt (if you don't
             know what that is, don't
             try this!).
        2. Open XM301 case--THIS VOIDS
             YOUR WARRANTY!
        3. Where the SIO cable meets the             PC board, label and de-
             solder wires 3, 9, and 13.
        4. Solder the resistors (one end             only) into the 3 new holes.
        5. Solder the wires onto the
other end of the resistors
             in the matching holes.

        This procedure buffers the
critical data lines from the computer
and drives.  It should prevent any more
interferance with the drives (and maybe
the printers, too)!
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
   Thanks for asking and answering!

-From:ab016:qa:545810220:548402220:RADIO SHACK PRINTER

I HAVE A RADIO SHACK DMP 200 PRINTER.  IT WORKS
FINE WITH PRINT SHOP FOR IBM, SO I KNOW IT CAN HANDLE THE GRAPHICS.
QUESTION:  I HAVE TRIED EVERY PRINTER ON ATARI 
PRINT SHOP, WONT WORK. IS THERE ANY WAY
TO MAKE A DRIVER FOR IT?
SYM

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Wed Apr 29 09:23:59 1987 **

        I don't know of any way at present, but leave me a personal message 
with your phone number so we can talk
about it and I will get in touch with
you and an "expert" I know.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        Joun E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:546500584:549092584:1030 CONTROL

QUESTION ABOUT CONTROLING THE OUTPUT OF THE 1030 MODEM...
CAN THE LENGTH OF THE DATA BIT USED IN COMMUNICATING BE
CONTROLED?
I AM TRYING TO CONTACT THE MAINFRAME (IBM 3081) AT CSU WITH 
A PROGRAM CALLED VT100.  THE MAIN FRAME CONECTION REQUIRES
7 DATA BITS, TWO STOP BITS AT EVEN PARITY. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

                        PETER HALLER
                        A VISITOR
PS:BASICALLY I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN CONTROL THIS FEATURE OF 
THE 1030...

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun  4 02:32:45 1987 **

        You can use any R-handler to 
make the 1030 communicate any 300-baud
way you like.  What you can't do from
an R-handler is make it dial in tone
mode.  (Study your "R:" commands, esp.
the XIO ones.)
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
          Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:546500584:549092584:1030 CONTROL

QUESTION ABOUT CONTROLING THE OUTPUT OF THE 1030 MODEM...
CAN THE LENGTH OF THE DATA BIT USED IN COMMUNICATING BE
CONTROLED?
I AM TRYING TO CONTACT THE MAINFRAME (IBM 3081) AT CSU WITH 
A PROGRAM CALLED VT100.  THE MAIN FRAME CONECTION REQUIRES
7 DATA BITS, TWO STOP BITS AT EVEN PARITY. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

                        PETER HALLER
                        A VISITOR
PS:BASICALLY I WANT TO KNOW IF I CAN CONTROL THIS FEATURE OF 
THE 1030...

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:51:16 1987 **

        Try booting your modem/computer
without a terminal program on your disk
or with a generic program such as
1030 EXPRESS.  While I can't speek for
the mainframe, I had a lot of success
talking to the PDP-11 that way.
        If that doesn't work, try a 
good manual on Atari RS-232 handlers 
and use the data with the 1030's T:
device code.  (If that sounds confusing
it's because I am not a modem expert.)

                        Your Co-sysop 
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 13:01:43 1987 **


-From:ad831:qa:546576757:549168757:Vt100 emulator

I downloaded the VT100 terminal emulator for my Atari 800.
It doesn't seem to work. I am using the P:R: connection.
Is that part of the problem ?

Chris Norris  ad831

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun  4 01:40:40 1987 **

        I can't answer without more
information.  check the emulator's DOCs
for the following:
1. Is the program written for
             your computer? (Do you need             a translator file?)
        2. Is it written for your modem
             class?  (MPP/1030/850):
             your modem requires an 850
style program.
If the answer to both questions is YES,
then you have either a faulty modem or
a faulty program.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:547158802:549750802:COPY PROGRAMS

IS THERE A PLACE WHERE I CAN GET A COPY PROGRAM FOR MY ATARI?
IF THERE IS THEN PLESE LEAVE INFO ABOUT IT 
                                   THANKYOU

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:40:18 1987 **

        DOS, which you got with any
disk drive you bought, has at least
a file copy function--and most also 
have "whole disk" (sector) copiers.  If
you need more than that, check your 
bulletin boards or join a user's group.
Both have stand-alone copiers available
to members, and often to the public.
As Free-Net Sysop and president of a
"legitimate" users' group, I cannot
recommend anything that will copy
protected software.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:ac937:qa:547233695:549825695:ASSEMBLER EDTIOR

HELP I CAN SAVE TO DISK WHEN IN THE EDIT MODE BUT CANT LOAD IT 
BACK IN. IM USEING DOS 2.0 I GET ERROR 164

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:29:42 1987 **

        I don't know why you got that
particular message; it indicates a very
scrambled disk.  However, I suggest you
try this:
        1. FORMAT and put DOS.SYS and
                DUP.SYS on a new disk.
        2. Turn on your drive and     
                insert the new disk.
        3. Install the ASSEMBLER cart.
                and turn on the computr
        4. Type in a program and SAVE
                it then LOAD it--or
                LIST it to disk then
                ENTER it from disk.
If the above in that order doesn't work
get my number from the user group info
and give me a call.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:ac849:qa:547356213:549948213:RADIO SHACK INK JET PRINTER

      My friend bought the printer when
on sale at Radio Shack and now needs 
ink cartiridges for it.  Radio Shack 
told him the printer was discontinued
and could not get them.  Do you know
who made the printer for them or whose
cartiridges might fit.

                      Thanks in advance
                      Frank
                      ac849

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:21:31 1987 **

        As of 18 May 1987, I recall 
recently seeing a lot of ribbons, etc.
for old R.S. equipment hanging on the
wall at the Radio Shack Computer Center
at about 275th and Euclid.  If they
don't have the cartridges, they should
be able to get you the information you
need.  (They are also an R.S. systems/
service center.)

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:548130746:550722746:SECTORS

IS THERE A WAY TO WRITE ERROR SECTORS TO THE DISKETTE?
IF THERE IS A WAY COULD YOU PLEASE LEAVE A WAY TO DO IT.
                                         THANKYOU

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 12:11:38 1987 **

        At present, there is a company
named Alpha Systems, located in Stowe,
Ohio that sells a disk/manual on 
protection techniques, and another on
advanced protection.  Use caution: one
of my friends ran into trouble trying
to use the data.  You might want to 
come to a summer meeting of either CACE
or PEEKERS (see user group function)
and talk to Tony Ramos.  He usually
visits us when he's home from college.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        18 May 1987
                        aa271

-From:ad150:qa:548295396:550887396:Heat-Transfer Ribbons

Does anyone know of any company that
still manufactures heat-transfer ribbons for the CITIZEN MSP-10?


                        Thank Youm

                        Ken Bohac
 ad150

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon May 18 11:59:25 1987 **

        I wasn't even aware that such a printer existed.  While that means that
I don't know where to look for the
ribbon, there may be another solution.
        The Brothers Typewriter Company
makes a pure white thermal paper in 
8-1/2" x 11" single sheet style that
I use with my Okimate 10.  While the
ribbons for my printer cost about $5 
for about 15-20 pages of print, the
paper comes 200 sheets for $10 to $12.
        In the mean time, maybe someone
will see this and send me a PERSONAL
note so I can add a ribbon location to
this answer.  I hope you find what you
need.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
           Thanks for asking!


-From:ad336:qa:548568491:551160491:HOW DO I GO SIDEWAYS?

        Does anybody know of a utility  program that will allow
me to print my SYNCALC data sideways on an SG-10 printer? I
know that they make sideways programs   for IBM & Commodore.
Somebody must have one for ATARI.
        If you have an answer please    leave it here and/or
leave me some mail. Then I won't miss   it.

Thanks
*****Dan*****

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun  4 01:24:01 1987 **

        You may have to use the DIF
output function and another program to
get the sideways printing.
        If anyone out there can be more
specific or has a better answer, please leave me a private message.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
     Thanks for asking, anyway.

-From:visitor:qa:548913366:551505366:MODEM COMMANDS FROM BASIC

IS THERE A WAY TO RUN A MODEM FROM BASIC? IF SO PLESE LEAVEINFO ABOUT IT.
                         THANK-YOU



** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun  4 02:23:39 1987 **

        To run a modem you need two 
kinds of code: a 'handler' and a 'user
interface'.
        A handler is a machine language
program that tells your Atari how to
talk to the modem.  It involves those
strange internal workings like CIO, IOCB, and SIO.  You don't need to worry
about those if you search around the
BBS's and user groups for an 'R-handler'('T-handler' if you have a 1030 or 
XM301).  The handler must be 'booted'
before you run your control program, or
with luck and some research may be loaded at the beginning of your program.
        The user interface lets you (theuser) talk to the computer and tell it
what you want to send to the modem and
what to do with what it sends you.  Thisprogram could be as simple as a two-
person game such as 'battleship' or as
complex as an auto-dial/auto-answer
terminal program.  In any case, for
running a modem in BASIC, you need to
study these commands:
        OPEN            CLOSE
        GET             PUT
        INPUT #         PRINT #
    and XIO.
Your best sources are THE ATARI BASIC
REFERENCE MANUAL and the SAM'S 
PROGRAMMER'S REFERENCE GUIDE FOR THE
ATARI 400/800 COMPUTERS.  I personally
use SAM'S.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking!

-From:aa338:qa:548944745:551536745:Atari 1200

What's the latest on Atari's 1200 modem?
Is it going to be released???
Any info on this subject would be appreciated...

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun  4 01:16:58 1987 **

        The latest word is that it is
not yet out, but Atari still says that
it will be made available when possible.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
p.s. as of 2 June, anyway.

-From:ad336:qa:549288957:551880957:BAD LOAD FILE?

     I downloaded a binary file from    compuserve that I have
been looking for and each time I try andrun the program I get
the message BAD LOAD FILE. What is this and how to I correct it.
     It was a rather large program and Iam hoping I do not have
try and downlod it again.

Thanks
Dan

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Jun  4 01:52:39 1987 **

        Are you absolutely sure that it
isn't a BASIC, DOC, or LISTED file?
If it really is BINARY, when does it
give you the error?  If the error 
occurs immediately, the first few bytes of the file tell DOS that this is NOT
a binary file even though it is.  An error after the file has been trying to
load probably means that the file byte
count is off.  Fixing the latter takes
someone very skilled in machine code.
Let me know, personally, if you need a
more complete answer.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:ae501:qa:549853522:552445522:HELP KEY

HOW DO YOU ACTIVATE THE HELP KEY ON ATARI'S ?
INFORMATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRITIATED.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:21:34 1987 **

        The help key is always active.
The only way to use it, however, is by
POKE-ing its special memory location.
I believe the location is 732 (decimal).Try this little program:               
        10 H=PEEK(732)
        20 POKE 732,0
        30 POSITION 10,10
        40 PRINT H
        50 GOTO 10
Start it running, then play around with
the HELP, SHIFT, and CONTROL keys.  
Then delete line 20 and see what happens.  (You will have to BREAK out of this
program.
        Good luck!
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
          Thanks for asking.

-From:ad024:qa:549980215:552572215:HANDLERS


Could someone please tell me what a handler is and what
it's purpose is? I'm having problems with one of my
telecom programs.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:32:49 1987 **

        A handler is a system-level
program that tells your Atari computer
how to talk to--"handle"--a specific
input/output device.  There are built-
in handlers for the keyboard, monitor,
and printer.  There is also a "loader"
for DOS--that is, a program that tells
the computer how to get information
from a disk to install a disk handler.
Your specific problem is called an "R-
handler".  It must be loaded from disk,
and tells the computer how to talk to
serial devices like MODEMs.
        Most users' groups now have
public domain R-handlers available to
members, and some will also give them 
out to other interested people..
        If you have trouble finding one,give me some personal mail.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:ae501:qa:550271230:552863230:XIO COMMANDS

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIAL XIO COMMANDS? 
I MEAN LIKE FORMAT COMMANDS AND COMMANDS THAT WRITE SPECIAL
DOS FILES LIKE DOS.SYS AND DUP.SYS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.


THANKYOU
AE501


** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:48:29 1987 **

        There isn't room here to duplicate much of that information.  you      
should get ahold of a good reference
such as THE ATARI BASIC REFERENCE MANUALor SAMS PROGRAMMER'S GUIDE TO ATARI.
        To tantalize you into finding
out more, I can say that:
If used properly, XIO 18 will fill a
graphic-screen outline, and XIO 254 willformat a disk.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:ab815:qa:550616196:553208196:MIO, etc.

How much would the 256K & 1 meg version of the MIO run me...
Locally? M.O.?
Also how is the MIO compared to other
Ramdisks???
Are there others where you can buy
ready to use by the time you recieve
it which cost cheaper???
Please Help!

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Mon Jun 15 03:59:02 1987 **

        To start with, the AXLON Ramdiskis probably cheaper.  It doesn't have
the I/O ports or device number control
that the MIO has. (MIO can be left on
and configured as D1: to boot your
computer ultra-fast if you like that
idea.)
 Internal upgrades can be very
cheap if you install them yourself, and
can be used for more than just Ramdisks.The additional uses require that you
learn more about your computer.
        As to price, your best guage is
the advertising in Antic or Analog--the
public Atari-oriented magazines.  Loacl
prices will be at least 10% higher, but
the SERVICE is usually well worth the
extra buck.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:550946568:553538568:VERTICAL BLANK VECTORS

How do you set up a VBI?  Every time I try it comes out wrong.  thanx.
/s


** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 00:31:55 1987 **

        Since you have been having some
form of results--even bad ones--I'll
assume that you know about the Vector,
or "address of subroutine" associated
with the Verticle Blank Interrupt (VBI,
things that happen while the TV screen
can't see them).  In that case you are
probably forgetting to branch back to
the standard VBI routines at the end of
your code. A JuMP to the original 
address in the VBI vector should do it.
Let me know whether this helps.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:ad150:qa:551222377:553814377:Arc Files

I have a problem with my ARC 1.1 Extract program.  Recently, I 
downloaded Kermit1030.Arc from a local bbs, but when I tried to
 "un-arc" the files, the program said they were not arc files.
Even though the filename extender is
.ARC, the program collapses.

PLease help, this is not the first time this has happened when
I have attried to use ArC.  
I even downloaded another version, but it did not help.

                        -Ken bohac
                         ad150

** Answered by JIM HAYNES (aa268) on Mon Aug 17 04:00:56 1987 **

Hi Ken,
        There are quite a few compacting
programs out for the Atari. 
The Problem you are having is probably
do to this. Not all boards make 
provisions for all the different
versions. Because of this your extender
ARC maynot be correct. Check with the
Sysop of the board and see id there 
are any other compacting type programs
available through their bbs.
These files will have names like:
shrink, shrinkxe, diskcom, scrunch, etc.
We hope this helps. If it doesn't 
call the T.A.P. BBS at 228-7335 and
leave a msg to me "JIM/CO-SYSOP"
I do have a program that I can upload
that will tell you what program was
used to compact the disk.

                        ATARI SYSOP,
                        Jim Haynes
                        aa268

-From:visitor:qa:551225616:553817616:SOUND command

I would like to know the proper SOUND command for a good
screeching tire effect, for the Atari 8 bit. Thank You.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 00:44:55 1987 **

        So would I.  Put this question
on some bulletin boards and let me know
when you find out.  (While I program a
bit, I haven't played with the sound
very much.)
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:visitor:qa:551226225:553818225:Flashing Cursor

I am a new owner, and would like to have the last pixel flash
on DRAWTO commands in GRAPHICS 3, 5, & 7. If anyone can help
me, it would be appreciated. Thanks.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 00:51:53 1987 **

        This request is much more 
complex than just "flashing the cursor".If you look down at the bottom of the
screen, you will see the cursor in the
text window.  Flashing the last pixel
drawn requires some knowledge of the
internal workings of both BASIC and the
Operating System.  Get 'hold of Mapping
The Atari.  Or leave me your number in
my mailbox--(only I can go there).

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
P.S. "Can Anybody"'s belong on the
bulletin board.
        Thanks for asking anyway.

-From:ae501:qa:551384977:553976977:COMPUTER SPEED

IF YOU WOULD CHANGE THE CRYSTAL IN THE COMPUTER TO A HIGHER
SPEED CRYSTAL WOULD THE COMPUTERS CIRCUITS BE ABLE TO HANDLE
THE FASTER SPEED?

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** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:03:47 1987 **

        The answer is usually "NO".  
There are several things to be considered:
        1. Internal timing of the MPU,
        2. Memory access time, and
        3. Monitor timing--
to name a few.  These are usually all
inter-related, and while some "crystal
speed-up's" work, most won't.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
         Thanks for asking.

-From:ae302:qa:551419488:554011488:1030 handlers

  Is the source code for the T: or R: handlers available?
I need to see a documented source sothat I may modify vt100
to control the data & stop bits.

        thanks
        PETE

        ae302

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:11:03 1987 **

Antic Magazine had several
articles about this a year or two ago--
including a "complete" T: handler.  If
you don't have a friend with the issue,
join the PEEKERS (see user group info)
and ask to look through the growing
members-only magazine library.

                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
        Thanks for asking.

-From:ae454:qa:551544677:554136677:XM-301 handler

 I have an Xm-301 modem and I wanted
to create a BBS program in Basic.
 I put the Handler to Autoboot and
I read the Documentation but I couldn't
understand how to Auto answer and send
a carrier in basic when someone called.
 If you can help thanks.


** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:17:55 1987 **

        I would need to see the DOC's,
myself, in order to help.  Check your 
mailbox.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
        Thanks for asking.

-From:ab170:qa:551636851:554228851:XM301 Program


     I bought a modem, the XM301, when it first came out.  There
was no documentation about controlling it through BASIC by XIO
commands or the such.  Is there any way to operate it through
BASIC or ML readily?

                Tom Lekan ab170

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 01:55:33 1987 **

        See my comments about 1030's &
handlers (especially R: type).  The major functional difference in the XM301 is
the auto-answer ability.  If you don't
need that, any program designed for the
1030 will work on the XM301.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy

        Thanks for asking.

-From:aa338:qa:551764030:554356030:Color Term Program

Well, I think I'm going to do it!!!  I was in the process of writing
a question because of a technical problem I found in using the modem
at 1200 baud in Basic but figured out a way to fix it while
typing the message.  I'm also interested in writing my own
BBS program for my board.  Perhaps i can have the BBS support
this program.  Please respond if you know of any similiar programs
for the 8 bit.

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 02:05:04 1987 **

        Congratulations on fixing your
own problem.  Leave me some personal
E-mail about it.  Incidentally, the
current state-of-the-art BBS program 
for Atari seems to be BBS Express: see
the TAP BBS at 228-7335.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
        Thanks for talking.

-From:aa338:qa:551764231:554356231:ooops! Sorry

I'm sorry!!! Please delete this and the other message I wrote.
I wanted to post it on the open bulletin board!!!
I'm sorry!

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 02:11:44 1987 **

        Don't worry about it.  The Q&A
is not just for getting questions 
answered for yourself.  It is also meantto help others who might have similar
needs in the future.  On this basis I
will also accept tech tips or other
non-current-event informative data in
this column.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
        Thanks for asking.

-From:aa338:qa:551764286:554356286:Screen Handlers

In Basic would there be any small ML or other routine that will
make the following program faster that you would know of???
Thanks, and this program is for the 8 bit.
100 rem #3=modem
110 rem #2 = E:
120 Get #3,x:put #2,x
Basically its getting a character x from the modem or other
device and putting it on the screen...Would you know of or where
I can get an ML routine to do the same but faster or can't
I "put" a character on the screen any faster than the baud rate
of the "from computer to t.v." cable, etc.???

** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Sat Jun 27 02:24:29 1987 **

        You don't say whether you are
using a 300 or 1200 baud modem.  If 300
then you will find it slow, anyway.  If
you have a 1200 baud modem, BASIC will
really slow you down.  Get 'hold of 
Mapping The Atari from Compute Books 
and De Re Atari, printed by the old
Atari and now available from some mail
order houses and the PEEKERS' lending
library.  You need to dig out the "CIO
and SIO System Calls".  If you still
need help, leave me E-mail.
                        Your Co-sysop
                        John E. Suchy
                        aa271
        Thanks for asking.

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