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Article #81 (419 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions From: ab714 Subject: MPP EXPRESS Date: Sun Jul 30 09:12:44 1989 In Your answer to my previous question, you mentioned that I probably have an inadequate power supply to run my STAR NX10 printer, while on line and using MPP EXPRESS with my SUPRA 300AT modem. My computor is a Std. ATARI 130XE, w/ a P.R. Connection for interfacing the printer to the computer. How would I get a larger or more powerful one to allow me to print while being "ON LINE", or can you suggest a different way around this problem which would allow me to print while on line. Also is there a way to "LIST" or "COPY" a basic program to my printer when the program contains lines that have inverse characters? Apparently my printer does not recognize these letters when they are received so the printer just locks up. What I've been trying to do, is print a copy of AMODEM 7.2 to compare it to another version of AMODEM 7.2 which at one time I modified but can't remember what I changed. Hope you can help. ** Answered by JOHN SUCHY (aa271) on Thu Mar 19 00:59:48 1987 ** In answer to the first part of your question, first check with Supra. I have recently learned that some of the modem/printer problems were due to defective modems. After that has been ruled out, either replace your main 5V Atari power supply with one able to giveyou at least 2-1/2 Amps, replace the 1-1/2 Amp regulator in the Atari supply with a 3 Amp version, or add a 1 Amp supply between the ground and +5V leads of the Atari std. I/O chain. Your second question has an easier answer. Most printers, being set up for ASCII transfer rather than ATASCII, can't recognise inverse or graphic characters. The solution is to translate each character in turn to a printable graphic pattern. Fortunately, YOU need not do it yourself; there are several commercial programs that do it for you. MAGNIPRINT from Alpha Systems and LISTER PLUS from Antic's Catalog are just two such. Your Co-sysop John E. Suchy aa271 Thanks for asking. PS. Take this answer to a good Atari service center if you need help with the power supply hardware.