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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.tricks
From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: attract mode
Posted-By: xx004 (aa596 - Peter Haller)
Reply-To: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Date: Sun Jul  7 18:04:14 1991

If the keyboard is not touched for seven to nine minutes, the display will 
go into "attract mode," rotating colors at low luminances.  This helps to
save the monitor from burn-out damage suffered from being left on and not
being used.

To stop attract mode, just press any key on the keyboard, except Control
or Shift.  

But what if you want to stop the attract mode without the computer registering
a keypress?  I like to use the Help key, since so little software uses it.
Another popular choice is Control-Shift-A, which is also recognized by very 
little software but will reset the attract mode.

To see attract mode, just do a POKE 77,128 in Atari BASIC.

To prevent attract mode in your BASIC program, POKE 77,0.  
Michael Current   '93                 Internet:         
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