fidzen wrote:Welcome to the greatest forum on earth "607"!
Nice to see some younger people discovering the Atari world also.
I have a 8 year old son with autism that loves to play on my Atari.
Hope you will enjoy it here and looking forward to your posts.
Wayne123 wrote:Hello, my name is Wayne and I live in Southern California.
I purchased my first Atari computer back when the 520ST first came out and used only that computer for the next 7 years.
I did just about every hardware mod I could find for that machine. My whole family were Atari users,one of my brothers designed a hardware interface for his Atari ST and wrote software to create a CNC Mill out of his old manual machine.
I used to go to all the big Atari shows we had in Southern California, it was a lot of fun back then and to be honest the modern computer scene is just not as exciting now as it was back in the old days.
I got rid of my ST when it stopped working sometime in the late 90's and I have missed having an ST ever since, a few years ago I started playing with emulators more than I had in the past, I wanted to relieve the nostalgia of my younger years. Last year I prchased the awesome little MiST FPGA box and just recently ordered a 1040STE from one of the few remaining dealers that has them, he is backlogged with work so I have no idea when I will actually get my STE so for now I the closest thing I have to a real Atari is my MiST FPGA box. In the future I hope to get a TT030, I have wanted one since they first came out but they were out of my price range, I like the Falcons also but it seems the prices on them are getting crazy high now so I doubt I will ever get one.
I am amazed that there are still active forums around for these old computers will enjoy reading the forums to get up to speed on the Atari scene.
12 somewhat major surgeries to date. Latest 2 spinal and TKR left knee. Neuropathy is taking over, endorphins seem to help, getting ready for the 60 yearold class up here in the mud. Have a nice bench racing rocking chair ready.
I worked at China Lake for 30 years.
- Figure out if it is possible to have some peripheral that works like a hard drive but is SD based or even an IDE interface I can put a hard drive on it. Not sure what would be the maximum size. From what I am reading it seems like depending on the OS version it can see up to 24 partitions but not all will be assigned a 'drive letter' limiting the whole thing to around 8GB.
- Find a way to copy all the floppies to this 'SD' based thing.
- Add somehow a Network Card so I can access BBSs and IRC. Ideally if heaven allows, in 53 or 80 columns for IRC.
- Understand what sort of OS this thing runs, if it can be booted off the SD card and how to upgrade the OS to the latest one available/possible.
- If I manage to get all the above going, well then spend some time trying to understand how to program the damn thing.
Of course all this assumes I will have time in my hands, what almost certainly will not be the case due to the job-related traveling, the eight cars in my garage and the five year old that I managed to get at age 40.
Cheers and regards from Canada.
Ragstaff wrote:Welcome tsmvp, it sounds like you had a very different perspective on the whole retro era from where you grew up, I hope you enjoy re-living the 16 bit era with your ST as we did the first time around!
As Wayne said, UltraSatan is an SD card reader you can get pretty cheap, which will let you use an SD card for a hard drive.
All the other questions are a little more complicated but I'm sure if you browse the forums and make a few posts you'll get all the answers you need
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