from the MyAtari vault
re: Issue 21:
Just one point about your PixArt4 review: The keyboard shortcuts
haven't "mysteriously vanished" - they are completely user-assignable
with the "Options->Keyboard shortcuts" menu entry! I think that was
the case with earlier versions too, but those came with (some?)
pre-assigned shortcuts, where as in the last version they let the user do
the hard work :-)
Thanks for that tip, Peter. We'll try to
be more attentive next time!
I started out with an Atari 800 in 1985 and ended
up with an XE which I used up until last year. As I am interested in mucking
about with photographs I reluctantly bought a modern Gateway computer in 1997
which I have recently upgraded.
As I am nearly 70 I would like to find a home for
boxes of Analogue & Antic Magazine which are lying in my roof rather
neglected. I live in Solihull West Midlands (UK) and would like to
make contact with some youngsters who might find these interesting.
Can you help with a few contacts in my area as I
would like to see others get the fun I have had out of Atari. If not could you
sell them on your site for charity?
you for letting us know. If there are any readers
interested, please get in touch with us and
we'll pass on your details to Geoff.
After many a year without it, I'm finally
trying to get my old ST
working again. What killed it in the first place was when my father let one
of my cousins play with it; When it prompted her to insert disk two she
did so directly on top of the first disk, destroying the disk drive. In
theory that's all it
should take, but where can I find a new floppy
Can I modify a PC type drive or will I need to find a
of hardware? Also, as my ST has been collecting dust for the past ten years I
was thinking about cleaning it out with compressed air, are there any
really delicate components this could damage?
Software is another concern as
most of the stuff I have is from when we bought it and I don't have
very much documentation at all. Where might I find more software for my
Sorry to hear this, how
could your cousin do such a thing! I am glad to hear that you are trying to get your
working again. As you are from Canada, I recommend getting in touch with Brad
Koda at Best
Electronics (Winner of our "Best Atari Supporting Company" award) at
for a replacement drive.
to where you can find Atari software, you'll
be pleased to hear that you can find a great
selection of Atari software all over the internet.
I recommend you try Hallvard Tangeraas' site at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Bay/8745/
and Martin Byttebier's site at http://www.ping.be/dipching-drulkhor/PRG-IND.HTM.
you could use the search engine Google
to searching the web using terms such as "atari
software" or "atari games".
Welcome home :-)
You can get original Atari drives with
the special drive fascia and
parallelogram shaped eject button if you don't want to cut and file out
the ST's drive slot to accommodate a standard PC drive. The latter can
look ugly, especially if not done with care.
Otherwise a PC drive with
drive select jumper is necessary in order to change its ID for the ST to
recognize, the most popular being the Teac FD-235 (look for DS0 and DS1 on
the circuit board underneath and de-solder the jumper from the default
setting and onto the other).
Original Atari drives and pre-modified
drives are available from Atari Workshop, www.atari-workshop.co.uk or try
Best Electronics in the USA
for original drives.
Compressed air is in
my opinion a waste of money - all it does is blow dust elsewhere. I use a
vacuum cleaner (and if full contact is required to reach stubborn spots then
use a good quality artists' or lens-cleaning brush, with your ST on a
grounding mat). There's nothing inside that can be damaged by the pressure
level of forced air that you can produce at home. If you're only
cleaning externally, a vacuum cleaner and paint-brush will suffice to
clean the keyboard and ventilation grille.
Keep hold of the damaged
floppy drive, the plastic fascia is re-useable.
I've been a MyAtari reader since the beginning
and I figured it was time for a small thank you email. Even though I don't really do much with my ST (yes, still have
one ready to go but use emulators most of the time), I still
like to read up on all that is Atari. That is where MyAtari comes
I really like stories such as 'Atari GmbH' and
'8-bit vor 12 Party' they take me back in time :-)
You guys do a great job, Thanks
you for your e-mail Marcel as it is great to receive
feedback from our readers (good and bad). I
will pass on your compliments to the contributors
of the articles you mentioned, as I am sure
they will also appreciate your comments. On
behalf of the MyAtari team, thank you!
It is so good to see something out there on the web providing info
on the atari. I use my computer strickly for music. I am a well established
producer, dj, and remixer running cubase on my Atari.
I looking for
some info on how i can take advantage of using my 100/250 meg of zip to store
files. I am in need of baking up my files. I am tired of using floppy disk.
suggestions??? I do live in the states, so if you know where to direct me. I
really appreicate it.
thanks for all your help.
Assuming your Zip 250 is a SCSI model
rather than USB... you need to purchase a copy
Driver, a Link 97 and the necessary 50/25-way SCSI adapter to fit it to
the Zip (which may need modifying to supply a PTERM signal).
Your best bet
is either B&C ComputerVisions (www.myatari.com)
or Atari Workshop (www.atari-workshop.co.uk).
For further details on HD Driver, visit http://www.seimet.de/hddriver_english.html.
Bargain Atari mice
I recently came across a shop in London which still
sells Atari compatible mice brand new for only £5.95. Its called Blue Audio Visual, 61 Upper Street,
Islington, phone number 020 7704-1124.
It's breathed new life into my old 1040ST which had
been almost impossible to use before I got the new mouse. Maybe you could share this info with other Atari
users out there in the UK.
for letting us know Bart. I'm sure other readers
will be happy to hear about this.