Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 19 / DECEMBER 1981 / PAGE 10

"I'm having problems with John H. Palevich's SHOOT Program [COMPUTE! #16]. The BOOT TAPE MAKER (Program 1) works fine, all those DATA statements check out okay and it beeps twice, I press RETURN and CSAVE a copy of the BOOT TAPE.

Now here's where the problem comes in. When I remove the ROM cartridge, rewind the tape to the beginning of the BOOT TAPE, press "PLAY" on the 410, press down on the START button (what's this for?) and turn the 800 back on, I don't get that BEEP that John says I should (in his article). I really want to see this program work, so I can try something of my own, but I'm stuck with joystick in hand and fire button poised.

Anyone know what I'm doing wrong, or having the same problems, or is my Atari 800 down with something?" Fred Corsale

You first turn power off and remove the cartridge. Then hold down the START button while turning on the computer. Press PLAY and hit RETURN. This complex and lengthy program is worth the effort, but, because it was so complex, many beginners had difficulty. The BASIC program (before the DATA statements) must be typed in exactly as it appears. For further suggestions, see last month's COMPUTE! "Typing in SHOOT," an article written to aid those who might experience difficulties.