Disks And DOS
I recently purchased COMPUTE!'s Best of Atari. It comes with a magazine and disk. However, neither side of the disk would boot. How can I use this disk?
All COMPUTE! disks for Atari computers are shipped without DOS. To use one of these disks, insert a DOS 2.0 or 2.5 system disk into the drive before you boot your computer. If you boot up in BASIC, you'll see the message READY. To see a directory, go to the DOS menu by typing DOS, then press A, and then press RETURN twice; you'll see a list of all the programs on the disk. Machine language programs can usually be loaded by using the L menu option. Load BASIC programs from within BASIC itself.
COMPUTE! quarterly disks (but not the Best of Atari disk) have a menu program to make the process a bit easier: Just type RUN "D:MENU" from BASIC for this menu.