CASE OF THE MISSING RAM
Why do I get only about 20K of available memory with my Atari Microsoft BASIC II cartridge whether I have 32K or 48K of RAM Installed In my 800?
In September's Tech Tips, the POKEs necessary for controlling the cassette motor were given in reverse order. POKE 54018,52 to turn it on and POKE 54018,60 to turn it off.
When building the WEFAX Interface Board (Antic, September 1986) I recommend using a very low power consumption LED. Otherwise you may not "see the light." It is always good practice to use the lowest power consumption components available in any project.
Many thanks to Antic Technical Editor Charlie Jackson for donating his survey compiler program, without which I probably would still be laboring over the figures from our club survey
MACE Membership Chairman
When I list my progam on paper, Atari's special characters come out wrong. Can you suggest a software package that can print any Atari character in my program list?
How can I run 1st Word from inside an AUTO folder? This is the only program I have been unable to autorun on my ST by putting it into the AUTO folder with a .PRG extender. Also, is it possible to autoboot programs (e.g. dBMAN) in medium resolution on a color monitor? I have tried this without success.
As for booting in medium-res, set up your color desktop as desired
and then click on "Save Desktop." The disk will be active for a short time,
and when you use it to boot with, your desktop will reappear.-ANTIC
I am a small business entrepreneur with a complete Atari setup that I use daily. Many business programs are just great, but I'm having trouble finding a good payroll program for the 8-bit computers. Do you know of one?
ANY 1020 PENS?
After I bought my Atari 1020 color plotter, I used it often. Now I can't use it at all because the pens have run out of ink. Where can I find another set of pens?
Orland Park, IL
This was Prospero Software's answer to my query about a distribution license for compiled Pro Fortran-77 programs using the company's PRL program:
"The position with run-time licenses is that it free-you may distribute the PRL with your software when you sell it."
This is the icing on the cake. There isn't a better deal around. Prospero has done the ST world a great service.
Steve Roquemore's review of Micromod 2.4 (Antic, July 1986) was fair and greatly beneficial. I thank the Editorial Department for adding the updated information at the end of the review. This has saved much confusion on the part of those we've talked to.
The spacebar on my Atari 800 has gone bad, and apparently only another key-board will remedy it. The repair people can't find one, however, which means that all the hardware and software I've bought is useless.
I'm a teacher who uses a word processor during the school year, but I've been without the computer for several months because of this "parts" problem. Please tell me where I can find a keyboard or another 800, either new or to use for parts.
Atari game fans, Help' When playing Zone 10 of Miner 2049er by Big Five Software; I can't complete Quadrant 5. There are two areas in the lower corners that my miner can't reach. Is there a mathematical flaw in the screen layout making it impossible for the miner to jump or fall to these areas? I've killed more miners than any cave-in trying to find out. I would ask Big Five Software, but they don't seem to have a phone number anymore.
Neither the MPP (Supra) 1000-C and 1000-E modems hang up the phone if they answered it. The modem only hangs up if it originated the call. MPP owners can get modification instructions from Supra Corp, 1133, Commercial Way, Albany, OR 97321.
As my wife enters law school, I'd like to add an second inexpensive Atari to the household as a word processor. Will my older 800 software run on an 800XL as is? Will newer 8-bit software run on my older 8-bit? I sure don't want to build another software library from scratch.
Is Mathew Arrington's modem program PRO*TERM (Antic, August 1985) compatible with the new Atari XM301 modem?
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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