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« on: April 26, 2009, 10:21:06 AM »

Hi,

I am about to take delivery of an Atari 800XL system and was wondering if there is a device that will allow me to load programs from a memory card? Something like Commodore's 1541U+ or SD2IEC.

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Pete.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2009, 07:09:51 PM »

I have heard of one available for the ST series called "satandisk". Not a well thought out name as it will draw out the lunatic fringe but apparently it is available and works within the limits of the TOS and hard disk drivers available on the ST. All I can suggest is try a search engine for now. Asking anything on AtariAge seems to set off an entirely different freak show from what I have seen.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 12:51:18 AM »

I am about to take delivery of an Atari 800XL system and was wondering if there is a device that will allow me to load programs from a memory card? Something like Commodore's 1541U+ or SD2IEC.
     Yes, Pete.  There is the SIO2SD from Hungary.  Bill Kendrick, organizer of the Atari Party 2009, showed off his at the show.  Contact Bill for more information on how he ordered his.  You can reach him at

                bill(at)newbreedsoftware.com

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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 01:18:09 AM »

Hey RobertB,

Does Bill or someone else have a website up about it? or is it up on his own new breed software site?
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 07:09:40 PM »

     Yes, Pete.  There is the SIO2SD from Hungary.  Bill Kendrick, organizer of the Atari Party 2009, showed off his at the show.  Contact Bill for more information on how he ordered his.  You can reach him at

                bill(at)newbreedsoftware.com

Thanks Robert. I did a Google on this topic and also found another device from the Czech Republic that looked really good, but there were no prices or ordering information on the site.

I'll have more time this Thursday to look further into it.

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Pete.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 07:51:30 PM »

     I think the best bet is to e-mail Bill directly and ask him how he got his SIO2SD.  He may have some pointers on the process.

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2009, 09:36:25 PM »

I've emailed Bill, and also the makers of the device. Fingers crossed  Grin

Thanks for the information, Robert!

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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2009, 06:34:19 AM »

     No problem, Pete.  Let us know how you progress in this.

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2009, 07:41:31 AM »

I've just ordered one from the guys in Poland. €29 delivered. Not bad at all  Grin

I'll let you know how I get on with it.

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2009, 09:20:25 PM »

     Pete, did you get the name of the people who produce this?  Do they have a website?

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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2009, 09:25:47 PM »

Sure did: http://sio2sd.gucio.pl/index_en.html

The email link is near the bottom of the page.

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2009, 12:00:52 AM »

     Thanks for the link!  Now if I can get the courage and the money to buy that card drive for the Tandy 100.  Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2009, 05:55:45 PM »

Well, I now have the SIO2SD device, and it's a good little unit. Good build quality and easy to use.

Now for the Atari Noob question. How do I get OS A and OS B games to run on my 800XL with this device? Is there a DOS switcher available that I can use?

I really want to play Donkey Kong and Encounter on my XL but these are both OS A/B games.

Cheers,

Pete.
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2009, 06:23:52 PM »

Well, it's a memory allocation problem, not an OS problem. Numb Nuts here just remembered about booting with Option pressed to disable BASIC  Grin

All games so far fully working. I may be gone for some time  Wink

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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2009, 08:33:30 PM »

Well, I now have the SIO2SD device, and it's a good little unit. Good build quality and easy to use.
     Excellent news!  Another satisfied customer.  Wink

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