I just finished spending the better part of four hours finding, cleaning,
and setting up my 800XL in its new permanent home (the ba*t). All
said and done, the system is pretty kosher. Atari 800XL w/256K, function
keys, and cold-boot reset switch connected to: PR Connection, three
1050's (two w/US Doublers), 1010 tape drive (hey, it was there), 1020
plotter. And it WORKS! All of it! JOY! :)
BUT...I have some things I need, and I haven't the foggiest idea where to
look or, indeed, if the stuff is still available. So, any responses to
this in mail would be appreciated.
I have an HP ThinkJet that I'd like to connect to the PC Connection.
Where might I find a printer cable, and are there any significant details
I need to know about this mating? (I have NO documentation for the
printer; there's a bank of DIP switches on the back, but I've never
touched them. The printer worked fine when it was connected to my 1040ST
with the DIP switches in the same position they are now.)
I'm under the impression that my 800XL can handle a maximum of 9600 baud
with the PR Connection, though a "Black Box" will enable me to go up to
19.6K baud. This is a correct assumption?
The "Black Box" will also enable me to connect at least one of my two
20-MB SCSI hard drive mechanisms to my 8-bit. This is also correct?
(Bear with me folks, this is an 8-bit BBS in the making, y'know?) :)
I assume that if I hook up a high speed modem (to either the PR
Connection or the Black Box), I can use a typical PC-type high speed
modem cable, correct?
My girlfriend, who loves to play Rainbow Walker and Boulder Dash, is left
handed. I remember that it's possible to switch the wires in a standard
Atari joystick around to convert it to southpaw format, but I forget the
details. Can someone please provide me with this?
Is it _at all_ possible to connect, say, a Sega Genesis game pad to the
800XL? (I know that the Genesis pad has three buttons + a START button,
but I figured since they're both 8-way pads and use DIN-9 connectors, a
hack would have been made by now if it were possible.)
My 1020 plotter has no paper or pens. I remember that Radio Shack had
sold both at one point in time. Do they still? And if so, do you happen
to know the product numbers to ask for? If not, where might I find them?
There's probably a lot more that I need to know, but that's about all for
now. Like I said, replies would be most appreciated.