Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by JezC » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:51 pm

Ok...little bits of progress as/when life allows...null modem cable between my original 1040 STF and PC seems to be working fine with Ghostlink...
8-)
Next step is to try and get DiagROM output using this lead on a faulty STFM...

@PhilC I saw that you used DiagROM on one of your H4 builds to diagnose a RAM fault...but what s/w did you use as the terminal emulator?
I'm hoping you ran something on a PC via null modem...

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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by rubber_jonnie » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:28 am

@JezC For my diag cart I use a null modem cable and Hyperterm on my Win 2000 laptop. Yep, still using it, but it has a floppy drive so great for FloImg too. Putty also has serial options and is a free download so may be workable too.
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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by JezC » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:04 am

@rubber_jonnie ok, thanks.
Not sure about Win2k but I do have some xp boxes...and maybe even Win98.
Will try something out later today if I can

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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by rubber_jonnie » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:25 am

JezC wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:04 am
@rubber_jonnie ok, thanks.
Not sure about Win2k but I do have some xp boxes...and maybe even Win98.
Will try something out later today if I can
@JezC Cool, let us know how you get on.
Collector of old Atari things:
800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
Plus the rest..
Amiga stuff, Mac stuff, Sinclair stuff etc...
www.electronicnothingness.co.uk

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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by PhilC » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:04 am

Teraterm is a good free option too if you're looking at other options. So is Putty but I find that a bit too complicated for a simple diagnostic tool.
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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by JezC » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:09 am

PhilC wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:04 am
Teraterm is a good free option too if you're looking at other options. So is Putty but I find that a bit too complicated for a simple diagnostic tool.
@PhilC
Yes, we use Teraterm a lot at work... generally does the job ok, so that might be a good option.
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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by JezC » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:24 pm

Ok, so I've come home from the office today with both a Weller soldering iron (and some leaded solder - yay!) & a 4 channel 'scope - both on loan for while I work from home where possible.

So once I reorganise my study a bit to clear enough space to allow the laptop & work hardware to be set up, I might even find a spare few feet of desk space to designate as a soldering area!

I even remembered to bring the part-assembled H4 home :lol: so I will try to post some photos before I start the build...

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Re: Life, the universe & everything...Atari (well, mostly)

Post by rubber_jonnie » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:52 pm

JezC wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:24 pm
Ok, so I've come home from the office today with both a Weller soldering iron (and some leaded solder - yay!) & a 4 channel 'scope - both on loan for while I work from home where possible.

So once I reorganise my study a bit to clear enough space to allow the laptop & work hardware to be set up, I might even find a spare few feet of desk space to designate as a soldering area!

I even remembered to bring the part-assembled H4 home :lol: so I will try to post some photos before I start the build...
@JezC Sounds like you're onto a winner, you know we expect photos soon :)
Collector of old Atari things:
800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
Plus the rest..
Amiga stuff, Mac stuff, Sinclair stuff etc...
www.electronicnothingness.co.uk

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