Atari XEGS tips?

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Atari XEGS tips?

Post by project23 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:45 pm

Hey guys,

So when I was a kid I briefly had an XEGS before getting hold of an Amiga. I went up into my mums loft today and not only did I find it, but it still works! Passes the memory tests and everything.

So, i'm pretty new to atari let alone 8-bit... Looking for some pointers.

I was going to order an sio2pc from somewhere... this a good idea or are the sd card readers better?

Looking forward to playing pacman... i have absolutely no idea when it comes to other titles though, lol. I sorta skipped over the 8-bit era pretty quickly.

Was thinking of retrobriting it? The keyboard is pretty yellow, but the xegs system itself isn't too bad actually. I take it people retrobrite these XE models just like the Amiga/ST?

Cheers all,


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Re: Atari XEGS tips?

Post by rubber_jonnie » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:12 am

It's weird, I've had a 65XE from new, same era, and the plastic hasn't yellowed at all. Personally I don't do retrobrite, but I can perhaps help with the other things.

I have an APE and an SIO2PC from AtariMax. It's great if you want to emulate all Atari peripherals on a PC, but it does tie you to having a PC/Laptop close by, which is a pain.

There is a very positive side though, in that you can connect a 1050 directly to your PC and actually create ATRs (Disk images) from originals. Lotharek does a similar SIO2PC adapter, which is USB and cheaper than Atarimax, but I don't think the software allows much more than emulating a disk drive/cassette deck. I may be wrong, I don't have one, but definitely worth a look too.

If you just want disk drive emulation, I'd go for an SIO 2 SD, it's much more convenient.

Also from Lotharek, is the Ultimate 1MB, which I upgraded my 800XL with, you can see here: viewtopic.php?f=44&t=1923

My advice, have a look here: and here:
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...

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