I'm using the emulator for few years now and recently upgraded to version 3 I ran it on different versions of Windows and now it's running on Windows 8 I owned an ATARI 800 XL, and I can testify that this emulator is exactly like the original graphics, sound, and timing As being a developer myself, I admire the people running this project! I wrote programs for the ATARI but I don't have the original diskette drive to read them Easy start: 1. Download and extract the emulator ZIP file 2. Download prdownloads.sf.net/atari800/xf25.zip and extract it into atari800.exe directory 3. Run atari800.exe file and verify that you see the "self test" screen Important Keys: F1 : change emulator settings F2 : Option button F3 : Select button F4 : Start button F5 : Reset (press reset after starting the emulator for Basic language programming) F9 : Close emulator F12: Speed up the emulator/Normal speed Left ALT + F: toggle full screen mode Screen size: You can maximize it by clicking the maximize button To use the full screen option, set your monitor horizontal/vertical size for optimal vision If you have an HD monitor, for optimal resolution, overwrite these lines in the .atari800.cfg file: VIDEOMODE_FULLSCREEN_WIDTH=1920 VIDEOMODE_FULLSCREEN_HEIGHT=1080 VIDEOMODE_WINDOWED=0 **** Games **** What's more fun than playing the amazing Atari 800 games? Games are .ATR file, which can be downloaded from the Internet I have over 200 games, and they're running perfect. Examples: Blue Max, Agent USA, (Beyond) Castle Wolfenstein, ballblazer, Bruce Lee GostBusters, Caverns of Mars (I/II), M.U.L.E, Pole Position, Great American Cross Country Road Race Version 3 of the emulator fixes "speech" in games like BCW (Beyond Castle Wolfenstein) and Kennedy approach Now you can here the troops in BCW shouting "STOP! COME HERE!" To run a game, choose of the following: 1. Press F1, select Run Atari Program, and choose the .ATR file 2. Run Atari800.exe with the .ATR name (e.g. atari800.exe MULE.atr) 3. In file associasions, select atari800.exe as the .ATR application Games with 2 diskettes (e.g. ConanA.atr, ConanB.atr): 1. Run Atari800.exe with both .ATR files (atari800.exe ConanA.atr ConanB.atr) 2. When asked to swap diskettes, press F1, select "disk management", and "rotate disks" 3. Press ESC until you return to the game, and tell it your 2nd diskette is ready **** Joystick **** You can operate the Joystick using the numeric keypad However, to get the real authentic playing experience you need the following hardware: 1. Real Joystick (like I had in the 80s). If you buy Atari Flashback II you get 2 of them 2. Parallel port on your PC (old printers used it) 3. Converter cable (see LPTjoy.txt file for wiring) Installation: 1. Download and install PPJoy from ppjoy.bossstation.dnsalias.org/ 2. Configure the Joystick as LPT1 (parallel port) Checking: 1. Run the emulator: 2. Press RESET (F5) 3. Write the following code 10 PRINT STICK(0),STRIG(0) 20 GOTO 10 RUN When you move the stick, the number 15 on the left should change When you press the red button, the right number should change from 1 to 0 That's it, start playing! Have fun, Amit
Nice and Easy to use.
The Atari 8-bit computers where the best of their times (not only faster than the Apple and Commodore, also better looking). I learned the basics of computer lore in my sorely missed 800 XL, from assembly to Pascal and Forth. I spend many happy hours programming and gaming on than little machine. I though I had lost all that. The atari800 emulator gave me back everything. So far I have run most of my old software without a hitch. The games and demos (which normally task every piece of hardware) run perfectly, and the old interpreters and compilers (like TurboBasic) execute exactly like in the original machine. I gladly recommend this beautiful piece of software not only to the (thousands? millions? of) nostalgic, but also to anybody who wants to learn how a computer works from the inside. There are lots of websites offering not only the old software, but also the ample documentation which allows a rookie to learn the essentials of computing in a small, manageable and friendly machine. If I evet teach computer science again, I will certainly use the atari800 emulator and the old 8-bit software to help my students learn all the basics. Finally, no piece of software is ever perfect. There are small details in which the emulator does not work exactly like the original machine (and some of then perhaps are unavoidable on a time-sharing 64-bit system). The following cases are valid for the 2.1.0 x11 version: 1. The joystick is sometimes not recognized (and you have to reset the emulator; I have to do this sometimes when I am playing M.U.L.E., for example). 2. The color palette is not easily adjusted (you need an ACT file or you have to fool around with the command-line parameters). On my old SONY tv set, I could quickly change the hue, brightness and contrast by moving a control. 3. The emulation sometimes pauses for a brief time (around 1/10th of a second) and introduces an audible pause (specially on music). This might be related to the time-sharing LINUX system on my computer). 4. Sometimes, after a warm reset, the emulator loads the BASIC cartridge, even when the configuration indicates that the cartridge should not be loaded). 5. The peculiar "beep" during disk access is not reproduced correctly on the SERIOSOUND version (for nostalgics only). 6. There is no "startup directory" option on the configuration. This would allow you to start the emulator on a custom directory full of Atari software (currently, the RUN ATARI PROGRAM option on the menu starts looking on the current directory). These and other details are very small and do not affect the behaviour of the emulator in any way. I have tried several Atari emulators, and atari800 is, by far, the very best.