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GAZETTE JULY ’37
G . R.A.S. P. GAZETTE
(Greater Richmond Atari Support
G. R.A.S.P. is an independent Atari
users group not affiliated in any way with
ATARI , INC. or TRAM I EL ENTERPRISES, INC.
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those of G. R.A.S.P., its officers or
members. The Editor reserves the right to
edit any material submitted for
pub I i cat ion.
Unless specifically noted otherwise,
other user groups are we 1 come to reprint
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Please send all correspondence and
news letter for exchange to :
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G. R.A.S.P. Officers:
Mickey Angel 1 744-6201
(Jack Richford) 270-2177
Farley Barge....... 379-1935
(Katht McCall) 271-0005
Dan Grenoble 271-0205
Pub lie Re 1 at ions ;
Jack Richford 270-2177
(Royce Overton).. 262-8452
Tom Marvin.... .,233-6155
Frank Leveque 266-8487
Dave Jones 740-7823
Public Domain Librarian [8 Bit]:
North of the James
Bill Rhodenhi ser
(Vivian Cook) 359-0928
South of the James
(Mickey Angel) 744-3307
North & South [16 Bit]:
Membership in G. R.A.S.P. is open to all
persons interested in the Atari computer.
Semi-annual dues of $10.00 are payable
January 1 and July 1 of the year or annual
dues of $18.00 are payable for 1 full year
at any time.
Membership will include 11 monthly
issues of the G. R.A.S.P. GAZETTE, no
January issue and access to the Public
Domain and Commercial libraries, group
purchased, club discounts at participation
retailers, and participation in drawings.
Meetings are held the second and fourth
Thursday of each month from 7 :00~09 :00p. m.
at the Boys Club of Richmond. Any and all
persons interested in Atari computers are
we 1 come !
ED I TORS ’S CLIPBOARD
Our meeting at Lyndale Baptist Church on
Thur. 6/25 was a real surprise to me for we
had one of our largest turnouts for quite
some time, and in the summer months, this
isn’t bad. ’Mickey was elected president for
Jack said he’d step aside for "new blood".
Thank you Jack, for al 1 your support for
the last 12 months. I believe Mickey has
some new ideas and we should be hearing o'
them real soon. Farley is now our V.Pres.v^,
Kathi pulled out at the last minute. Kathi,
what can I say, it is you and you alone
that helped keep this club together in
Jack’s absence. The entire club thanks you
and realizes the hard work you put forth
for many months. The Sec./Tre, remains the
same, Mr. Dan Grenoble. The editor is the
same, me (for 1 more year that is).
Commercial Librarian is the same, Dave
Jones. Jack steped down from Pres, to take
over Public Relations. Royce said he had to
give that post up. Is this where all past
presidents wind up? Mickey continues to run
the GRASP BBS board. Give him a call at
744-8022. Vivian has gotten a ST and wanted
to give up the 8-bit North job so Bill
Rhodenhiser steps in. Carl Dean for 8-bit
South is also new to any duties of the
club. 1 took over ST Pub. Dorn, and will
publish an active listing in the newsletter
hopefully every month. Our new officers
will take over at our next meeting, July
That's the line up folks, and it looks likr
a good. one. The club is still strong wit
about 75 members and slowly growing. Ue’re
not a giant club, yet not a teeny-weeny one
either, our strength remains constant and
devoted. Tom Marvin.
G.R.A.S.P, GAZETTE JULY 1 87
From GEnie, 6/15/87
Here are some often asked questions, and
their answers about Atari products
courtesy of Hell Harris of the Atari
Q- : When will the new products be
A: The XEP-80 and the SX212 (80-column
for 8-blt and the new modem, respectively)
will begin manufacturing any moment now
for delivery around the end of June. The
Mega ST 2 and Mega ST 4 are already on the
way to Europe and are scheduled for North
American delivery in early July. The Atari
PC is also due in early July.
Q - 1 What about the blitter chip upgrade?
A: It should be available for current ST
owners around September. It will cost
around 4120. The final form of the upgrade
is not yet set -- it may involve a board
swap rather than an add-on.
Q: What about PC emulators for the ST?
A; Both Atari's own software emulator and
one called PC-Ditto should be released
during the summer. A hardware emulator is
still in the works for later on.
: When will new ROMs be available for
the ST and what changes are included?
A : The ROMs are done and have gone into
production. Availability as a separate
item may take a while, though -- we need
ROMs for the Mega ST. These ROMs support
the hardware blitter (optional) and fix
some TOS problems, like the infamous
underline bug and the RS232 handshaking.
Parts of the system have been sped up,
like character output. A list of exact
changes will be posted shortly.
Q: What's happening with the 8-bit
emu 1 ator?
A; The author finally agreed to release
the source code to the public domain, so
Atari will allow him to distribute it
along with our ROM code. Now we want to
see you hackers out there work to speed it
up -- at the moment it is only 1/4 the
speed of an 8-bit.
Q: What else is new at Atari?
\: On the business side things are great,
-e just announced a 2-for-l stock split,
effective next week. New TV commercials
have been produced for the ST (yay!) and
the video games. We are also working on
campaigns to support MIDI music and
LAWS OF COMPUTING
From Bytown Bytes
When you get to the point where you really
understand your computer system, It’s
As soon as you find that your microcomputer
is easy to use, add some peripherals you
don’t understand how to use.
Whatever happens, behave like you meant it
Experience is something you don't get until
Just after you need it the most.
The time it takes to fix the error in your
spreadsheet is inversely proportional to
the time it took to do the damage in the
People always remember the last mistake you
He who hesitates is probably smart.
The less a computer peripheral costs, the
more it costs to fix.
Confidence is the feeling you get just
before you fully understand the problem.
It’s only when you need to knock on wood
when you realize that the whole world is
made up of aluminum and plastic.
You always find the information that you
need on the page of the manual you look at
The first place to look for information is
in the section you least expect to find
You know you have a REAL crisis on your
hands when you can't say "lets forget the
Power Without the Price ™
G.R.A.S.P, GAZETTE JULY ' 67
by Dave Jones, GRASP Member
This program fixes the problem in
booting Atari Planetarium in 1050 disk
drives that have the ICD US Doubters
installed. If possible, check for the
proper operation of the original disk in a
standard 1050 before making
10 REM PLANETARIUM FIX - US DOUBLER
11 REM 4/30/87 GRASP - RICHMOND, VA.
12 PRINT SPRINT "NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM
WILL MAKE A"
13 PRINT "PERMANENT CHANGE TO YOUR
14 PRINT "DISK ! "
15 PRINT SPRINT "NOTCH SIDE ONE OF THE
16 PRINT "DISK AND INSERT INTO 1050 DRIVE
17 POKE 769, Is POKE 770, 82 sPOKE 773,6
18 POKE 772, 128:PQKE 778,7:P0KE 779,0
19 POKE 1531, 104:POKE 1532,32
20 POKE 1533, 83s POKE 1534,228
21 POKE 1535,96
22 GOSUB 37
23 POKE 770,87
24 A=PEEK(1697) : B=PEEK( 1702)
25 IF A*32 AND B=96 THEN 29
26 IF B=32 AND A=96 THEN 33
27 PRINT SPRINT "NOT PROPER PLANETARIUM
DISK ! "
29 PRINT SPRINT "CREATING FIX"
30 GOSUB 37
31 PRINT SPRINT "DONE !"
33 PRINT SPRINT "RESTORING TO ORIGINAL"
34 GOSUB 37
35 PRINT SPRINT "ORIGINAL RESTORED !"
37 PRINT SPRINT " PUSH START TO CONTINUE"
38 IF PEEK (53279) 06 THEN 38
39 POKE 1697, B : POKE 1702, A
40 X=USR( 1531 )
41 IF PEEKC771 ) =1 THEN RETURN
42 PRINT SPRINT "DISK ERROR "; PEEK (771)
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ATARI NEWS June *87
Compiled by John Nagy
from Michigan Atari Magazine
8-BIT EMULATOR FOR THE ST TO BE RELEASED-
With ATARI’S APPROVAL! Hot news! DAREK
MIHOCKA has been given the green light for
publ ishing and distributing his "ST
ATARI is making big strides on GEnie, a
telecomputing service similar to
CompuServe. Nell Harris and others from
ATARI make appearances regularly in the
message bases and sometimes in weekly
ROUNDTABLE open discussions, ATARI users
are Invited to get an #18 saving on normal
registration on GEnie (but NO MANUAL) by
calling 1-800-638-8369 (with their modem),
and entering HHH upon connection. At the
U#= prompt, enter XJMi 1887, ATAR I and press
return. (The voice number we gave you
before got you to people who usually didn’t
know or wouldn’t tell you about the ATARI
offer ! )
REMEMBER ZMAG? CompuServe users may have to
either REMEMBER or else look elsewhere,
because RON KOVACS, editor of the popular
free weekly online magazine, MAY no longer
be using COMPUSERVE in his distribution to
over 200 ATARI BBS’s worldwide. On the
other hand, ZMAG MAY soon be featured
bigger than EVER on CIS. HUH? Sysops at the
ATARI SIG on CIS have repeatedly objected
to items in ZMAG, including coverage of the
8-bit emulator. Then, Ron got demands to
edit out any references to GEnie and
ATARI'S involvement there. The last straw
came when Ron tried to include information
about other places ZMAG Is available and
COMPUSERVE refused to post it. Business may
be business, but Ron says that it’s NOT
NEWS if It’s censored, so BYE BYE CIS. Now,
ATARI SIG manager RON LUKS is apologizing
to Ron and trying to offer Ron a reason to
stay. Now what? Film at 11. ZMAG continues
on GEnie, DELPHI, and other services. You
can call Ron’s BBS system to find your
nearest ZMAG outlet (or to become one!) at
201-968-8148 (NEW JERSEY).
i: -M." - i
ON JULY 9 AND 23 AT LYNDALE BAPTISH
CHURCH - 8320 HULL ST. ! ! !
G.R.A.S.P. GAZETTE JULY ' 97
Star Trek Preview
By Steve Dunphy RI ACE Reporter
from MICHIGAN ATARI MAGAZINE 6/87
I have just witnessed the most
incredible, relistic space game for the
ST! It is called Star Trek and it is put
out by Simon and Shuster. It must have
been a beta test version because when I
called simon and Shuster to ask them about
it, because I wanted to order it, they
didn’t know anything about it! Strange!
Here is the ultimate space game for all
Trekkies in the Universe with ST’s and
they don’t even know about it. Maybe it is
being done by an out-of-house software
designer and will be distributed by Simon
and Shuster, Well, after they see the
fever that this review will cause, they
definitely will take credit for it.!!!
Star Trek opens with a digitized "Space
the final frontier..." right off the sound
track of the TV series. It sound real good
to my pointed ears! Next thing you know
the theme is being played in non digitized
sound. It finishes loading and you see a
screen with the picture of the
Enterprise’s bridge with Capt, Kirk, Sulu,
'—Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Checkov and
,hura at t at their respective stations.
Now if that is not enough to drive a
trekkle nuts then what I saw next will. It
is entirely mouse driven and you click on
each individual to get to his functions.
Spock for star chart info, and damage
report, Sulu to set the course and put the
ship in orbit, Checkov for battle
stations, Uhura for communications
reports, Scotty for Warp and Impulse drive
stats and Dr. McCoy for the health status
of your bridge command. Capt. Krik has the
final commands of affirming warp out and
transporting down to a planet.
The game plays alot like Sundog and Star
Raiders rolled up into one. First thing
you do is find a system on Sulu’s star
chart. It has a listing of the stars and
when you click each one on it tells you
where it is located and how long it will
take to get there. You click on set course
and the line between the middle dot which
is representing the Enterprise and the
star turns green. Next you go to Sulu’s
icon and click on the warp drive Indicator
o a selected warp speed. You then click
on Capt. Kirk and you warp out to your
destination. Don’t go faster than Warp
speed 9 because Scotty will come on and
warn you that "we’ll blow up any minute
now if ya keep dls up Captin" in a clear
digitized voice that had me stunned, the
click sound you hear next will be an
indicator that you have arrived at the
N ext you have to choose the icon in Sulu’s
console that looks like a solar system.
Click on Spock and he will show info, on
the screen that will tell you if the system
is Independent, Kllngon, Romulon or
Federation. Also click on the icon
representing the planets on the solar
system screen and you will see what type it
is. Some serve no known purpose to this
author (hopefully they actually do, since
many have some pretty neat titles, like
leeclng planet and robot fortress). Others
have functions like a repair drone, energy
station and inhabited planets. You can beam
down to the Inhabited planets.
So set your orbit for a selected planet
and click on the impulse engines. You will
see your ship icon going around the solar
chart with a dotted line to the preselected
planet. Once you reach the planet Mr. Sulu
comes on in a digitized voice saying "Now
in orbit Sir". Sometimes you hear the
communications whistle when you enter
orbit. Click on Uhura and she will receive
the message. This message is useful to the
playing of the game, If the planet is
inhabitable you can beam down. Click on
Capt. Krik and the transporter box will be
shown. Click on the box and you will see
all seven crew members faces along with the
round transporter base. Click on each face
you want to beam down and the click on the
transporter. You will be greeted by
digitized sound in the form of the actual
transporter sound from the TV series.
Neato ! !
Next you will be on the planet and will
have something to get or discover there.
When you meet an obstacle click on your
crew and see if you want to take their
advice. Sometimes it will end in hurting
your party and you will have to beam back
up. When this happens click on McCoy’s icon
and you will see each person represented by
their faces and a health bar underneath
them indicating how fast they are healing.
I never saw a member of the crew die, but I
wouldn’t rule it out. If you find something
beam it up and put it in storage aboard the
Enterprise. It will come In handy as you
comb the galaxy.
Next warp out and find another star
system to visit. But watch out for
Kllngons, Romulans and rebel ships, they
will attack you. If they do you will hear
"Battle stations" and the werp-werp claxon
digitized sound with Kirk’s voice.
(Cont, page 6)
G. R. A . S, F. GAZETTE
(Cont. from previous page)
Click on Checkov and activate the phasers
or photon torpedoes. Go to the round
tactical grid and click on the yellow ship
indicators. You will then see a vector
drawn Klingon, Romulan, or rebel starship.
Hold the mouse button over it and you will
hear Checkov say " lacked on target sir"
bring the mouse back and click on one of
the squares in each corner and you will
see either a phaser or photon torpedo
fired at your adversaries. You even hear
it firing in digitized sound like you
heard it on TV! This is most impressive
and if you destroy the Klingon Ship,
Scotty comes on and says "Gut * im
Captin'"!!! This blew my socks off! If you
win you can continue to search the galaxy.
If you lose you will see Mr, Spook's face
on the screen with his digitized voice
razzing you with "J never did understand
humans . . , " ,
A Ji in all the game is by far the
ultimate space game for any computer!! It
has action, excellent graphics, completely
mouse controlled, digitized sound that
will make you feel like you are there on
the Enterprise's bridge and game play to
make it the best selling game for any
computer. If Simon and Shuster holds this
back they are crazy!!!! Its worth $100.
And I ain't one to pay more that $30
dollars for a program. It has a load and
save option so you can save your current
game and play it later (you can only save
one game though), The one thing lacking
(and it will come with the manual and the
released program l am sure) is the object
of the game. 1 assumed from messages and
game play that your mission is to put down
the rebellion and defeat the Klingon
invasion. You would be wise to document
all the star systems and make it a point
to record what each planet has on it and
record where repair drone stations and
energy stations are.
w hen Star Trek is released BUY IT! It is
the ULTIMATE, Best space game there Is for
any computer. It MAY even be supported
with more galaxy disks. It will be to the
ST as Star Raiders was to the 800, People
will buy an St just to play STAR TREK!!!
(Star Trek is currently unreleased. The
version I saw was probably a beta version.
How this person got i t 1 do not know), I
would urge all of you to buy this program!
Please call Simon and Shuster and ask them
to release Star Trek soon, Pre^order it!)
(EDITOR'S NOTE: A later contact with S I MOM
and SHUSTER has resulted in an admission
that the game is INDEED in development,
and Is pending final agreements with
PARAMOUNT PICTURES, Release sou Id be
sometime this fall!)
ANTIC'S CES JUNE T 87 WRAP-UP
SECOND ANNUAL ATARI ROAST
BY NAT FRIEDLAND, ANTIC EDITOR
Towards the end of the Consumer
Electronics Show, we got our first look at
some additional important ST software:
Broderbund is jumping into the ST
marketplace with Art Director and Film
Director, a DEGAS-qua 1 i ty paint program
that will be packaged together with an
animation module for $79,95. This softwae,
originally designed by the Hungarians who
did ST Battlezone, is expected to ship in
Aug, Fea thres include: rescale, stretch,
distort, bend, bulge, spin, perspective,
scro l 1 and spin.
Not quite as far along is the St version
of Broderbund’ s all-time bestseller, Print
Shop. It is due this fall at $49.95 and
will be similar to the sophisticated
Macintosh version. Also coming from
Broderbund this fall is the ST Karateka at
Timeworks Desktop Publisher this fall
will join the company's ST word processor
spreadsheet and database software.
Spitfire 1940 is an St flight combat
game coining from Avalon Hill this summer.
We also picked up an 8-bit review copy of
their Guderlan war game.
And back at the bustling Atari booth, we
got a look at Bentley Bear Goes To School -
a new ST educational series programmed in
Israel and featuring the lovable bruin from
the Crystal Castle arcade game. Four titles
for grades K-6 are to be marketed within 30
days and there will eventually be some 20
in the series. The animation in each title
such as Magical Mathematics is of very high
quality and the packages will sell for
This year Atari vice president Leonard
Tramiel revealed that a 16-bit graphics
workstation is in a fairly advanced stage
of deve 1 opment , This would be compat ib l e
with the ST but much more powerful. He said
that any 32-bit multitasking computer would
need to run Unix, but it was a problem
deciding which competing version of Unix
would be best.
Marketing communications director Neil
Harris stated that ST Word Perfiec, due in
July, runs five times faster than the
bestselling IBM version,
(Cont. next page)
G.R.A.S.P. GAZETTE JULY 1 87
(Coni, from previous page)
Harris explained that Atari’s top
priority at this particular CES was to
evitalize the 8-bit line by packaging a
redesigned 65XE as a high-end game system,
in direct competition with Nintendo and
Sega, That’s why the Mega ST and the Atari
Laser Printer were not displayed this
time. According to Harris, the XE Game
System was receiving an enthusiastic early
response from mass-market purchasing
Here’s some additional details about
the new Atari 8-bit disk drive and other
Essentially, the XF551 is an adaptation
of the standard disk drive mechanism being
used for Atari's IBM clone. The 360K,
double-sided, D.D. 5-1/4 disk drive runs
2,9 times faster than the Atari 1050 and
is due in the stores this summer at a
$199. 95 list-price.
The XF551 can automatically adapt
itself to today’s S.D. and enhanced
density DOS disks. However, ADOS, the new
OSS coming with the XF551 includes a tree
structure allowing subdirectories, easy
switching between menus or keyboard
ommands, and a high degree of file
Bill Wilkinson of OSS says that ADOS
will run on any Atar 1 -compat lb 1 e disk
drive, from the old 810 to a 16Mb hard
disk. Although 8Mb is the upper limit for
efficient operation, a larger hard disk
can be partitioned into several logical
drives. DOS 2 and 2.5 files can be read
into ADOS, but ADOS is not fully
compat ib I e with the older operating
Along with the XF551, the Atari
products announced in Jan. at the previous
CES are now also scheduled for summer
release. This impressive list includes the
Mega ST in 1, 2 & 4 megabytes, a $1,500
laser printer, the Atari PC clone, the
$150 XE Game System version of the 65XE,
the 80-column XEP80 display box and the
1200-baud SX212 modem.
By the way, Atari is going back to
Chicago in three weeks, where it will show
off the ST's MIDI power and become the
first personal computer company ever to
■exhibit at NAMM, the musical instrument
MIDIsof t Studio, a flexible,
easy-to-use line between the St and any
M I DI -equipped instrument, features fast
real-time record, playback, overdub, rewind
and fast-forward. It has 32 independently
controlled polyphonic tracks and a capacity
of more than 80,000 notes per song, and you
can record or play from any point in the
piece using autolocate. $99 Passport
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FTL’ s Micro Cookbook has hundreds of
recipes and a complete cooking database
program that can search and retrieve
recipes by ingredient, category and more.
The program can give suggestions for
leftovers or new entrees, and you can add
your own recipes.
Features include menu planning, portion
sizing, calorie control and automatic
preparation of shopping lists. - $49.95.
FTL, 6160 Lusk Blvd., C-206, San Diego, CA
GRAPH I C ART I ST 1 . 52
The new version of Graphic Artist
provides a print queue and includes more
printer and plotter drivers, as well as
improved driver editors that let you
support virtually any dot-matrix printer
(including 24-pin printers, but excluding
color printers printing in multiple
colors), laser printers (except Postscript)
Also, the last mouse coordinates typed
are displayed when new coordinates are
Other features include improved pathname
syntax checking, printing tips and more
precise text margin alignments. - $199.95
Progressive Computer Applications, Inc.,
2002 McAullffe Dr., Rockville, MD 20851.
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