How to access Wizztronics 256 ram - SIOtoPC via USB+ RespeQT/AspeQt

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How to access Wizztronics 256 ram - SIOtoPC via USB+ RespeQT/AspeQt

Postby seastalker » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:36 am

Have a Rev C 800XL working with a Wizztronics 256 Rev G board. Testing SIOtoPC via USB+ RespeQT/AspeQt, I loaded a RAM test using this file:

"Smartcopy 1.1 & 256k Memory Test (19xx)(-)[256k]"

This 1986 test software is easy to use. Pressed start and got the 256 test going and concluded with "Great Memory!"

However, how do I get the 800xl and the RespeQT/AspeQt software to "see" the 256 upgrade so I may load 130XE games?

Software that loads up to ram requirement screens only:

Airball (1988)(Atari)(US)[h Homesoft][128k cartridge]
Asskicker, The (1996)(Shadows)(PL)[128k]
Commando+_(256)[1]
Crossbow (v1,g,256)
Lord of the Orb XaVeR Set 001

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Re: How to access Wizztronics 256 ram - SIOtoPC via USB+ RespeQT/AspeQt

Postby Atari030 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:08 am

If the wizztronics ram isn't 130XE compatible, you might not be able to. Bank switching on different machines and upgrades can differ. I have a Superram upgrade in my 800XL and it isn't 130XE compatible. It is application dependent. If the game knows about your particular type of ram upgrade, it will use it, if it doesn't, it won't.

Some more info;

http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/wizz ... 02_256.htm

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Re: How to access Wizztronics 256 ram - SIOtoPC via USB+ RespeQT/AspeQt

Postby seastalker » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:32 pm

Atari030, thanks for the response- yes, I am familiar with that page link from BEST. Perhaps I should simplify the question now... :)

So I just got an Atari 800xl with Wizztronics 256 Rev G board upgrade. What can I do with this thing over a stock 64kb 800xl? HOW do I use the upgrade in a meaningful way?

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Re: How to access Wizztronics 256 ram - SIOtoPC via USB+ RespeQT/AspeQt

Postby Atari030 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:15 pm

That is a huge question. :D Lots.

It comes down to what games or programs support it. There are probably many, I couldn't tell you what they are. I have only just dug my Superam 800XL out and TBH, I just use a stock 130XE for the most part. I'm not sure if there is a general list of programs and DOS' that support it floating around. Atariage would be the place to ask, I guess.


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