SALT Diagnostics Cartridge for the Atari 400/600/800 / 800XL / 65XE / 130XE / 800XE
From now on I also have a 4 banks diagnostic cartridge in the range for the ATARI 8 bit computers.
The cartridge is loosely based on a design I got from the internet.
That was mainly about the dimensions, which I don't have a single cartridge for my Atari 800XE.
The design hasn't been completely flawless, but everything works as I intended.
This cartridge is one with 4 banks of 16 KB in a single Cartridge, where the banks are switched by moving 2 mini switches.
When I started designing this cartridge I had no idea that there were diagnostic cartridges for the Atari 8 bit computers.
I still have little information about the difference between the various types of test programs, but I sometimes dive into that.
I assume that the people who need a diagnostic cartridge to inspect their trusty 8 bitter know what they can do with it.
Also for this cartridge applies: a complete test set consists of a harness (cable set) and a test cartridge, I only supply the cartridge.
Without armor you cannot test ports, but you can test the internal health of your Atari.
[ L - L ] TEST ATARI 65-130XE R.2 27C128
[ L - R ] Super SALT SE.02
[ R - L ] SuperSALT
[ R - R ] 400-800 SALT Diagnostic v2.04 (Atari)(1981)
- The PCB must be plugged in with the components towards the back / bottom (so the switches are on the left side of the PCB).
- Always plug or unplug the cartridge when the computer is off!
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I bought this from Ed (very helpful guy), and it makes testing my purchases so much easier.