Hello, all. As I've recently posted I'm a brand new Oric Atmos owner. I have a cassette cable for it, but it looks like it has a special plug on the cassette end. Does the Atmos require a special cassette drive? I have several cassettes that are part of the package I bought, but don't know how to get them loaded.
I've never had a lot of joy with the DIN in the cassette player. (Obviously you need it in the Oric. )
The Oric was supplied with a Din ti Din lead, so it is the 'correct lead', but one with jack plugs works better IMHO. There should be two 3.5mm jacks for play and record with an optional 2.5mm remote jack (which turns the tape motors on or off.)
I believe this type of lead is the same as used by the BBC computers, so if you have a Beeb cassette lead, it should work. You used to be able to get these on Ebay, but not sure if there's any on offer at the mo.
Most of the 80s computers were designed to work on bog standard cheap mono cassette players. Most should work OK but you can get issues with fancy stereo ones.
With the Oric it is a bit fussy and it can be necessary to adjust the tape head alignment so tapes will work.
Make sure the tape head is clean. Tapes are now rather old and tend to degrade which leaves a deposit on the tape head. If this happens you may need to run the tape through a few times cleaning the head in between runs. Also cassette players will tend to need their internal bands changing after some time as they go slack and the rubber deteriorates. You can buy a pack of replacements on Ebay but check if you need square or flat bands.
The Atmos also has the oversensitive ROM tape loading to deal with. There is a program in the manual known as '*' which is loaded prior to loading tapes to prevent too many errors cropping up. Once you have a lead make a cassette with the * program so you can load it before trying to load something else.
Finally, there a number of Oric-1 program that won't work properly on Atmos. A lot of programs were updated for Atmos and some tapes have Oric-1 version on one side with Atmos version on the other so try and use Atmos version where possible.
It's a good thing to learn how to solder. You will probably have to make up your own leads for a lot of retro equipment. Oric RGB port is different to other computers so you won't be able to get a RGB lead - make your own. Oric came with the DIN to DIN lead. You can still get hold of a lot of cassette recorders with these fitted, but as I said I never had much joy using them. I prefer a cable with jack plugs.
My Atari ST came from a boot sale with the usual problem of broken socket connections so the mouse wouldn't work. Open it up and resolder the connections and it's fixed. I think it cost me £10 back then in the 90s.
I used my Amstrad monitor for an Oric disk system. I had to open up the existing lead and solder in a lead for the Oric. I can now use the monitor with either the Amstrad or the Oric.
IDC cables don't need soldering but it's handy to know how to make these and other cable up to keep your system up and running. I've had to replace them a few times over the years
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