End all ATARI CARTRIDGE development And BACKUP headaches. . . get THE
The "PILL" allows you to store the contents of your Atari executable CARTRIDGES on disk or cassette (up to twenty 8K
programs or ten 16K programs each with file names on a single disk!) simply and instantly!
The "PILL" allows you to select and EXECUTE any of the stored CARTRIDGE programs with equal ease and simplicity!
The "PILL" not only allows you to BACKUP your CARTRIDGE programs, but is invaluable for the development of new
programs or modifying existing programs!
The "PILL" works with ALL ATARI 400's and 800's having 48K. No installation required.
|Transfers your cartridges to disk or cassette.|
|Stores up to 20 programs on a single disk; (requires only 7 seconds for 8K programs or 14 seconds for 16K programs!)|
|Allows you to EXECUTE and run programs which were transferred to disk or cassette.|
|All files can be transferred using standard DOS.|
|Free software is included with the purchase of THE "PILL" containing several useful utility routines.|
THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE PURCHASED FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES ONLY . . . NOT PIRATING!
DISTRIBUTOR/DEALER inquires welcome.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU!
You have just purchased the most unique, advanced and easy to use cartridge development and backup device ever marketed . . . "THE PILL"! Take five minutes to read the simple operating instructions and "THE PILL" should prove to be one of your most valuable and most often used computer accessories. Thank you for your purchase and we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we have.
COMPUTER SOFTWARE SERVICES
Sincere thanks and deepest appreciation go to the following individuals for their tireless dedication in making "THE PILL" a reality: Keith Davis, chief technical advisor; Wade Cobb, software and technical contributor; Attorney David DeLuca, legal and research services; Linda Forys, procurement and coordinator; and all local friends who had faith by purchasing prototypes during the debugging stages. Again . . . thank you.
ABOUT "THE PILL" AND YOUR SOFTWARE
"THE PILL" is a unique cartridge device that is used in the left slot of an 800 or the single slot of a 400. Its primary function is to provide your computer with 16K of ROM memory. It is within this memory that all of your cartridge developmental work or backed-up cartridge programs will reside.
A small piece of flexible tubing is supplied to defeat the computers lid interlock switch. Simply insert the tubing into the interlock switch and power to the computer will remain "on" even with the cartridge door open.
Your free software consists of a disk or a cassette.
Disk Utilities: Side #1 contains a convenient MENU program for storing up to 10 programs per side of a disk. It is an auto-boot program. Side #2 contains 3 utilities. First is an auto-boot cartridge dumping program. Second is a memory test program. To use this program simply boot up standard DOS from any other disk, then binary load ("L" option) MEMTEST (or "M"). This program will then execute automatically. The third utility is a simple RPM test which requires the BASIC cartridge to be inserted. Simply type RUN "D: R' and hit return.
Cassette Utility: Both sides contain a cartridge dumping program that is totally self prompting.
BOTH DISK AND CASSETTE UTILITY PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN COPYRIGHTED AND MAY NOT BE ALTERED, USED WITH ANY DEVICE OTHER THAN "THE PILL", SOLD, GIVEN AWAY OR DISTRIBUTED IN ANY WAY! A HIDDEN CODE HAS BEEN PLACED IN EACH UTILITY. UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATION OR USE OF THESE UTILITIES WILL RESULT IN A MANDATORY MAXIMUM PROSECUTION ALLOWED BY LAW!
OPERATIONAL INSTRUCTIONS (DISK)
1. Back up your disk (both sides) and make several copies. You may use the "J" option of DOS or any sector copier will do just fine.
2. Open computer cartridge door and insert the small piece of '/4" tubing into the interlock switch so that power to the computer is always "ON" (even with lid open).
3. Read notes on TROUBLESHOOTING now to avoid simple mistakes.
4. Boot up side two of your disk (contains the cartridge dump program). The following prompts should appear and be FLASHING: "insert your cartridge, insert destination disk, and press return." NOW . . . flip your disk over to side one (which contains a MENU program). Insert your cartridge (left slot of 800 or single slot of a 400) with the right side tilted slightly downward (this prevents system hangups), press return. The cartridge contents are now being transferred to disk. When finished the FLASHING prompts will reappear. If additional cartridges are to be transferred, remove cartridge and insert second, third, etc. If FLASHING prompts stop flashing, you've glitched the system and must reboot the program.
5. Shut off computer and remove your cartridge. Insert "THE PILL" in left slot (with the switch nearest the rear of the cartridge slot - label facing forward) and in the OFF position. Boot up side one (menu disk). Type the number of the program you desire. When it has finished loading, it will prompt you to "TURN PILL ON, HIT RETURN." Switch "THE PILL" to "ON" and hit return. If you followed these simple instructions, you should now have a SMILE on your face because all of your cartridge backup headaches HAVE BEEN CURED!
1. Read notes on TROUBLESHOOTING now to avoid simple mistakes.
2. Insert cassette and press play.
3. Hold start button down and turn on computer. After beep, press return twice.
4. After program is loaded, follow prompts:
a) Insert a good blank cassette and press both play and record.
b) Insert cartridge (right side tilted slightly downward).
c) Press return.
5. After cartridge has been transferred to cassette, opening prompts will again appear.
Shut off computer, insert "THE PILL" (switch toward the rear of the slot - label
facing forward) and switch to the off position.
6. Load cassette by rewinding, press play on recorder, hold start button down and turn computer on. Press return.
7. After tape is finished loading, switch "THE PILL" to on and press return. You should be SMILING! If not, read the notes on trouble shooting. ENJOY!
1. Make sure you have 48K.
2. When making a back up of cartridges capable of WRITING to a disk, (eg. BASICS, ASSEMBLERS, WORD WRITERS, MUSIC, etc.) you must format a blank disc and write DOS/DUP to it. Now use this disk as your destination disk when transferring cartridge to disk. To read this disk, first boot up "THE PILL" MENU utility, insert your "SPECIAL CARTRIDGES DISK" (with DOS/DUP), hit return. Proceed as normal.
3. Make sure you've followed instructions accurately.
4. Make sure "THE PILL" is in the left slot with switch toward the rear of the cartridge compartment.
5. Some computers (especially 400's) might have a very tight fitting cartridge slot when using game cartridges from other brand manufacturers. Because of this tight fit, you may inadvertantly rock the cartridge back and forth while trying to insert it and GLITCH or HANG the system. A simple way around this problem is to insert the cartridge all the way (go ahead and turn on computer to make sure it's working properly), shut off computer and withdraw cartridge just a fraction of an inch (until the cassette or disk drive boots instead of the cartridge). Now boot your cartridge backup program. When prompted to insert cartridge, it is already 90% inserted so just press it into place with one smooth stroke. Another good idea is to periodically clean the game cartridge contact pins with an ink pen eraser.
6. Unless you're not doing something correctly or something is defective, (each PILL is individually tested and retested before shipping) IT HAS TO WORK! If not . . . call us at 585-429-5639.
COMPUTER SOFTWARE SERVICES
"THE PILL" is warrantied against manufacture defects for a period of 90 days from date of purchase (sales receipt is required). Damage due to tampering, misuse, accident or negligence immediately voids warranty. Defective unit may be returned (freight prepaid) to Computer Software Services, 1350 Buffalo Rd. #2, Rochester, New York 14624, for replacement only. Computer Software Services, any of its' divisions or corporations, officers or employees assume no liability or responsibility for the use or misuse of any of their products causing damage to associated hardware, software, copyright infringements, property, bodily harm, etc. The entire risk of events and associated events having conjunction with product offered by Computer Software Services shall rest solely with the user. Computer Software Services, 1350 Buffalo Rd. #2, Rochester, New York 14624, 585-429-5639.
"THE PILL" is a registered trademark of Computer Software Services. "THE PILL" has one U.S. Pat Off. and two applied for: Foreign Patents Pending. "THE PILL" MENU and "THE PILL" CARTRIDGE BACKUP programs are copyrighted (c) 1983 by S.C.S.D., Inc.
Any use or reproduction of "THE PILL" or "THE PILL" MENU or "THE PILL" CARTRIDGE BACKUP programs without the written consent of Computer Software Services is punishable by 5 years imprisonment, $50,000 fine or both.
It will be Computer Software Services' policy to prosecute all infringements to the fullest. A $1000 reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of such violators.