One of my previous blog posts that is about recreating Atari XL/XE floppy disks describes a SIO2USB interface inside my Atari 65XE. The advantage of it is that it includes a switch that lets you toggle between the USB connection and the SIO port. This way you can easily switch between a real and virtual floppy disk that can be mounted with AspeQt software and copy real floppy disks to disks images and the other way around.
In my previous blog, I have written a bit about the remake of the PCB board for Atari 800XL computer. Now I will describe the process of acquiring all the parts needed to build it.
As a child I have owned an Atari 800XL. This 8-bit computer always had a special place in my heart. After almost 35 years I have decided to dive a bit deeper into the circuitry of this now called retro computer. What better way to start is to remake the PCB from scratch.
There is plenty of free software available for the 8-bit Atari XL / XE computers online in the form of ATR files. These are image files created from the physical disks. A huge database can be found on Atari Mania website.