There was a 1200XL specific Translater, but the later 800XL superceded
it and covered the 1200XL, and the 600/800XL's. The 65XE/130XE had an
XE version translater, but you could get by on the XL translator on the
65XE as it was just an 800XL with a FREDDIE MMU added in.
There were 3 different XL versions of the translators, so you are
correct - some booted up in black screen, one was an orange-red boot up
and another a blue boot up screen.
Mr Ian Primus wrote:
--- On Mon, 4/18/11, Curt @ Atari Museum <curt at
What the Translator
essentially does is layer itself over the XL OS with the
older 800OS making it compatible with certain games/apps
that could only run on the original 800.
Is it basically just loading the original 800's ROM into memory and using that, or
doing some other kind of patching?
My first computer was an Atari 130xe - I remember having both a toggle switch to change
the OS ROMs, and the translator disk, and different programs requiring different steps to
load. It was a long time ago, and unfortunately, my XE died in the late 90's and I was
never able to get it working again - so my memory is really hazy.
Was there more than one translator disk? I seem to remember having more than one - and
they had different colored screens when they ran.