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Dear Fruitman... - The Atari Times

Dear Fruitman...

Scratchin' around for more
by Fruitman

October 18, 2004
Hello, Fruitman here. Just thought I'd drop by to answer a few letters that have been piling up. Shoot, I get paid in Oreo's for this job, and frankly I need to go on a diet, so I've been rather lax lately. But my weight has finally dropped down to 250, so I can answer a few more letters.


Where can I find...?

do you know where i could find a cat box ive looked everywhere and just cant find one - Dominic Conway

Is there a downloadable version of demon attack? If so where can I get it? - Diane Dawson

I'm wondering where I can buy or get an original Arcade Machine with Street Fighter II running on it. - Marco

I would like to find out how I can purchase [Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.] - Angie Corn

A few years ago I was able to get a mother board repaired through a former business associate in Chicago. If I remember the company was Atlantic or Atlantis? Would you know where I can get this board repaired again? - Mike Brady

Is it possible to get Star Raiders on a CD or floppy? - David Fuller

Don't people do internet searches anymore? Jeez, I'm living on a beach in Tahiti, I can't even find a waiter around here let alone a place for Atari stuff. My suggestion to those people who begin a question with "Where can I find..." is this: The Internet is your friend. Use the noodle God gave you and search for it. (Unless your noodle really IS a noodle.)


400/800/XE Compatibility

Hello! I want to know if game cartridges made for the Atari 400 and 800 will work on the Atari 800 XL. I have heard that they are not compatible but have also heard that they are. - Jeff Smith

Now here's a good question. It's easy to believe that XE cartridge games would not work in an older system, but the answer is thus: Yes, they will. Except for maybe Flight Simulator II, which requires more memory they should all work just fine.


Hook me up!

I am trying to hook up my Atari for my grandkids and am having a little trouble. The TV no longer has a plug for it as it used to.Do I need an different adaptor now? - Judi

Whew. When I read the title of the letter, I thought you were another Ethiopian immigrant looking for a date. I can't do anything for those guys except to suggest some breath mints.

Anyway, hooking up an Atari in the modern age is quite simple. You just need to get a gizmo that converts the RF cable from the Atari to the coax cable. Try Ebay!


That's it for now folks. I do have a large backlog of letters that I hope to get to over the next few weeks. Back to my Oreos!

If you have a question for Fruitman, send it here!

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