Side - Compact Flash Interface / Game /Flash Cart

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  • CF CARD not included - You can buy it HERE


descrpition from Hal`s page -


The SIDE2  interface, provides hard disk functionality and much more for 8-bit Atari computers, all packaged in a compact cartridge design. The device features:

  • On-board SpartaDOS X

  • Real-Time Clock

  • Compact Flash card slot

  • Switchable loader and SDX modes

  • Programmable "SIDE button"


    256KB external flash application cartridge space

     Using the special SIDE build of SpartaDOS X, one can enjoy many of the benefits of a hard disk interface on the Atari by simply plugging in the cartridge and turning on the machine. The SIDE driver for SDX is loaded directly from SDX's "CAR" (Cartridge) device at boot-up, and all the necessary software tools are right there on the cartridge. SIDE files on the CAR device include:

  • SIDE.SYS (driver)

  • FDISK.COM (disk partitioning tool -128kb of ram minimum)

  • HDDINFO.COM (hard disk information report utility)

  • PARTINFO.COM (partition information utility)

  • MOUNT.COM (dynamic partition mounting tool)

         The SIDE driver for SpartaDOS X uses the APT (Atari Partition Table) scheme, devised by Konrad Kokoszkiewicz. This ensures storage media can be easily shared with other compliant interfaces (currently MyIDE for SDX, Incognito, Ultimate 1MB PBI, and the IDE Plus 2.0 APT Beta BIOS).


  • SIDE is seen as PBI device (as regular HARD DISK INTERFACE) with  Ultimate 1MB.

  • SIDE needs min. 48 kB of RAM  to run - so, 600XL needs to be upgraded to 64 kB first

  • SIDE Sparta DOS X partitioning software needs at least 128KB to run

  • ATR LOADING only with PBI bios - Ultimate 1MB. equipped atari ONLY


Frequently asked questions:

    • Question: Side recognizes a CF card is present, but when you run FDISK error 138 \'Device does not respond\' is displayed. The 800XL has 256KB memory upgrade fitted.
      Answer:  download SDX447S2.atr  from download section and flash device. Device must be set in SDX MODE (switch down), Atari must be set STOCK if ultimate is present, ATR file must be in D1: drive. 

    • Question: I received my side2 cart and installed it into an NTSC 800XL with the 1MB upgrade. However the cart seems to be unable to read the CF card about 70% of the time - says no partitions. Pressing reset a few times will bring it back but it looks like a timing issue? Is this because i am using an NTSC machine? Any patches etc to fix this? I am using the CF card that came with the machine.

    • Answer: One of possible causes may be timing side/cpu/o2 signal. Solution: replace 74ls08 on atari board for F08 preferably. before replacing follow simple test: use ultimate loader; it will work without issue












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