The following is an MS-DOS program that allows conversion of old ST disks to make them readable by a PC. Do NOT use it with executable boot sector disks (ie: games) and if possible, only use it on a copy of the disk. This program messes around with the disk's boot sector, and if anything goes wrong, chances are your data will be lost.
An old ST program called DCFormat can reportedly format HFS and MFS disks.
Ghostlink uses a serial null-modem cable. The PC drives are mounted on the Atari desktop, just like ST drives, but it suffers several limitations, of which speed of transfer, the need to run it under DOS (not a DOS session under Win95) on the PC, and it's inability to launch programs from the remote drive.
PARCPZmodem is a standard for terminal connections. Zmodem compatible terminal programs can be found on practically any platform, including Atari, Mac PC, Unix, etc... Zmodem requires a serial null-modem cable, but as above, serial connections are quite slow.
If you plan on integrating your Atari into a real heterogeneous network with other computers, then you will probably have to setup some kind of Local Area Network. Beware, as this is not for the faint-hearted. Issues related to LAN networks and Ethernet are best dealt with on the following web page.
4.1.4 LAN Networking
The Atari Network Connectivity pageIf all you need is to connect several Atari computers together, then STinG can do this, either through the serial port or over a MIDI network.
The other networking solution is MiNTnet, and extension to MiNT, which offers unix-like connectivity to the Atari platform. Here are some instructions for setting up a serial NFS connection with a PC.
Setting up a PC <-> Atari NFS link
The STiK support page
The Atari Internet guide
L'Atari Branché (french)
The Draconis Web package
Connecting to the Internet with STinG
This method requires all the software below. Be sure to get THE LATEST packages from the following locations. Do not trust FTP sites or CD-ROMs for these packages, as internet software is in ongoing development.
Follow the docs to install HSModem. Always put the DRVIN.PRG first in
your AUTO folder, then MFP.PRG or SCC.PRG depending on your setup.
If you haven't already got it, put the xcontrol.acc file in your
root directory, and configure it to use the correct CPX folder.
Install STiNG as described in the docs. Put the CPXs in you usual CPX folder and STING.PRG and STING.INF in your AUTO folder. All the other stuff should go in a separate STING folder. You can remove the STX files that you don't need (MASQUE, LCLTLK, ETHER, CENTR, MIDI) and make sure the RESOLVE.STX is the last one to be loaded. Edit the STING.INF file to show the path of the STING folder and the DIAL.INF to show the dialer's folder. There is no need to mess around with the other config files. Reboot and run the DIALER.PRG. Enter all the necessary parameters in the Configuration section (DNS servers, login and password) and save. If your provider supports PAP, then forget the script part.
Now you can try to connect: run the STING CPX, and set it to active,
then run the dialer. If the dial-in process works, try a ping to 127.0.0.1
(yourself), then to your own DNS server. Next try a ping or a traceroute
to some other server, such as www.yahoo.com. If successful, you are ready
for the next step.
Setup CAB as described in the docs. The package contains various language
RSCs and docs, so you can set your own language. Test it with the test
files that are included with the package. Setup a CACHE directory.
CAB requires this overlay program to get online and to communicate with
STiNG. Put the appropriate file in your CAB folder. You should now be able
to go online and start web surfing.
NEWSie is the most widespread mail and newsreader. Just install it as described in the docs, and fill in all the file pathnames and server names as required.
Another step by step guide on connecting to the Net with STinG can be found here:
Detailed instructions on how to connect 1Mb machines with no hard drive can be found here. Please note that this kind of setup is not the best way to access the net.
The Netiquette Homepage
And for other Atari links, it is probably best to have a look at the following section (4.3) for a nice and quick web page list.
The Atari Reference Desk
Atari Internet Resource Guide
Victor Bobier's Superman Desktop Theme Homepage
The Atari Web Ring
The Yolo Atari Club
Mario Becroft's Home Page
K.Ellis' Home Page
What is TOS ?
Falcon Computer Resource
Atari Stacy and TT030 Homepage (Funkyware)
Atari ST Quick FAQ - v2.9a - firstname.lastname@example.org