Frequently Asked Questions
Q: In the Linux version, how do I enter the GUI to
load disc images etc.?
A: Press F11.
Q: Can I save programs within the emulator?
A: Saving via tape is not supported. Saving via disc is
Q: Where can I download some software to use with
A: Wouter Scholten's
Acorn Atom archive, Wouter Ras' old Atom page,
The BBC Lives!
and Retro Software are
good places to start looking.
Q: When I try to load a cassette tape image, the
Atom doesn't seem to respond?
A: The Atom gives no messages while loading so you will need to be
Q: Why does the emulator keyboard seem very
A: The keyboard isn't too responsive for typing. A real Atom is like
this as well.
Q: Where are the left and down cursor keys?
A: The Acorn Atom only has two cursor keys - a horizontal key and a
vertical key. To reverse the direction, to go left or down, hold down
the SHIFT key as a modifier. The PC End key acts as Atom COPY and any
PC key + Alt is Atom REPEAT.
Q: Why can't I access the disc drive when using BBC
A: The emulated BBC BASIC language board allows a superior BASIC, but
the disc drive is not functional in BBC BASIC mode (this seems to be
the case with the real machine also).
Q: When I enter a graphics mode in BASIC why
doesn't the text display work?
A: This is faithful to the real machine as well.
Q: Why does the emulated sound seem so poor?
A: Atom sound is that bad, and faithful to the real machine.