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#51 djmat56 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 27, 2015 2:00 AM

I have the original of Seastalker but no way of converting to ATX.

 

I have asked for the VAPI tools several times but always seems to fall on deaf ears! I have modified 1050 drives and a laptop all connected up. Just wish someone could provide me with the software. I have some other disk software not on Atarimania too.

 

 

 

 

 

Some more Infocom titles preserved from my collection:

 

Ballyhoo

Moonmist

Spellbreaker

Wishbringer

 

Alas, I also dumped "The Witness" but side B had errors :-(

 

By my count, that leaves 8 Infocom titles unpreserved:

 

Cutthroats

Lurking Horror
Plundered Hearts
Seastalker
Sorcerer
Starcross
Suspect
Witness, The
 
Anyone want to contribute? :-)

 



#52 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 27, 2015 7:48 AM

@Shannon, thanks for spotting the error. It's been fixed.

 

@djmat56, it is frustrating how closed the VAPI initiative has been. On the bright side, the flux-level imaging this initiative is using is vastly superior to the VAPI tools (at least the ones I'm familiar with). A flux image can be converted into ATR, ATX or any other image format that might be invented in the future since it's a VERY low level image of the magnetic changes on the disk without regard to formatting, copy protection, etc.

 

If you would consider mailing me your disks, I'd be happy to image them for you.



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Posted Wed May 27, 2015 9:19 AM

I would consider mailing but I'm in the UK and the postage costs won't be cheap....and then there's the risk involved too. 

 

I was also after the VAPI tools so I could transfer the protected images back to real floppies. So frustrating as I have a modded 1050 and everything else needed.

 

 

@Shannon, thanks for spotting the error. It's been fixed.

 

@djmat56, it is frustrating how closed the VAPI initiative has been. On the bright side, the flux-level imaging this initiative is using is vastly superior to the VAPI tools (at least the ones I'm familiar with). A flux image can be converted into ATR, ATX or any other image format that might be invented in the future since it's a VERY low level image of the magnetic changes on the disk without regard to formatting, copy protection, etc.

 

If you would consider mailing me your disks, I'd be happy to image them for you.



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Posted Wed May 27, 2015 3:50 PM

I would consider mailing but I'm in the UK and the postage costs won't be cheap....and then there's the risk involved too. 

 

Understood... having just recently won an eBay auction for SSI's Phantasie and paying shipping from the UK, I know that the cost can be high and shipping anything across the pond can be risky.



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Posted Wed May 27, 2015 4:40 PM

Tell me, just had an item (non Atari) sent to me from Israel from a good friend for my daughter, he apparently got a small amount of the address wrong and rather than try to deliver its been sent BACK to him for him to send again...

 

The moral, posting aint cheap..

 

Let alone the delicacy of what is being sent being damaged...


Edited by Mclaneinc, Wed May 27, 2015 4:41 PM.


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Posted Fri May 29, 2015 11:03 PM

I would consider mailing but I'm in the UK and the postage costs won't be cheap....and then there's the risk involved too. 

 

I was also after the VAPI tools so I could transfer the protected images back to real floppies. So frustrating as I have a modded 1050 and everything else needed.

 

 

 

I don't think the VAPI tools support writing to real floppies.  I think you'd need the Kryoflux or SuperCard and the images that are being created here for that (?)



#57 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jun 3, 2015 9:04 AM

A big thanks to the following folks who have provided software for preservation:

 

advfan

 

Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (MUSE)

Clowns and Balloons (Datasoft)

Phantasie (SSI)

 

adam242

 

Abuse (Softsmith)

Dropzone (Microdaft)

PQ (Suncom)

Solar Star (Microdaft) - appears to work but was difficult to dump and may have issues so it's being flagged as having a dump error until it can be confirmed with another copy.

 

Thank you for the contributions!



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Posted Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:23 AM

Any updates for the torrent?  Seems I am the only seeder left..



#59 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:31 PM

I'll have another update in a couple of weeks. I don't have the ability to torrent at the moment :-)



#60 Dragon375 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:37 PM

I'll have another update in a couple of weeks. I don't have the ability to torrent at the moment :-)

Awesome!  Let me know, I will continue to seed the current one till you have the update ready.  Thanks for all the hard work!

 

P.S. If you could put it up in dropbox or something similar, I could build the torrent and seed it for you.


Edited by Dragon375, Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:38 PM.


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Posted Tue Jul 7, 2015 5:09 PM

Thanks to Major Havoc 2049, we have now preserved:

 

- Six-Gun Shootout (SSI)

 

Attached is a new torrent that includes the most recent additions and some changes to previous titles.

Attached Files


Edited by Farb, Tue Jul 7, 2015 5:12 PM.


#62 Dragon375 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jul 7, 2015 10:34 PM

It's up on my torrentbox.  Thanks Farb!



#63 Troy H. Cheek OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 8, 2015 6:52 AM

Finally, a perfect version of M.U.L.E.!  Every other disk I've downloaded has mangled store graphics or mangled "Please Remove Cartridge" screen.  Seeding!



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Posted Wed Jul 8, 2015 7:37 PM

seeding



#65 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:34 PM

Thanks to advfan we've now preserved:

 

Aztec Challenge (Cosmi)

B-1 Nuclear Bomber (Avalon Hill)

Cutthroats (Infocom)

Genetic Drift (Broderbund)

Roundabout (Datamost)

Shuttle Intercept (Hayden Software)

 

Sadly, the copy of Silicon Dreams (Rainbird) that he provided could not be imaged :-(


Edited by Farb, Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:36 PM.


#66 Shannon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:21 AM

ok.  I stopped seeding the last one and am now currently seeding this one.



#67 voy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:12 AM

Great work, Farb and Freddy! :)

 

I try to archive a lot of Polish games but I can not convert them from KryoFlux stream files because a8rawconv always assumes that they are created with use of 96tpi drive. I use Mitsumi D503V which is built into XF551 (48tpi drive of course). :)



#68 F#READY OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:59 AM

Hi Voy!

All credits go to Farb and others.
I didn't contribute any disk images here ( yet?).

Maybe you can get a 96tpi drive somewhere? Or i can send you one if you like.

It would be great to have all those Polish titles preserved! :-)

Friendly greetings,
Freddy.

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Posted Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:19 AM

Hi Freddy!

 

Thanks for your help, but Pasiu told me that he found a Chinon FZ-506 drive in his apartment and he'll bring it home for me when he'll arrive in Zawiszów. :)

 

Mitsumi D503V works smoothly with KryoFlux (although correct cooperation with this software requires a bit of of experiments).

 

Phareon wrote a couple months ago that a8rawconv can't tell whether stream files were dumped as 48tpi or 96tpi, and currently it always steps by 2 since it assumes 96tpi and he would need to add an option for this.



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Posted Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:28 PM

I'll add the option eventually, but in the meantime, renaming the files should work, i.e. track01.0.raw -> track02.0.raw, track02.0.raw -> track04.0.raw, etc.


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#71 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:00 PM

Unfortunately, the copy of SSI's Questron that was loaned to me had some bad data.

 

Does anyone have a working copy they'd be willing to loan out to be dumped?



#72 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:30 AM

Thanks to advfan, we have now preserved a copy of Castle Wolfenstein from a shrink-wrapped copy!



#73 lotek_style OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:50 AM

I haven't read the whole backlog... is this project mainly about original games... and games only?



#74 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:36 AM

I haven't read the whole backlog... is this project mainly about original games... and games only?

 

 

Not at all. There are a number of non-game titles that have been preserved. It just happens that most of the software I've had access to are games.



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Posted Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:00 AM

Then you maybe find the 8bit part of my demoarchive called Fujiology interesting:

 

ftp://ftp.untergrund.net/users/ltk_tscc/fujiology/!8BIT/






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