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#776 mechanerd OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:54 PM

Punch two holes in the disk jacket and it can :)
 

 

You are correct sir!  Oldest trick in the book.! I remember helping someone make a jig to hole punch and  put the timing hole at the 1:30 o clock position or so. 



#777 mechanerd OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:10 PM

Here's my contribution to the Atari collection. An archive of the Action Annex BBS from 1982-1996.
Focusing mostly on music, desktop publishing art, a few demos, and some basic software tools related to music.

 

It's not 100% complete, I have 50 3.5" st disks that need the Kryoflux. Omnifloppy or the IBM .ST image maker could not read them.

I will update as I recover the last of the music catalog.  "The lost Annex Files...." will the title.

 

But still it's 17mb of zipped files with a catalog of sorts.  If there was a label or song titles. I typed them in as disk.txt for each disk as a sub directory.

There are dupes, about 150 on each set, but I wanted to keep the set as it was imaged. 
 

Includes ST Clipart, ST MIDI files, and a few other older music formatted files (CMF, CMS, mode 0 MIDI)

A larger Atari 8bit music which is 95% .MUS files for the Midi Music System 1.0 and 3.0 software.
Plays on the MIDI Max and MIDI Mate.  Most of the files for the ST side were converted to MIDI, so the missing catalog disks for the MD series on the ST  can be found in the 8bit collection. That is why I imaged everything. 

 

http://atariage.com/...-bbs/?p=3909830

 

Code contributor to the Action Annex BBS, the hardware for it still runs. Both the 800 and 130XE.

 

I need to look this one set of disks over, but I need to verify that I have the source code the MMS 3.0 software which was fixed by Mike Calvin.  I need to find out if Hybrid Arts open sourced the code, or abandon-wared the binaries. Anyone know?
 

I want to see Donna's music on archive.org, so I can say to Mike that her music will live on the net forever. She had a flair for picking the right instruments, effects, and mixing of songs. Her violin and piano expertise made all the difference. She passed away in June 2015.

 

I don't know if the copyright music guys are going to like the MIDI versions of songs. That's a good question.

Most of the songs were pre-ASCAP, public domain from the pre-1950's. Also there are turn of the 20th Century sheet music typed in from public domain books, and purchased at auctions. Some of which was restored from originals for libraries in the area.

 

Cheers!!


Edited by mechanerd, Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:14 PM.


#778 ijor OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:13 AM

Sorry for the delay.

 

 

Here's another read at Atari Cash Register. Please try it. Trying to determine if it's better now with cleaner heads or the drive is screwed.

 

attachicon.gifACR try 2.zip

 

 

Your retrials are better, or should I say not as bad. But still they have plenty of errors. It does look like the drive needs a more intensive clean up. It is possible that the drive is damaged. But considering that it got slightly better after cleaning the head, it is probably just still dirty.

 

Sometimes you have to open the drive to really be able to clean the heads.



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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:03 AM

Recovered disk image of binaries of games written by David Pentecost (HEX, XAGON, PIRATE) and Andrew Davie (QB, GARBO JO) circa 1984.

 

 

Attached Files



#780 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:16 AM

Hi Andrew,

 

Getting sound issues on a couple, finished items?

 

Thanks for the release tho, off to play...

 

(just in case for others, rename the img file to atr)


Edited by Mclaneinc, Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:17 AM.


#781 MrFish OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:42 AM

Recovered disk image of binaries of games written by David Pentecost (HEX, XAGON, PIRATE) and Andrew Davie (QB, GARBO JO) circa 1984.

 

Did you have some direct association with David? QB seems very similar in screen layout.



#782 Andrew Davie OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:06 PM

Hi Andrew,

 

Getting sound issues on a couple, finished items?

 

Thanks for the release tho, off to play...

 

(just in case for others, rename the img file to atr)

 

Almost certainly work in progress unfinished demo/prototypes.



#783 Andrew Davie OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:07 PM

 

Did you have some direct association with David? QB seems very similar in screen layout.

 

We were friends and classmates. We shared the tools we wrote. Some of the "art" is mine.  They're superficially similar in layout, but different in gameplay.



#784 MrFish OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:19 PM

We were friends and classmates. We shared the tools we wrote. Some of the "art" is mine.  They're superficially similar in layout, but different in gameplay.

 

Interesting information; I'd always wondered about that. The screen layouts are cool and both games are very well done, fun, and highly rated amonst fans of the system.

 

I'm aware of the differences between them; I've spent a fair amount of time playing them both. Xagon is more along the lines of an enhanced Q*bert, while Qb is more like a combination of Q*bert and a puzzle solving game.



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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:23 PM

For those who aren't aware, there is an NTSC fix for Qb.

 

Qb (NTSC)



#786 Stephen OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:42 PM

I loved Xagon. Very fond memories of it.

#787 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:48 AM

 

Almost certainly work in progress unfinished demo/prototypes.

 

Thanks Andrew, its a pointed if anyone asks the same..

 

Nice work by the pair of you especially by some so young...

 

Thank you for your work and time.

 

Paul..



#788 DjayBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:08 PM

 

It's time for an updated torrent. As always, thanks to everyone that contributed!

 

Some more findings:

  • Pay-Off, The (1984)(Atari)(GB)
    Needs BASIC
  • Electrician (1984)(Synapse Software)(US)
    NTSC only (to be exact: needs 60 Hz)
  • New York City - The Big Apple (1984)(Synapse Software)(US)
    NTSC only (to be exact: needs 60 Hz)
  • Rommel - Battles for Tobruk (1985)(Game Designers' Workshop)(US)(Side A)
    Does not work. Another bad a8rawconv-conversion with missing sector 707
  • Video Title Shop (1986)(Datasoft)(US)(Disk 1 of 3 Side A)(Video Title Shop)
    needs 64k - Side B runs with 48k
  • Computer Baseball v1.0 (1981)(SSI)(US)(Side A)(Side One)[BASIC]
    In-game copyright is 1984


#789 Zarxx OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:56 PM

 

 

  • Rommel - Battles for Tobruk (1985)(Game Designers' Workshop)(US)(Side A)
    Does not work. Another bad a8rawconv-conversion with missing sector 707

 

 

I restored the protection on this a while ago and thought I'd passed it to Farb, may have been missed.

 

Attached File  Rommel - Battles for Tobruk (1985)(Game Designers' Workshop)(US)(Side A).rar   11.2MB   48 downloads

ATX & SCP images included.



#790 SS OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:46 PM

For those who aren't aware, there is an NTSC fix for Qb.
 
Qb (NTSC)


Whoa ... I was just going to ask about that.

I've played a lot of Qb on the 2600. It'll be nice to finally be able to give it a try on my 800XL too. :)

#791 Shannon OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:52 PM

Cool to see those Synapse games make it in there considering their disks seem to self destruct easily?

 

Anywho doesn't Electrician have some kind of bug in the game?  I have a fixed executable that someone made available here on Atari Age.



#792 ijor OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:32 PM

Electrician (1984)(Synapse Software)(US)
New York City - The Big Apple (1984)(Synapse Software)(US)


Cool to see those Synapse games make it in there considering their disks seem to self destruct easily?


Assuming you mean those two titles that DjayBee mentioned ... These two specifically are usually not that bad, most copies seem to be ok. The most critical ones are those Synapse titles published a little bit earlier, like Zeppelin or Blue Max.

 



#793 DjayBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:58 AM

 

I restored the protection on this a while ago and thought I'd passed it to Farb, may have been missed.

 

It is not a problem of the dumps but of a bug in a8rawconv before v0.92. Up to now all dumps were correct, it always was only the ATX-conversion.

 

The good thing about this - quite often used - protection is that you can even restore and/or crack the protection if you only have an ATR of the original. The protected track 40 is exactly the same on all titles.



#794 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:24 AM

It is not a problem of the dumps but of a bug in a8rawconv before v0.92. Up to now all dumps were correct, it always was only the ATX-conversion.

 

Correct. If you look at the web page for that dump:

 

http://a8preservatio.../api/dumps/1266

 

You can see what version of a8rawconv was used to generate the dump. As of right now, it says "a8rawconv 0.8" which has the missing sector problem. I will re-generate a new ATX from the raw dump and this problem should be fixed - it likely just got missed in the heap of other tasks I need to do for all of this :-)



#795 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:27 AM

@mechanerd - thank you for contributing your collection. Unfortunately, this project isn't currently archiving public domain or shareware software but that doesn't mean the contribution isn't valuable. I'm sure Atarimania will be interested in this!



#796 Zarxx OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:16 AM

Merry Christmas from Henry the Ginger Cat of Good Luck

 

4star3.jpg

 

Henry has smiled on us.

Finally delivered after being lost in the Royal Mail for 30 days and then going back to the seller..

 

4star1.jpg  4star2.jpg

 

Both sides have some nasty 26 sector plus tracks for all you protection connoisseurs.

ATX, SCP dumps from both A8 & SCP Tool (5 revs) and a scan of the manual.

 

**Interesting fact - notice the disk label incorrectly has the same game twice.

 

Attached File  4 Star Compilation - Volume 1.pdf   2.31MB   54 downloads

Attached File  4 Star Compilation - Volume 1 (1986)(Red Rat Software)(GB).zip   25.99MB   72 downloads



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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:37 AM

Thank you Zarxx and the very sweet looking Henry...

 

Wishing you both a Merry Xmas and well done that good luck cat!

 

Paul...

 

We love cats here....


Edited by Mclaneinc, Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:39 AM.


#798 Farb OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:40 AM

Thanks for sharing it, Zarxx! Merry Christmas!



#799 mechanerd OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:47 PM

@mechanerd - thank you for contributing your collection. Unfortunately, this project isn't currently archiving public domain or shareware software but that doesn't mean the contribution isn't valuable. I'm sure Atarimania will be interested in this!

 

You might want to  dig into the archive I posted. There are .atr images of the originals for Midi Music System 1.0 and some commercial releases from ANTIC magazine. 



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Posted Mon Jan 1, 2018 1:03 PM

 

You might want to  dig into the archive I posted. There are .atr images of the originals for Midi Music System 1.0 and some commercial releases from ANTIC magazine. 

Will do, thanks!






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