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#1 TheMontezuma OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 16, 2015 4:05 PM

If you like disk images from the Homesoft collection:

http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/

perhaps you faced the same problem as I did.

 

Each ATR image contain several games and to find a game on SIO2SD you need to have the table of contents (GAMES.TXT or better GAMES_S.TXT) printed out.

I tried to extract the XEX files with Total Commander and ATR plugin, but the files have short names:

GACCRR.XEX for "The Great American Cross Country Road Race"

 

That's why I wrote a small HomesoftExtractor tool:

http://www.abbuc.de/...ile.php?id=2784

 

Manual:

1) Download the ZIP files (GAMES001.ZIP, GAMES002.ZIP, etc.) and extract them (to ATR files)

2) Download the GAMES.ZIP file and extract it (to GAMES.TXT file)

3) Copy the HomesoftExtractor.jar file to the folder with GAMES.TXT and ATR files

4) Double click on HomesoftExtractor.jar or start it from the command line:

java -jar HomesoftExtractor.jar

 

After some time you should get over 3500 XEX files with long names.

I recommend to copy the XEX files on the SD card (for SIO2SD) with nvc.jar:

http://sio2sd.gucio....i/SoftwarePC_en

This way you will easily and quickly find the games you want to play!

 

 

 

 



#2 TheMontezuma OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 16, 2015 5:18 PM

I just realized inconsistency between the table of contents GAMES.TXT and the real content of the ATRs, so I have to re-think.

Please do not use the tool at the moment (I will post an update soon).


Edited by TheMontezuma, Sat May 16, 2015 6:01 PM.


#3 TheMontezuma OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 17, 2015 4:55 AM

Updated version (1.2):

 

http://abbuc.de/~mon...ftExtractor.zip

 

There are 22 disks with additional data, which will be simply skipped:

GAMES042.ATR
GAMES043.ATR
GAMES045.ATR
GAMES065.ATR
GAMES066.ATR
GAMES067.ATR
GAMES068.ATR
GAMES071.ATR
GAMES072.ATR
GAMES080.ATR
GAMES115.ATR
GAMES169.ATR
GAMES170.ATR
GAMES190.ATR
GAMES235.ATR
GAMES240.ATR
GAMES267.ATR
GAMES268.ATR
GAMES274.ATR
GAMES275.ATR
GAMES276.ATR
GAMES350.ATR



#4 retango OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 1, 2016 9:15 PM

Thanks a lot great tool!!!



#5 TheMontezuma OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 2, 2016 9:15 AM

Thanks :)



#6 brenski OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 2, 2016 9:52 AM

am i missing something? where is the games.txt file?

 

don't worry - found it. my archive didn't have the games.txt and games_s.txt files included


Edited by brenski, Sat Apr 2, 2016 9:58 AM.


#7 jefffulton OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:05 AM

This is completely and utterly brilliant. You are an 8-bit rock star (The highest honor)! I just extract 434 disks to xex and am putting them on my ultimate care first alphabetically, then by company.  



#8 jefffulton OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:42 AM

There are still a number disks that get errors. Any work arounds? 



#9 TheMontezuma OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:25 PM

I added extracting those disks to a "NOT OK" folder. You will get all the files with file names in Atari DOS format.

Some of them are OK and you can manually rename them. Some require additional files in the (Atari) file system and will not work.

There are games in collection that exist in two versions:

1) as a single xex file, but for 130XE only

2) as multiple files for 64kB machines

So, if you have 128kB RAM, you may skip the versions for 64kB machines without having a big lost.

And there are games like Koronis Rift or Gaunlet that exist only as disk images (as far as I know).

 

I have uploaded the improved source code and the jar file to the Github, so anybody can use and extend the tool:

https://github.com/T...mesoftExtractor


Edited by TheMontezuma, Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:26 PM.


#10 nobody OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:22 AM

I changed the content of many images in my collection last time - and still do, it's a process in progress...

There should be only five games left which will need to load data from disk (65,66,68,71,170)...



#11 tjlazer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:27 PM

Can somebody who did the work post a zip file of all the xex files?

#12 ChoccyHobNob OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 9, 2017 3:09 PM

Disk 427 Atari Blast ! (1MB RAM) requires a file on Disk 428, it isn't marked as not ok but the game doesn't run without it.

 

There is a KORONIS.SAV on Disk 080 which doesn't appear to be required for the game to run but it makes the disk get marked as not ok



#13 jefffulton OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:13 PM

I was able to re-downloads the games.txt file and it fixed nearly all the problems.  I have all of these files on both my Ultimate cart for the XEGS hooked up via HDMI to my 55" Ultra HD and on the SIO2SD hooked up to my 130XE in my office. 

I'm not sure posing the .zip file of all of them is "ok" with the rules here or with Homesoft (he does all the work of compiling the disks, etc).  If someone gives me the "OK", I'll post all of them that I have. Running the script is pretty easy though. 



#14 ChoccyHobNob OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:42 PM

If you got your atr files a while ago you should probably get them all again. He updates files in earlier disks now and then, e.g. the last update was on Aug, 11 and was disk 180, even though the newest disk is 438. I couldn't find a changelog. 

 

You can get all the atr's one by one and all the xex's one by one; the fact there isn't a "Download All" link probably says a lot about how he feels about posting a link to the entire set in a single zip.  



#15 nobody OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:50 PM

The content of my collection is always changing.. I remove the crack texts/intros, fix some bugs, remove the packers, optimize the loading process and make them 'clean' as far as i can... Disks 001- 200 are nearly done...

 

If i live long enough and have been finished this things, i will put a 'download all' link to my site ;)

 

 

btw. if you move the mouse cursor over the disk picture on my site, you see the release date of the image ...



#16 CharlieChaplin OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:40 PM

I also like it very much, that more and more programs are updated by Homesoft in such a way that they are no longer reset-proof (instead: Reset=coldstart). Good for those that use real Ataris with original OS and do not want to power-off and back on again a thirty to fourty years old computer whenever they want to load another program...







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