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#1 hloberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:34 PM

Not to sound like an ad for Atarimax but I just created an Action! cartridge using the maxflash device and it was real easy and cheap. With Action! cartridges going for some ridiculous prices as of recent to make one for about $25 was nice.

Here is my blog on the process:

http://8-bitretrocomputerguy.tumblr.com/post/143402124019/creating-an-atari-8-bit-action-cartridge-and 

 

P.S. also made a nice manual for Action! and had it bound for about $5.



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Posted Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:17 PM

In theory you could have all the OSS languages on one cart though I don't know if anyone's devised a method yet.



#3 MrFish OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:21 PM

There already is one, and everything works with SDX, which is on the cart with them (ala piggyback):

 

Attached File  OSS Cart Bundle & SDX AtariMax.rom   1MB   152 downloads

 

OSS Multi-Cart.png

 

The only thing I don't like is the annoying countdown timer and scrolling text. The timer isn't needed, and seizure inducing scrolling is for demos...


Edited by MrFish, Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:25 PM.


#4 hloberg OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:24 PM

In theory you could have all the OSS languages on one cart though I don't know if anyone's devised a method yet.

Actually I do on my MYIDEII which is a great cartridge. I have about 100+ cartridges on the MYIDEII including Action!. This was more of an esthetic thing with me as I just wanted to have a physical cartridge. As a kid I was too poor to own one and now I'm too cheap to shell out $100 for one with a manual so I made one with a manual instead. :)  



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Posted Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:30 PM

There already is one, and everything works with SDX, which is on the cart with them (ala piggyback):

 

attachicon.gifOSS Cart Bundle & SDX AtariMax.rom

 

attachicon.gifOSS Multi-Cart.png

 

The only thing I don't like is the annoying countdown timer and scrolling text. The timer isn't needed, and seizure inducing scrolling is for demos...

fairly easy to create the same thing with maxflash minus the scrolling and timer. I 'THINK' the roms they have on maxflash forum is also SDX compatible but since I'm not a big fan of SDX I have never tried it.



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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:42 AM

fairly easy to create the same thing with maxflash minus the scrolling and timer.

 

Really? I think you're mistaking this for just being some custom menu that loads a single item from a selection of choices. It's not. When you select your OSS item from the menu here, SDX boots and the OSS cartridge selection is set to the secondary (piggyback) cartridge. So you can easily go back and forth between SDX and whatever cartridge you've chosen to use with it -- without rebooting. I doubt it was something trivial to set up, but I'd gladly be proven wrong, and like to know how to do it, if you can replicate the functionality shown here.



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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:14 AM

Impressive actually.  Putting any such banked carts into an Atarimax cart is non-trivial.  The banking is different for starters and each Rom would need to be individually configured to live in specific cart banks.  Then a custom Dos build would be needed.

Though given that the groundwork would have been done for recreating the language carts by other means, it would have made it easier.

 

That said though, just try building a flashcart from the builder software and you'll quickly find that it just won't work and isn't a case of simple drag and drop.

 

 

Have to ask though... is there a 128K version around?   Or is this using one of the huge SDX builds with all the help files and stuff that needs lots of space?


Edited by Rybags, Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:18 AM.


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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:01 AM

As far as I know it's only ever been released for the 8 Mbit cart.


Edited by MrFish, Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:03 AM.


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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:14 PM

Actually I do on my MYIDEII which is a great cartridge. I have about 100+ cartridges on the MYIDEII including Action!. This was more of an esthetic thing with me as I just wanted to have a physical cartridge. As a kid I was too poor to own one and now I'm too cheap to shell out $100 for one with a manual so I made one with a manual instead. :)

 

I can't get the above Rom file to load on MYIDE II. does it require some configuring?

are your 100+ cartridges a .rom or .atr?

any chance of uploading?

 

thanks



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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:09 PM

 

Really? I think you're mistaking this for just being some custom menu that loads a single item from a selection of choices. It's not. When you select your OSS item from the menu here, SDX boots and the OSS cartridge selection is set to the secondary (piggyback) cartridge. So you can easily go back and forth between SDX and whatever cartridge you've chosen to use with it -- without rebooting. I doubt it was something trivial to set up, but I'd gladly be proven wrong, and like to know how to do it, if you can replicate the functionality shown here.

Here's the discussion on SDX with MYIDEII on the Atarimax forum.

http://www.atarimax....hilit=sdx#p9396

I don't use SDX but a type of SDX is available with the MYIDEII. Don't know if it has all the capabilities of the menu program you mentioned through.



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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:22 PM

 

I can't get the above Rom file to load on MYIDE II. does it require some configuring?

are your 100+ cartridges a .rom or .atr?

any chance of uploading?

 

thanks

here is everything off my CF card on the MYIDEII. It includes Action!, BASIC XL, MS BASIC and lots of games. the .xex format seems to work best with the CF card.

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Posted Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:47 PM

I don't use SDX but a type of SDX is available with the MYIDEII. Don't know if it has all the capabilities of the menu program you mentioned through.

 

No, it doesn't.







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