I am proud to announce that the Chilean Atari Community had finally restored the Turbo Software tape copier that was used in my country to distribute many atari 8-bit games.
For those who want to know, Turbo Software was an small company that distributed atari games in the whole country, even using retail stores in that time.
The innovation they implemented, due that the tape drives were widely spread in Chile and they were not very reliable in the loading process, is that they incorpored an small game prior the main game loading, so we can spare some time playing it before it completes the load. Also, it incorporated an error recovery routine, so in case it fails the loading, you can resume by rewinding an small amount of tape and continue, instead to load all over again.
It also contains some protection routines, for example: it uses FSK signals to code some verification routines. In case they are inexistent, the game doesn't load.
Once the load is completed, you just have to press start to play the main game.
We also took the chance to add some improvements, in this case:
- Added PAL support in the saving and loading process. also, the initial music score it was fixed for PAL timing.
- Improved the start routine.
The topic regarding this announcement is in the following link: http://www.retrogames.cl/foro/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=12931 It's in spanish, but you can google translate it. It also contains a link with the ATR files with the copier and sources, programmed in MAC/65.
I hope you like it. Here's also a WAV file with an example. You can use a real hardware configuration with this wav, and also can be executed on Altirra and Atari800 with a8cas support.