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#1 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:49 PM

I'm trying to run an .ATR file but, when I do, the file searches for a flash cart. I don't have a SIO2USB handy, and so can't use The!Cart right now. Thoughts on running this off of a SD card? Again, am I doing something foolish?

#2 Nezgar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:34 PM

Uh.... 'the file searches for a flash cart' ? please elaborate



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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:01 PM

I was wondering the same. Was the ATR created in The!Cart Studio and intended for flashing to The!Cart?

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:04 PM

I'm not sure what process was used to create the .ATR. I'll post a pic when I get home.



#5 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:21 PM

Ok, I guess this is somewhat self-explanatory: it was made on an AtariMax cart. But do I need to run this through a flash cart (I only have The!Cart)? I havent encountered this before.

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#6 SS OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:28 PM

This ATR is used to program an AtariMax flashcart.  You cannot run it independently.  



#7 Nezgar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:29 PM

You can use altirra to add a blank 1mbit or 8mbit atarimax flashcart, and it will virtually program it from the ATR flashtool. You can then save the ROM. Maybe the!cart can use the resulting ROM file.

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:40 PM

You can use altirra to add a blank 1mbit or 8mbit atarimax flashcart, and it will virtually program it from the ATR flashtool. You can then save the ROM. Maybe the!cart can use the resulting ROM file.

 

I didn't realize that Altirra could do this (although I probably should have) but, yeah, The!Cart should be able to run the resulting .ROM or .CAR image.  This is a very good idea.

 

 

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Edited by SS, Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:44 PM.


#9 Nezgar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:15 PM

 
I didn't realize that Altirra could do this (although I probably should have) but, yeah, The!Cart should be able to run the resulting .ROM or .CAR image.  This is a very good idea.
 
 
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This trick has given me a new batch of additions for my Ultimate Cart. Many of the compilations from the AtariMax forums are ATR flashers only, and I was able to make ROMs from them.

Also nice, since the flashing process can take 5-10 minutes, you can use 'warp speed' in altirra to get the job done in like 30 seconds. :)

Altirra is also nice for making CARs from ROMs where ultimate cart won't auto-detect the correct mode. (And having some confidence that your choice was correct, since you will see if it works in the emulator first)
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#10 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:41 PM

Hmm...I just rummaged around in the basement and found an ABBUC SIO2USB unit that I haven’t used. Can I use it in this way?

 

EDIT: Okay, in the morning light I can see that this was a dumb comment. :-D



#11 Nezgar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:06 PM

I don't have a The!Cart, but in 2013 JAC! wrote about a very applicable feature added to The!Cart Studio in a previous thread: http://atariage.com/...idge/?p=2879996

"Existing collections for 128 KB or 1 MB Maxflash cartridges are often only available as "ATR Programming Image" but not as "CAR" cartridge images. Therfore a conversion for Maxflash Studio ATR programming images to "CAR" cartridge images has been added. This way you can even test the collection directly in an emulator."

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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:39 AM

As said, you can always see what the atr is like in Altirra, just go to FILE and select in Attach Special Cartridge an appropriate Maxflash cart, boot that disk and say Y :)

 

You can save the now flashed cart from the same file menu..

 

Small time saver hint..Hold F1 during the flash to speed it up, won't affect the flash...


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#13 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:45 AM

Wow, I really have got to get myself a cheap WinTel laptop to make things easier for myself. The only modern device I have on which I could run an emulator is a Blackberry Passport... :)



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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:57 AM

Cheapskate :)



#15 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:21 AM

Yes. :) But also: convenience. I stopped using a laptop after smartphones became prevalent. Now I find it a pain when I have to borrow the family AirMac when I need its USB port.






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