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#26 Dropcheck OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:18 AM

Makes you wonder how long they've been messing up... I remember when I ordered a year or two or so back...  I'd think they'd owe you money... half migration is a terrible thing. Not checking their work... well that's another... mumbling and making such statements, well, that's just unprofessional.

 

I think we need to put anti gremlin devices around the ranch. And a cyber patrol on the wan connections just to be sure.

 

The good news is... it's fixed. Well, fingers crossed the devices and patrol deployed in time, and the mumblers did their job correctly for once.

 

The thing was that I never had any problem bringing up the site either directly typing in the address or clicking on a link.  Never saw missing pictures in my posts.  Nothing to indicate there was a problem. I've had many people purchase from my site, some from Europe.  So it was working.  Something changed along the way.  Probably at my previous hosting provider.  I know GoDaddy went through some major software revisions in the last year or so and it's possible something was mis-transfered in the process. 

 

I wouldn't and couldn't say it was anything with my current hosting provider, hence the mumbling.  ;-)



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:41 AM

I'm interested in ordering a cartridge. Can you provide an update on how many cartridges have been ordered so far and when you expect to ship your first batch?



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:48 AM

I currently have:

 

Super XE Midi Maze bare pcbs (XE grey cart version)       7

Super XE Midi Maze bare pcbs(Atari Brown cart version)   9

 

I can make a total of 5 complete boards in three to four days wait time, with more eproms on the way.  (about a week shipping time)

 

First batch has already shipped. 

 

This is kind of a rolling quantity.  At present if there is demand, but no stock, I can usually ship a completed cartridge board within two weeks.


Edited by Dropcheck, Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:50 AM.


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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:58 AM

I got one of the gray cart XE versions, and other then having a hell of a time opening my Bug Hunt donor cart (some plastic fingers broke, but were fixable with a bit of glue), I can verify that Dropcheck's board works like a charm :) .

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:17 AM

Thanks for the info. I'll place my order.

 

Does anyone have a source for cartridge shells?



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:22 AM

Thanks for the info. I'll place my order.

 

Does anyone have a source for cartridge shells?

 

you can get brown cart shells from Best Electronics



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:58 PM

Do you have a link to the cartridge shells at Best Electronics? The least expensive I found was Atari Basic Cartridges for $10



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:33 PM

Hello Lenore

 

Would you consider making a version of the PCB that will fit inside the AtariMax cartridge shell?

 

Sincerely

 

Mathy



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:31 PM

I received my boards and will post some pictures later once I get the brown BASIC labels off and new ones affixed.  They work great!  Tested on several 64K computers and no problems.



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:40 PM

Hello Lenore

 

Would you consider making a version of the PCB that will fit inside the AtariMax cartridge shell?

 

Sincerely

 

Mathy

 

I can usually fit the electronics into just about any shell as long as it has the standard thickness.  The narrow, long Polish cases are unfortunately too thin.  The trick is that I have to have the shell to get the proper dimensions of the pcb that will fit.  Or I have to have a super accurate Eagle board file that has the correct dimension for the maximum size pcb that will fit. 



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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:57 PM

Hello Lenore

 

I'm gonna contact Steve Tucker and see if I can get you either the info or a shell.

 

Sincerely

 

Mathy



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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:59 AM

Do you have a link to the cartridge shells at Best Electronics? The least expensive I found was Atari Basic Cartridges for $10

 

No specific link as it is listed in the addendum, here is the info 

 

Atari 400/800/XL/XE Empty Game Cartridge with metal back. CB101080 $5.00



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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:49 AM

orpheuswaking,

Thanks for the info - found it.



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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:38 PM

Question:

 

What cart type is that .ROM file? I can't get Altirra to run it so I know it works. Then I save it as a .car file for my Ultimate Cart. I am unable to do this.

Ideas?



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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:11 PM

um it says XE super cart 128



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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:53 PM

The only files I'm aware of that have been posted here (and on my website) are standard ROM file which can be burned to a 128K EPROM, or the xex file for use on a 320K system. I've also tested the ROM file in an UNO cart, and it works like a champ. I would assume the same would hold true for an Ultimate cart assuming it can launch ROM files.

Edit: The ROM requires that the cart can bank select a 128k image. Whereas the xex only requires that the system have at least 320k of RAM (with the ROM only requiring 64k of RAM).

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:26 PM

XEGS 128K Cart

 

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:23 PM

Now for me to show my ignorance (because by now I really should know this). What is the difference between a ROM image vs. a CAR image? And what kind of image does the Ultimate Cart require?



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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:54 PM

The CAR file is just the ROM file with a 16 byte header on it with a cart type identifier, there's a list of those types in the link below. There are a bunch of 128k rom types, only one of them (the XEGS switchable) will load the midimaze cart correctly.

 

https://github.com/a...er/DOC/cart.txt

 

Ultimate cart can handle most of them but there are a few of the odd ones it cannot. AVGcart can handle more. Without a header on the rom, the carts default to some common cart type which is probably wrong for MidiMaze.



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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:25 PM

I guess the UNO cart is more forgiving because it works with the ROM image no problem.

 

Thanks for the information and the link :) .



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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:50 PM

XEGS 128K Cart

 

 

That works on my Ultimate cart, but I must turn off my hard disk for it to run.

 

Edit: How should I go about getting the 850 to go BEEEEP? It doesn't seem to do this own its own. Yes, I have power cycled the 850. Unfortunately, I have the bad ROM that requires a power cycle.


Edited by Kyle22, Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:59 PM.


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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:07 PM

Ultimate and UNO cart have the same defaults (up to 128K, where the UNO runs out of memory) and the default for 128K is XEGS so I've no idea why the raw bin file isn't working for Kyle22!

 

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:16 PM

perhaps he has older version firmware...



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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:24 PM

I only tried the .car file on real hardware. I guess it crashed in Altirra for the same reason it crashed on my 800. It does not like the Hard Disk enabled. My question is: How to load the R: Handler? BEEEEP?



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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:24 PM

I got one of the gray cart XE versions, and other then having a hell of a time opening my Bug Hunt donor cart (some plastic fingers broke, but were fixable with a bit of glue), I can verify that Dropcheck's board works like a charm :) .

 

I remember seeing a thread with a link to a how-to procedure for opening these carts utilizing a vice. I'm not having luck finding it now.






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