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ATR Files, general information for those that don't know

Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:56 AM

For the newbees that come back from the past.  In the 1980s we didn't have such things, otherwise I'd had some.



ATR files are image files of old Atari self booting single sided disk.


What equipment and software is required to make ATR files?

   Usually a SIO2PC cable and required software in necessary.


Can a ATR file be used to re-create a workable floppy disk, assuming that we can find some blank disk? YES


All of the physical copy protection is removed from the original disk before the ATR is created or the original disk never had any 

physical copy protection schemes.


An ATX file is an image of the a disk and any copy protection on the original disk is included in the ATX file. 

   See Farb's responses about ATX files.



Nov 26, 2015 edit:

*************************  Special thanks to Farb  for the following **********************


Scott3555, on 25 Nov 2015 - 5:40 PM, said:

So can a ATX be run from the image file or does it have to be copied to a floppy disk?  I know enough about 

copy protection schemes and the Atari 1050 drive to know that there were many copy protection schemes

that cannot be copied by the standard 1050, therefore we enhansed our drives with the Happy card.


Farb's reply:

You can run ATX images with appropriate software or hardware. For example, you can use Steve Tucker's APE program with the VAPI DLL available from Atarimania. I don't know what other software packages have support for it. On the hardware side, SIO2Arduino is the only hardware solution I know of that has support for ATX although it is somewhat limited since it doesn't fully emulate drive timing.



Is it safe to assume that to write these disk image back to a floppy it requires a Happy 1050 drive to write them?


There is no publicly available software that allows writing an ATX with a Happy 1050 that I'm aware of. The only available option I know of is using a SuperCard Pro, a PC floppy drive and phaeron's a8rawconv tool. And even then, that setup will only let you do single-sided disks as the SuperCard Pro doesn't support double-sided disks yet.



Nobody has mentioned anything about what software to use.  Does it come with the SIO2PC cable?


There are quite a few software solutions out there -- the aforementioned APE, AspeQT/RespeQT, SIO2OSX and a number of others. Some are available freely while others must be purchased.


I would suggest searching on these forums as there are many threads that talk about these tools. They all have different requirements for type of PC, operating system, etc. Some are more limiting than others and/or may require some technical savviness to get working. I don't believe there's really a "silver bullet" solution.



************************  end of Farb's enlightening reply   **********************************************


I went to the SuperCard Pro website, CBMSTUFF.COM, and there is an update as of September 3, 2015 that says the software for the SuperCard Pro now does the conversation without the need for phaeron's a8rawconv tool.  Is this the "Silver Bullet" solution?  stay tuned...

Need the name of a game that I use to play

Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:39 PM

Here is the game play description:  

  Space game.

  Turn based play.

  Kill alien ships.

  Find and protect starbases.

  Can launch probes to locate stations or aliens, alien ships stops the probes.

  Game is played on a square grid type playing field.

  Starbase will request help if attacked but won't give its location.

  can drop mines and then can use a shuttle to collect them after the battle.

  Ship needs to refuel (and resupply?) at starbase.

  Starbase will usually drop shields to refuel your ship, sometimes it won't.


My version was on disk but almost everything I had was hacked so it might have been a cartridge only game; no idea.


Any help is appreciated.  Thanks in advance.


I just bought a replacement 800XL, 1050, MyIDE II with one gig sd card, Happy Board for 1050.  


Do Atari users still use the 1050 happy drives?  I haven't tried the MyIDE cartridge drive yet.


I gave away from my Atari 800XL system when I got a IBM model 80-16 to my poor cousin about 25 years ago.  I was about 24 and I think he was about 15.  God, that makes me feel old.  I kept a complete copy of all my software but lost it in a house theft back in 1993.