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  1. Totally off-topic, this is what happens when an opea singer covers Disturbed's metal cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence":
  2. Not games and not strickly Atari but probably still interesting for a lot of us, some Fusion Retro Books PDFs are currently free (Ocean, US Gold and Olivier Twin History, Amiga, C64, ZX-Spectum in Pixels): https://fusionretrobooks.com/collections/pdf Robert
  3. The only Atari 7800 game on steam "Rikki & Vikki" is now with 90% discount only €0.81: https://store.steampowered.com/app/893690/Rikki__Vikki/
  4. Yeah, my copy is currently waiting at the post office waiting to be picked up after handling over €24.33 (around $26.77) import taxes and administration fees. Together with the $24.99 shipping, the shipping+taxes is almost as much as the price of the game itself. But I'm sure it will be totally worth the price 🙂 As compensation for the import taxes I took advantage of the 90% discount to buy the steam version too 😁 With the current price (till 3 December) of the steam version there is no reason to not buy it. Robert
  5. Why not? ExoDOS provides a torrent and comes with preconfigured DosBox/ScummVM for easy playing. But I'm sure you can extract the files to run it on a real DOS computer. Now I only need to find about 500GB of free disc space to download it 😋 Robert
  6. Does renaming it to "Game Drive" mean running demos like Bad Apple is no longer supported? 😁😋
  7. I only back if it is available as Jaguar CD Cinepak disc 😁
  8. You already gave the answer, bank-switching is the key which enables nearly unlimited space. According the the documentation, the first 4MB ($000000 - $3FFFFF) is RAM bank one (only 2MB used on the Jaguar), the second 4MB ($400000 - $7FFFFF) is RAM bank two (not used on the Jaguar), then there is 6MB ($800000 - $DFFFFF) reserved for cartridge rom. The last 2MB ($E00000 - $FFFFFF) is reserved for boot ROM (128KB used in the Jaguar) but an 128KB windows in that area ($F00000 - $F20000) is for the TOM & Jerry registers and local RAM. So in the 6MB cartridge space you could think of several different bank-switching layouts like 4 banks of 4MB or a single fixed bank of 4MB and the second 2MB spaced bank-switched with 6 banks of 2MB (12MB). I do not know what bank-switch layout Saint used but as the CPLD used is reprogrammable, you could create every bank-switch layout you can think of. Also the cartridge port seems to expose 24 address lines, so in theory you could even use addresses that are normally reserved for RAM or unused IO space or unused boot ROM space. But this might interfere with the RAM interface if that still returns (random or mirrored) data even when there is no RAM. Robert
  9. @Albert, does the forum software have the option for a "sticky" post that is displayed on every page of a thread? Then the sticky post can contain a short piece of text containing or pointing to answers to common questing like above so there is no need to post the same question again and again. @kublai, if you signed up for the e-mail list on Saint's website you auto-magically get that information as soon as it is known. Robert
  10. True, Space Ace and Dragon's Lair only work on 60Hz. But you can mod your Jaguar so it can be switched between 50Hz and 60Hz modes. By switching a PAL Jaguar to 60Hz you can play Space Ace and Dragon's Lair on a PAL Jaguar. Robert
  11. I'm pretty sure the sound on the tape just cuts-off (no sound at all) and it wouldn't surprise me if they used a tape that is too short (I should retrieve my "Four Great Games" Phantom tape from the attic to see if that is indeed the case). With the 4 locations that are loaded separately, the total loading time is quite a bit longer than the game (Cannibals) on the other side of the tape (51KB for incomplete Phantom and 14KB for Cannibals). Robert
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  13. My Phantom tape version that was part of the "Four Great Games vol. 3" compilation (Micro-Value) is indeed incomplete. Each of the four locations (Ye Olde Inn, Dungeon, Mansion & Castle) is a separate load and the fourth location load is not complete (only a few blocks before it is cutoff instead of the 43+5 blocks like the other three locations). Each location consists of 4 levels so thats why you probably wrote 13 stages in your notebook (but with 4 levels per location you would expect 12 stages with only three locations and 16 stages with four locations). AtariMania has only the incomplete tape version (same .cas file for both the Phantom stand-alone version and the Four Great Games version) so I wonder if a complete tape version is available somewhere. The disk version on AtariMania is complete, so possibly the tape could be fixed by extracting the fourth location from the disk version. Robert PS. To cheat add address $3C8A to Altira's cheater which ensures you cannot die (BPM) and $3C50 to get unlimited energy.
  14. I never noticed that the Raiden "E" version with PAL fixes runs any different on NTSC compared to the non "E" version. However since the non "E" version does not setup the video according to Atari's guidelines, it does not work on a SkunkBoard as that has a different initial video state. But the "E" version sets up the video according to Atari guidelines and that works without problems on a SkunkBoard. Robert
  15. This question seems to pop up once in a while There are indeed two versions of Raiden. Normally there are no different PAL/NTSC game versions thus Jaguar games work on both PAL and NTSC Jaguars. In general Jaguar games detect if they are running on PAL/NTSC and adjust accordingly. However some early releases like Raiden, Crescent Galaxy and Dino Dudes did not take into account the extra lines of PAL and display a black border at the bottom of the screen. Later releases of these games (with the E after the product number) fixed this by either using the extra lines or centering the screen vertically. Further there are two CD games (Dragon's Lair & Space Ace) that do not work on PAL probably because of timing issues. But it is easy to add a 50/60Hz switch to a Jaguar. A PAL Jaguar switched to 60Hz can play these two games without problems. Robert
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