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Marius

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  1. Even with the same hardware setup, it is still possible that that is not enough. In case of bank switching carts, getting back to a previously saved state is not working, since the cartridge did reset to bank #00 on a powercycle. It's all the nature of carts. You are right: better use XEX version if you want to use freezer for this kind of things
  2. True! I really should do that. Is your BBS still online? And is my account still active? Would like to play some Kingdom again!
  3. To be honest: absolutely. A pretty large part of my Atari journey has been filled in finding the most ultimate atari 8bit setup. By the time I found quite what I would call the ultimate atari 8bit setup, the fun was partly over. Although MyIDE was not perfect (well, what is?) it gave us so much joy in creating solutions for problems, for finding workarounds with specially written tools, improvements in the MyBIOS, all the testing. It was really fun. And that is why I am going back to the older solutions, like the BlackBox, and the MyIDE interface. I love the limitations, since these gave me new inspiration for writing tools and having fun with atari 8bit again.
  4. I have a few of these, and even still one in use. Although the newer MyIDE2 has way more features and power, I still love those older MyIDE 1 + Flash carts, or even cooler: the home made TTL based MyIDE 1 carts. It's great stuff, and they absolutely defined a certain era in the history of mass storage solutions on atari 8bit. It's a very cool idea that with just a few TTL components, one can create a MyIDE interface.
  5. I must say, this game is indeed very cool to play. I never noticed the poor graphics, until now. So I hope you can make it more beautiful. Greet stuff M.
  6. Hi all, In my Stereo 800XL (Stereo upgrade Lotharek) I have a very odd problem. On the 800XL port 1, the Paddles, and the touchtablet have both x and y movement the same output. So in a basic program: 10 PRINT PADDLE(0), PADDLE(1):RUN The result of PADDLE(0) and PADDLE(1) are the same at the same time, no matter whether I turn the knob on the left OR right paddle. Both values increase and decrease at the same time. When I attach the same paddles to the 800XL port 2 and I change the basic program into this: 10 PRINT PADDLE(2), PADDLE(3):RUN Then the problem does not occur, and both paddles result their own value separately. So the question here is: Who can test this for me on their 800XL with Stereo upgrade? The 800XL also has an Ultimate Upgrade with BIOS by @flashjazzcat but I can not imagine this has something to do with it. Normally I would swap the pokeys, but this atari has been opened and closed so many times, that I am a bit cautious in doing. So if someone else can confirm that there is also a problem with the paddles (or touchtable) on their XL computer on PORT 1, I would be pleased to hear. It did not matter when I switched the Stereo to MONO setting.
  7. you might need to start the first partition on higher sector. Your first partition probably overwrites the partition list.
  8. Besides the whole discussion and conversation going on here... I visit this thread because I saw the WIP 5200/XL/XE port of Galaga, and I was absolutely THRILLED to see that. I seriously LOVE Galaga, and this port looks extremely promising. Can't wait! For everyone involved in this port: keep doing the great work! You are adding another classic title to the amazing game library of atari 8bit. Highly appreciated. I have not much opinion about colors or graphics. The only thing I can say, is that what I saw in the demo, looked very cool. So if that is the path the development team is following: go ahead, it is great!
  9. Hi all, This is Colossus Chess 4.1 with my own 'hack' Blue playfield, grey border 2D chess set by default Line depth = 5 by default (visible in the alternate screen) Colossus Chess 4.1 needs to be on a ED formatted disk (so beware, do not try the save function on your HD partition!!) The 4.1 hack is able to save a chess position on disk. It uses sector $400 and up for that. Use Shift + D for that function. I have tested it, it works. But again BEWARE ... it simply saves DOS independently and directly to these sectors. You won't see anything in the directory, but the data is there! This Load/Save was not done by me. COLCH41.ATR
  10. Hi all, Since I always hated the 3D in Colossus Chess 4.1, I 'hacked' it so it is now forced into 2D on startup. I always changed the default of the the Line Depth into 5 instead of 2 (that is only interesting for the alternate screen view (not for the strength of the game) And last but not least I changed the default colors to blue and a darkgrey border. Looks much better. If you are interested, let me know. Last but not least: This chess program is really fabulous. In the Playing mode "5" (infinite thinking) you can really get a very decent level in playing from Colossus Chess. You simply do not have to be in a hurry. In not too much time it seeks already 6 PLY and the longer it thinks, the deeper. Quite impressive.
  11. No end " might help in spartados. So "D:FILE.DAT Not sure whether that was it... but I remember the issue.
  12. I remember I was surprised years ago seeing the relative low appreciation score for both The Extirpator and Blue Max 2001. I loved both games in my youth a lot. And although The Extirpator has some (deliberately) code flaws in the control, i still like to play the game from time to time (wished there was an ingame feature, love that tune... especially the bridge). Blue Max 2001 is still epic. I think it is awesome, but not as awesome as just Blue Max.
  13. Well, if any moderator would behave like that, I think AtariAge will lose many subscribers soon. Perhaps a moderatorship is a very effective way of sensitize some of the less easy going members .... if that would actually work, that would open a whole new perspective on who is the best choice for the moderatorship
  14. The best moderation, is the moderation you actually hardly notice. So even a moderator that you don't like in person, could do the job right, without a problem. When the moderation 'rules' are clear, everyone could do the job. People who are seeking for 'power over other people' should not apply for the moderator task. We are all equal here, but it is important that some threads do not derail all the time, and that other users know how to find the moderator. I wouldn't mind if emkay or xxl, or whoever would become moderator. In fact, it could help people also take an active an positive role on the forum. I guess as soon as a moderator goes 'bezerk', there is still Albert around to guide the moderator. I prefer a good moderation over a forum that derails all the time. Atari is fun, and so is writing and reading about Atari. I think AtariAge is a very important forum for us atari enthusiastics. A good moderation is always a pleasure.
  15. At our home, our first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000, which was actually a ZX81. I loved it. I had a few programs on it, like Frogger. And a pretty cool book to type in games. Later we did win an Atari 800XL (which was the start of my Eternal atari addiction). I must say... I did forget the ZX81 pretty soon after winning that 800XL. The atari had sound... color... a real keyboard... much more memory and games... I loved it. A few years later, I refound the ZX81, and I loved the charm of the simplicity. So I started tinkering with it again. Eventually it died. Meanwhile the Atari was strong and cool. I am still with the atari... lucky me, I still love atari 8bit. I think, but I am not sure, that I would like to play a few more times again with the ZX81, but I can hardly imagine that I will become a heavy ZX81 user again. I am too much attached to the Atari. Anyway. Long story short. I asked my dad when I was a kid several times who invented the computer. My dad always answered: that is not invented by one person, but one man who did a lot was Clive Sinclair. Sad that sir Clive is dead now. It is absolutely an end of an era. RIP sir Clive!
  16. Was reading this topic again. @CharlieChaplin is there a reference about the ELO? I am a moderate strong chess player (my ELO varies from 1600-1800) and I am surprised how accurate colossus chess plays on Atari 8bit. It is absolutely not easy to win. The program is the weakest in the middle and end game, but as a player you absolutely need to get there first. If you do not survive the opening, then you'll probably lose the game. I was wondering what the approximate ELO is. You wrote 400-450 but I am in doubt. That ELO means really beginner.
  17. The bugmeister might be interested to be on *YOUR* team again.
  18. It's true what Level42 writes here. Even a stock 800XL (and sometimes even a stock 400) can play many extremely complicated and big games from cart. I personally prefer always disk or xex files, but as soon a game takes the advantage of a cartridge, then I love cart games as well. Space Harrier, or Atari Blast are very nice examples of games. They work fabulously on my stock 800XL. But indeed, Rensoup is the author, so he decides. Love the work so far a lot anyway.
  19. Your topic title is slightly different than what you are asking. But I remember some old games that use 4 joystick ports on 400/800 do not work properly on XEGS). I believe that has something to do with the external keyboard or with the BIT that controls internal missile command. It has been way too long. I should dive in this again. But IIRC Basketball did also not work right on the XEGS. At least with OR without keyboard (on of these two options.
  20. 2 things: 1. The idea is pretty cool, both the idea of simply 64K and the idea of 512K. I am probably the only fool in this scene, but I still like the idea that my Atari is simply loaded with 64K and nothing more. 2. The 1bit DRAMS are pretty easy to obtain (if I am correct) ... I also stacked 2x four of them in my 64K upgrades in stead of 2x 4bit. Worked excellent. So if people still want the 64K internal, but they can not get the 4bit DRAMS, they could do to the trick with the stacks. I will have to think about how they are connected. You have to cut some legs. It has ben over 15 years since the last time I did that.
  21. Well it's hard to say when it is pushing hardware to the limits. A few titles that do cross my mind: * Yoomp * Bosconian * Thetris/Rolltris * Stunt car racer * Bomb Jack * Prince of Persia * PacMan (the Arcade remake) -> especially because of the speed of the game, this port is amazing. * AtariBlast! * Time Pilot! From the (slightly) older games, I absolutely think of Zybex and BallBlazer, and some other titles that are already mentioned here.
  22. Hey thank you so much for this. I personally dislike this kind of jokes in games. I remember one of the positive critics of Yoomp was that when you miss, it is never the game to blame, but simply yourself. I think when you aim right and you fire at the right time, it should simply be a hit. I agree: we need a fully working game. I actually like the game. I also would appreciate a setting where you can play the game and the tune plays.
  23. Which is -by the way- still an amazing version of MyBIOS. I still use it from time to time, and I must say it is an excellent version. Let's see how far the topic starter gets. I still use a MyIDE-1 with flash every now and then, simply because it works so well. So if the topic starter gets the stuff working, we are here to give him the best experience possible with it!
  24. Yeah... the Bug meister rejected the job since he appeared not to be their hardware guy.
  25. If there are particular XEX games that do not want to load from MyIDE 2 FAT32 loader ( it is not sure to me whether you try to do that ) you could try to use my patching procedure for those games. I have to look it up myself, but it is on this forum somewhere. I noticed that there are some flaws in the FAT32 loader and that some games do not run (XEX). I fixed that with some kind of universal patcher. It worked extremely well.
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