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  1. That is an interesting command as well! Thank you so much!
  2. That is a good one. Will GOTO break the For Next Loop? With other words, when a GOTO is done, is it possible to start a new FOR NEXT loop with T as counter?
  3. Perhaps a stupid question haha, but I was wondering: is it possible to exit a FOR...NEXT loop? The only thing I can think of is this: 10 FOR T=1 to 10000 20 IF PEEK(53279)=6 THEN T=10000; REM checks whether START is pressed 30 NEXT T As soon as START is pressed, T becomes 10000 and the FOR..NEXT loop will be exit on line 30. I am wondering: can this be done less 'drastic' than this? Thanks M.
  4. Dear all! My contribution with the HSC is going up and down. This has most of the time simply to do with one thing: time. I am still trying to finish my study (Master education in Arts) and it is a difficult and hard process. I hope I will be finished this year in May or June... but you'll never know how things go. So I'll try to contribute with scores in the HSC but I can make no promises at all. I hope that's ok! Have fun with Atari 8bit! Greetz Marius
  5. Recently I played this game, and I have to say, it is amazingly challenging, and actually lots of fun to play. The graphics are colorful and very friendly. Very nice game indeed!
  6. in random order: 1. Oilswell 2. Ocean Detox 3. Mr. Dig (in stead of Mr. Do) 4. Crossfire 5. 2048 6. Pac-Man Arcade (Tep392's upgraded version) 7. Dropzone 8. Blue Max 9. Superfly 1K+ 10. Nerm of Bemer (Basic Game) There are probably way more cool games, but this is my list for now.
  7. Totally agreed. It looks nice... gameplay is horrible. And although some people hate background music, for me it is one of the thing I usually like in games. This games does not have any music at all. Pity.
  8. Oh that is a good one. I was most certainly under the impression that my cart was Championship Lode Runner as well, but you are entirely right here. Very good point!
  9. It is how the game looks (at least on PAL) ... I have it on cart, and looks just like that as well. There do exist loderunner variants in color though, but I always believed those were hacks.
  10. This is absolutely true, but I have 5 blackboxes from 3 different batches. One of my black boxes is the oldest one, and comes from Bernard Kok (Becotel). It's my most favorite BlackBox. It has absolutely "everything" socketed and works the most stable from all Black Boxes. Two of my black boxes had the 1.41 Firmware and are from another batch. I purchsed them from Bo and Ernest Schreurs Then much later I purchased another one from Bo and Ernest Schreurs. I suppose this on is from the same batch as the 1.41 one. And much later I purchased one directly from Puff. That was the newest batch. All with green and red LED Perhaps the yellow LED is a custom fix from the owner?
  11. The most important feature (for me) missing on those modern solutions is that you can during the operation of a program jump into the config-screen and mount another partition. I know the modern solutions do have the 'rotation button' which is handy too, but not as handy as the way the black box handles this. @mr-atari Did an amazing job in MyBIOS to add this feature as well for the MyIDE and MyIDE2 interfaces. Excellent! Just like operation on 'stock' equipment (where you can physically change disks or tapes) during the operation of a game, this should be easily possible with these harddisk interfaces as well. Sio2PC, Sio2SD, Sio2USB (Abbuc), Sdrive Max can do this as well. You don't have to leave your atari-program to mount another disk. I used the feature a lot back in those days with the BlackBox. And I also used it all the time on MyIDE. I wished IDE+ had this... I know Konrad is thinking about it, but the idea of rewriting the entire bios for IDE+ is not something that makes him very happy (and I can understand that). For IDE+ it would be amazing though. It would be amazing if I could mount another APT partition on the fly, or mount another ATR (stored on a SDFS formatted partition). Well there still have to be things to wish for. A few big downsides of the BlackBox: 1. It does not support APT (partition format). So if you use CF cards like me, you can not simply remove the CF card and move to MyIDE or SIDE or IDE+ ... you can exchange CF cards between IDE+, SIDE and MyIDE (2) though. (It would be amazing if MyBIOS would also support APT so one wouldn't have to stick to SDX to use those APT partitions) 2. It is indeed very large on the desk (and so is the powersupply) 3. It appears to be slightly more problematic when it comes to stability on upgraded atari's. Probably due to the amount of logic IC's. 4. It is kinda slow. Not a real problem for me, but it is true. Especially with the also not so fast Acard IDE -> SCSI adapters. Besides these points... it is a fabulous add-on.
  12. I have no idea, but I was seriously under the impression that when I would sell one of my Black Boxes it should bring in at least 300 euros. I am afraid that is not going to happen. If I had no blackbox at this moment, I would definitely pay £150 ... including a floppy board. Obviously the times in a8 land have changed. Something I can understand very well of course (at this moment my black box is not in use as well, since the modern upgrades do some of the Black Box tasks faster and better) ... but still.... the Black Box has some unique features and sometimes I really miss them. And besides that... the Black Box 'breaths' the nostalgia feeling more than those modern add-ons... (for me) but that is probably a matter of taste; or something personal.
  13. By the way... There are a few odd things about this BlackBox on the photo. 1. On all of my blackboxes there is a green and a red LED. This one appears to have a yellow led. 2. There is a strange rectangle cut out on the right side just above the XE cart connector. 3. The power supply connector is different than original? 4. The color of the PCB is much lighter green than all of my BB's It's a pity we don't see a pic of the blackbox without the floppy board. On older blackboxes the yellow resistor-chip (I believe it is a resistor pack) is in a socket as well. On later BB's it was soldered on the PCB. I have one older BB where it is in a socket. Anyway, still no bids. Very odd.
  14. Haha you and @MrFish are so right! 1. Ma as starting characters in both our names 2. Both from The Netherlands 3. Both owners of BlackBox 4. Both love Atari 8bit computers Are you a secret twin brother? Lol Greetz Marius
  15. Actually it was @Mathy who owns a Floppyboard. Except for the first 2 characters in our names, we do not have anything in common... so I don't understand the mix-up haha.
  16. No it is not me on ebay. I would NEVER part with a blackbox. In fact, I am trying to see whether I could move back to it, since I have many fond memories of using it. I do not have a floppy board. I am SHOCKED though to see that it has zero bids. I was always under the impression that when I would need money BADLY I simply could sell one of my BlackBox to convert it into a big bag of gold. Hmmm wrong thought... perhaps it will get bids in the last hours?
  17. The reason for this absence of help is probably because many people moved to another device and websites from developers meanwhile disappeared. When I look to my own situation: I will have to dive really deep into my (not so well organized) archives to make an attempt in finding what you need. That is something that needs time which I most of the time do not have. It is nothing personal. Which version of sio2ide do you have? Please post a picture of the entire device.
  18. I did not see it either. I love Qix!
  19. Did you manage to do this or is the previously shared table updated?
  20. 503049 also started from 0 points this time. My wrist and left hand hurt like crazy haha. But totally worth it. What a game... WHAT A GAME!!
  21. Marius

    AVGCART

    AVG, cart with amazing features, really could use some esthetically updates. Side loader is milestones ahead when it comes to User Interface and looks. I never scroll through windows, but simply type a keyword or part of that, so I don't care for screens with more titles listed. Search facility on Side loader is really fast. On a cf or sd card with thousands of titles 24 lines is still not much... Why did you post that comparison?
  22. If we need to start at 0, no problem for me. I am still trying to improve my last score. Although I did not succeed yet, I still love this game SO MUCH. Millipede is so much cooler than Centipede.
  23. For a very long time I had the same opinion. But at a certain point I really "needed" SDX. I believe that was when I wanted to use The Last Word on a harddisk partition (and no, I won't start using mydos!). First is was slightly more complicated than the average atari 8bit DOS, but once things are setup right, it works.... VERY WELL. To be honest, I find it one of the most compatible DOS'es for little Atari, and it is extremely versatile. There are actually 3 Dos'es I use most: 1. SDX 2. SpartaDos 3.3a 3. XDOS 2.4 by Stefan Dorndorf. The "fun" is that my main SDX partition (let's call that D1:) is a 16MB partition that boots SpartaDos 3.3a when SDX is not active. So SDX and SpartaDos 3.3a share the same partition. On a SIO only system, I prefer using XDOS. Really nice DOS with quite some cool adjustable settings.
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