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  1. I was concerned this post got lost in the large thread. While I hope the firmware is updated, I saw a post that made it sound like there may not be much room left to make changes. Since these files load on an actual Atari using a different device, it does sound like a firmware problem with SDM. Since people work on it as a hobby project, I would not expect an immediate fix. Even if this is never fixed, SDM already does what I want it to do. Bob C
  2. @ijor - Thanks for that response. Obviously, you know how the ATX format works. Looking at the beginning of this thread, @Farb was the person to add ATX support to the Sdrive Max. While it would be nice if enhanced density ATX files were supported, I have looked at ATX support as a nice to have feature. For me, the main points are the touchscreen (easier to switch multi-disk programs than with my old SIO2SD) and the great 3D printed cases available for it. With that said, it would be nice if this could be fixed. Bob C
  3. I think you would need to contact @kbr The Github page is here: https://github.com/kbr-net/sdrive-max I think your diagnosis is correct. However, I do not know how easy it would be to work with those ATX files. I don’t know if LK Avalon created disks in a non-standard format. On the ST, I know you could format disks to a greater number of tracks and sectors. Though I only have an 8-bit now, I’m assuming you can do something similar to the ST. I have had good luck with ATX files on my SDM, but this might explain the problems I have had with some files. Bob C
  4. If you press Control-W, the change is written into the config file and it is permanent. I suggest @Mr Robot’s excellent website on everything to do with Sdrive Max. I consider it my online manual. https://atari8bit.net/everything-sdrive-max I believe I am crediting the correct person. If I am not, my sincere apologies. Bob C
  5. I am used to other websites where, if PayPal is used, it allows you to enter your credit card information without needing a PayPal account yourself. I have also seen other websites that use Square, or something similar. However, I do not know how expensive the transaction fees are for those services. For small websites, like ABBUC, I always prefer a third-party payment system. The larger request would be for a way to notify us that our membership is expiring. Since you have our emails, a simple blast works be helpful to let us know our membership is expiring. After having it expire on me last time without knowing it, I put a reminder on my phone for 2021 when my ABBUC membership expires (I purchased two years so it would not happen again). Compared to reading the magazine in English, these are very small items. We will need to know the new PayPal address for sending membership renewals though. Thank you all for taking over the leadership of ABBUC. Bob C
  6. @skr - I certainly do not want to pressure you, but I would love to see an English version of the ABBUC magazine. The Google Translate camera mode has improved, but an English version would be great. I still stay an ABBUC member (despite my lack of German) because I want to support it and the fantastic software contest. It would also be useful if we had another way to pay besides PayPal. Being from the US, bank transfers do not really work for me. Bob C
  7. That’s good to know. I knew the demo would not have the features of the purchased version. Otherwise, no one would buy the full version. I just wanted the user group members to get an idea of the gameplay. For those who have the extra money, the digital version is very affordable. Bob C
  8. I look forward to finally playing Star Vagrant. From CharlieChaplin’s description, it has more depth than I expected. @MADRAFi It may seem weird since I own the game, but has the demo between updated since 1.0? I think it is the type of game my old Atari user group would enjoy, but I do not expect them to buy it for a demo. Since it would only be a 45 minute demo, I think 1.0 might be good enough. Would it be acceptable for me to given them a copy of the manual and map so they know how to play the game? I don’t remember if the demo includes the manual and map or not. Bob C
  9. @jedimatt42 - I agree with your decision to wait to see if MADRAFi does it. I tried @CharlieChaplin’s solution, but it didn’t work for me. I don’t know if the files have to be set up in a certain way, but my compressed binary crashed when I exited the intro. On a somewhat unrelated topic, you might find this FAQ useful. http://www.faqs.org/faqs/atari-8-bit/faq/ I’m sure other members would have other ideas (like the newbie topic here at AtariAge), but it might be helpful to you. I was fortunate to have a retro computer group near me in Chicago (when I used to live there) that helped me with some of this info since I owned an Apple II+ BITD. Bob C
  10. Ok, that is good to know. I will use the ED disk version since I have seen the intro. Bob C
  11. Has anyone tried saving a game on the double density disk using an Sdrive Max? I do not know if has been proven not to work or if that is the assumption. I know the Sdrive Max can load the double density disk, but I haven’t saved a game yet. If I need to use the Enhanced Density disk, that is a good solution as well. Bob C
  12. That doesn’t match my experience. I plugged in my Sdrive Max into my 1050 so I could copy my disk of Dungeon Hunt II to an ATR. I had no difficulty plugging in the SIO plug into my 1050. Bob C
  13. I just wanted to compliment you on how you have handled this process. I purchased a digital-only copy (no room for more boxes). Without any requests, you have sent out a notification of each new version for me to download. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but it looks interesting. I wanted to support someone who was offering digital downloads at a reasonable price. Bob C
  14. The disk version arrived here in California! The axe trinket and the stamped letter were very nice touches. Bob C
  15. Thanks for the explanation. I made it past the first level, but I was not sure exactly how I did it. Bob C
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