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  1. A late model Intel processor might be a tad on the ridiculous side. But anything a normal 2600 can safely power through the cartridge port is fair game....not that anybody doing more engineering than has already been done is likely. But just for fun, it occurs to me that an even more powerful ARM could probably be stuffed in the cart. Why do this? Use the 6507/TIA as a video adapter for hybrid retro system. The "BIOS" of the thing would have a display kernel for a VIC-20 style terminal out. May as well go the 80s home computer full monty and have it boot to BASIC. The only rule would be TIA for video output. Otherwise, why do this screwy thing? But a USB port and sd card slot would be fair game. Sure there is no good reason to do this but since when did hacking require a good reason? Maybe this is already mostly possible with a Harmony cart?
  2. If some sort of UltraMusical type cartridge was available in the 80s that would shut George Plympton* up, I would have thought it was awesome! The only reason 70Mhz coprocessors weren't shoved in carts then is they weren't available then. The creators of RamPlus, SARA, the original DPC, and the other things that were put in carts then weren't worried about "doping" console for some sort of Olympic sport that doesn't exist. They were trying to make possible things that otherwise weren't possible and maybe sell a few games in the process. Hardware hacking is just as valid a part of the hobby as what those "real vanilla 2600 coders" are doing. I sympathise with the developers who are feeling demotivated by this. Nobody but the programmers and True Fans understands the fine details?!?! Since when has this not not been true of any hobby? * PS: I think Champ Games Galagon is much more like REAL Galaga? Don't you?
  3. Saw a 2600 in the wild the other day at a thrift store. Didn't get it as I have a 7800 laying around but I was happy to see it. The last time I saw anything in the wild before that was a TI-99/4A a couple of years ago. Anymore, I can't be fussed about the old playground arguments. If I saw a VIC-20 or C-64 in a thrift these days, I'd be over the moon. It'd be like spotting a unicorn.
  4. I'll get down to Kinko's and get signs for the switch made. Update 01-01-2XXX!
  5. The Fisher Price Movie Theatre as case isn't completely ridiculous. We had this in 1975: That was a $20k item and no toy at the time. The toy case very much lends itself to the small built-in screen portable form factor we used to have before the laptop was invented. The A8 has even been made to display movie clips so there is that too.
  6. I'm looking forward to when mine arrive. Have some old school gaming nights with buddies planned when they get here.
  7. Furthermore figured out I have to have the exact version of the rom image that is specified in the hash. Nevahhhhhmind.
  8. I partially fixed my problem by copying over the non-source directories (hash namely) into the directory I dropped the mess binary in. This basically got the High Score cart working. When I try to run the Donkey Kong XM demo I now get this: ./mess64 a7800 -cart xm -cart2 software/a7800/dkxm_final_demo_ntsc.a78 POKEY + Bank 0 of 144K ROM at $4000 (Header 0x09) Disabling POKEY I'm invited to customize my High Score card but the POKEY always disables so I have no sound with this rom image.
  9. I'm trying to use the XM support with 0.155 on Debian Linux. I built 0.155 without issues and it works as well as the previous release. I've also unzipped the addfiles in the same directory I'm running my mess64 binary from. Doing the following plays a rom just fine: ./mess64 a7800 -cart software/a7800/Planet\ Smashers\ \(1990\)\ \(Atari\).a78 But I'm stymied trying to play the XM Donkey Kong preview ./mess64 a7800 -cart1 xm -cart2 software/a7800/dkxm_final_demo_ntsc.a78 Error: unknown option: -cart2 Ideas?
  10. It's such a shame that the project is being suspended after all of the hardwork that went into it.
  11. Foft is active in the Atari 8-bit forum. He and few of the more advanced A8 regulars have been polishing his recreation of the XL/XE on FPGA. http://atariage.com/forums/topic/213827-potential-new-hardware/ He has not been working on the 5200 in any way (and probably wouldn't be super enthused by wish-listing!) but his 99% done A8 is by it's nature most of the heavy lifting in recreating the 5200. The design would need the aforementioned glue switching logic, the 5200 OS, and a way to gracefully handle the physical differences between the cart and controller ports. That is pretty major work in and of itself but doable IMHO.
  12. There is more to it than just swapping the roms and the additional cart port. The major A8 chips ANTIC, POKEY, and GTIA occupy different parts of the memory map. Basically they are physically wired to the bus differently; also the 5200 lacks the PIA chip would probably cause compatibility issues if left connected. You would need something like a GAL programmed with switching logic to switch the chipset wiring and roms. This would be a major and messy project that would practically require a new logic board. Now Foft's FPGA A8 has much cleaner possibilities for doing something like this.
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