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  1. I personally perfer to use a D-pad type controller, such as a modified NES or Playstation controller. They allow for much faster response and feel better in your hands. You can find the instructions online, look at the Atari 2600 FAQ here if you want to make one yourself and are good with a soldering iron. Or you can get one by ordering one at my online shopping cart, I sell them for $11.95 each and the buttons also work as the Atari 7800 L and R buttons.
  2. quote: Originally posted by Smart Patrol: As I recall, it will ask you to switch disks when you get further into the adventure. Windham Classics do have copy protection, so you will probably not be able to just read them into Star Commander and have them work on an emulator. You need cracked versions for the Star Commander. I have found people still making C-64 software, but I can't remember where. I'm considering doing a Synthcart for the C-64 next year. -Paul I wondered about that as well, copy protection. I planned to try and copy them to a new floppy to use on my C-64, I don't care for emulators (It isn't the same, not to mention joysticks). The files on the original disks are in another directory on the disks, is there any way to change directories on a floppy disk on the C-64? Sounds very interesting about the Synthcart for the C-64, I wonder how it will sound compared to the Atari 2600 version. Do you know of any place that explains how to start out writting in Basic for the C-64? I imagine the program has to be compiled and everything so I was wanting to know how do I go about making something simple to start out. The C-64 system looks very promising as I write programs for the PC (Small utilites and various things available online just about anywhere like simtel.net) in Basic/Qbasic. So I have a "leg-up" on writting in Basic for the C-64
  3. First a short note. My website has been moved to a new webhost due to many problems and is now available at http://juniescreations.netfirms.com. It can also be reached by using my forwarding link as always http://embark.to/juniescreations. My Ultimate 15 VCS Atari 2600 system is now available, and can be ordered from my Online Shopping cart. The system is available in the Atari 2600 6 Switch, 4 Switch or Junior models. It comes complete with the modified system console, 15-Pin Controller, power supply, and Male F Connector to RCA Plug (Cable ready Adapter). Also my Ultimate 15 VCS manual is included, for proper useage. In case you don't know what the Ultimate 15 VCS system does here is the details. All of the standard switches on the Atari 2600 console are available to be used in the 15-Pin controller. In other words you can switch the TV Type, Game Select, Game Reset, Left Difficulty, and Right Difficulty switches on a controller instead of getting up and doing it yourself on the system. It allows you to be a true Atari Potato Also a Power On/Off LED is bulit in (Next to the Power Switch) to let you know if the system is off. I personally left my system on accidently for a few days and decided to add a LED so it would be easiler to tell when the system is off. Many more updates and additonal hardware will be added to the system as needed, and many more ideas are being worked out and should be available in the next few months. Atari 2600 game authors are more than welcome to request updates and various add-ons to allow for new methods and hardware to enhance the Atari 2600 game play. I plan to add more hardware and make a "more advanced" system as long as the system proves to be popular. So look for many new advances and gaming improvements to come from Junies Creations. It sells for $21.50 plus the cost of the Atari 2600 system. Due to the wide varying prices for the Atari 2600 the cost of the system is not included. If you order a Ultimate 15 VCS system you will be e-mailed the total cost including the system. The system usually costs $30 - $45 I give you the actual price it costs, I do not mark-up the price. Also if the system includes anything else such as joysticks, paddles, games, etc. you will also recieve these as well. So the actual cost will be around $51.50 - $66.50 To help save on the cost of the system you are move than welcome to send in your Atari 2600 system. Or if you can get a system at a lower cost fell free to do that as well and send it in to be modified. Then the system will cost you around $29.50 if shipped to me with USPS. Stan from Atarinvader has wrote a article about my new system, and it should be available soon. If anyone has any questions about something let me know at [email protected]
  4. quote: Originally posted by moycon: Hey Junie, I found this.... Wiz site. It has the data off the disks to download. Says there are 4 disk....or 4 sides. Thanks for the link Moycon, I'm downloading it now I played around with it yesterday it works fine on my older 486DX PC (Has the 5 1/4" drive). All the files appear to be in a directory on the disk. This is no way to switch directories with the C64 is there? The PC version plays from Disk A, perhaps the other disk contains the rest of the files for the adventures further in the game. As for trying it with my X1541 cable and Star Commander software still no luck. Looks like I'll just pack it away for collecting and make me some new disks with the download. I'm curious seening how games can be easily made with floppy disks and written in Basic, are people still making games for the Commodore 64 like they do the Atari 2600?
  5. quote: Originally posted by moycon: Wasn't that a text adventure with pictures? If it is I don't know how rare it is now but I had it when I was a kid. I used to love those text adventures. It seems to me the same company who put out W O Oz also released games on other classic books, Swiss Family and Alice in Wonderland maybe a few more as well. [ 05-21-2002: Message edited by: moycon ] Your right it is a text adventure with images, and the same company Windham also made Alice in Wonderland (I went game hunting online). I was unable to find the Wizard Of OZ game anywhere online, but have found a site that has a ton of various games. I built myself a X1541 cable last night (3am) and tested out the Star Commander software. I read several of my floppies and even made some new ones from the games I found. (My wife is quite happy with the Paperboy game). I can't get the game to work on the C64 no matter which side of the disk I try, it can not find the program. I am going to try and see if the Star Commander software can read it and perhaps make a new fixed copy. As mentioned there are two disks in the box, one is labeled disk A with the game name and etc., and the other disk has the label missing (only glue residue is left). So I am wondering if there are any other disks missing or if they have been damaged. Sadly, I can't find anything out about the game online.
  6. I recently purchased a boxed copy of The Wizard Of OZ while thrifting, it has the plastic insert, manual, and 2 floppy disks. On the box it says it is for the IBM/IBM Jr., once I got it home and looked at the manual it also works on the Commodore 64/128, Apple, and IBM. It is made by Spinnaker and copyrighted 1984, anyone know anything about this software? I am curious of the rariety, I don't want to sell it just wanting to know how popular the Wizard Of OZ game is. I didn't know that Commodore 64 software operated on other systems. I was happy to find out that the software also works for the Commodore 64, I will have to dig it out and try it out
  7. Junie

    Atari 2600

    There is such a book, it was made by Atari themselves for authorized repair tech's. It comes in a 3-Ring binder and can usually be purchased for $20 - $30. It is called the Atari 2600 Field Tech Repair Manual. You can find it from various websites of Atari items online.
  8. quote: Originally posted by chrisr: I have some insider information on this... It's looking VERY likely that your wish is coming! I know directly from the authors mouth. Chris Thanks for the great news! I've made mention of this from time to time since I started here at AA. I just hope the game is finished and the author makes a post about the game here or at the StellaList, so I know when it becomes available Very good news indeed, many thanks Chris.
  9. I think that a PC program that would play the Atari 2600 ROM's through a cable connected on a Atari 2600 in the cartridge port would be really great. You could play all the games like you do on your Emulator, then with a simple cable in your Atari 2600 cartridge port and the other end connected to a LPT Printer Port, you could actually play them all on your actual Atari 2600 system. Another nice additonal to the PC program would be tests that could examine your Atari 2600 and let you know of possiable problems. I'm not sure how difficulty it would be to make such a program and cable, but that will would make many things better. People who don't have a Cuttle Cart or Super Charger could do the same type of thing without the extra hardware. Anyone with writting Emulator programs up to the task to make such a program and cable?
  10. Exactly as Matthias said, to play PAL games on a NTSC system you will need a adapter or special chip. The same for reverse, you need a adapter or special chip to play NTSC games on a PAL system. You can easily find a PAL to NTSC adapter in many games. For example in Hogan's Alley. If you take the game apart, by loosing the special screws or ripping it apart, you will find a black adapter on the end of the actual game inside. Remove this adapter simply by pulling it off the game, much like a Game Genie. To use the adapter simply put a PAL game in the end and insert it into your NES. The only catch is getting the adapter back out of the NES, many people claim to have successfully glued on a stiff piece of string to tug it back out. Nintendo instead of making a new version of many games for the NTSC system simply added the adapter on the end of the PAL game carts. This saved them money in production and allowed for them to release the game in North America faster. Perhaps they did the same for PAL games, I wouldn't know which games have the adapter for NTSC to PAL though. I first gotten this information elsewhere online, I didn't discover this myself. Sorry to say I don't have the link anymore, I do have the prinout of the site somewhere though. There are many more games to find the adapter in. Compare the weight of Hogan's Alley versus other games, it is much heavier. Of course you can also buy a adapter itself online. Usually one can be found for around $5+
  11. I have had several 6 Switch systems, and still have a few. I really do like the style and convenice of the switches. I'd personally have to say for actual use I perfer a 4 Switch system. As it has been pointed out time after time, a 6 switch system can't fit the Silver or Red labeled games (They are slightly larger). My heart felt apologiges still go out to the person here that found out the hard way when they played Texas Chainsaw Massacure on a 6 switch and tore a big piece of the label off, running down the entire length of the cart.
  12. Junie

    atari question

    quote: Originally posted by dwh: I will also endorse Tom Young on ebay--most of the carts I'vs gotten with good labels come from him. I would have to agree, I have bought over 30+ games and some hardware from him mainly for the Atari 2600 and a few NES games. Tom Young is a great guy to do business with, never had any problems at all
  13. Junie

    Heavy Sixer problem

    I recently got a standard 6 Switch system and originally it didn't work at all. After simply hooking it all up the image showed up but the colors in the games would change frequently. It turned out that the power connector, where you plug in the Power supply into on the Atari, was loose. I simply had to resolder it and now it works with no problems. I would suggest looking to see if your power connector is loose as well. If that isn't it, I would suggest looking around and seeing if any of the componets are loose as well. If you happen to have a DMM (Digital MultiMeter) available you may also want to check the voltage of the 7805 Power Regulator. It is black with three prongs and has a silver looking top that is screwed onto the PCB. ------ | 0 | ------ |7805| ------ | | | | | | The Pins read as follows - On the far left is Output +5VDC. Center is Ground, and the far right is the Input from your Power Supply which sould be +9VDC. Reading Output - Connect your DMM connectors to the far left Output +5VDC and middle pin Ground -- Red to Output +5VDC and Black to Ground Reading Input - Connect your DMM connectors to the far right Input +9VDC and middle pin Ground -- Red to Input +9VDC and Black to Ground
  14. Me and my wife, Melinda, are pretty much set to go as well. Seeing how close to home it is and everything we decided we shouldn't pass it up. I thought of getting a booth after all it's only $5, but perhaps next time. Not enough items to bring to really have a booth. Seeing how it will be our first we thought we'd see how everything goes. Of course I'd like to see everyone there, but I'm not sure how that will work. I mean after all I can't ask everyone I see if they are on the AtariAge message board
  15. Glad to see it turned out to be a great trip for you Post a link to the pictures you took when they are available, I'd like to see how envious I really am
  16. quote: Originally posted by lonesome_pa: Thanks Junie. I'll open my atari and see if I feel comfortable doing it. When I get the switches, I'll keep you in mind. I do have someone at work that is in electronics and I may ask him. Thanks. Sure, no problem. Glad to see that you do have someone available that can actually help you out "hands-on" if necessary. Let us know how it turns out.
  17. quote: Originally posted by lonesome_pa: I'm just not "electronics gifted" and not really sure how easy or hard they are to put in. I figure that it can't be that difficult. As long as you have the tools and have experince using a Soldering Iron it isn't difficult, I doubt there are instructions on this as you are simply replacing the switches. You will need to take your Atari apart so you can get at the switches on the PCB. De-solder and remove the switches you are replacing. Put in the new switches and solder them in place. If you actually need more help, e-mail me at [email protected] and I will try and help you.
  18. Speaking of Joysticks, I picked up 5 today at Goodwill for 50¢ each and they work perfect Look at the image below to see them. On the far left is one by Wico, I got two of these, and they are nice (The fire button is on the side). In the middle is a Tac 5, I got two of these as well-- It has two buttons on front and 1 on the handle. The last joystick on the right I don't know anything about. Does anyone know anymore about any of these joysticks? I've never heard of these personally.
  19. Good for you Manuel, you decided on something and are standing by it. I understand why you did it and hopefully you are getting enough royalties off your game to inspire you to write more games. If you look at your desicion from a software point of view you offer your game as shareware for emulators, try before you buy. It looks like many people are looking for a version that doesn't expire and they will never have to purcahse, aka Cuttle Cart. I hope all the chatter dies down and you are still excited as you was about Atari game programming. Otherwise we have lost another great game programmer. Due to all the chatter on my services, hopefully I can own your games as well one day if I manage to buy them somewhere other than your publisher. I stand behind you Manuel, and hope the chatter stops and you program many more great games. My hat is off to you
  20. quote: Originally posted by smf_4ever: I am a classic.. I use the original stick.. But I am looking forward to the the NES creation from Junie.. Just to let you know all the parts have arrived and I have been busy building all the controllers and should start shipping later this week I have made some modifications to the connectors and quite pleased with the results
  21. I can't decide. I like using the NES controller for the nostalgic of it, and the handling. Of course the PSX controller has alot better feel and grip. I guess I would have to say using one of my Ultimate 15 VCS controllers, as it allows me to lay in bed and change the settings and restart the game with a push of a button. Allows me to be a Atari potato I guess you could say Of course I am always looking for a controller to try-out. The "frankenstein" controller I made from a PC Joystick and Atari CX40 merged is a nice one. I can have the standard CX40 feel and have a better grip and fire buttons on the handle I'd really like to get my hands on the controller listed here at AtariAge. It looks like a airplane machine gun, rather interesting
  22. I've found 2 boxed games with manuals at a local Salvation Army store, Atari 2600 Ms. Pac-Man and Atari 7800 Donkey Kong. I picked them up for $3 each, not a steal but was worth it-- My first boxed games and my only Atari finds at a Salvation Army store. Usually I find NES items at the Salvation Army stores. I recently bought 2 NES systems with 8 games, 3 controllers, 1 Light gun, power supplies and RF adapters for $25. I also got 2 controllers, 1 Light gun, Power supply and RF adapter for $6. The best places to look while thrifting is usually Goodwill or local thrift stores. I found a Atari 2600 system with everything but no games for $3 at Backstreet Missions, a local thrift store. At Goodwill I picked up a boxed Atari 2600 6-Switch Sunnvale with 4 boed games with manuals for $15. Recently sold the system for $74 on eBay. I also picked up 10 loose games for 50¢ each at Goodwill. They also have had a Sega Genesis and controllers for $6 and NES for $10. I've been looking since around Novemeber of last year, usually I am lucky to see something video game related about once a month.
  23. Speaking of games that were never ported, why wasn't the Atari Arcade game Lunar Lander never ported to the Atari 2600? They seemed to port most of their arcade games to the Atari 2600, but not this one. I learned that the Arcade game was made by Atari from a link I found while looking for something completely different. Sadly I lost the link when my PC locked-up one night. I own the Lunar Lander game for the Commodore 64, but would like to see it on the Atari 2600
  24. Junie

    black 2600

    The all black Atari 2600 is referred to as the Darth Vader model. Nothing special, just a little harder to find. I have one as well and added my 15-Pin controller port to it quote: Originally posted by thelen: no the black model vcs is not special, you can't write games on it..yes you could write a game for it...but not with it (only with a magicard). for the black model of the sony playstation 1 you can write games. Thelen What is special about the black Playstation 1 system? What are the kind of games that can be made with it? Is there some special built-in programs or what? Very interesting
  25. So the Atari Field Tech Repair manuals are still not available anywhere online? Of course most interesting would be the Atari 2600 syetem
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