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  1. Hi, I think RespeQt works with emulated and real drives, though I have only used Hias's AtariSIO/atariserver utilities (on a Raspberry Pi). When I got back into the 8-bit scene, I went down this low cost route: http://blog.lmorchard.com/2018/03/01/sio2pi/ - I think I got 10 logic level shifters via eBay as it seemed like a good deal.
  2. Hi, I think @ebiguy hacked in Happy and Archiver support into the RespeQt code, I think he added a write up to the RespeQt thread, but you will have to dig it out yourself (unless someone else happens to know it), as it is too late in the day for me!
  3. Hi, I think the Happy Software uses it's own high speed code, so even though you are loading Hias's code, it may not actually be used by the Happy Software.
  4. Hi @HyperDriver, Welcome to the AtariAge forums! I don't have a HyperDrive, but do have a "clone" Lazer/US doubler, as described in this post: Is there any chance of you digging out your HyperDrive modified 1050 and dumping/sharing the ROM using my dump1050 utility (available at https://github.com/e474/DUMP1050 )? It's a native 8-bit Atari app, so you will need to dig out the rest of your 8-bit kit, so appreciate it's a bit of an ask! Also, there's a lively software preservation scene here, so there's always interest in whatever software/hardware people happen to have acquired/collected over the years. From memory, I think the Lazer Rom was slightly different to a stock Happy Rom - so Happy code that got uploaded to the drive, for example, some PDB files, wouldn't work as is with the Lazer, as they jumped to routines in the Happy Rom that were at different locations in the Lazer Rom. Sounds like you had a lot if fun with the Atari, bitd!
  5. Hi ijor, Looking back through my emails, it's this one: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33013274704.html - but it has been sitting in a static bag until last weekend, so I have only now had any free time to do anything with it. If you want to send me info on how to dump the factory firmware I can have a go, but I am a newbie with this board (I have set up Attollic studio on Linux, and built/uploaded a new firmware to the UnoCart, but it is really early days for my STM32 hacking). I agree it's not such an expensive board, but when I ordered it I also got a screen with it, but that pushed it over £15 in total, so it got hit with UK import fees and handling charges from the Post Office. If I had ordered as 2 separate shipments/packages both would have been under £15, and would have sailed through customs, for half the eventual price. I don't know enough about hardware to figure out how to prevent the problems you've described, hopefully someone like @mozzwald or @Mr Robot will flesh it out into a simple circuit. I will be a bit cautious though, as I'm not a big fan of magic blue smoke. So far I haven't had time to really see what this board can do, I was reading up on DMA2D, but have just found out that's only present in the F429 and higher, not the F407! Still, I have a working tool-chain for coding now, it's just finding the time to sit down and get up to speed on it. Very nice work on the Hyper Speed SIO Loader - happy to help out especially given we have what look like identical STM boards!
  6. Hi ijor, This is very impressive! I have the same STM32 board (I started on UnoCart hacking literally this weekend), do you need any extra components, or are you connecting the pins on the STM32 board directly to an SIO connector?
  7. What's the thinking on using the round hole connectors? All my connector cables are the square (DuPont (?)) type, and I either have to unsolder the shipped connectors and put pins in like @Wrathchildhas, solder together some sort of round pin to square pin bridge, or track down some cables that have round pins at one end that I can use with an ST-link USB dongle? Am I missing an easy way to do this?
  8. Hi, Here's a Silica Shop Catalogue from 20th August, 1982, which appears to be the earliest one posted so far.
  9. Hi, I think it might be this : http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-400-800-xl-xe-ace-atari-cassette-enhancer_13262.html - but it's listed as un-dumped! However, a quick dig around on pigwa turned up: http://ftp.pigwa.net/stuff/collections/RK-DVD/Atari 800 Images und Files/Cassettes Files/Tools/ - perhaps this is what you meant?
  10. Emulators + Raspberry Pi: https://retropie.org.uk/ - I would also trust this a lot more than any random "download this" for gamez link.
  11. Brad at Best Electronics uses USPS Airmail for International orders, and when I ordered some 1050 drive belts, there was no problem with delivery (USA -> UK), though that was back in 2019. Have to say, I'm really pleased I ordered them, though I had to pay UK Sales Tax (VAT), and an £8 Post Office handling fee (IIRC). I think I would have to pay the £8 + UK sales tax for pretty much anything from outside the UK nowadays (hooray!).
  12. I think most people on AtariAge know Jürgen provides great products and excellent service, somehow I doubt this is an attempt at "the perfect crime". Sorry to hear that the USPS is struggling at the moment, in the UK the Post Office seems to be doing quite well during the pandemic, they have made a lot of temporary workers permanent, and started offering doorstep collection of parcels. Of course, the postal service is a British invention (that's why British stamps don't have the name of the issuing country on them), and seems to be handling matters a little better. Hopefully the USPS will improve.
  13. Hi, I would be tempted to try the Lazer utilities disk, just to see what happens! Also, dump1050 is a fine utility! Atari_Age_Lazer_Utilities.atr
  14. Hi, I came across this and have scanned and cropped it, it's not an exclusive 8-bit catalogue, but given there is Atari 8-bit content, and the links to Atari (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariolasoft) , I thought it might be of interest.
  15. Hi, I saw the posts about hacking Capture The Flag to work with FujiNet, and I was wondering about how hackable Joust would be, as that's a really fun multi-player game. But then I was thinking maybe sending joystick inputs/updates was such a generic thing, maybe it would be better if this was handled in a common way via the FujiNet, maybe opening J1: - J4: on a remote Atari, and vice-versa? I don't have access to a FujiNet, or even an 8-bit at the moment, so I'm kind of fumbling around with this idea, but I think if you wanted to hack a number of games to support multiplayer over the net, you'd want as much commonality as possible.
  16. It's an excellent game, and a "games night" favourite. It's one of the few games to use the keyboard speaker on the 400/800 range for effects (Night Mission Pinball being the other one that springs to mind). Out of curiosity, does anyone know if it uses a redefined character set, or actual bit mapped graphics for game play?
  17. Hi, I was wondering about whether something based on the Uno Cart https://github.com/robinhedwards/UnoCart would make a good PBI device. I think there are faster chips available now, probably with more onboard memory, but @Wrathchild has done some pretty impressive demos using the STM chip on the Uno Cart: Something that supports more memory, wifi and an sd card would be pretty useful.
  18. Hi, Has anyone tried flashing this to a SysCheck 2 - it looks like a useful combo, though adding in @HiassofT's HSIO code would be a pretty good extension? My systems are boxed up at the moment, so can't test this myself.
  19. Hi, It sounds like the drive has been modded at some point, though people also open drives for cleaning and maintenance, so nothing guaranteed. Best thing to do is to take photos if the PCB, particularly the chips that are normally enclosed inside the "shielding" case, for want of a better word, and maybe post them here for feedback/identification. Not sure of how you have got things set up, it sounds like you have the suspect drive as Drive 2 (or higher), how does it work when booting as Drive 1 (I assume you checked it was set to Drive 1 when it didn't boot)? I have had a 1050 mechanism where the belt was too slack, that reported a good drive with the diagnostics, but it couldn't read disks. Do you have another 1050 that you use to can swap in a mechanism (take photos of the connections first though). Best Electronics in the States still sell 1050 drive belts. Personally, I think if the drive powers up and spins a disk it's almost certainly fixable, so it sounds like you've bought a (potentially) good drive. Hope this helps!
  20. Thanks! Google throws up quite a few, I will whittle down the results tomorrow! It's a bit weird though, usually AliExpress is a fair bit cheaper, but with this board, it's about the same price. On the other hand, with all the Brexit disruption, it might be quicker to order from China (I'm joking of course).
  21. Hi, Thanks very much for the feedback. I don't know whether they are showing stock ESP32 pictures, but I agree that there's enough FUD to look for alternatives. With the additional info (thanks!) - I found these two boards: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001283558186.html and one on amazon.co.uk : ICQUANZX ESP32 8MByte though the Amazon board is WROVER-B, and AliExpress WROVER-E, so I am guessing that means the AliExpress is the newer revision. I think it makes sense to get the configuration with the most RAM possible, so it's as future proof as possible. Has anyone else purchased a DevKit ESP32, and if so, would they mind sharing the link to the seller please? Thanks in advance!
  22. Hi, I have been way too busy with non-Atari matters, but want to have a go at building a FujiNet device using a DevKit and breadboard. I'm looking at this on AliExpress: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001341522439.html - can anyone, maybe @mozzwald, confirm this board would be good to go? I ordered a couple of earlier ESP32 DevKit boards (WROOM ?), but I have had so little free time they have become FujiNet obsolete while still in their anti-static bags. I know I am going to be busy over the next month or so too, but I want to order the right DevKit board now, and then have a go at setting up a FujiNet when I (hopefully) have more free time, and they are delivered in a month or so. Sorry to start a new thread, but I am looking for a link to an up to date DevKit board, and maybe this is helpful for others too.
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