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  1. @ijor I'm sorry, I can't remember which duplication equipment was used, but know there were at least three different brands/models. I'm fairly certain Trace Mountain was one of them, as it sounds very familiar. I do however remember having Zebra industrial thermal transfer printers for the labels.
  2. Logic analyzer as a viable alternative for Atari 8-bit floppy preservation? While looking into the Kryoflux and SuperCard Pro I stumbled upon this page, "Preserving a floppy disk with a logic analyzer and a serial cable". Could the 810/1050 drives be used for preservation using this method? How easy/hard do you think it would be to hook everything up to a logic analyzer, or just using an old PC drive instead? Has anyone here tried this method?
  3. @ijor Oh man, where to begin? I actually worked for a couple duplication companies in Silicon Valley during the early 90's. Major clients then are still big today; Microsoft, Apple and Adobe just to name a few. Most of the software where I worked saw business applications or firmware updates (how it was done pre-internet), but there were a few game companies like Activision, at the time Mediagenic. It was kinda cool having access to all that software before the general public. It was also an interesting time. The tech world was rapidly changing. 5-1/4" floppies were on the way out, 3.5" floppies were quickly being overtaken by CD-ROM, and the internet was in its infancy. Disk sets were growing comically larger to accommodate the exploding lines of code and late adopters of CD-ROM drives. Microsoft was putting out 20+ disk sets on 3.5". Crazy stuff! The companies I worked for did not invest in this new technology however, and so sealed their fate. The writing was on the wall, and there was a palpable desperation in the air you could taste. I was fortunate enough to get out before the ship sank. Looking back, I think one of the reasons I hold an affinity for my Atari is that it was ultimately the reason I got that job, and set the stage for my entire career since. It taught me computer literacy at a time before it became the norm. Cheers!
  4. @Mclaneinc I suppose the statute of limitations has run out that I can now say. I used to work at a duplication company and oversaw the master copies. By the time I came on board these disks were already well past their production run, so I figured no one would miss them. Plus, they weren't the only copies. You had the 'Gold' copy that came from the client. From that you made a backup 'Silver' copy, and then the PRODUCTION MASTER (seen here) as the source copy for mass duplication and distribution. So yes, these disks are about as rare as you can get, and likely the only ones in existence. After preservation I do plan to sell them to anyone interested in owning this unique part of Atari history.
  5. @Mclaneinc After posting I wanted to see what was needed to make preserved disk copies. I didn't know. However, after looking into it I decided to purchase a SuperCard Pro. Now I just need to get the mechanical drive. I'll see if I can pull anything off the non working disk. So stay tuned. Cheers, friend!
  6. A tricky situation... I happen to have in my possession an EXTREMELY RARE and perhaps only "PRODUCTION MASTER" copy of The Battle of Shiloh by SSI on disk. For those wondering, this is the disk from which the commercially produced copies were created from. You can't get more authentic than that! I'd love to contribute it for preservation but for obvious reasons I'm reluctant to ship it. Is there anyone near the San Francisco Bay Area with the means and equipment to make a proper image of this disk? By the way... I also happen to have the PRODUCTION MASTER for Shattered Alliance by SSI. Sadly, this will no longer boot in any of my drives I tried. It may be lost forever, but I'm happy to see this has already been preserved.
  7. Awesome, thank you! That's great to hear. Thank you! Cheers!
  8. @Farb Woo Hoo, my first contribution to the project: Seawolf II + Gunfight [cassette] This is a straight, unedited, and uncropped audio copy from my tape deck to PC. The WAV files work as-is in Altirra, but I figure I'll leave the cleanup to you experts. Seawolf II - Gun Fight (1983)(US)(EPYX)[cassette].zip
  9. @TGB1718 @_The Doctor__ @Rybags Thanks all for the feedback! I bought this drive from a seller everyone here knows so I'm inclined to believe them when they say it'll work. However, I also agree with _The Doctor_ that it's not worth the risk. One thing is for sure, without the familiar 9VAC 31VA power supply everyone knows/trusts it raises questions, and that in turn lowers the resale value of this drive. I've reached out to the seller and I'm told they'll send out an AC transformer to replace the DC adapter supplied. Because so far they seem willing to make it right I don't want to say who it is. Cheers friends!
  10. @Nezgar Thanks. I should add, I was told this was a "switching DC power supply". Not sure if that makes a difference? Cheers friend!
  11. I recently purchased a 1050 Disk Drive that came with a "BESTEK" DC 18-19.5V 3.61A positive-tip power adapter, and was told it would work. I don't know, so I thought I'd check here first before I "try and see." Is this safe to use? If so, would you consider it a better or worse choice than the original equipment 9VAC adapter? Thanks in advance. Cheers friends!
  12. I wish you much luck my friend. I know that feeling well. This has been my computer since childhood.
  13. Thanks, I'm sure this will be very helpful to others having similar issues. I forgot to add in my summary that I was also able to load a cartridge and use my joystick. If I'm not mistaken I believe this is further evidence the PIA was okay?
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