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About scotty

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    I have, but have **YOU** played Atari today?
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  1. I got bit by the emulation bug using PC-Ditto and Magic Sac on the Atari ST back in the day. When I finally DID bite the bullet and move into the Windows world during the 3.11 days, it was still in my blood. There were a lot of single arcade game emulators like a Pac-Man emulator and a Space Invaders emulator. Then some guy named Niclola Salmoria came up with what he called a Multi-Pac emulator that did Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Hangly-Man and one or two more. After a few revisions, he branched out a little further and added Donkey Kong and Frogger and changed the name of it. Some program you may, or may not have heard of... He called it Mame. There was a web page called the Emulation Repository or something similar. It hosted it as well as the other emulators of the day. There were a couple WIPs of a Donkey Kong Emulator. One was called The 'Kongulator' and the other was the 'Donkulator' Funny, I know. I was hooked on emulation from the beginning. Today I emulate anything and everything. Mame, Altria, Stella, Daphne, Gameboy on a 55" TV, you name it!! Even the obscure stuff like Virtual Boy using 3D glasses and Action Max. I love emulation. As you can see below, I love real hardware as well. As far as **HOW** I emulate... Altira I have ATR, ATX, CAR and a few others set up where I can just click on the filename and it loads Altira automatically. Mame, I use Mame64UI. I like the UI. Daphne, I use Daphneloader. Most of the others I just open the emulator and use it's default UI. Just discovered EmuHawk recently that does a lot of consoles. I really like it, but some of the cores need work. Ms. Pac-Man on the 2600 sounds like crap. For MS-Dos games I use the new 4.0 release of ExoDos. This thing is AWESOME!! Handles all the Infocom and Scumm games as well. I do have a Hackintosh to run modern Mac and a several Raspberry Pi's, one of which is connected the above mentioned 55" TV. For controllers, I have 2 X-Arcades, a dual and a Tankstick, as well as the original BlissBox and a BlissBox 4-Play. THIS THING ROCKS!!! Basically it is an anything -to-USB converter. X-Arcades, I have one set with 4-ways and the other with 8-ways for whatever game I want to play, but I still use a keyboard quite a bit.
  2. Are there any left? I read that he would have like 15 or so left after the pre-orders were filled. Did not havev the money at the time, but would like to get one.
  3. I know it is a little late, but if you are still upgrading, Get a FINAL EXPANSION III!!!!! It is basically a swiss army knife for the Vic-20. Memory upgrade, Disk drive emulator and more. This things ROCKS and will be the only upgrade you will ever need. Heather (SkyDiverGirl) is awesome. First class. Here is a demonstration of the cart in action.
  4. WOW!! Looks amazing. Will give it a go tomorrow. Thank you for the post.
  5. Like the SOS Band said.... "Take your time, do it right". I have 2 7800's that need carts, but I have quite a few retail 7800 games, as well as Raspberry Pi's and EmuHawk with a Bliss Box to use real controllers until such carts are ready.
  6. So true. I wish I had an SD solution for by Bally Astrocade.
  7. I am down for 1. 2600 would be nice, but if not, no big deal.
  8. I created my 1st 32-in-1. THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS WITH IT. 1400XL Roms do not work. 1450XLD both work. Not really sure what you gain by using them, but they do work. Turbo 2000 does not work. Not really sure what it is, just found it in my collection and decided to try it. Yes, I realize I have 800XE listed at spot I and S. I is Good old Revision 3 of the XL OS, and was used in the later XE machines (but not the XEGS). S is probably the same, but I did not check the checksums. Other notes: 400/800 roms with the N and P are for NTSC and PAL respectively. Not sure where I got them, but the PEEK command in basic comes back to the correct value for each one, so who knows? RB of course, is Reverse Basic. No need to hold down OPTION when booting ML programs. No idea what MEGA XE is. MyBIOS ROCKS!!! Thank you Mr. Atari!!! Anyone want a copy of this? ALSO, what would you change in the bad slots listed above?
  9. Love my Ultimate1MB. My other suggestion was going to be MyBios from Mr. Atari. I LOVE THIS THING!! Hell, even with the Ultimate1MB you can use it. It basically is both an 800 and XL compatible OS. I love it.
  10. I feel like such a noob..... Where can I find the Amdek firmware/rom? I looked all over for it. I did stumble across a page spreading virus/malware I am sure. I generates a message where someone is asking for it, and someone else posts a link, and then a bunch more people post that it works great, thans, etc.... Hit refresh, and it changes the names of the people, wording and page layout, but still does the same thing. LOL. Pretty funny.
  11. As we all know, The 8-bit guy is building his own dream computer. Got me to thinking, Besides the 1450XLD what would the ultimate A8 computer be? I must admit, I am pretty happy with mine now, but about the only thing I would change would be the body from an 800XL to a 1200XL, as I love the looks and keyboard of the 1200XL so much better. My current setup: 800XL Ultimate1MB w/ OS-B, 1200XL, XEGS and OS Rev.3. Basic C, Assembler Editor, Altira Basic and SynAssembler. USB power cord to power the computer Sophia video upgrade Ultimate Cart SIO2PC to load floppies (XL is right next to my PC, and I have a HUGE collection of A8 software) S-Drive Max (gets more use than the SIO2PC) SIDE2 Cart (coming soon) What would I change? As mentioned, I would love to put this setup in a 1200XL. Always have loved the looks of it. I really like the 32-in-1 OS switcher from Steve at AtariMax. Yes, it is overkill, but I love having all those options. I thought about the Antonia, but do I really need 4MB? Not really. 65816> I am fine with the 6502. I do like that it has eight slots for OS's and Basic roms, but I like the interface of the Ultimate1MB better. Jonathan (FlashJazzCat) made such a beautiful firmware for that and the SIDE2 Card. The **Ultimate** would be the best of both worlds... Ultimate4MB with 4MB Ram and 8 (or MORE!!) slots for OS and Basic. I would add stereo pokey. I know I am going to open up a can of worms with this one, but hear me out. Atari always has been, and always will be my first love. That being said, I LOVE the SID chip. I would LOVE to have stereo SID on the A8. Of course it is not practical, as none of the games would be able to take advantage of it, but that is just a fantasy. I do not use the built in screen on the S-Drive max, I use the on-screen navigation. I would LOVE to see that in 80 columns, or at least make the longer file names scroll to make them easier to read like they do on the SIDE2 cart. I absolutely LOVE the interface on RespeQt and the other similar programs, as I use Altira a lot, and I know exactly where to find my A8 stuff on my Windows machine in a hurry. I just wish RespeQt could handle cartridge images as well. And finally, I LOVE the USB power connector. I LOVE being able to power my XL with an Android phone charger instead of a honking big Atari power supply. This coming from someone who lost an 800XL to an ingot power supply in the past. OK, I am going to wrap it up here.... Thoughts? Opinions?
  12. Get yourself either a white or black mouse that you really like. Take it apart and use KRYLON FUSION FOR PLASTIC spray paint on it. I took a black keyboard that I got at Goodwill for cheap and got the white paint listed above to make they keyboard look like an XL. I was very happy with the results. Easy to do. I also got the keyboard stickers and had the perfect keyboard for emulation as the pictures show. Looking at it today, you can not tell it was not sold that way.
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