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  1. Hi all! Last month I saw the following ad on eBay: I thought the appeal of this kit for homebrew development was very limited: No bankswitching/mapper (only 2K games or 4K games with further modifications on the board) It required messing around with UV lamps, programmers, etc Required some knowledge of electronics Buying the parts separately would probably be less expensive Not possible to ship as a product to customers It would be probably easier and faster to use one of the existing USB/SD carts to test on a real hardware. This did make me think though that I had never seen a development kit for the 2600 which would allow homebrewers without knowledge of electronics to self publish their games. If a mapper is required, then that knowledge need goes up real fast. As in Europe we have very limited offers of good homebrew games available (most of them are from the USA and shipping quickly becomes a problem), I thought about making this my next project. The idea is to have blank carts (populated with all required components but without any game image in them) and a simple to use cable and PC software which would allow the user to create a cart ready to be shipped to customers as well as test games in a real atari. Is this something that would interest the homebrew community? Here are some requirements I have come up with: The final product must cost under 10€ (populated cart PCB) All components must be easy to find. Preference should be given to components still in production Must be usable by people with no experience in electronics No soldering Must support mappers (the ones used by batari Basic at a minimum, as a lot of people seem to use bB) No physical alterations to select the desired mapper (or no mapper) Must fit in a standard Atari cartridge case Components should be SMD to keep production cost as low as possible All comments will be appreciated!! Cheers.
  2. Hi all, I have created the following post yesterday: Someone just told me that I should have created it in this subforum. I don't want to duplicate the post but I have also not found how to move the post here. Any suggestions? Also, if you can comment on the bankswitch schemes you currently use in your programs and any experience you can share on how to implement a bankswitch controller on a 8bit Microchip PIC will be much appreciated. Cheers!
  3. As my first 2600 game is entering the testing phase, I'm hoping to have a number of cartridges made. I know that there's the option to have a custom cartridge made just like that and, while very tempting, I would like a number of cartridges made and it is sadly outside of my price range. So I was hoping to do so myself, as much as possible. Is there any explanation of what all is involved? From what I have heard, one would want plenty of existing games with little value which can be stripped down so their cartridges and boards may be used. It's all about needing a new EPROM, which are cheap to buy but must be burned with a pricey EPROM burner. So, my questions: 1. Is there any resource to explain how to make a custom cartridge oneself? If so, where? 2. How much can be salvaged from existing games? 3. What kind of EPROMs are required and where can they be purchased? 4. Is there anyone who already has an EPROM burner who would be willing to burn EPROMs for me on a pay-per-EPROM basis (with me paying for the EPROM, any shipping, as well as for the good individual's trouble)? Bulk orders in mind, here. 5. Is there anything else I should know about all this so I don't waste a lot of time and money on a wild goose chase? I'd very much appreciate any information folks can offer. Thanks!
  4. Hi, I recently aquired a pair of Best Electronics paddle controllers with the upgraded pots. When powering on the 2600 with the Harmony and paddles connected, the menu will scroll uncontrollably from page to page and will never stop, making it impossible to select a game. Turning the paddles or pressing the fire button seems to have no effect. The paddles do work fine in-game however, with no issues that I can detect. I have tested on 2 separate 2600 systems with the same results. I have also tried an older set of paddles (with bad jitter) that do not exhibit this issue. Any idea what the problem could be?
  5. I have started programming using Batari. I decided I need to get a Harmony cartridge so that I can test my games on a real VCS. Whilst hunting on ebay, I saw the following:- http://www.ebay.co.u...sd=262985404875 The menu looks the same (minus the Harmony logo). I cannot find any information about these anywhere. Plus the tech specs seems to be the same too:- Specifics: 2600 Ninja Drive MicroSD/SDHC version NXP 70MHz ARM7TDMI-S microcontroller 8KB SRAM, 32KB Flash, and 512KB EEPROM 7MHz SPI bus controller Micro USB FTD232 serial interface Supports FAT32/16/12 with Windows Long Filenames (LFN) Bankswitching types supported: 2K, 4K, F8, F8SC, F6, F6SC, F4, F4SC, FA, FE, 3E, 3F, E0, E7, CV, UA, Supercharger, DPC, 0840, Custom Specs from the Harmony instruction manual page 9 - (http://harmony.atariage.com/files/harmony_manual_v2_online.pdf) Harmony Cartridge Technical Specifications Processor: NXP 70MHz ARM7TDMI-S microcontroller Memory: 8KB SRAM, 32KB Flash, and 512KB EEPROM SD Card Interface: 7MHz SPI bus controller USB: FTD232 serial interface Filesystems supported: FAT32/16/12 with Windows Long Filenames (LFN) Bankswitching types supported: 2K, 4K, F8, F8SC, F6, F6SC, F4, F4SC, FA, FE, 3E, 3F, E0, E7, CV, UA, Supercharger, DPC, 0840, Custom The specs are the same, even the order that they are listed. At the guys at Atariage okay with this? Or is this a legit Harmony competitor worth considering? Or should I just stick with the Harmony cart?
  6. Yesterday I ordered a Harmony cartridge. I'm going to try and introduce the old 2600 to my kids, and thought that would be the way to go vs trying to re-create all of my old collection all over again. However, downloading all the roms one by one will be a tedious procedure. Does anyone (atariage?) have a downloadable zip of all the 2600 roms offered in one place? If not, I'll do it the hard way, but I was looking to save some time and grab them all at once. Does such a beast exist, and if so, where? Danke.
  7. Can someone please help me with my new Harmony Encore? I just bought this device and it came flashed with the NTSC 1.06 firmware, I am from the UK so I want to put the latest PAL 1.06 firmware on it the problem is it does not seem to exist and I don’t understand where to get it from, assuming it even exists. The addendum that comes with the Encore manual states… “Also, we don’t recommend using BIOS versions older than 1.06.” So what do I do? use 1.05? or wait till PAL 1.06 comes out? I have tried emailing Fred with this question but I am not getting any reply from him so any help this community may be able to offer will be appreciated. Many thanks.
  8. Hey, I was wondering what happened to the melody board option for homebrews on the AA store. I thought maybe the boards had run out or something until I noticed the option was still available for custom carts. I searched but haven't seen anything official. Is there a supply issue? Possibly an ETA on their return? I definitely want to pick up a couple extra homebrews but I'd hate to buy them and then have melody board versions become available a few days later.
  9. I'm thinking of getting a Toshiba FlashAir W-04 32 GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card. I tried looking for a 8gig one but it was 3 times more expensive and an older version as well. Will this one work with the harmony/harmony encore?
  10. Does anyone know if there can be any potential damage done to the Harmony Cart or the VCS by removing the Harmony Cartridge while the system is on? I *REALLY* want to play RAM Pong without the cartridge in the machine, just to see the magic in action, but I'm a little wary of damaging one or the other.
  11. Ok, I finally got the cash together to buy a Harmony Encore. So my question is this, How many games used the light gun and are they good enough to justify buying the gun for? I have two CRT tvs I can use, a 13 inch portable (which I feel is too small for using the light gun) and a 32 inch floor model. If the light gun games are well liked, I'll pick up the light gun, but if members here don't think it's worth it, I'll trust the wisdom of the forum and put the money toward a Homebrew cart or some other accessories. On an unrelated note, is there a way to get "demo" roms of the homebrews available in the store, so I can try them before I buy them?
  12. Hiya! So my heavy sixxer is off being modded so I have been playing 2600 games on my new harmony cart on my 7800 latley. I can't get "The Official Frogger by Sega" to load...The screen goes black each time I try one of the 3 roms of the game on there.. (latest v11 rom update from the 2600 forum) Anyone know of any reason these games wouldn't play via harmony on the 7800? As far as I knew the hardware was identical when the 7800 is playing games in 2600 mode.. Thanks
  13. Hi All, I did the composite video mod a while ago on my Atari 2600. Didn't think so much of it. All the cartridges seem to work ok. A little bit of tearing/visible lines on the very left of screen. However, it does work and play fine. Played a round of Combat and the number at the top were fine. Anyway, when I use my Harmony cartridge. I can barely read the text. However, playing the games everything seems to play as the original cartridges do. Not sure if there is a problem with the cartridge, the mod itself, etc... Anyone else experience this? BTW, I am in NTSC land. Thanks.
  14. From the album: RetroElectroDad Game Collection

    The Harmony cartridge is great and I use it mostly, but sometimes you can't beat opening up the box with the instructions and artwork to go full-retro.

    © Trevor Briscoe

  15. Hi! I´m using Windows 10 Pro 64 bits version. My Harmony Program Tool can´t found the Harmony Cartridge I install the drivers and apparently everything worked perfectly. The virtual com port have the following setup: But the harmony Programming Tool continued not finding the harmony cartridge The only problem in Device Manager is the following: When I insert the USB cable into the Harmony cartridge I hear the Windows characteristic sound that something has been inserted into a USB port. What can I do ? best regards and thanks in advanced, Marcelo What can I do ?
  16. Hi my Harmony Encore came today which I'm thrilled with, however I think I'm doing something wrong and I was hoping that someone else has had a similar problem and would be able to provide some assistance. I'm in the UK and therefore using a PAL system, but for some reason the colours when playing games don't display correctly, specifically Blue/Purple (although there may be others). I've tried a few different games and ensured that I have downloaded he PAL version, and have flashed the cartridge with both PAL50 1.05 and PAL60 1.05 (as I can't find the firmware for PAL50/60 in version 1.06). Examples of where the blue/purple seems to be wrong are Frostbite, Pitfal II and Solaris. I don't have real copies of these games and so can't check to see if it's just how the PAL versions are. However I've downloaded the PAL roms for Q*bert and Ms. Pac-Man as I have these originals and the colours on rom/original cartridge match up. These are pictures of the actual cartridges. As I'm typing this I'm beginning to think that I may have a NTSC system...would this explain the problems? Or is this how these games are displayed on a PAL system? Of course a far more likely problem is I've done something completely wrong!! Any help most welcome! Cheers, Ed
  17. Hi guys, New to the site but, a longtime vcs fanatic. I also play OSU! on my spare time as i love elite beat agents. I was wondering how difficult it would be to create a simple port of Osu!. Here is a small video of it in action. I have been reading andrews assembly language tutorials and know some assembly language. I also own a an Atari 2600 and Harmonary cart. From read the technical specs, it looks like i will have to simplify it quite a bit. Can someone please tell me the feasibility of this? Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Vcsu!
  18. Hey guys, I'm sorry if my question's been touched on before, I did look through the threads here and couldn't find anything that matched my question so here goes... I'm pretty psyched about rom testing on my Atari. Somewhere Random Terrain mentioned that you can test whilst the Harmony cart's plugged into the 2600 and PC at the same time via USB. So I download my bin image using the 'Develeopment' tab on the Harmony Programming Tool and feed it to my cart like you do with the bios? If so, how do I get the ARM directory? The menu says I'll lose the multicart capabilities whilst in this mode. Is that only until I turn off the console/unplug the USB? I'm scared of breaking my shiny new cart or my 2600 but on-the-fly-testing sounds very cool and convenient! Cheers, Doki!
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