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  1. Hi guys. I've been stuck for several days with a flu with only a MacBook laptop, and unable to test Mecha-9 and other games sent to me because the available emulators just doesn't handle VDP nuisances, Megacart and even less Super Game Module. So I ported my private emulator with support for Megacart and Super Game Module, you'll need to download also libSDL 2 from http://www.libsdl.org (there is a chance you should download it, because OS X v10.11.5 somehow doesn't recognize the integrated SDL library) It's pretty simple but it works like a charm at least in my Mac, and you can play any game from the original ones till Pac-Man Collection You need to boot into Terminal for using it, also you must download the BIOS coleco.rom I don't intend to update it in a looong time, so enjoy it! Edit: Sep/02/2020 v0.6.9, now allows to take screenshots while in pause. Also added my game Zombie Near to the pack of included ROMs. Edit: Jun/16/2020 v0.6.8, now allows to reverse joystick interpretation for up/down and left/right, useful with some controllers reported. I hope to not have broken anything in this release. Edit: Jun/13/2020 v0.6.7, now support for random number generation on games like Word Feud (using RAND_GEN from Coleco BIOS). Paused windows doesn't show trash if minimized/maximized or something passes over. Pause shows a message. Added Mecha-9 to the game collection included. Now finally includes libsdl to avoid installing it. Edit: Nov/30/2017 v0.6.6, now Raspberry Pi version included, also added Ctrl+Fn+F4 to save a memory snapshot and Ctrl+Fn+F9 to log PSG values in each frame. (although keys are configurable, Ctrl for these isn't) Edit: May/25/2017 v0.6.5, joysticks are now configurable, support shortcuts for full screen and saves state of it for next time (Mac Cmd+Ctrl+f and Windows Alt+Enter), enhancement of VDP emulation and undocumented modes, correction of execution time for some Z80 instructions, and solved bug where Sammy Lightfoot would crash. Raspberry version not available yet. Edit: Feb/15/2016 v0.6.4, now ADAM keyboard can be fully configured (very useful for users with non-US keyboards), and finally Raspberry version compiled. Edit: Jan/11/2016 v0.6.3, better emulation for Z80 solves pitch problem in speech in Sewer Sam and Squish'Em Sam, keys F4 and F7 are now configurable, Expertype and ADAM Bomb 2 are now working, fixed some ADAM keys for Windows, added 64K RAM expansion for ADAM, fixed bug in joystick support (not tested), added code to show joystick movement when using F7 (show codes). Raspberry not updated in this version because I didn't found my external keyboard Edit: Nov/27/2015 v0.6.2, solves small bugs in Z80 and VDP emulation. Ctrl+Fn+F4 creates debugging snapshots. Allows to use two keys to activate one button (both pressed at same time). Allows for two keys to activate same button (for example two controllers). Raspberry now shows status messages (important for F7 key codes). More keys are configurable: video recording, audio recording, screenshots, enable/disable roller controller. When using Roller Controller the sensitivity has been adjusted (was too fast). Edit: Nov/05/2015 v0.6.1, small bugs fixed. Pause and Reset key couldn't use joystick. Better compression for AVI and safeguard if 2GB limit is reached. PAL switching didn't update BIOS European byte. Able to exit using # and * key at same time (only Raspberry) Edit: Nov/04/2015 v0.6.0, all platforms updated! Added fast startup of Colecovision BIOS, Roller Controller enabled/disabled with only Fn-F5, VIDEO RECORDING!!! using Fn-F6 (AVI with ZMBV codec, playable with VLC Player), support for Right Shift + Enter to exit in Raspberry PI (useful for Retropie). BTW, several people has donated to CoolCV for the Mac version and also for the Raspberry version, including a Raspberry PI (still stuck in snail mail) but I've got another one for the development using the donations Thanks for contributing!!! Edit: Sep/23/2015 v0.5.4, Mac only, allows controller mapping to be changed (creates Documents/coolcv_mapping.txt), changed Fn+F7 to show instead key codes and joystick button codes, support for Super Action Controllers (you need to activate buttons in mapping file). Edit: Sep/01/2015 v0.5.3, Mac only, added Fn+F10 to save PNG screenshots, now also checks for file numbers previously used and doesn't rewrite them. Now also accepts dropping ZIP files, the first ROM/COL/BIN file inside will be used as game ROM Edit: Aug/31/2015 v0.5.2, Mac only, documented Fn+F8 feature to accelerate disk/tape read in ADAM mode. Added new feature to record audio files using Fn+F9, it saves files in your Music folder. Note it reuses numbers if re-run, so copy any files you like. Now you can use Q*Bert sounds for your cellphone calls, for example Edit: Aug/25/2015 v0.5.1, highly experimental Raspberry PI version now available in post #91 http://atariage.com/forums/topic/240800-coolcv-emulator-for-mac-os-x-linux-and-windows/page-4?do=findComment&comment=3307835 Edit: Aug/08/2015 v0.5.1, controllers should feel smoother now. Solves a bug in VDP collision register (failed in Carnival) and also allows to run Super Donkey Kong prototype (1983) deactivating SGM support (it crashed because the game wrote to port 7FH) (now ZIP file includes all platforms) Edit: Jul/31/2015 v0.5 Added keypad support for controller 2 in keyboard and experimental Coleco ADAM support for DSK and DDP (check Read Me file for details) I've tested only SmartBASIC, Dragon's Lair and Donkey Kong Jr. (Aug/01/2015 added Linux and Windows versions) Edit: Jul/29/2015 v0.4 Now supports for controller 2 in keyboard. Higher audio volume. Also implemented support for two joysticks (tested by grips03) with Fn+F7 to switch buttons and now it can launch ROM files (use context menu in your ROM file, select get info, change application to CoolCV, change for all) though not sure why there is a small delay in launching. Jul/30/2015 just added Windows and Linux versions. Edit: Jul/26/2015 Now also compiled for Linux, 32 bits and 64 bits be sure to run the right version. Also you need to drop your ROM file into the window. If it's running slow, make smaller the window. Edit: Jul/25/2015 I compiled this for Windows (very early). Same as Mac version, but you need to drop your ROM file INTO the window. If it's running slow, make smaller the window. Edit: Jul/24/2015 v0.3 I've made this an integrated app for Mac. Now download it, open it, then drag&drop your ROM file over the icon appearing in task bar (bottom of screen). In fact you can put the app in the Launchpad for running it easily (no more command line!!) Edit: Jul/23/2015 v0.2 ok, I didn't resisted the temptation to add window resizing and full screen mode. Snapshot saving/restoring. -pal option. And improved aspect ratio. coolcv_v0.1.zip coolcv_v0.2.zip coolcv_v0.3.zip coolcv_v0.3_win.zip coolcv_v0.3_linux.zip coolcv_v0.4.zip coolcv_v0.4_win.zip coolcv_v0.4_linux.zip coolcv_v0.5.zip coolcv_v0.5_win.zip coolcv_v0.5_linux.zip coolcv_v0.5.1_all.zip coolcv_v0.5.2_mac.zip coolcv_v0.5.3_mac.zip coolcv_v0.5.4_mac.zip coolcv_v0.6.0_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.1_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.2_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.3_almost_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.4_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.5_almost_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.6_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.6_all_extra_games.zip coolcv_v0.6.7_almost_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.8_almost_all.zip coolcv_v0.6.9_almost_all.zip
  2. Hello, All! I've published ColEm 4.4, the ColecoVision emulator for Windows and Linux, as well as the source code for porting ColEm to other platforms: http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/-- homepage http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ColEm44-Windows-bin.zip-- free Windows version http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ColEm44-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux version http://fms.komkon.org/ColEm/ColEm44-Source.zip -- sources This release adds support for more modern MegaCart cartridges, such as Buckrogers, Subroc, Zaxxon, and Dragon's Lair. The SGM emulation state is now saved to .STA files. I have also added support for 24c08 and 24c256 EEPROM chips, so both Black Onyx and Boxxle fully work now, saving EEPROM contents to .SAV files. ColEm will determine the need for EEPROM automatically, by ROM's CRC, or you can force EEPROM emulation with -24c08 and -24c256 options in Linux. The Windows version offers menu items for switching EEPROM type, as well as links to AtariAge ColecoVision forum, Coleco software publishers, and other sites. Finally, I have fixed a bug restoring background screen color from .STA files. See below for all the changes. ALL CHANGES: * Added ROM page switch specific for carts with EEPROM. * Added 24c08 EEPROM support (Black Onyx saves now). * Added 24c256 EEPROM support (Boxxle works). * Now saving EEPROM state into .SAV files. * Now saving SGM state into .STA files. * Now accepting both AA55h and 55AAh MegaCarts. * SGM games Buckrogers, Subroc, Zaxxon, Dragon's Lair work. * Fixed restoring background screen color from .STA files. * Added EEPROM menu selections to ColEm-Windows. * Added links to CV Addict and AtariAge forums to ColEm-Windows. * Added -24c08, -24c256, and -noeeprom command line options. * Compiled ColEm-Unix with -Wall and eliminated warnings. * Replaced -DNO_WAVE_INTERPOLATION with -DWAVE_INTERPOLATION, off by default. * Removed old LoadSTA() and SaveSTA() code. * Finally deprecated -DNEW_STATES. Have fun! PS: I will use this thread to post ColEm release news and answer questions about ColEm. If you have a question or suggestion, please, feel free to ask it here.
  3. Somehow my computer doesn't want to build DASM and I don't want to change my setup risking to break other projects. Can anyone create a DASM Windows executable from the latest source code for me?
  4. Can someone recommend a relatively simple, easy to learn & use, yet powerful enough to do what I want, imperative programming language like BASIC or Visual Basic, for making Atari VCS and 8-bit type games for the Windows desktop (or maybe Linux but prefer Windows)? I would mainly be making 2-D games - stuff like Pong or Combat up to 8-bit Atari or Commodore era games, but probably nothing more complex. Maybe remake Pinball Construction Set or classic Ultima. Some features that would help relatively self contained (not 1,000,000 libraries you have to go through) free or not too expensive (this would be just for fun) easy to find lots of sample code for how to do things, and strong active community to ask questions built in IDE (preferably a visual IDE) and most importantly: currently supported and should continue to keep working for some time developed with a backwards-compatible philosophy so your programs will still work after a couple years! I have dabbled in various languages / systems over the years and made some games or partial games: Commodore 64 / BASIC - easy but games ran too slow, compiler helped speed games up, used some simple assembly for speeding up little routines (hard!) Commodore 64 / Gamemaker - easy but too limited (plus I missed being able to type code) Mac Classic / Pascal - limited to black & white graphics, couldn't find any info on making sounds (pre-Web so it was very hard to find docs or examples) Windows / QuickBasic - nice and easy but obsolete & couldn't figure out anything past text graphics and simple beeps Windows / VB6 - I liked the language and IDE but limited graphics support (bitblt, kind of confusing), and I never figured out playing >1 sounds at a time, just playing back WAV files one at a time; eventually VB6 became obsolete so I had to start over Windows / VB.NET 1.1 and some C# - the .NET language kept changing and got too complicated with the enterprise OO features JavaScript / HTML5 - figured out canvas graphics, Javascript syntax is easy but I am not crazy about HTML and CSS, and parts of language were too complicated and ugly (prototype stuff, too many libraries & frameworks, no types, etc.) Python / Pygame - mainly playing around with other people's code from pygame.org, still not comfortable with Python, not crazy about certain things like the indentation, no types, too many libraries / choices, dependencies and things changing too much that can break your code, etc. After all these years and languages I still prefer BASIC or VB6 syntax (JavaScript/C syntax is OK, Pascal is OK) and a visual editor. Mainly I don't have a ton of time to invest in learning stuff and if I get busy (which is often the case!), I might put a project down for months at a time, or even a couple years, and by the time I get back to it, the language I wrote it in has updated/changed or become totally obsolete, and I have to go back and fix my code or start over from scratch. I know computers change and all that but come on So anyway, if anyone has any advice or recommendations that would be grand. And hey, if it doesn't exist, it doesn't exist, but I thought I would ask! PS here are some pages I was looking at, in no particular order - if anyone can share any opinions on these, please: SDLBasic XBASIC BASIC Compiler (Windows, Linux) QB64 (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux), QB64 Just BASIC (Windows) SmallBASIC (Windows, Linux, N770/N800, PalmOS, eBookMan) ThinBasic Basic Interpreter (Windows) ElectronJS How to create a 2D game with Python and the Arcade library | Opensource.com FUZE4: Bringing BASIC to Switch — Wireframe Magazine I am really looking for Windows, but this caught my eye! Construct 2 – The Windows favourite Clickteam Fusion 2.5 – The veteran RPG Maker – The RPG specialist Microsoft Small Basic (wikipedia) Unity (probably not what I am looking for) Microsoft MakeCode Arcade (info) Atari Dev Studio A way to make games for the 2600 using BASIC? Hmm... DarkBasic GLBasic Liberty BASIC PureBasic RapidQ REALbasic (Xojo) XBasic Free BASIC Compilers and Interpreters (thefreecountry.com) https://www.gamedesigning.org/career/software/ https://www.websitetooltester.com/en/blog/best-game-engine/#GameSalad_The_Educators_Choice What is the easiest programming language to make games with? - Quora App Development - Infinite Runner - CodaKid Action! is an Atari-specific programming language written by Clinton Parker and sold by Optimized Systems Software (OSS) in ROM cartridge form starting in August 1983. It is the only language other than BASIC and assembler) that had real popularity on the platform and saw any significant coverage in the Atari press; type-in programs and various technical articles were found in most magazines. In comparison, languages like Forth and Logo saw much less use and almost no press coverage. Processing Tutorial: Building a Simple Game | Toptal Much appreciated
  5. Could not locate sed.exe. Please copy sed.exe to C:\Users\User\Downloads. This will improve DASM error reporting Precompilation failed, aborted at 2/9/2018 11:11:46 PM can anyone help???????????????????????????????????????????
  6. This thread is about how I went about getting controllers to work with the Atari800Win emulator. My first problem is that three of my four notebooks have broken down (after repeated repairs, both professional and DIY) and therefore I'm running my emulator on an HP Mini, a small notebook computer. This presents some various obstacles, of which I will explain. Like most people who first begin to use emulators, I had no controllers to use with the emulator and was therefore using the keyboard to play the games. The first problem I encountered was that being that I was using a mini laptop and did not have a full sized keyboard. With no number pad or NumLock key this was a drawback. Needless to say, I quickly had a desire to use a real controller rather than arrow keys, etc. for my gameplay. I did my research and read up on how to use a joystick/controller with Atari800Win. The results were disappointing. It seemed, from what I'd read, that I needed special controllers or adapters, designed to be plugged into either the printer port or the game port, neither of which I had on my laptop. Darn! Frustrated, I decided to hold off on playing the Atari800 games and wanted to revisit some of my old Super Nintendo favorites. So I downloaded and installed ZSNES and a few roms. It quickly became apparent that my lack of a controller was now even more detrimental to gameplay because of the many more buttons on the SNES controller versus the original Atari controller. Since the only available place my computer had to plug in a controller was a USB port, logically I began to read up about use of USB controllers with emulators. After looking at the various classic USB gaming controllers available on Ebay, and watching some reviews on YouTube, I settled on the SNES USB Controller made by Tomee. I went ahead and ordered two of them. They were very well made, the price was quite reasonable. The convenience of Plug and Play made using them with the ZSNES emulator quite easy. I simply went to the emulator's menu and clicked Config>Input>Input Device #1, and began to assign the D-Pad and buttons. It worked perfectly! Then I went back and tried to get these controllers to work on the Atari800Win emulator. Not quite as easy initially but I did get it figured out. Do the following steps: Step 1) Plug in one or both USB retro gaming controllers. NOTE: My laptop computer has two USB ports on one side and one on the other. When I had both controllers plugged in on the right hand side the emulator would NOT recognize both controllers. When I moved one to the left side (i.e. one plugged in on the left and one on the right) then it DID recognize them both. Step 2) Click the following: Input>Joysticks, the Joystick Options dialog box will popup. For Joystick 1 select "2Axes 11Keys Game Pad". If a second controller is desired, then for Joystick 2 Select the other 2Axes 11Keys Game Pad (there should be two) from the drop down menu. Remember, if the two controllers are plugged in next to each other then the emulator may not "see" them both. If using a desktop computer perhaps plug one on the front USB port and one in the rear etc. Step 3) Recommended: In the Joystick Options dialog box click Advanced. The "Advanced Options" dialog box will popup. Then make sure "Do not toggle options using joystick buttons" is checked. This will allow full use of the controller's D-Pad and ANY other button on the controller may be used as the fire button. Step 4) Play! I hope that this will be of some help for people who are having difficulty getting their controllers to work for the Atari800Win emulator.
  7. Not sure if anyone posted about this or not but, just in case....... Custom Atari 2600 PC by Hard Drives Northwest
  8. Windows 3.1 is an utter bastard! And I love it! More specifically I use Windows 3.11 for Workgroups as a customizable frontend to launch MS-DOS and early Windows games, it works well but it tends to misbehave. I have had my fair share of freezes and crashes (of the virtual machine, not my actual computer) which has lead to some strange behavior that is usually sorted out with a hard reset. My two personal favorite glitches are when the color scheme alters to something wild like magenta and black with black text that makes navigating impossible, a soft reset will fix this, and the keyboard driver just up and giving up when trying to run certain programs which means I have to turn the bastard on and off again. There has been one problem though that has really been bothering me, and thankfully I found a suitably convoluted workaround for it. No matter how hard I tried I simply couldn’t get windows to allocate any EMS/Expanded Memory, which is used for more resource intensive applications. Simple things like trying to enter Windows Setup or play Canyon.mid would give me an insufficient memory error and simply refuse to run. When looking at EMM386.EXE which is the expanded memory service application for Windows it said that I had none. All I was getting was the 1MB that was allocated for DOS on startup. Most applications are able to tap into available memory automatically, and oddly enough some games will run better under windows with zero EMS even though there is more memory available in DOS. Games like The Incredible Machine 2 and Nova 9 run at a notably smoother framerate when running under Windows versus from straight DOS. Everything was running fairly smoothly until yesterday, I had still been getting the memory errors but it wasn’t on anything that I couldn’t live without, mainly certain system and driver settings and the MIDI player, but never on any games. Championship Pool for Windows by Wizardworks was the first game to give me a memory error and this was unacceptable, I paid 15 dollars for a crappy pool game and I was going to play it dammit! For some reason this game that runs in small window on the desktop requires 4MB of Expanded Memory and nothing I tried to expand the memory worked. I tried creating and editing a .pif/Program Information File (Basically a prefabricated batch file) to allocate more memory but I simply got a small DOS window that said ‘this application requires windows to run’ and there seems to be no option to enable Windows with .pif files it will always boot the game in DOS. This strategy had worked with some games like Thunderscape the also needed 4MB of EMS but that game was meant to run in DOS so a .pif file worked perfectly. The solution to my memory issues presented itself in the most unlikely place though… Jack’s Attic Jack’s Attic is an obscure kid’s game from the mid 90’s that I played a bunch as a kid, alongside Reader Rabbit and the I Spy computer games. Out of a sick sense of nostalgia I tried to get the game to run in 16 bit mode in windows 3.11. The game would install fine but I would get a General Protection Fault whenever I tried to run the game. I decided to try to launch the game with a .pif since it seemed like my only option, and of course it didn’t work, go figure it requires Windows to run. As I clicked around the desktop in defeat I decided to click on an application that never worked for me, Windows Setup, it promptly worked. This is confusing. I immediately go to Championship Pool and click the icon, boom there it is! Initially I thought the .pif I created for Jack’s Attic somehow allocated enough memory to run CPool, so I stuck it in the Windows Startup menu so it would play every time I booted up Windows, that didn’t work. It wasn’t the .pif I created; it was the Jack’s Attic executable that allocated more EMS to Windows. Frankly this makes no sense, and I have no idea how it works, but I’ll take what I can get and now every time I boot up Windows I have to click through a few error messages, but it’s worth it for the benefits it brings. As you can probably guess, I don’t actually own a physical copy of Windows 3.11fW, mainly because copies are 60-100 bucks on Ebay and I’m not going to spend that much on Windows. I’m using a premade version of windows that I found online (your guarantee for quality) that had all of the proper drivers preinstalled. I’m considering trying to install Windows 95 but I haven’t had any luck on my own and it frankly seems like more work that it’s worth, even though I do have some games that are Windows 95 ONLY, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over them. For now this is my solution, and I’ll keep using it until something better presents itself or I finally figure out how to properly allocate more EMS from DOSBox, which seems like an oddly difficult task.
  9. Introduction Atari Jam is a Windows tool for developing Atari 8-bit computer software. The theoretical concept is that it is a PBI device that maps the memory, allowing an external device to monitor and change things in real-time. In practice, this is accomplished by attaching to an external emulator and accessing the RAM. The program gives the user a suite of tools to interactively modify, tweak, test and program software. It is not intended to be a replacement for a development IDE but rather to let the user experiment and rapidly develop small projects or pieces of something larger. It currently compatible with an Atari 800XL with 64K of RAM. Features Live memory viewer/editor Interactive disassembler Assembler Character editor Character map editor Player/missile editor Graphics control (GRACTL, DMACTL, GPRIOR) and color picker Display list editor Experimental video player (AVI) Vector control Notes The video player is very limited in the input it will accept. It uses a dither pattern that will be applied each frame, using the current palette. The user can adjust colors to find the best match. The program monitors GRACTL and PM registers through the addition of an OS patch that removes shadowing for the paddles. This patch slightly reduces the cycles used by the OS during a refresh. Hopefully, this is something people will find useful. I plan to have a version ready to try by March 1st.
  10. Heads up- available from 1st November 2016- The TI-99/4a emulator pc99 from CaDD is making the big jump to Windows (XP up to 10 excluding the rarities) on 1st November. Now issued on USB stick or DVD it is being sold COMPLETE with a full set of files from The Cyc - a huge encyclopedia of TI magazines and programs. Price on dvd of US$49, with discounts for existing owners of the dos version, which is also on the supply media. So- on one dvd, pc99w, pc99dos and The Cyc. And some utilities. Check out www.cadd99.com for information and ordering. TI programs work at a very satisfying speed. regards Stephen (who has been supplying magazine and documentation scans to The Cyc)
  11. So another thread got me thinking about drivers and their important role in keeping retro hardware useful in the current age (and how a lot of manufacturers drop the ball pretty early and leave some really great peripherals without support). Then I started searching around and found this stuff (I'm sure there's a lot more out there): http://read.pudn.com/downloads151/ebook/655187/Windriver.pdf https://bootlin.com/doc/books/ldd3.pdf
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12zGtbW9fis Not every series of first person shooters gets a proper sequel like Call of Duty or Halo. Instead some FPS games come on the market, maybe get a sequel if we're lucky and then sadly fade into the sunset. This week these 7 unloved FPS gems get one last glance from fans of the genre.
  13. Altirra? Atari800? Atari800Win PLus? other? Which one is the best for you? Why? - Y -
  14. Hello Everyone, I have a simple question that currently may not have a simple answer. Is it possible to package an Atari .atr file into a Windows .exe file? If there is no simple answer, is there a way to do this at all? PS. The same question applies to all the other common Atari file formats as well such as .xex, .com, etc. Thanks.
  15. http://youtu.be/yMH7QpcTVE0 Not every series of first person shooters gets a proper sequel like Call of Duty or Halo. Instead some FPS games come on the market, maybe get a sequel if we're lucky and then sadly fade into the pre-rendered low textured sunset. Well, I'm here this week to make sure these 6 unloved FPS gems get one last glance from fans of the genre. What games should be in Part 2 & 3? Let me know!
  16. I've had several people report that Stella isn't working in Windows XP. I've only been able to test in XP_ServicePack3, and then only in a virtual machine. I no longer have access to machines running WindowsXP, either in 32 or 64-bit mode. So a few questions: (a) How many of you are actually still using Stella in Windows XP. (b) Are any of you experiencing problems in Windows XP? I'm asking this mostly for modifying the webpage to list the compatible versions of Windows. There's nothing I can actually do about it, since the latest versions of Visual Studio will be phasing out support for WinXP soon.
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