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Wondering if there is one?

 

Finding ATRs is not that hard, but wondering is there any sort of archive for these type?

 

James

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You can download all of Atarionline.pl, in two zip files.

 

There are also 4 16MB ATR's posted on this forum, which contain XEX's, all games.

 

TOSEC is another archive.

 

Holmes archive.

 

You can bulk download from Pigwa.net using a FTP program.

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On 4/5/2017 at 1:56 AM, CharlieChaplin said:

Fandal has ATR and XEX in his archive, but afaik only single downloads: http://a8.fandal.cz

pigwa has several XEX archives (e.g. Holmes). http://ftp.pigwa.net/stuff/collections/holmes%20cd/Holmes%202/Atari%20Executables/index.html

Posting.. on this old post.. well because its my post.

 

Looking for archives (AKA a zip file as inclusive as possible) or programs for the Atari 8   in ATR and in XEX(or whatever) executable. 

 

I appreciate those that posted.. but what I would like to find is say the Holmes.. but download it all in a zip??

 

Thanks

 

James

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2 hours ago, Bikerbob said:

Posting.. on this old post.. well because its my post.

 

Looking for archives (AKA a zip file as inclusive as possible) or programs for the Atari 8 in ATR and in XEX(or whatever) executable.

 

I appreciate those that posted.. but what I would like to find is say the Holmes.. but download it all in a zip??

 

Thanks

 

James

 


Click the Download all at the top right....

 

http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=0

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> what I would like to find is say the Holmes.. but download it all in a zip??

The Holmes archive isn't what I'd really call well-curated or well
organized. It has a lot of duplicate files and "cruft", e.g. badly-cracked
games whose crack screens require a particular OS revision (XL or 800
rev B) even though the game itself works on any Atari OS.

Also a lot of corrupt files, some truncated, some that look like they've
been "cooked" by having the ASCII carriage returns removed (or ASCII
carriage returns added after every ASCII linefeed byte).

Also multiple "versions" of the same game, slightly different binary
load file structure, but they end up loading exactly the same code/data
into memory. Or, same code/data except for different cracked-by intros.

Basically it was someone's Atari 8-bit collection he'd been adding to for
years, and at some point he released what he had as a 3 CD set sometime
in the late 90s or early 00s... which hasn't been updated since then.

Not saying Holmes is utter crap or a waste of space, but I am saying
it should be the last place you look for something, if you can't find
it elsewhere.

These days, 3 CDs isn't that much bandwidth or storage, you could just
download the whole thing. I don't know how people do that on Windows or
Mac, but I'm sure a lot of people here do (I use wget on Linux, which
does exist for Windows AFAIK).

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The Holmes set was what it was, Aaron tried to organise it with sections for genre's and it didn't help with me sending him huge wads of files are real tapes & magazines etc back then, but Aaron also had a love of other machines, especially the Sega ones so archiving it all was as and when, I'm like him now, my collection of digital titles is as disorganised as can be, Aaron's looks like chalk and cheese to my mess of games but like him its down to time and inclination. I got 2 DVD's of interim stuff from Aaron (stuff that was on the later official version) and yes it was all over the place but I was just so pleased to have it.

 

Some of us are simply disorganised folk with little time for 'getting it right'....

 

And yes, I agree, if you are looking for a game then Holmes is not the first port of call I would have used, Pigwa is nicely set out and sectioned, I'd hit there first..

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Yes the pigwa is really nice.. and large.. with lots of com and exe and xex etc.. is there a ZIPPED up version of it?? looking to LOAD up an AVG cart or something.. and play something.. or an S-Drive.. that type of thing. Are there images that people are putting on all these new S-Drives?

 

James

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14 minutes ago, Bikerbob said:

Yes the pigwa is really nice.. and large.. with lots of com and exe and xex etc.. is there a ZIPPED up version of it?? looking to LOAD up an AVG cart or something.. and play something.. or an S-Drive.. that type of thing. Are there images that people are putting on all these new S-Drives?

 

James

Not that I know of but the beauty of it is, it’s an actual FTP site. You can load up any FTP program and download any collection or even the whole site. Just start it and walk away. It’ll take however long your and that site’s bandwidth allows. It’s only a few gigabytes total, I think.

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The HomesSOFT site has everything pretty well organized and has good tested XEX versions, too.

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Homesoft and Fandal have complete archives zipped for download.

 

Homesoft's collection is the cleanest, he fixes issues like 800/XL compatibility, makes them quittable, adds load screens, stuff like that, but it's only games.

 

Fandal also includes demos

 

Atarionline.pl has 3 archives. Games, Demoscene and Utilities, they contain almost everything, but there are lots of dupes etc. the archives are updated a few times a year.

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what about the NTSC vs PAL thing?? some of these are EUROPEAN.. so they will be PAL versions.. anyone know which are which?

 

James

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Fandal's binary load files are also clean and verified.

 

PAL vs NTSC? It is a trial and error, I am afraid. But European doesn't imply not NTSC compatible in all cases.

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5 hours ago, Mr Robot said:

Homesoft and Fandal have complete archives zipped for download.

I've been to a8.fandal.cz many a time but never seen a "complete" archive for download like Homesoft has.

 

Got a link to it?

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1 hour ago, firebottle said:

I've been to a8.fandal.cz many a time but never seen a "complete" archive for download like Homesoft has.

 

Got a link to it?

 

Check for "Complete zip" top right...

 

 

fandal_zip.JPG

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