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Installing a floppy emulator in an ST computer

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#1 RickR


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 08:52 PM

I went ahead and did it -- installed a floppy emulator in my Atari ST. 


What is it?  A GOTEK floppy emulator allows you to place disk images on a USB memory stick and run them on a vintage PC.  It can run almost any of the images you can find on the internet, but the speed is identical to a real floppy drive. 


Why?  Why?  Are you nuts?  Why NOT!  In all seriousness, the Commodore Amiga I just purchased came with one of these, and I was so impressed with it, I decided to install the same in my ST.  The ability to load any games via USB?  I'm IN!


Where did you get it?  I purchased on ebay from a nice fellow from Greece.  Search for "Atari GOTEK" and pick your favorite.  I ended up not buying the cheapest item.  But this seller had a lot of good information on his listing and also answered my questions before purchase.  Shipping was much faster than expected. 


Here's some shots of the item as it came:


Atari ST Floppy Emulator 001-FIXED.jpg


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Here is my Atari 520STFM before surgery


Atari ST Floppy Emulator 004.JPG


Please note: my ST case has been hacked to use a PC floppy drive.  I'm not happy about it, but I got a good deal.


Atari ST Floppy Emulator 005.JPG


Here's the inside "before".


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And here's the emulator installed:


Atari ST Floppy Emulator 010.JPG


Fired it up, and it works perfectly!  You simply choose the directory and game, and press the F7 key to boot that image.


Atari ST Floppy Emulator 014.JPG


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The only secret is to put to config files in the root directory of your USB memory stick.  Easy!



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#2 RickR


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 01:27 AM

I've spent a lot of time today playing Atari ST games.  It might be interesting to do a side-by-side comparison with the Amiga since their libraries are so similar.  I used to think that the Amiga blew the ST away with games, but it's not true.  Amiga is better, but it isn't a huge margin.  They are very, very similar.  Games on the ST remind me a lot of Sega Genesis games.  The Amiga appears to have better resolution and smoother scrolling. Amiga has better sound. 

The computers themselves look about identical. They use the exact same joystick and mouse setup.  If anything, I'm shocked at how good the ST is given the way it was thrown together so quickly.   

If I had to choose one or the other, I'd go Amiga, since it looks and sounds better for games.  But they are both worthwhile to own and explore.  Both completely blow away the original Macs for gaming. 

Edited by RickR, 04 March 2018 - 01:55 AM.

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