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  1. 3 points
    I really lost track on this would've like to join this secret Santa if its possible to still join would be great, if not that's ok too
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    kamakazi20012

    Atari ST Disk Imaging Tutorial

    Hey Atarians! I noticed there were no threads for helping in making and using ST disk images on real, unmodified, ST hardware. So I thought I would share what I do. ST owners won't need a ST floppy emulator for this. It is for systems that still have a floppy drive. CREATING DISKS FROM IMAGES OF ST SOFTWARE NOTICE: This is NOT, in anyway, shape or form, to promote pirating of commercial software, be it they are in the public domain or not. I am not responsible for any lawsuits that may arise from misuse, abuse, illegal sales, etc., of any ST programs made using the tips outlined in this thread. It is only being presented as a way to use these programs without having to modify your ST. First you will need: An Atari ST (of course) with a disk drive capable of using double sided, double density disks (720k). Can also work with single sided disks but not recommended. A Windows based PC with an internal 3.5" disk drive, XP recommended. External PC floppy drives will not work! Some DSDD 3.5" floppies (HD disks have a hole opposite of the write protect tab, DD disks don't). If you can only get HD disks jump to the Tips section for help. Now we need to obtain a few things for the Windows PC provided below Floppy Drive Controller Floppy Imaging & Transfer Program Windows versions after 98 stopped offering support for DD disks. The FDC included returns the support for those disks to Windows. Simply download, unzip, and double click to install. Reboot PC after install. Now download, unzip, and install the Floppy Imaging & Transfer Program. Once installed, double-click to make sure it loads. Now you are set to make some ST disks! But we need images! Where do we get those? If you are familiar with, or have a favorite, place to obtain ROMs then visit them to get one or two ST images. They have to be in ST, STT, or MSA formats. STX won't work directly but there are STX to ST converters out there. I recommend Atari Mania's extensive ST section. Atari Mania ST Section Or, if you are really patient, brave, and have the space, there is a single file you can obtain from the Internet Archives that seems to have every ST program made stored in it. It must have because the compressed file size is almost 15 GB! I will leave this at your discretion. Not recommended for those with slow ISP connections. ST Collection (click ZIP on right) Once you have an image (ST extension preferred), assuming it is on the same PC where the ST disk imaging software is installed, we need to return to the imaging software. If it's not already up and running, open the ST imaging software and on the right click on "Open another image file". Browse your computer in the pop up window to locate the ST image. If the file is compressed you may have to unzip it before you can use it. Open the image...the window should close. Insert the disk you want to place the image on in your PC's internal floppy drive. On the right, under the Open another image file box are some options. The one we need to have is Format. Make sure this is checked. This formats the disk while the image is being copied. This insures the disk matches the image precisely. Now, click the image to floppy icon. The disk should spin up and the image should now be in the copying process. The bar at the bottom will tell you the percentage of completion during the copying process. If there are any errors with your physical disk, a message will appear above this bar. Once done, put your newly created disk in your ST and power on your ST. If it is a program designed to automatically load you should see the start up screen shortly. Otherwise, browse the disk for the program and double click on it. If you find the disk did not work, try another disk. If that don't work you may to have force format your disks using the command prompt in Windows before making your image/disk. At the command prompt type: format nn: /n:9 /t:80 Where nn is the letter assigned to your disk drive, usually A or B. Doing this has a few advantages. For one it formats the disk to match the density your ST is expecting. The other reason is the format command will find and report any physical errors with your disk. If there are any bad sectors, or you get a Track 0 error, then the disk is no good and you will have to use another disk. PROTECTING YOUR ST LIBRARY The PC with software above installed can serve a double purpose in protecting your collection of ST software. Simply place your original ST software disk in your PC and click the A disk icon. Once the imaging software has the geometries of your disk click the floppy to image icon on the left just under the A disk icon. Name your file and click OK. You now have a backup of your software. Keep in mind that any bad sectors of your disk will also be in the image created. TIPS If you own a single sided disk drive for your ST there is an easy way to see if any disk image you want to use is also for single sided disks. Once you load up your image look at the Geometry of Image section of the ST floppy imaging software. The third geometry is where the number of sides the image will create. A single sided disk will have a 1 here, a double sided disk will have a 2 instead. For ST single drive equipped systems this needs to be a 1. If you find it hard to obtain DD type disks but have an abundance of HD disks on hand there is a trick you can do to use those disks on your ST disk drive. Then only real physical difference between HD and DD 3.5" floppies is a single hole. If you look at both types of disks side by side you can see the difference. Opposite of the write protect tab is the area being referred to. The one with the hole is an HD disk, the one without is a DD disk. To use a HD disk in your ST simply turn the disk over, label side down, and place some tape over the hole. TADA! Instant DD disk. Place the disk in your ST to format it or use the Command Prompt formatting syntax on a Windows PC. Don't remove the tape unless you need a HD disk again. Doing so will keep the disk from working in your ST. (Thanks to RickR for pointing this out). This also works with creating disks for ZX systems. Just make sure you have images ending with a ZX extension. I don't own a ZX so those that try this will have to do so on their own. FINAL WORDS I hope this tutorial helps others out in getting to try ST programs on real hardware. Please use it wisely and don't abuse any copyrighted programs. My hope is that this will encourage more ST score challenges in the future as well as encourage other ST owners to share their findings, reviews, and more! REQUIRED WINDOWS PROGRAMS FdInstall.zip (adds support for formatting DD disks to Windows systems) FloImg1.zip (the ST imaging and transfer program for Windows systems)
  3. 2 points
    btbfilms76

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Not that it's not going too well - It just needs to be perfect, and easy for my guests to use.
  4. 2 points
    This is torture! A score challenge for a game I absolutely love and I can't participate. Emulation doesn't do this game justice. Its simply too hard to navigate the courses with a computer keyboard and my PC controller lacks shoulder buttons. So... I think I can offer a bit of advice. Controls...learn the controls. Recommended vehicle is Golden Fox. For practice run use Mute City I. Don't do any turns with gas button held down. When you have to turn, release the gas, make your turn, then hammer down on the gas again! For tight turns combine your turn with the shoulder buttons. If you have to turn left use the left shoulder button at the same time you press left on the d pad, right shoulder when pressing right on d pad. Don't use gas during any turns, when turns are completed hammer that gas button. Use shoulder buttons by themselves to slide your vehicle around course obstacles and to enter pits. Avoid using d pad to navigate around same obstacles and pits. On jumps hold the d pad down to gain momentum and speed. Be careful not to steer off course. Practice on Mute City I first, work your way up by trying Mute City II, and finally Mute City III. The last two are variations of the first one. The idea is learning the vehicle you are using and the course layout. The faster you can take your turns and stay on a driving line to give you an advantage the better you track times will be. Quick in, quick out of turns. I can't express this enough. The best place to use boost is after the last turn before completing a lap. Its a long stretch that guarantees full use of your boost before you have to start navigating turns again. Good luck and I hope the tips I gave help.
  5. 2 points
    btbfilms76

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Trying to rack my brain on what I could possibly need. The one thing that come to mind is my pong cabinet is not perfect, and I’d like to fix that. The micro computer I was using as the MAME interface was not stable - not good for guests to navigate around. I switched over to a retro pie and I can’t get the dang thing to recognize my spinners. Im at a loss and would love some help trying to get the perfect set up dialed in.
  6. 1 point
    btbfilms76

    RetroPie - Raspberry Pi Emulation

    Rick I need some help getting my turbo twist to be recognized. Im having trouble getting my "mouse" function to work, so Ive got no control with the turbo twist. I would love some help with this. let me know.
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    RickR

    Atari ST Disk Imaging Tutorial

    Awesome job. The only thing I would add is that HD floppy disks can be used too. Just put a piece of masking tape over the hole. I know it can be very difficult to find DD disks anymore.
  8. 1 point
    correagonzalez

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Ok great! Thanks! Looking forward to it
  9. 1 point
    Justin

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Working on it! I'll shoot you a PM when we're good to go 🎅
  10. 1 point
    I have honestly NEVER played this seriously anyway. Always a quick "lets check this out" kind of thing. I may not be able to join in on this one, I only have the rom on my Wii but my Wave Bird split its mortal coil some time ago. Not sure the WiiMote will work with this seeing a great number of SNES games wont. Let me play around and see what I can do.
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    Atari Creep

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Such a beautiful machine, sorry to hear it is not going too well. I will ask around and if anyone responds I will send them your way or send you their way. Either way it should be ALL of our missions to make sure this thing is a go!!!!
  13. 1 point
    kamakazi20012

    Atari ST Disk Imaging Tutorial

    You are most welcome. It can be time consuming to setup and learn how to do it but the end results are worth it. Besides, we need more ST stuff here. And its a good way to repurpose an old Windows machine. I have an old Dell desktop with XP I don't let online. It is used strictly for ST purposes.
  14. 1 point
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - F-ZERO (Super Nintendo)

    He looks just like me. I wear those exact shoes to work every day except casual Friday.
  15. 1 point
    Justin

    Squad Challenge - F-ZERO (Super Nintendo)

    Another strategy I rely pretty heavily on is the "CHECK Marker". It appears at the bottom of your screen and acts a bit like a rearview mirror. Along with audio cues it indicates the position of a rival coming up behind you. With a little skill you can maneuver as to block them and even have them slam into the back of your car in a way that gives you a little boost! I remember getting this game for Christmas when it was new and on that first night wondering what the heck "CHECK" meant, and actually going to the manual and looking it up. It's a strategy that's paid off through the years. I suggest it to everyone who plays. and seeing if that strategy fits your play style.
  16. 1 point
    RickR

    Craigslist Finds

    Nice!
  17. 1 point
    Justin

    Squad Challenge - F-ZERO (Super Nintendo)

    Wild Goose! One of my favorites! Here's a little snippet on the Wild Goose and its driver Pico from the manual:
  18. 1 point
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - F-ZERO (Super Nintendo)

    2' 23" 70 Getting better.
  19. 1 point
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - F-ZERO (Super Nintendo)

    2'26"79 Thanks for the advice. I think I like the green car the best.
  20. 1 point
    jmjustin6

    Jmjustin6's game room

    Again didnt really know where to post this but this is part of my friends collection room. He Is huge into collecting matchbox cars. He actually got these store display cases himself back int he day atheist stores. He got in cool with the managers and they let him have these display cases
  21. 1 point
    jmjustin6

    Craigslist Finds

    Didnt know where to post this but anyway. Last week a friend of the family called me up and said he found his old atari games and wanted to know if I wanted to buy them. Of course I said yes. I went over there today and here they all are. He is a big matchbox collector so he was happy to unload these games onto me. We spent the day talking about each others collections and we are in 2 different worlds haha
  22. 1 point
    RickR

    NSG Giveaways!

    On the bright side, he's got Tim Horton's and universal health care. So really, Rob is the winner all year round.
  23. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    NSG Giveaways!

    I wished I could go beyond the US, but the shipping gets crazy once it crosses the border. Maybe someday though.
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  25. 1 point
    Let's rock!
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