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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from RickR in Atari STe SD Card Reader ( Jagpad port ) Review   
    STe OrionSD CARD READER - Tech Notes 1/17/2021
    GETTING IT TO RUN :
    - I'm Running Window's 10 with an internal 3.25 floppy drive. I formatted a quality 2GB SD card With the PC, FAT . I would not use larger capacity SD cards. Larger one's MIGHT be better for the partition method - more on that later...
    - I created a new folder on my Win10 PC named "AUTO". I Wrote bigdos.prg AND Orion's driver's to the AUTO folder.
    - I wrote the AUTO folder to a Pre-Atari formatted, 720k floppy disk. I have been told extenal USB floppy drives will not work with Win10. External USB floppy drives might work with Win XP. - Not sure yet. Note : There were two sets of drivers provided;The newer drivers DO work and initiate faster.
    BIGDOS VS. PARTITION METHOD :
    There are two ways of setting up the SD card. I chose Bigdos because I have window's 10 and I thought it would be difficult to read multiple partitions. I just wanted to get it running first. Supposedly, Win XP is better at recognizing multiple partitions.
    Atari 4mb TOS 2.06 STe power on : It loads bigdos.prg, then Orion's Sd card drivers. Both programs take up approximatly 56kb in the AUTO folder so I assume it takes up close to that in ST RAM, I'm not sure. At desktop, you will see a "C " HD icon to work from. With bigdos, you can just drag and drop files from Win10 to the SD card as it is one, big, happy partition. ;) Keep in mind when using the Bigdos method, there is more overhead in ram. You can discount games or demo's that require 4mb ram at this point. The Bad Apple demo notes that it has problems with Bigdos so you can assume some other programs do as well. Further testing has told me that the multi-partition method might give less problems in general. Which brings me to :
    THE RESULTS SO FAR :
    - It Makes The STe OrionSD a GREAT - " MINI-MOD PLAYER " !!  You can store many MOD files on the SD. They load complteley into ram, so there is no transfer rate issues, plus it may load a tad faster than a floppy. I put all the MOD songs into one folder and My MOD player ( I suggest oszi ) in another, so it won't be hard to find, mixed up with all the MOD files. Pretty cool use.
    - ** GemBench Findings  ( with Bigdos ) : Gem display box takes a 2% hit / Blitter takes a 2% hit / VDI Enquire takes a 2% hit !! **
    - The STe Orion SD is an excellent, inexpensive way for a developer to implement code on the STe. One hangup would be that it uses Jagport one so games that use the Jagpad would have to use port 2, if they aren't programmed to already.
    - I have been using Peter Putnik's HD versions. I'm having mixed results so far and I blame Bigdos.
    - The SD Card seems to transfer data a little faster than a floppy - 20 to 25bps. Partition method might be faster..
    - Any program that can load all it's data in RAM will be fine. Constant DMA fetching is sketchy - hardware limitation.
    - Obsession won't load all the exta sounds because of the driver overhead, but runs. I'll stick to the floppy version in which I get all the bells and whistles.
    - Sea of Color Demo - NO GO. RAM overhead and transfer rate issues.
    - Bad Apple Demo : NO GO. Transfer rate. The Demo notes state that bigdos is the problem.
    - Maxymiser works.
    - Vulgar Display of Power Demo : Plays weird. There are graphical issues and timing issues with DMA sound.
    - The reader does have space limitations. If I put too much on it it boots with the error - ... " trying to execute from --- instead.. " then freezes up at Atari Boot screen. I forget what the limit in bigdos is... probably 32mb.
    - Super Stardust - Tries to load but returns to a functional blue desktop.
    - Lethal Excess runs.
    - The " Signals " Demo ( STe version, of course ) has trouble with the DMA sound, as, for some reason, does not load ALL the audio file into RAM for playback, so transfer rate again rears it's ugly head.. OR it's bigdos getting in the way again.
    - One Word High Res Demo runs.
    - Cannot delete SD files from the desktop. Has to be from PC. Will try the newer Driver.
    - Tried the Drivers without bigdos. NOPE. - Have to partition it.
    - Addams Family - Freezes up.
    - Dungeon Master DMA - Runs!
    ** Update 2/19/2021 ** Multi-Partition Method - ease of use -
    I found Peter Putnik's disk image and wrote it to an SD card with win32diskImager. The image has three partitions, but the device only sees what's in the main one because of bigdos. Window's 10 DOES see all three partitions and I CAN write to them. Gamex games seem to run better than other versions on this device. This information is useful for the upcoming Antonio's SD card HD interface. I'm pretty sure most versions of games will be more compatible with those drivers. ODDITY : Some games do not see the joystick and you can only fire with the mouse.. I think this is due to the ports gettting mixed up. This too should be fixed with Antonio's new device + drivers.
    I tried to copy the one hard drive desktop icon to match the other two partitions (F, G ) and save the preferences, but it froze up and tanked the SD card. I'm in the process of trying to rescue the SD card.  
    SD Card Speeds- The higher the class of Micro SD Card you use, the better the transfer rate. Most cards are rated for their write speed .. I think this goes hand in hand with read speed.
     
     



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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from Justin in Atari STe SD Card Reader ( Jagpad port ) Review   
    STe OrionSD CARD READER - Tech Notes 1/17/2021
    GETTING IT TO RUN :
    - I'm Running Window's 10 with an internal 3.25 floppy drive. I formatted a quality 2GB SD card With the PC, FAT . I would not use larger capacity SD cards. Larger one's MIGHT be better for the partition method - more on that later...
    - I created a new folder on my Win10 PC named "AUTO". I Wrote bigdos.prg AND Orion's driver's to the AUTO folder.
    - I wrote the AUTO folder to a Pre-Atari formatted, 720k floppy disk. I have been told extenal USB floppy drives will not work with Win10. External USB floppy drives might work with Win XP. - Not sure yet. Note : There were two sets of drivers provided;The newer drivers DO work and initiate faster.
    BIGDOS VS. PARTITION METHOD :
    There are two ways of setting up the SD card. I chose Bigdos because I have window's 10 and I thought it would be difficult to read multiple partitions. I just wanted to get it running first. Supposedly, Win XP is better at recognizing multiple partitions.
    Atari 4mb TOS 2.06 STe power on : It loads bigdos.prg, then Orion's Sd card drivers. Both programs take up approximatly 56kb in the AUTO folder so I assume it takes up close to that in ST RAM, I'm not sure. At desktop, you will see a "C " HD icon to work from. With bigdos, you can just drag and drop files from Win10 to the SD card as it is one, big, happy partition. ;) Keep in mind when using the Bigdos method, there is more overhead in ram. You can discount games or demo's that require 4mb ram at this point. The Bad Apple demo notes that it has problems with Bigdos so you can assume some other programs do as well. Further testing has told me that the multi-partition method might give less problems in general. Which brings me to :
    THE RESULTS SO FAR :
    - It Makes The STe OrionSD a GREAT - " MINI-MOD PLAYER " !!  You can store many MOD files on the SD. They load complteley into ram, so there is no transfer rate issues, plus it may load a tad faster than a floppy. I put all the MOD songs into one folder and My MOD player ( I suggest oszi ) in another, so it won't be hard to find, mixed up with all the MOD files. Pretty cool use.
    - ** GemBench Findings  ( with Bigdos ) : Gem display box takes a 2% hit / Blitter takes a 2% hit / VDI Enquire takes a 2% hit !! **
    - The STe Orion SD is an excellent, inexpensive way for a developer to implement code on the STe. One hangup would be that it uses Jagport one so games that use the Jagpad would have to use port 2, if they aren't programmed to already.
    - I have been using Peter Putnik's HD versions. I'm having mixed results so far and I blame Bigdos.
    - The SD Card seems to transfer data a little faster than a floppy - 20 to 25bps. Partition method might be faster..
    - Any program that can load all it's data in RAM will be fine. Constant DMA fetching is sketchy - hardware limitation.
    - Obsession won't load all the exta sounds because of the driver overhead, but runs. I'll stick to the floppy version in which I get all the bells and whistles.
    - Sea of Color Demo - NO GO. RAM overhead and transfer rate issues.
    - Bad Apple Demo : NO GO. Transfer rate. The Demo notes state that bigdos is the problem.
    - Maxymiser works.
    - Vulgar Display of Power Demo : Plays weird. There are graphical issues and timing issues with DMA sound.
    - The reader does have space limitations. If I put too much on it it boots with the error - ... " trying to execute from --- instead.. " then freezes up at Atari Boot screen. I forget what the limit in bigdos is... probably 32mb.
    - Super Stardust - Tries to load but returns to a functional blue desktop.
    - Lethal Excess runs.
    - The " Signals " Demo ( STe version, of course ) has trouble with the DMA sound, as, for some reason, does not load ALL the audio file into RAM for playback, so transfer rate again rears it's ugly head.. OR it's bigdos getting in the way again.
    - One Word High Res Demo runs.
    - Cannot delete SD files from the desktop. Has to be from PC. Will try the newer Driver.
    - Tried the Drivers without bigdos. NOPE. - Have to partition it.
    - Addams Family - Freezes up.
    - Dungeon Master DMA - Runs!
    ** Update 2/19/2021 ** Multi-Partition Method - ease of use -
    I found Peter Putnik's disk image and wrote it to an SD card with win32diskImager. The image has three partitions, but the device only sees what's in the main one because of bigdos. Window's 10 DOES see all three partitions and I CAN write to them. Gamex games seem to run better than other versions on this device. This information is useful for the upcoming Antonio's SD card HD interface. I'm pretty sure most versions of games will be more compatible with those drivers. ODDITY : Some games do not see the joystick and you can only fire with the mouse.. I think this is due to the ports gettting mixed up. This too should be fixed with Antonio's new device + drivers.
    I tried to copy the one hard drive desktop icon to match the other two partitions (F, G ) and save the preferences, but it froze up and tanked the SD card. I'm in the process of trying to rescue the SD card.  
    SD Card Speeds- The higher the class of Micro SD Card you use, the better the transfer rate. Most cards are rated for their write speed .. I think this goes hand in hand with read speed.
     
     



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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from MaximumRD in Atari STe SD Card Reader ( Jagpad port ) Review   
    STe OrionSD CARD READER - Tech Notes 1/17/2021
    GETTING IT TO RUN :
    - I'm Running Window's 10 with an internal 3.25 floppy drive. I formatted a quality 2GB SD card With the PC, FAT . I would not use larger capacity SD cards. Larger one's MIGHT be better for the partition method - more on that later...
    - I created a new folder on my Win10 PC named "AUTO". I Wrote bigdos.prg AND Orion's driver's to the AUTO folder.
    - I wrote the AUTO folder to a Pre-Atari formatted, 720k floppy disk. I have been told extenal USB floppy drives will not work with Win10. External USB floppy drives might work with Win XP. - Not sure yet. Note : There were two sets of drivers provided;The newer drivers DO work and initiate faster.
    BIGDOS VS. PARTITION METHOD :
    There are two ways of setting up the SD card. I chose Bigdos because I have window's 10 and I thought it would be difficult to read multiple partitions. I just wanted to get it running first. Supposedly, Win XP is better at recognizing multiple partitions.
    Atari 4mb TOS 2.06 STe power on : It loads bigdos.prg, then Orion's Sd card drivers. Both programs take up approximatly 56kb in the AUTO folder so I assume it takes up close to that in ST RAM, I'm not sure. At desktop, you will see a "C " HD icon to work from. With bigdos, you can just drag and drop files from Win10 to the SD card as it is one, big, happy partition. ;) Keep in mind when using the Bigdos method, there is more overhead in ram. You can discount games or demo's that require 4mb ram at this point. The Bad Apple demo notes that it has problems with Bigdos so you can assume some other programs do as well. Further testing has told me that the multi-partition method might give less problems in general. Which brings me to :
    THE RESULTS SO FAR :
    - It Makes The STe OrionSD a GREAT - " MINI-MOD PLAYER " !!  You can store many MOD files on the SD. They load complteley into ram, so there is no transfer rate issues, plus it may load a tad faster than a floppy. I put all the MOD songs into one folder and My MOD player ( I suggest oszi ) in another, so it won't be hard to find, mixed up with all the MOD files. Pretty cool use.
    - ** GemBench Findings  ( with Bigdos ) : Gem display box takes a 2% hit / Blitter takes a 2% hit / VDI Enquire takes a 2% hit !! **
    - The STe Orion SD is an excellent, inexpensive way for a developer to implement code on the STe. One hangup would be that it uses Jagport one so games that use the Jagpad would have to use port 2, if they aren't programmed to already.
    - I have been using Peter Putnik's HD versions. I'm having mixed results so far and I blame Bigdos.
    - The SD Card seems to transfer data a little faster than a floppy - 20 to 25bps. Partition method might be faster..
    - Any program that can load all it's data in RAM will be fine. Constant DMA fetching is sketchy - hardware limitation.
    - Obsession won't load all the exta sounds because of the driver overhead, but runs. I'll stick to the floppy version in which I get all the bells and whistles.
    - Sea of Color Demo - NO GO. RAM overhead and transfer rate issues.
    - Bad Apple Demo : NO GO. Transfer rate. The Demo notes state that bigdos is the problem.
    - Maxymiser works.
    - Vulgar Display of Power Demo : Plays weird. There are graphical issues and timing issues with DMA sound.
    - The reader does have space limitations. If I put too much on it it boots with the error - ... " trying to execute from --- instead.. " then freezes up at Atari Boot screen. I forget what the limit in bigdos is... probably 32mb.
    - Super Stardust - Tries to load but returns to a functional blue desktop.
    - Lethal Excess runs.
    - The " Signals " Demo ( STe version, of course ) has trouble with the DMA sound, as, for some reason, does not load ALL the audio file into RAM for playback, so transfer rate again rears it's ugly head.. OR it's bigdos getting in the way again.
    - One Word High Res Demo runs.
    - Cannot delete SD files from the desktop. Has to be from PC. Will try the newer Driver.
    - Tried the Drivers without bigdos. NOPE. - Have to partition it.
    - Addams Family - Freezes up.
    - Dungeon Master DMA - Runs!
    ** Update 2/19/2021 ** Multi-Partition Method - ease of use -
    I found Peter Putnik's disk image and wrote it to an SD card with win32diskImager. The image has three partitions, but the device only sees what's in the main one because of bigdos. Window's 10 DOES see all three partitions and I CAN write to them. Gamex games seem to run better than other versions on this device. This information is useful for the upcoming Antonio's SD card HD interface. I'm pretty sure most versions of games will be more compatible with those drivers. ODDITY : Some games do not see the joystick and you can only fire with the mouse.. I think this is due to the ports gettting mixed up. This too should be fixed with Antonio's new device + drivers.
    I tried to copy the one hard drive desktop icon to match the other two partitions (F, G ) and save the preferences, but it froze up and tanked the SD card. I'm in the process of trying to rescue the SD card.  
    SD Card Speeds- The higher the class of Micro SD Card you use, the better the transfer rate. Most cards are rated for their write speed .. I think this goes hand in hand with read speed.
     
     



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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from ptw-ace in Excellent Jaguar Technical Video   
    Explains the pros and cons of the hardware VERY well. Great video.
     
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    Paul Westphal reacted to Atari 5200 Guy in 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)
    Where To Find DD Disks
    I'm going to post a few places here that I have found to obtain DD disks.  I hope these will be helpful to others.
    Floppy Disks  (Sells both HD and DD.  DD disks can be found after the HD disks.  Scroll to find them!  Also has images showing the difference between DD and HD disks.)*
    Old Software  (Has floppies.  Some in damaged packages at a discounted price.)
    NOTE:  I have not dealt with these places personally.  I'm posting these for completeness of the tutorial.  Should any Atari I/O member have any issues with any of these companies with an order please give feedback so the rest of us will know.  I will mark next to these companies known issues so buyers will be aware.  Now...save some disks for me!
    *Got an email response from Floppy Disks while trying to contact Athana.  Athana no longer sells floppies but Floppy Disk does.  They are still in business selling floppies.  Phone number and physical address on website has been confirmed.
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from Justin in Recovering Atari ST ASIC Designs (ST, Panther, Sparrow)   
    This information is gold to me. Thanks!
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    Paul Westphal reacted to Ballblaɀer in Recovering Atari ST ASIC Designs (ST, Panther, Sparrow)   
    Much of this is miles above my head, but I'm certain that a number of you here will be interested in this:
     
    http://www.chzsoft.de/asic-web/
     
    Christian Zietz has uncovered schematics for a number of Atari ASICs, including a 68K video shifter that is almost certainly related to the Atari Panther.  Most of what's discussed on his page is with regard to the Atari ST (hence my posting it to this forum), but he also found an incomplete schematic for the Atari Sparrow (Falcon prototype).
     
    Here's hoping for more discoveries like these, and kudos to him for his efforts so far!
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    Paul Westphal reacted to Greyfox in Atari ST top ten Shoot'em up   
    Lol that's what happen when you have the scope of a goldfish regarding software for the ST machine, most ST users or should I say the majority of them only ever experienced the main stream titles and had fuck all clue what was outside the confines of there home town computer store, regardless of what the magazines where showcasing it simply didn't compete with the big software houses unless they released them, so this is how limited a lot of so called ST expert wannabes are, which is a total lost to them never going to have experienced the fun and excitement we did back then.
     
    The St was incredibly verse in its software a lot more than people give it credit for, that is why we are here to say different. I just hate educating the self proclaimed supremo's in my book the lame-o's
     
    Kudos pal.
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    I totally forgot about Mall 205 KayBee! I think the draw for The LLoyd Center was that it was an open air mall that you could walk your bike through. It would snow and rain in the center of the mall.
    Also you could catch a glimpse of Tonya Harding ice skating once in a while, but that was a little later..
    More later in life, I spent my days off at Electronics Boutique, always searching for the greatest Sega CD game ever. Then the Jaguar hit shelves. I DID see a official Aircars being sold there.
    It was just the cart and manual, no box. THAT was telling. 🙂
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    I find it fun and relaxing to work on them. These restored and repaired systems bring people joy, plus they don't end up in an Alamogordo type burial site. That's what matters.
    🙂
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from Sabertooth in Excellent Jaguar Technical Video   
    Explains the pros and cons of the hardware VERY well. Great video.
     
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from Justin in Excellent Jaguar Technical Video   
    Explains the pros and cons of the hardware VERY well. Great video.
     
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in Eightbitfix.com Updated and Growing   
    Hi guys!
    Just a reminder, the site has been  updated.
    If you need any repairs, have any technical questions, or whatever, you can PM Me or use the contact form on the site.
    Also, if you have any broken harware that can be repaired and needs a good home, I'm your guy.
    🙂
    Still Rockin' Atari
    Paul
     

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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from RickR in Eightbitfix.com Updated and Growing   
    Hi guys!
    Just a reminder, the site has been  updated.
    If you need any repairs, have any technical questions, or whatever, you can PM Me or use the contact form on the site.
    Also, if you have any broken harware that can be repaired and needs a good home, I'm your guy.
    🙂
    Still Rockin' Atari
    Paul
     

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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from Sabertooth in Defender 2000 Soundtrack   
    If you don't have it yet, I have it. The file is to big to post here but it can be emailed. I have permission from the original author to burn a copy BUT IT IS NOT TO BE SOLD.
    I also have permission from Bruce at B & C to distribute it - IT IS NOT TO BE SOLD. His master copy from Atari had a few errors, so I emailed the Composers file to Bruce replace his.
    These are very polished tunes.
    Pm me and I'll Email it to you as a google drive link.  I use Imageburn.
    Paul
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from RickR in Defender 2000 Soundtrack   
    If you don't have it yet, I have it. The file is to big to post here but it can be emailed. I have permission from the original author to burn a copy BUT IT IS NOT TO BE SOLD.
    I also have permission from Bruce at B & C to distribute it - IT IS NOT TO BE SOLD. His master copy from Atari had a few errors, so I emailed the Composers file to Bruce replace his.
    These are very polished tunes.
    Pm me and I'll Email it to you as a google drive link.  I use Imageburn.
    Paul
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in NSG's Rankings of Every Atari 7800 Game (Video)   
    Hat Trick was written in Fourth.. 🙂
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    Paul Westphal reacted to Greyfox in Atari ST, the misunderstood computer?   
    Some great reading to be had here fella.
     
    and as part of my return to doing game reviews, if it's okay with you, I'd like to share the first video produced after some 6 years lol.
     
    I'm not You tube spamming with the latest content, well I am, amid I? sorry about that, I'm hoping to cover some great titles on the ST Machine and hopefully not main stream amongst other formats too like th A8 and Amiga
     
    but here's the latest peace offering .
     

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    Paul Westphal reacted to simoncam in NEW ATARI STe game port “FROGS”   
    FROGS for STe V1 is ready for download!
    2018 is a great year for ATARI STe fans! FROGS might not be the technical masterpiece the likes of r0x zero or Escape 2042. FORGS is just FUN FUN FUN!!! Multiplayer FUN FUN FUN!!!
    Get up to four players for full frog pond action! Or battle against the computer!

    You have a family and like to show your kids the computer of your youth? Head out to the frogpond!
    • FROGS is compatible with the ST4PLAYER adapter on the parallel port.
    • You can also combine the keyboard and Jagpads into the action.
    • You can even connect two ATARI ST(e) with MIDI cables for a gaming network.
    • You can easily configure emulators for 4 controllers and the MIST FPGA ATARI ST core is ready for four joysticks from the getgo!
    ENJOY!

    Free download: http://www.hd-videofilm.com/frogs - donations welcome 
    And if you have original hardware but no ST4PLAYER adapter, the stay tuned for the release of the ATARI ST Multiplayer Powerpack: Boxed Version of FROGS + Zatacka ST (http://www.hd-videofilm.com/zatacka) +ST4PLAYER Adapter + a shiny colourful manual and other goodies!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojq1x1FdZ9I

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    Paul Westphal reacted to Clint Thompson in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    Figured this would be a fun topic and shed some light into the lives of everyone here and their background or experiences with Atari as a whole. Looking forward to hearing everyone's stories!
     
    My first Atari 1040ST I lucked out and found at a local Goodwill for less than $20, which was in incredible deal!  Not only was it in really good condition, it also seemed to work flawlessly. Mind you, this was before the eBay and scalper or flipping days where people would buy things just to turn a profit immediately because they knew it was retro/vintage or what have you. I think I only owned the ST for a few years as I didn't have much software and this was before I had learned about LGT, which unfortunately now charges for all downloads. I want to say I remember the disks being downloadable for free at some point but maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. That was my first and last Atari ST and the plan is to get an 4MB STe sometime in the near future to fill that void.
     
    Sometime in early 1999, I received my very first Atari Falcon, which I had always wanted since seeing them in the Toad Computers catalogs around the . At the time, I also had what I was finally happy with as a very fast PC as well - with an AMD K6-II 450Mhz and 64MB of RAM, WinTV card and eventually a 3DFX Voodoo 3 3000 16MB AGP card. Anyways, back to the Falcon - it arrived COD and I had no experience with cash on delivery. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly cash on delivery as I would soon learn lol and they had to re-deliver the next day because only money orders were accepted. So due to my own ignorance, I had to delay it another day. Had that machine for several years and enjoyed the many demos and capabilities of the machine for what I could use before selling it off. It had a BlowUpFX and some other board installed which made it highly incompatible with a lot of the software I wanted to try, as it turned out.
     
    To kind of extend on that story, later on I would end up with yet another Falcon which was also modded unfortunately, as it had a Centurbo II installed and something was wonky with the DSP as a result and I also re-sold this unit as it just had problems. I remember learning from that point on to make sure I would only get another Falcon if it wasn't modded. I would finally end up with a really nice unit sometime in 2001 or 2002, upgrading it myself with an FPU and maxed out the RAM to 14MB. Foolishly, I would sell it years later due to financial constraints and still regret having to had done so.
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    RickR  Yeah I remember GIJoes on 82nd ave having a HUGE 2600 display kiosk with multiple games you could try. There were two game stores down at LLoyd Center mall. When the great crash hit, they had games for $10 and under. I think I got Space Jockey for $5.
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    That's some random pic off the internet with my 53 year old Brothers' face badly photoshopped 🙂

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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from socrates63 in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    Sears sold my parents a non-working unit and we had to wait for what seemed like an eterniity to get the replacement. After that rough start, there were many game trades with friends during my childhood that became kind of a social thing for us. I eventually ended up with a 800xl and 1050 disk drive. Now I repair and restore all Atari. Funny how that works out.
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from nosweargamer in NSG's Rankings of Every Atari 7800 Game (Video)   
    Hat Trick was written in Fourth.. 🙂
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    Paul Westphal got a reaction from RickR in Your Atari "firsts" memories and experiences...   
    RickR  Yeah I remember GIJoes on 82nd ave having a HUGE 2600 display kiosk with multiple games you could try. There were two game stores down at LLoyd Center mall. When the great crash hit, they had games for $10 and under. I think I got Space Jockey for $5.
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