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Installing a floppy emulator in an ST computer

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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:

 

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Here is my Atari 520STFM before surgery

 

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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.

 

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Here's the inside "before".

 

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And here's the emulator installed:

 

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

 

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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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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. 

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Nice buy. I would love to get the CosmosEX 3.0 floppy emulator, with the Raspberry Pi built into it, that Jookie created. But, they are expensive to be sure. I have an Atari 1040STE computer with 4 MB of RAM. But, I may also get a Mega STE computer in the future. The Mega would have more expandability than the 1040STE. 

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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. 

The games on the ST are similar to Sega Genesis because the Genesis is basically an Atari ST computer scaled down as a game platform. It has the same CPU as the Amiga, ST, and some earlier Macintosh computers. So, I understand the similarities. Atari sued Sega partially because of that. It was copyright infringement, due to the similarities between the Genesis and the Atari ST. So, Atari won $90 million in damages and Sega bought 10% of Atari in the deal. That might be why Sega were thinking about porting some of their games to the Jaguar. Perhaps.

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I did not know about the suit between Atari and Sega.  Fascinating. 

 

 

Agreed. That's part of the reason why Sonic the Hedgehog appeared in an Atari catalog of Lynx games as late as 1994. That's Sonic on the Atari Lynx screen :wreck-it-ralph: BlackCatz40 is spot-on about the similarities between the Atari ST and Sega Genesis. Atari would've been wise to have a new console based on the Atari ST ready for Christmas, 1987. They could have had a nice head start.

 

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Agreed. That's part of the reason why Sonic the Hedgehog appeared in an Atari catalog of Lynx games as late as 1994. That's Sonic on the Atari Lynx screen :wreck-it-ralph: BlackCatz40 is spot-on about the similarities between the Atari ST and Sega Genesis. Atari would've been wise to have a new console based on the Atari ST ready for Christmas, 1987. They could have had a nice head start.

 

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Were Atari thinking about making an ST game platform? I had thought that I heard that they were contemplating it. I might be wrong. It certainly would have been nice.

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Sega at one point went to Atari to release their 16-bit console, then called Tomahawk.  Atari developers gave Sega's machine the name American owners know it by, Genesis.  It would make sense that Genesis and the ST actually have a brotherhood without anyone noticing it or knowing about it.  Imagine if the ST had Genesis's Yamaha sound chip in it instead.  But the cost would have likely been the lack of MIDI support which was the ST's largest saving grace.

That image of Sonic on the Lynx looks like it is from the Game Gear instead.

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