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by Frank B
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: FPGA Chat
Topic: What does Atari do better than Amiga?
Replies: 18
Views: 1969

Re: What does Atari do better than Amiga?

PurpleMelbourne wrote:That's interesting. What do you mean by expand the range of Amiga's?


The Amiga chipset can only DMA to and from chip ram. That's a 2 meg limit.
by Frank B
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: FPGA Chat
Topic: What does Atari do better than Amiga?
Replies: 18
Views: 1969

Re: What does Atari do better than Amiga?

So now that we are looking at upgrading the old workhorses with FPGA updates. There are a lot of stuff in the Amiga which would be a great upgrade to Atari. So I've been wondering what in the Atari would be good to upgrade the Amiga with. By the sounds of it Amiga would benefit with Atari blitter u...
by Frank B
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: FPGA Chat
Topic: What does Atari do better than Amiga?
Replies: 18
Views: 1969

Re: What does Atari do better than Amiga?

Got that right! The blitter is absolutely awesome in the ST. It's faster than the Amigas for window to window translation providing the ratio of fringe to inner area is weighted to the inside. I raster timed it recently with an 18 word 20 line high single plane copy with fringes. The STE beat the Am...
by Frank B
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommended hardware tweaks/mods for an Atari STe
Replies: 21
Views: 1352

Re: Recommended hardware tweaks/mods for an Atari STe

I swapped out the CPU on a 1040 STe when Simbo fitted a Monster for me. We discovered that Atari used a 6 mhz (!) 68000 in the machine and overclocked it. I wonder how many other overclocked CPUS are out there in the STe.
by Frank B
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommended hardware tweaks/mods for an Atari STe
Replies: 21
Views: 1352

Re: Recommended hardware tweaks/mods for an Atari STe

Correction, it will affect many ACSI storage devices, but far from all. Atari harddisks are known to work just fine, and from memory a couple of other well-known brands back then showed no problems. However, other host-adapters did trigger this problem, and the UltraSatan is known to not work relia...
by Frank B
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Archeology: The TOS before version 1.00
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Archeology: The TOS before version 1.00

ramtos.png
is the system output from sysinfo on the ramtos MSA disk.
It would be good to know the ROM date on each version of RAM TOS. I'd like to know when its the ST's birthday. I have a date of January 8th 1985 from somewhere but can't remember where it came from.
by Frank B
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI and fonts
Replies: 15
Views: 1976

Re: NVDI and fonts

Will it just act like GDOS if it finds an old assign.sys ?
by Frank B
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI and fonts
Replies: 15
Views: 1976

Re: NVDI and fonts

Interesting. Not having a lot of luck with microsoft write so far :)
by Frank B
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI and fonts
Replies: 15
Views: 1976

Re: NVDI and fonts

Can NVDI use the old bitmap fonts from apps like Microsoft write or Timeworks?
by Frank B
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI 5.03 installation.
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: NVDI 5.03 installation.

Anything above 8 inches gets converted to two pages :( I almost got it working by changing the page size in easydraw but it gets the height wrong.
by Frank B
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI 5.03 installation.
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: NVDI 5.03 installation.

I wonder if it is misconfiguration? Works thinks the printer maxes out at 7 inches when I get printer sizes. I might try another hp model in NVDI. Update: Looks like every printer driver is convinced the page is only 7.73 inches wide. Every page preset is too wide. I can't use a4, us letter etc. I w...
by Frank B
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI 5.03 installation.
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: NVDI 5.03 installation.

I tried but it seems to only be capable of opening img files :(
by Frank B
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI 5.03 installation.
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: NVDI 5.03 installation.

Thanks :)
by Frank B
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI 5.03 installation.
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: NVDI 5.03 installation.

Failing that, is there an NVDI equivalent of outprint somewhere?
by Frank B
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: NVDI 5.03 installation.
Replies: 17
Views: 4448

Re: NVDI 5.03 installation.

I've been playing with NVDI and Easydraw 2 to see if I can get printed output via PCL. This app uses GDOS and prints via outprint. It always prints in landscape though. It splits a single portrait page into two. Half the content is on one page and half on the other. I've set the page size to a4 and ...
by Frank B
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: C / PASCAL etc.
Topic: MagiC & spinmxfs.xfs (iso filesystem for CDs)
Replies: 16
Views: 1087

Re: MagiC & spinmxfs.xfs (iso filesystem for CDs)

Is there a 68k distribution of Magic 6.23 on the cards? :D
by Frank B
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: Archeology: The TOS before version 1.00
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Archeology: The TOS before version 1.00

Please archive it if it isn't available on the net.
by Frank B
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: FPGA Chat
Topic: What does Atari do better than Amiga?
Replies: 18
Views: 1969

Re: What does Atari do better than Amiga?

They're both distinct and awesome!
by Frank B
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Y2K date fix for 2017?
Replies: 12
Views: 4713

Re: Y2K date fix for 2017?

This worked for me. 1) Modify the ultrasatan set and get clock to handle dates < 2000. 2) Set the date to 1988 3) Use Troed's RTC Dallas patch. The computer now has the correct date with TOS 1.6 :) Prebuilt usatan clock binaries here https://www.dropbox.com/s/h9pfpj00fwa76qp/clock.zip?dl=0 along wit...
by Frank B
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Applications
Topic: Y2K date fix for 2017?
Replies: 12
Views: 4713

Re: Y2K date fix for 2017?

Looks like I'll need to modify the ultrasatan clock save utility to allow dates < 2000. With this and Troed's patch will this fix the time stamp problems on tos 1.x ?
by Frank B
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Games which benefit from 16 mhz + cache on the Mega Ste
Replies: 16
Views: 2916

Re: Games which benefit from 16 mhz + cache on the Mega Ste

I should clarify something. I didn't mean games that could use the cache. I actually meant games that improve framerate wise if it has been enabled.
Eg going from 3 vbl to two etc. :)
by Frank B
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Vortex ATonce Plus/286 disk needed
Replies: 9
Views: 3236

Re: Vortex ATonce Plus/286 disk needed

Does it support 20x87 FPU?
by Frank B
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Games - General
Topic: R0X ZER0
Replies: 51
Views: 18512

Re: R0X ZER0

That looks like a very good *commercial* quality release! NICE!
by Frank B
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Magic mac open sourced
Replies: 52
Views: 15891

Re: Magic mac open sourced

It's exciting if it leads to the ST version of Magic being open sourced.
by Frank B
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: News & Announcements
Topic: Beyond Brown - "new" website for Atari tech and stuff!
Replies: 6
Views: 2650

Re: Beyond Brown - "new" website for Atari tech and stuff!

I love it! It has blast processing(tm) ;)

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