This is the first version of a small quickstard guide for Pasti-imaging. I hope this helps a bit. If there are errors / additions, let's fix them for the next version... I'm quite tired at the moment but wanted to make the first version out as soon as possible as there seems to be a lot of demand for it
Here we go...
Most important thing first. ALWAYS
write-protect your original games disks before you start imaging them.
This quickstart guide was written either for Transfer Disk
(standard ST) or for Direct Imaging
(ST with hard disk or similar) and Steem-emulator
).Apart from Steem you will need the following files:http://pasti.fxatari.com/downloads/PastiImgKit.zip
for Atari ST and PC toolshttp://pasti.fxatari.com/downloads/PastiDll_02h.zip
for Steem to support PastiYou also need:
Atari ST/STe/Mega computer running at 8Mhz without modifications
. Mega STe is also fine but you need to use 8MHz / no cache
mode to make it work.
Windows-machine with floppydisk drive and Steem emulator installed.A) Transfer Disk1. Transferdisk initialize
For the first time you need to prepare a Transfer Disk
. This is the disk that will be swapped from ST to PC drive to produce a complete Pasti-image. There's good instructions how to do it on PastiImgKit.zip
documentation, but here's the short version.
a) Format standard 720Kb disk that works on both machines. Do not use any extended formats, they won't be readable by Windows.
b) Check that the disk is readable by both machines.
c) Run Pastitools.exe on Windows machine to initialize Trasfer Disk. (Transfer -> Initialize Transfer Disk
Now the disk is ready so the real work can start2. Making Pasti-image using transfer disk
a) Select Transfer -> Start Transfer...
from Pastitools.exe (Windows)
b) Run PASTI.PRG
on Atari ST
c) Check that the Xfer
is selected from the Mode
d) Put the original ST gamedisk in drive A and click Start
e) Pasti-program starts reading the gamedisk and asks for Transfer Disk after a while. Remove the gamedisk and insert Transfer Disk in Drive A. It now writes the first part of the image-file.
f) When the first part is written to the Transfer Disk, put it to the PC disk drive and select OK. To save some time put the ST gamedisk back to ST drive so it continues reading the next segment while PC is working for the first part of Pasti-image.
g) Repeat this as many times as the programs asks for disk change. Some games require more swapping than others, this is because they use bigger disks format (double sided for example)
h) When the final round of swapping transfer disk is done, you can save the image to Windows hard drive and test it with Steem.3. Testing the Pasti-image
a) Unpack PastiDll_02h.zip
to the same folder where your Steem.exe
b) Run Steem and you should see an info box about the Pasti extension.
c) Pasti support can be activated from Disk Manager -> Use Pasti
and configured from Disk Manager -> Pasti Configuration
d) From Pasti-configuration select Max Accuracy
When testing the image, please do not use fast forward
and make sure Steem has the original 8Mhz ST
configuration. Loading Pasti-image is slower than on real ST so don't worry, this is normal. If everything went fine, you should now see your game running on Steem.
If it didn't, retry doing the image again. In some cases the original can't be imaged at all, or your disk might be damaged.
If you're sure there's no copyprotection, you can try other tools like MSA
(http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/software/atar ... a_2_32.zip
) to make usable file for emulation use.B) Direct Imaging
If you have a hard disk, making Pasti-images is much more joy. I use MegaSTe / TOS 2.06 / 1.44Mb disk drive / hard disk combination.1. Making the image
a) If you have MegaSTe, make sure that the machine is set to 8Mhz with cache OFF
. This can be done for example with XCONTROL.ACC
b) Transfer the contect of PastiImgKit.zip
on your ST hard disk.
c) Run PASTI.PRG
d) Select FILE
from the Mode
-box, then click on FSEL ...
-box. Insert filename for the pasti-image with STX-extension
e) Put your original ST gamedisk to Drive A and click START
. If you want you can select the VERBOSE
to see information from every track.
f) When imaging is ready, repeat from d).2. Transfering image to PC
Double sided image-files can have size close to 2Mb. This is normal, so transfering them with floppy can be tricky.
- If you have 1.44Mb floppy drive in your Atari, you can pack the STX-files for example with ST-ZIP
) and transfer them using floppy disk to Windows.
- If you only have 720Kb floppy drive in your Atari, you will have some difficulties to fit the double sided pasti-images on the disk even after packing. In this case you can use an ST program called SPLITTER.PRG
to cut the file half ( http://jfhaslam.atari.org/downloads/splitter.zip
). Remember to install the same program on your Steem hard disk too to join the file back again.3) Activating Steem hard disk emulation:
a) Go to Disk Manager -> Hard Drive -> New Hard Drive -> Browse
, select folder you want to act as an ST hard drive.
b) Make sure Disable All Hard Drives
has no checkbox.
c) Reset Steem and wait for the GEM Desktop to appear.
d) Click once on Disk A
e) Select Options -> Install Disk Drive
f) Replace Drive Identifier
and click Install
g) Go to Options -> Save Desktop -> OK
h) Depack files using your favourite Windows unzipper into the folder you selected earlier.
i) Go back to Steem GEM Desktop.
j) Open Drive C and run the ST program.
That's it. Any suggestions?