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by siriushardware
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Game-Boot from B:
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: Game-Boot from B:

I'm not aware of a software patch which does this, but I could be wrong. If you don't want to physically hack the drive select line tracks coming from the YM and pass them through a changeover switch (the usual way to do this), another way would be to have two switchable versions of the same TOS, on...
by siriushardware
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: DIY Monitor cable problems
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: DIY Monitor cable problems

And another thing which comes up from time to time, make sure you have not accidentally plugged the 13-way monitor plug into the ST monitor socket upside down. It is easier to do than you might think, and goes in the wrong way up with very little difficulty. The usual symptom is a black screen and a...
by siriushardware
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: STE boot grey desktop now changing to green - grey
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: STE boot grey desktop now changing to green - grey

But anyway, a monitor connection via RGB is infinitely preferable (better quality) than the RF signal or even composite video, which, depending on your exact problem, may well suffer the same occasional colour loss problem as the RF connection.
by siriushardware
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: STe - Bad DMA Chip
Replies: 166
Views: 32105

Re: STe - Bad DMA Chip

For the record. my STE has the 'good' DMA IC and standard CPU and has always 'just worked' both with an ICD based HDD unit (before that broke down with a fault on the ICD host adaptor) and with an UltraSatan, which is what I bought to replace it. Between the two (A special IC produced only for a cer...
by siriushardware
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: STe - Bad DMA Chip
Replies: 166
Views: 32105

Re: STe - Bad DMA Chip

I don't want to rock the boat, but what happens when you combine a 'Good' DMA IC with a 'Good' CMOS CPU? Anyone tried that?
by siriushardware
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ATARI STE 1MEG NOT WORKING!
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: ATARI STE 1MEG NOT WORKING!

I take it you are saying it's dead WITHOUT the Ultrasatan connected now? One possibility is that if any of the parts of the system (STE, Ultrasatan, Monitor) were already powered at the moment you connected them together you may unfortunately have damaged something - there is an unwritten rule that ...
by siriushardware
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Atari ST hardware problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1540

Re: Atari ST hardware problem

i bought a new shifter ic and will wait for it first before checking the rams For reference, unless you happen to be a playboy millionaire, always try the things you can try which don't cost any money first, such as removing and re-seating the socketed ICs. The idea that 'FS' might mean 'Faulty Shi...
by siriushardware
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Atari ST hardware problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1540

Re: Atari ST hardware problem

Can't help you specifically with that fault but like mlynn1974 above I notice the socketed RAM ICs are a different brand to the original ones still fitted directly in the board. What this says to me is that someone diagnosed a RAM fault and started to change RAM ICs until the fault was fixed - at wh...
by siriushardware
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 520STFM, no picture through RGB SCART
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: 520STFM, no picture through RGB SCART

There's a recess at the opposite side of the monitor socket into which the odd pin out (pin 13) will comfortably fit if you present the plug to the socket upside down. With the exception of pin 13, the pin layout of the 12 other pins is a perfectly symmetrical rectangle which looks exactly the same ...
by siriushardware
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reverse engineering of some ICD Link adapter
Replies: 175
Views: 20414

Re: Reverse engineering of some ICD Link adapter

OK, I didn't lay hands on my broken ICD interface yet but from DrCoolZic's Pictures and the knowledge that mine did not have a battery backed clock, I can say that mine is some version of the AdSCSI. It looks very like the one in the middle of DrCoolZic's second picture a couple of posts ago. Unfort...
by siriushardware
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reverse engineering of some ICD Link adapter
Replies: 175
Views: 20414

Re: Reverse engineering of some ICD Link adapter

While finding out how to best add initiator ID capability to my ICD AdSCSI plus ( not ICD Link!), I reverse-engineered one or two of the PALs. The resulting files were tested successfully in my host adapter. @siriushardware: Which ICD host adapter do you have? It's not quite within reach at the mom...
by siriushardware
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Reverse engineering of some ICD Link adapter
Replies: 175
Views: 20414

Re: Reverse engineering of some ICD Link adapter

That's a pity, as I have a broken ICD host adaptor which I am fairly certain has a damaged GAL / PAL in it. All the standard logic ICs have been lifted and tested in a dedicated TTL chip tester.
by siriushardware
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 520STFM, no picture through RGB SCART
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: 520STFM, no picture through RGB SCART

Long shot, but are you sure you don't just have the 13-way monitor plug plugged into the STFM's monitor socket upside down? It is surprisingly easy to do that despite the presence of the one offset pin and the usual symptom is no picture and a loud buzz through the sound, the latter caused by the fa...
by siriushardware
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Frontier Elite poor frame rate - booster required!
Replies: 39
Views: 2507

Re: Frontier Elite poor frame rate - booster required!

In common with other 'flight sims' I always found the versions of classic games on machines which switched sticks - Spectrum, ST, etc 'unflyable' compared to the versions on machines which had analogue sticks by default. (BBC B, PC). So I played Elite quite seriously for many hours on the BBC B even...
by siriushardware
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Cheats & Saved-Game Editing
Topic: Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy - Hints/Solution Scan
Replies: 5
Views: 7784

Re: Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy - Hints/Solution Scan

my favourite part of that game was discovered by accident, i was stuck in the vogon poetry bit and just typed 'escape' try it :) I lauged for about an hour :) Not the same game but it reminds me of a similar gag in Monkey Island (1) where Guybrush is thrown off a pier with a heavy looking idol chai...
by siriushardware
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

I think the limitation of a USB connected floppy drive is that it can usually only handle 'standard' PC track and sector formats, whereas with an integral drive, software can directly manipulate the floppy controller for the creation of / recreation of non standard formats.
by siriushardware
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

Maybe we should say that a file which contains an Atari disc 'image' typically has the extension .ST, although other formats exist. If a Linux PC with a motherboard connected floppy drive is available, then the Linux 'DD' command can be used to write an .ST image to a real floppy. if a Windows PC, t...
by siriushardware
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

So I played Price of Magik for quite a while last night (Under Hatari V2, where it runs fine) and encountered two aggressive enemies, a giant slug and a walking skeleton. Apart from fighting the slug I can imagine that the other way to deal with the slug must be to use salt, a traditional anti-slug ...
by siriushardware
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

Thanks, it is literally decades since I played any of that trilogy. My thanks to the OP for flagging up their existence and to spiny for posting the disc image. It was quite frustrating watching that brief playthrough as the player let the candle - obviously a time limited resource - burn away and t...
by siriushardware
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

Huh! I even owned that game (for the Spectrum, not the ST) and still didn't remember those details. I had no idea any of that series had ever been made for the ST. 'The Price Of Magik' was the third in a fantasy trilogy of text adventure games produced by Level 9 in the UK, the earlier titles in the...
by siriushardware
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

Not a bad looking game, especially for a tie-in, where they tended to spend too much on the rights and not enough on the game. But I've been right through the list of spells (recipes) in a walkthrough for Elvira and I don't see eyebright mentioned there.
by siriushardware
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Games - General
Topic: Trying to find the name of an adventure game
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Trying to find the name of an adventure game

If an ST text adventure with really good location graphics made a big impression on you, chances are it was one of the ones by British producers Magnetic Scrolls. But which one? Incidentally, Eyebright is also the name of a real-world flower which was traditionally held to have magical or healing qu...
by siriushardware
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Cheats & Saved-Game Editing
Topic: Armour - Geddon rebalancer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2861

Re: Armour - Geddon rebalancer?

I suppose you aren't asking for infinite. That's right, I just wanted it rebalanced so that it would play properly, in the spirit that it was intended. I don't ask for games to be a walk in the park, I loved Falcon (F16 sim, Spectrum Holobyte) even though it was a very realistic, therefore unforgiv...
by siriushardware
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Cheats & Saved-Game Editing
Topic: Armour - Geddon rebalancer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2861

Armour - Geddon rebalancer?

Notice I didn't say 'trainer', because that normally implies infinite time / infinite ammo / infinite fuel / infinite lives. I loved the idea of Armour-Geddon, but the ST version seemed to me to be stupidly hard to play because of a constant severe shortage of... something, possibly fuel for the air...
by siriushardware
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Found some eprom's in an ST lot
Replies: 9
Views: 1790

Re: Found some eprom's in an ST lot

Different brands of the same type of EPROM often had their own proprietary high speed programming algorithms, and if they had, they were the algorithms used for programming specifically those chips. Therefore the specific algorithm for programming one brand of EPROM type 'X' will not always work for...

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