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Re: Stonish.net - Atari ST Menu disks (Euroswap, FOFT, SFX...)

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qq1975b wrote:Ok, understood. Sorry.
No problem, any help is welcome :wink:
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Re: Stonish.net - Atari ST Menu disks (Euroswap, FOFT, SFX...)

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The Little Green Desktop CD's PP #3 only has a problem with one of the high score files. As the doc for the checker says- "...it's almost certainly really OK, just different from my copy!" [the Alien's originals]. And I VERY much doubt we'll find one of those!

I'm working through the rest of the disks you listed and will post again soon.
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1/2 Disks that can be considered OK?

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PP 4 - If Sledge had a slightly different version of the file and Alien acknowledged this then that disk is OK, surely?
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PP 22 - The pilot roster is the equivalent of a save file so again I very much doubt an original will be found. These disk images date from 1998.
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PP 38 - See #22 but this time 00,0 is apparently not where this data is stored. Could this be the custom LGD boot sector or whatever?
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PP 45 - See #22. Data stored at 00,0 which seems the more common location.
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PP 64 - "Don't worry about it". Only one file missing of three mentioned. Would be nice to read it though!
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PP 73 - I did this one out of interest and it's another save game data discrepancy. Presumably you didn't get this for your image?
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The other disks (except in those in my 2nd post below) in your list are genuinely bad dumps as far as I can tell. I'm not sure about #61 as the problem is with 00,0. #72 shows a file as bad that's not mentioned in the comments that appear after scan. I don't know if this is also save game data or not.
Is having LGD's custom boot sector (I don't know what the correct term for this is) on these disks a problem? Can they easily be removed if necessary to recreate a pure original? <- IGNORE THIS. Turns out the LGD CD-ROM doesn't have his watermark although I could have sworn it did. Must be the Automation menus?
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2/2 Patched disks

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PP 6 - Complains of having not been patched to include a trainer and about DESKTOP.INF (irrelevant?). When patched still shows this discrepancy. I have attached both images and they are different (intro blurb has changed).
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PP 27 - One of the disks fixed for STEs but when I attempt the patch it shouts at me! (Attempted on both STFM and STE configs)
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PP 44 - The fix may be around somewhere but good luck trying to track that ancient relic down, Indy.
PP_13_4A_00007.png
PP 50 - There's a fix which I applied and the disks appear different (checked with Duplicate Cleaner) but it's hard to tell for sure because the comment also mentions saved game / high score data as a discrepancy and the menu bug fix likely won't show in emulation. Please let me know if you want this patched disk if you think it's important!
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PP 53 - A fix that worked. Both images attached. Other discrepancy is high score related.
[TO BE CONTINUED IN 2b. I'm running out of attachments!]

My GOD I appreciate the Alien's attention to detail so much! Love that guy's work. The way he makes his name only to be a transparent layer so it flashes, all the text he changed in the games some of which is quite funny etc. OK so the games the Pirates cracked might not be the best, his scrollers make for pretty dire reading and their focus on presentation meant they never reached triple figures but their output is unmatched in style alone. This is why menus are my go to for the ST. The games themselves really are 2nd fiddle for me.
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[continued]
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PP 67 - Fix applied. No change in disk checker comment. Images different and attached.
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