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Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:36 am
by Pernod
Is the Atom archive available in UEF format anywhere?

The ATM archive is great for MMC users, and Atomulator that emulates MMC, but so so great for MESS.

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:10 pm
by oss003
Hello Nigel,

no, there are a few UEF tape files available but there is no UEF archive.

But IIRC Dave (hoglet) has a script to save the archive as DSK images for the FPGA Atom.

PS Found it, here's an image which contains 1023 x 100 kB Diskimages for the Software Archive in SDDOS2 format.
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 570#p86989
This is the format of the image file:

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;=================================================================
; SD-CARD:
;=================================================================
; The format of the SD-card is:
;
;       sector        Description
;------------------------------------------------------
;      0 -     31    DISKTABLE + DISK INFORMATION TABLE
;     32 -    231    DISK IMAGE 0000
;    232 -    463    DISK IMAGE 0001
;   ..        ..           ..
;   ..        ..           ..
; 104432 - 204631    DISK IMAGE 1022   
;
;------------------------------------------------------
; DISKTABLE (16 bytes)
;------------------------------------------------------
;  0,1 - Current diskette number in drive 0
;  2,3 - Current diskette number in drive 1
;  4,5 - Current diskette number in drive 2
;  6,7 - Current diskette number in drive 3
;  8-F - Unused
;------------------------------------------------------
;
;------------------------------------------------------
; DISKINFO TABLE (1023 * 16 bytes)
;------------------------------------------------------
; 0-C - Diskname
; D,E - Unused
; F   - Diskette Status  00 = Read Only
;                        0F = R/W
;                        F0 = Unformatted
;                        FF = No valid diskno.
;------------------------------------------------------
;
;------------------------------------------------------
; SD-CARD CAPACITY
;------------------------------------------------------
; DISKTABLE      :                           16 bytes
; DISKINFO TABLE : 1023 *      16 =      16.368 bytes
; DISK IMAGES    : 1023 * 102.400 = 104.755.200 bytes
;------------------------------------------------------
; Total data     :                  104.771.584 bytes
; Total sectors  :                      204.632 sect
; Total mB       :                          100 mB
;-----------------------------------------------------------------
Greetings
Kees

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:53 pm
by harrowm
Noob question .. Where can I find a few tape and disk files of each type so I can test Atomulator .. Yes I've gotten the coding bug again :shock:

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:20 pm
by oss003
If you look at the Atom games on the Retrosoftware site, in the download section, you'll find disk-, tape- and ATM images of the game.

http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... roReleases

Eg. Chuckie Egg, Galaforce ....

Greetings
Kees

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:06 pm
by harrowm
Gosh :shock:

I said it was a noob question. Thanks Kees

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:24 pm
by hoglet
Hi NIgel,
oss003 wrote: But IIRC Dave (hoglet) has a script to save the archive as DSK images for the FPGA Atom.
I can package the whole archive (plus menu system) in one of three formats:
- ATM format
- SDDOS2 format (which is what Kees has just described)
- SDDOS3 format (which is a separate file per disk/title)

If you want the menu system to work, then you will need either SDDOS2, SDDOS3 or ATOMMC, all of which require the emulator to have some support for emulating an SD Card. For SDDOS the menu program uses *DIN to mount the apppriate disk image. For ATOMMC it just changes to the appropriate directory.

If all you have in MESS is the ability to manually mount individual disk images, then I don't see how the menu program would work for you.

Have you considered switching MESS over to using Atomulator as the emulator?

Dave

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:54 pm
by CMcDougall
I can pop up a link to all the MIA tapes .hqUEF files I made a while back, and also some .CSW working files if that helps you test? Will put up linky when on Laptop later and find them....
and no, I ain't uploading 800+mb of .WAV files :lol:

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:58 pm
by CMcDougall
here is linky (note to self7dls)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/8p9l3 ... il2013.zip

also, some old .TAP files over at:
http://www.stairwaytohell.com/atom/wouterras/

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:41 pm
by oss003
There are several formats available:

Tape:
---------
- WAV, recorded 300/1200 baud audio tape saved according to Kansas City standard
- CSW, stored sample data of a WAV file (Atomulator, not 100% ok)
- UEF, is a container format for the compressed storage of audio tape (Atomulator, not 100% ok)
- TAP, file with sequential stored binary code with header (Emulator Wouter Ras)

Disc:
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- DSK, diskimage of a 100 kB Atom floppy (Atomulator + emulator Wouter Ras)

MMC:
---------
- ATM, binary code with header (Atomulator)

Greetings
Kees

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:10 am
by Pernod
hoglet wrote:I can package the whole archive (plus menu system) in one of three formats:
- ATM format
- SDDOS2 format (which is what Kees has just described)
- SDDOS3 format (which is a separate file per disk/title)

Have you considered switching MESS over to using Atomulator as the emulator?
I'll look at implementing MMC in MESS at a later date, so may come back to you.
CMcDougall wrote:I can pop up a link to all the MIA tapes .hqUEF files I made a while back, and also some .CSW working files if that helps you test?
Thanks Col, that's exactly what I was hoping for. I notice SpacePanic is csw only, problem with uef?

Does anyone else have any more to add the collection, maybe Arcadian?

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:09 pm
by CMcDougall
as requested :wink:

also Typist -BugByte :
viewtopic.php?f=44&t=6544&start=630#p97807

Re: Atom UEF Archive

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:01 am
by 8bitkick
CMcDougall wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:58 pm
here is linky (note to self7dls)
http://www.mediafire.com/download/8p9l3 ... il2013.zip

also, some old .TAP files over at:
http://www.stairwaytohell.com/atom/wouterras/
Thanks for doing this. I am going to add Acorn Atom chunk support to playUEF when I get a moment so will be trying them out on my Atom :D