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 Post subject: Got an ATARIMAX 5200 USB KIT, Questions and help please.
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:35 pm 

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First, I got the cart connected and drivers loaded everything is cool plus I have experience from the Colecovision version.

My question though: I got an archive of 5200 game ROMS which I have extracted. They range in file size from 4-40k. Are there any limits to the .bin file size that I can use?

Also, several of the roms come in different sizes even if they are the same Game title, why is that? Would the largest size not be best? :?: THANKS.


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 Post subject: Re: Got an ATARIMAX 5200 USB KIT, Questions and help please.
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:42 am 

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I can't tell you about the limits, but the difference in the cart size for the same game usually stems from remakes - the original game was usually put out for the 400/800 and was crammed into the smallest size rom they could to save money. When the 5200 came out, many of these were updated for better graphics and sound, taking more space. Hacks were made to allow 400/800 users to play the newer versions from the 5200, and hacks of the older versions were made for the 5200. Remember that the 5200 is just an A8 with a different memory map and a bad controller. It's fairly easy to hack games both ways (to/from the 5200).

Also, some of those larger roms might just be over-dumps: someone didn't know how large the rom really was, so they simply dumped enough to make sure they had it all.


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