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 Post subject: ACE80-XL to Flashcart?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:38 pm 

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Claus Buchholz, author of the ACE80 and ACE80-XL 80-column cartridges has posted all of the files necessary to make a cartridge, including his source files, docs, etc. These are posted at AtariAge at
http://www.atariage.com/forums/index.ph ... 9666&st=40

The only problem is the code is set up to put into an OSS "Black" bank-switching cartridge (or another work-alike). As designed, it loads its code into ram, then the cartridge turns itself off. Perhaps someone could adapt this to a 1 Mb cart? The actual code only requires 4KB

I have an original ACE80-XL cart, and I knew from the minute I first tried it, it is quite a bit faster than the usual 80-column software programs. For that reason, I think it is "special" and would be nice to provide a new flashcart "home" for it.

Anyone up for the challenge? (Way over my head...)

-Larry


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:54 am 
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I give it a go.

question, can you be a beta-tester for 1200XL?
You are the only one who has a flashable OS in his system ;-)

Cheers,
Sijmen.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:27 am 

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mr-atari wrote:
I give it a go.

question, can you be a beta-tester for 1200XL?
You are the only one who has a flashable OS in his system ;-)

Cheers,
Sijmen.


Terrific, Mr-A.!

Sure, I'm always very happy to test!

BTW, any update on OS-5? Aside from that one problem with MyDos that I had mentioned, it seems pretty stable.

Greetings,
Larry


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Ignore the content at 1000-3fff its garbage from the OSS-image I used.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:50 am 
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OK, I used the ACE80XL-EPR file again.
Since Í like to hack, I still did not read the source file......
I needed to change one byte to make it 1Mb flash compatible.

The flasher I created thinks it needs to program 16 banks.
But there is only one, the first, which contains the ACE80XL.
So ignore the error message when it wants to read bank-2
The cartridge will be erased and the first bank programmed.

I tested it on my stock XL and I get 80 columns with BASIC.
Works great, tekst is very readable. (I use a AV-cable/Philips 20" TV)

Cheers,
Sijmen.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:19 pm 

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mr-atari wrote:
OK, I used the ACE80XL-EPR file again.
Since Í like to hack, I still did not read the source file......
I needed to change one byte to make it 1Mb flash compatible.

The flasher I created thinks it needs to program 16 banks.
But there is only one, the first, which contains the ACE80XL.
So ignore the error message when it wants to read bank-2
The cartridge will be erased and the first bank programmed.

I tested it on my stock XL and I get 80 columns with BASIC.
Works great, tekst is very readable. (I use a AV-cable/Philips 20" TV)

Cheers,
Sijmen.


Outstanding! Thanks so very much, Mr-A. You have certainly helped give ACE80-XL a new "lease on life."

I am still amazed at how much faster ACE80 draws the screen compared to any other 80-column software device I've seen.

Thanks again,
Larry


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:29 pm 

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Thanks! I am programming the cart now. Might have to get another 1MB cart or two.

Does anyone know if I could use this cart along with SpartaDOSX 4.41 on a 2nd flashcart?

Stephen Anderson


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Hi Stephen,

Most likely the adressing of a RTC cartridge will bankswitch the 1mb flash.
This will propably crash the system.
(SDX tries to find other cartridges by writing to $D5xx).....

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:04 am 

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For anyone that might be interested, I created a new label for the ACE80-XL (Atarimax) flash cart. It is posted at AtariAge at

http://www.atariage.com/forums/index.ph ... 9666&st=60

It is unfortunately missing the ACE logo as explained in the AA post.

-Larry


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:54 pm 

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mr-atari wrote:
OK, I used the ACE80XL-EPR file again.
Since Í like to hack, I still did not read the source file......
I needed to change one byte to make it 1Mb flash compatible.

The flasher I created thinks it needs to program 16 banks.
But there is only one, the first, which contains the ACE80XL.
So ignore the error message when it wants to read bank-2
The cartridge will be erased and the first bank programmed.

I tested it on my stock XL and I get 80 columns with BASIC.
Works great, tekst is very readable. (I use a AV-cable/Philips 20" TV)

Cheers,
Sijmen.


Does anyone have the ACE80XL in a Multi-cart Studio Workbook or as a bin I can use on my MAXFLASH USB PROGRAMMER?


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 Post subject: Re: ACE80-XL to Flashcart?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:00 pm 

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Let me see if I can make one by programming my 1Mb cart then dumping it back via the cart studio. I can read ATRs, but it doesn't like the 11kb ATR I have.


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 Post subject: Re: ACE80-XL to Flashcart?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:09 pm 

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I verified this works on my 1Mb cart.


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 Post subject: Re: ACE80-XL to Flashcart?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:38 pm 

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Stephen wrote:
I verified this works on my 1Mb cart.

I downloaded it and it is a bin file, do you have a .mcw file of the flash cart Mr-Atari made?


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 Post subject: Re: ACE80-XL to Flashcart?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:10 pm 

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No - but I burned it with the USB programmer. It loads BIN files.

Sorry for the delay - I've not been getting notified when my posts get responses. I have changed a setting.


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 Post subject: Re: ACE80-XL to Flashcart?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:08 am 

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I can't get it to work on mine, :(
I must be doing something wrong or maybe I need to upgrade the firmware?


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