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Author:  classics [ Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:04 am ]
Post subject:  Maxflash Studio Software

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The Maxflash Studio Software can now be downloaded at:

http://www.atarimax.com/flashcart/docum ... taller.exe

This software has integrated support for the USB Cartridge Programmer, but can also be used for ISP programming by exporting your workbooks to an ATR image.

Steve

Author:  ikrananka [ Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

Hi Steve, do you provide a changelog for the Maxflash Studio Software? I just downloaded and installed v2.9 and was wondering how the new Dump > ColecoVision > Start Connection Assistance LED feature works.

Author:  JAC! [ Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software - EXE Detection

I have written a ROM generator that generates 127 8K ROM to testing 8MBIT carts.
For some reason the Maxflash Studio Software 2.4 and 2.9 detects them to be EXE files instead of 8K ROMs and garbles the contents.
I've tried adding "ff ff 00 00 00 00" as the first 6 bytes of the ROM and they seems to mitigate the issue.
But it really does looke like the EXE file detection is broken.

From the log:

[Image Converter] Valid Atari EXE file, imported 7052 bytes from ATARIMAX ROM-001.ROM

Somehow the attachment was not uploaded before, Here is the same ROM, once incorrectly found to be an XEX and once correctly found as ROM.

Author:  mr-atari [ Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

Zip and upload your romfile, I can have a look at it.

Author:  JAC! [ Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

mr-atari wrote:
Zip and upload your romfile, I can have a look at it.

Thanks. was sure I had attached it - but now I am really sure I did :-). See edited post above.

Author:  mr-atari [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

Ah, I have no idea, why I did not saw them last time.
Strange.

Anyhow.
The "-wrong" file starts with FF FF and I assume the software detects this as EXE-file, although the extension is .ROM
I am on version 2.7

BTW:
When you hold shift while clicking the OK button on adding, the system dialog gives out an extended log.
I wont copy/paste it here, its a long list of errors what's wrong with this "exe"-file.....

I have send a pm to Steve as well.

Author:  JAC! [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

You didn't see them because they were now there :-)
I had probably selected the file and forgotten the "Add" button.

Actually the -fixed file is the one starting with $FF $FF $00 $00 $00 $00.
I did that as hack to ensure it is recognized as ROM, because that is clealy not a valid EXE header.

The hint with SHIFT shows that the studio find tons of warnings/error when import the plain (-wrong) ROM.
Yet it considers it a valid EXE at the end.

[Image Database Manager] Initialized, 1245 image signatures loaded.
[USB Manager] Initialized and running.
[Image Converter] Valid Atari EXE file, imported 7052 bytes from ATARIMAX ROM-001-WRONG.ROM => Not correct, is no EXE
[Image Converter] Imported 8192 bytes from ATARIMAX ROM-001-FIXED.ROM => Correct

[Image Converter] Examining segments in C:\Users\JAC\Desktop\Atarimax ROM-001-wrong.rom
[Image Converter] Invalid segment [0xA0A9 - 0x852C] at 0x00000000 -- assuming zero length.
[Image Converter] Segment [0x8500 - 0xA981] at 0x00000004 extends past end of file.
[Image Converter] Segment discarded, treating as zero length.
[Image Converter] Valid segment [0x8506 - 0xA083] at 0x00000008
[Image Converter] Valid segment [0x0000 - 0x0000] at 0x00001B8A
/CUT MANY MORE OF THESE ERRORS/
[Image Converter] Valid segment [0x0000 - 0x0000] at 0x00001FF9
[Image Converter] Ignorning junk segment. (transfer padding)
[Image Converter] Ignoring 2 bytes of extra data at end of file.
[Image Converter] Warning: executable sets no RUN or INIT address! Injecting RUN address of 0x8506.
[Image Converter] Process completed with 229 warnings and 1 errors.
[Image Converter] Content MD5 is [af3a0e9ad5c786619299bceb84b77a2b]
[Image Converter] Valid Atari EXE file, imported 7052 bytes from ATARIMAX ROM-001-WRONG.ROM

Author:  mr-atari [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

Yes, sorry, that is what I mend.

Steve just send me an update to 2.10
That first checks the extension .rom before analyzing the file.
That works for me.

I'm sure he will update his page soon after this post.

Author:  mr-atari [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

Yes, indeed, the link in the first post already links to and installs version 2.10

Ignore your virus scanner, this is a false alarm.....

Author:  JAC! [ Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Maxflash Studio Software

Thanks for the quick responses.
File extension alone may be misleading. BIN for example is also often used for ROMs.
And just yesterday I found out (too late) one .CAR file didn't actually have a header.
Auto-detection should only assume EXE if it is an error free segment list till the end.
And better not after "Process completed with 229 warnings and 1 errors." :-)

And besides that, the menu already offers explicit options.
So the easiest would be not to guess at all in case the user explicitly selects the corresponding menu entry.
That mosly where the confusion comes from, at least for me.

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