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Article #528 (635 is last): From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news Subject: Atari800-0.8.0.tar.gz with Ron Fries Pokey Sound (Linux) Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current) Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG) Date: Tue Jun 10 16:59:48 1997 From: "David J. Firth"
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 01:34:28 +0100 I've just uploaded the latest version of Atari800 to my web site. The emulator comes as source code for Linux/Unix and as an executable for MS-DOS. The Linux version has sound support using Ron Fries Pokey Sound Emulation library via /dev/dsp. It should be possible to use sound on other Unix system if /dev/dsp is replaced by /dev/audio. Atari800-0.8.0.tar.gz can be obtained from the following site:- http://www.signus.demon.co.uk/david/ Changes in 0.8.0 ---------------- o Added Ron Fries Pokey Emulation routines for sound in Linux. A million thanks to Ron for releasing these routines - I've put off using sound for ages but it took less than an evening to add sound using these routines :-) Sound is setup for Linux using /dev/dsp but it also seems to produce something using /dev/audio, which leads me to believe that it should work on most Unix boxes with a little work. Patches welcomed :-) In order to support sound I've added a few new command line options:- -sound and -nosound do what you'd expect. -dsp_divisor takes a decimal value which alters the quality of the sound output. It is used to work out how much sound should be created each time the screen is refreshed. Ideally it should be 50 (PAL) or 60 (NTSC) but I've found that the best value to use is about 5 less than the emulators screen refresh rate WITH SOUND DISABLED. If the values is to high you will get gaps in the sound. If the value is to low the emulator will run slower than it should. I strongly suggest you experiment with this parameter in order to get both the best sound and performance. o Support for an Experimental New Cartridge Format - with the use of OSS Super Cartridges there is no way of automatically distinguishing standard 16K cartridges from the various Super Cartridges. Hopefully this format will do for cartridges what ATR files did for disk images. Feedback and view would be welcomed especially from the other Emulator Authors. The current format is :- first 4 bytes containing 'C' 'A' 'R' 'T'. next 4 bytes containing cartridge type in MSB format. Type 1 - Standard 8K Cartridge Type 2 - Standard 16K Cartridge Type 3 - OSS Super Cartridge (I heard rumours that there are two different types of OSS Cartridges) Type 4 - Atari 5200 Cartridge Note: There is probably a case for extra cartridge types indicating the system that needs to be emulated. e.g. Standard 8K Cartridge (800 Mode Only). next 4 bytes containing cartridge checksum in MSB format (ROM only). next 4 bytes are currently unused. followed immediately with the ROM data, typically 8, 16 or 32K. In the next version I'm intending on adding:- 32 bytes for Cartridge Name 32 bytes for Cartridge Serial Number 32 bytes for Manufacturer The current version of the emulator includes options in the Cartridge Management screen to Create Cartridges in the above format but be warned this format is likely to change. Changes in 0.7.1 ---------------- o Note: I now consider the new Menu System that runs in the Emulated Atari's window to be the prefered User Interface. I have no intention of doing any further development for XVIEW o Cartridge Management added to Menu. o Removed FFP Code. -- David J. Firth -- Michael Current, mailto:email@example.com 8-bit Atari FAQ and Vendor Lists, http://www.faqs.org/faqs/atari-8-bit/ Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, telnet://freenet-in-c.cwru.edu (go atari) St. Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts, http://www.library.carleton.edu/space/