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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:mcurrent@carleton.edu
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