VSTmt#5

14 07 2019

The classic opener of the meeting was once again MotoGP4 on the PS2. The great motorcycle game again was great fun. We played all the courses and enjoyed fast action and close results. Neewalix was hard to beat today. Beside 2 wins by þorN he won every course.
Today the difference between cable controller and wireless wasn’t that huge.

We planned to continue our journey through Champions of Norrath – Return to Arms for almost 2 meetings now, but this time we finally continue. We managed to play 2 levels you could say. We are now in the Marter level. Here the difficulty level is really higher than before, so it makes more fun.
CoN-RTA is still the best ARPG I ever played, even that we were longer in the shops then fighting the enemies.

After Dean Jimmy left, we switched to the STEAM machine. Here we played Tricky Towers, a fantastic Tetris like game for 4 players. We had a lot of fun, and close matches.
Next was Nippon Marathon. This game was great fun, and we will play it next time again for sure. It’s like Takeshi’s Castle as a computer game. We loved the funny Jaenglish language and the many funny ideas.

Another great game is Road Redemption. You are 1-4 motorcycle riders that fight other riders on the street. Challenging, but nice to play.

Then at 3 o’clock in the morning, we finished the meeting. Gaming rulez.

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Software defines the fun, not hardware

10 06 2019

I have a lot of hardware at home to play games on:
– Consoles
– PC
– Atari 8-16-32-64Bit
– Handhelds
But finding time to really play a game is a difficult task. Most often I don’t like to spend time building up and configure the stuff. I simply like to put a device in my and a start playing.

So I had the feeling, that I did not play as much as I like to do. That changed after I bought Tetris99 for the Nintendo Switch. It was not the hardware, cause the console was laying around for a month, it was the software. I had (and still have) a GameBoy back in the days with only one game: Tetris. I played it like hell cause it’s simply the best game with this “one more time” motivation. Same with Tetri99 on the Switch. I play now much more than before.





New ST Setup

21 01 2018

I setup my STE wtih 4MB (will never use them) and a nice SC1224 a friend of mine lend me.

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After I took this picutre, I had a 20 minutes search for the USB stick for the Gotek inside the STE. Finally I found some USB sticks and tested them. First was some photos, next a linux distribution and a Gotek stick, but the one for the Falcon. So I had a look at my blog where I posted the setup of the Gotek in the STE a while ago, and finally I got an idear which USB stick to search for. And found it!

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Gotek USB on the right, also added the Joystick extention (right under the STE) and the one and only greekstick.

 





My first game in 2018

1 01 2018

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Happy gaming in 2018





RMKO goes KOR

7 11 2017

Saturday we had our first Kick Off Revival tournament here in Frankfurt. The results were the expected ones, even that the 0-0 draw between Christian and Jan was a suprise, since their last unofficial game ended 2-1. Concratulation to Horst for winning.

 





Build in a Gotek device in my STE

29 05 2016

Requirements

Buy a Gotek that fits for the Atari ST/E

“Aktualisierte Version SFR1M44 U100 USB Floppy Drive Emulator Grau”

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00C4PAL5I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Buy a USB Memory Stick 4GB

Donwload HxC Firmware

http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/index.html#download

Download HxC Floppy Emulator Manager Software

http://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/SDCard_HxC_Floppy_Emulator_Manager.zip

Prepare Gotek

Upgrade the gotek firmware to the latest version

See HxC manuals for details

Set Jumper to S1

The jumpers in my Gotek was set to S0 (2nd row of pins). I set it to S1. This is the 3rd row of pins.

Build in the Gotek

Attention!!: The floppy cable will be twisted in the end. The red line on the cable show line 1, be carefull to connect the cable in the right way.

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Gotek_neu

I replaced a HxC USB device that I had to connect to my PC (in the forground). In the STE the gotek is installed and the SD Memory stick is pluged in.

Prepare USB Memory Stick

Format the Memory Stick as one single FAT32 Partition

A good tool to do that is gparted under Linux

gotek_gparted

Put HxC files on the USB memory stick

Copy these two files from the HxC FLoppy Emulator Manager Package into the root of the USB Memory Stick (no folders on the memory stick are necessary at all)

AUTOBOOT.HFE
HXCSDFE.CFG

Add Some ST Game Images to the USB Memory Stick

A good start is here:

http://steem.atari.st/automation.htm

Download an image and save it into the root of the USB Memory Stick

Now you have at least 3 files (image and thw tow HxC files) in the root of the memory stick.

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Start a Game

Choose an ST Image from the File Selector

Choose a USB Memory Stick Slot for the Image

Press F10 to Save and Exit

See HxC manuals for details

The ST will reboot and the LEDs on the Gotek will show 1.
The ST will boot the image and everythng behave like a floppy Disk is inserted into a floppy drive

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Have fun





Just got an evil white screen of death on my Falcon due to missing Screeneye

6 02 2016

Seems that the NVRAM stored, that the device have to be pressent. I turned on my Falcon and got the white screen of death. After I while and reading some forums I put back the screeneye I put out recently and it worked again.