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I just picked up my first Atari ST computer -- a 1040STe with 4MB of RAM and an external Hard drive. I'm really only interested in playing games.

 

I've found some upgrades for sale at Exxos store. Are the STE 32MHz BOOSTER kit and the STE DUAL TOS 1.62/2.06 KIT worth the investment? They certainly sound cool. But if they are not going to help me play games, I don't think I want them.

 

Is there a consensus regarding what is the best floppy emulator for the system? I found HxC floppy Emulator. But wow! -- there are too many options and no clear documentation that I could find. I don't want to modify my case. So an external solution would be preferred.

 

Also same question for fixed disk emulation. I assume there is a better solution than the hard drive I already have?

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Maybe not an 'upgrade' so to speak, but a 'grab' to then 'rip' into 'compact disks' to then have 'decruchable' games with awesome menus!

 

AUTOMATION

 

I use simple programs to convert the disk files back into 3.5 disks to be played on the real hardware!

 

I don't know how much good a smoking fast processor would help with games, and it may not help in that the games would be too fast or wrong. I know that Amiga computers have this problem. You get a 2500 for the 030 and the processing speed for whatever you would use one for, but then all the games are too fast so you take out the 'upgrade' card (reverse mutating it into an 'merican made 2000) and get to use a virgin 68000 that plays the games at the perfect speed all the time and never got used due to the cheapness of industry.

 

My 1040Ste is a CIA buyout with a rare serial number and it plays GRRRRREAT! I wouldn't upgrade it because it's so easy to work with as it is. I can back up and remake games using a PC so upgrading it really never seemed necessary and I know it's already special.

 

GO ATARI!!

 

(Also, AUTOMATION has some really excellent menu art that makes it all worth it!)

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I just picked up my first Atari ST computer -- a 1040STe with 4MB of RAM and an external Hard drive. I'm really only interested in playing games.

 

I've found some upgrades for sale at Exxos store. Are the STE 32MHz BOOSTER kit and the STE DUAL TOS 1.62/2.06 KIT worth the investment? They certainly sound cool. But if they are not going to help me play games, I don't think I want them.

 

Is there a consensus regarding what is the best floppy emulator for the system? I found HxC floppy Emulator. But wow! -- there are too many options and no clear documentation that I could find. I don't want to modify my case. So an external solution would be preferred.

 

Also same question for fixed disk emulation. I assume there is a better solution than the hard drive I already have?

If you only want to play games, the 32Mhz won't help with many of them. It might even cause incompatibilities.

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If you only want to play games, the 32Mhz won't help with many of them. It might even cause incompatibilities.

 

Thanks! That is exactly what I was afraid of. I'll hold off on the 32MHz booster and the TOS 2.06 upgrades. At lease for now.

 

I'm planning on ordering an Ultrasatan for hard drive emulation and nothing for floppy emulation.

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Maybe not an 'upgrade' so to speak, but a 'grab' to then 'rip' into 'compact disks' to then have 'decruchable' games with awesome menus!

 

AUTOMATION

 

I use simple programs to convert the disk files back into 3.5 disks to be played on the real hardware!

 

Wow, Thanks for pointing me towards the Automation software collection.

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Thanks! That is exactly what I was afraid of. I'll hold off on the 32MHz booster and the TOS 2.06 upgrades. At lease for now.

 

I'm planning on ordering an Ultrasatan for hard drive emulation and nothing for floppy emulation.

I do have TOS 2.06 roms in mine, (not a TOS 1.62 swapper though). It fixes some bugs and adds some niceties. I think it's worth having.

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I do have TOS 2.06 roms in mine, (not a TOS 1.62 swapper though). It fixes some bugs and adds some niceties. I think it's worth having.

 

Okay, so maybe TOS 2.06 would be good to have. Though I think I've seen posts that say some games don't like running under TOS 2.06?

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Okay, so maybe TOS 2.06 would be good to have. Though I think I've seen posts that say some games don't like running under TOS 2.06?

That is possible too. In my experience most games I tried worked, but I can't discount some won't.

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I burned some TOS 2.06 ROMs for my 1040STe a few days ago, but when I went to install them I found that the TOS 1.60 ROMs were soldered to the motherboard. Just bought 10 of the 32 pin gold precision sockets eBay Auction -- Item Number: 1723408905601?ff3=2&pub=5574883395&toolid=10001&campid=5336500554&customid=&item=172340890560&mpt=[CACHEBUSTER], so when those arrive I'll unsolder the old and install the new...

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