Atari in the Attic

Aug 15, 2015

Atari, Atari ST, Retrocomputing

Atari in the Attic

Atari, Atari ST, Retrocomputing

Aug 15, 2015

Graphics glitches. Timing issues. Emulators suck. The best way to enjoy retro games is on real hardware.

With this in mind, I headed to the attic in search of my old Atari ST. After (too much) digging, I unearthed the beast:

Colour-coded monitor, system and keyboard. 4MB RAM. 30MB hard drive. Truly glorious.

After some time lost in memory, I fired her up. Fingers crossed, I waited for the hard drive to initialise … success! They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

What about some old games? I rummaged through the disk box and pulled out an old favourite - Magic Pockets. Pop the disk in, hit the reset button and … boot to the desktop!? That wasn’t supposed to happen. The game was supposed to load! After a few more tries and a few more games … mixed results. Looks like the years haven’t been kind to my magnetic media.

But it’s no problem, right? The internet is full of old Atari ST disk images. How can I get them running on the old hardware? Time for some research …

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