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Offline Vaxalon

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2011, 11:55:33 PM »
well, choosing a way to go..im using the moreinfo for it in this way [alternative loader], because, in essence, thats exactly what it is.

As to the legitimacy of foreign games...how can a spanish release of a english game...possibly be considered a foreign release? its a re-release, nothing more. UNLESS they added to the game, of course.

As to speedlocks? well...i admit, i use Speculator, some of the nice TZX makers, included info on the loading scemes, which helps alot, i seem to recall something way about about spotting them..by watching them load but..thats not 100% (i think the load headers are actually called speedlockxxx...i could be wrong)

Bleeploads are easy as hell to spot....so are turboloads, give speculator a try..with slow load, and the info tab open, helps alot.

And..you want me to be quiet? after the lecture pandemonium gave me about work in the community?:))

[Vaxalon say: which is why we decided, a LONG time ago, that the [!] flag was damn near impossible to certify, even if you converted the game yourself.]

Ok this is tricky, but let me give you an example....take one the the adventure international games, adventures, release by at least four different companies. EXACTLY the same game...but maybe..different load schemes......now given that they are all the same....which one would YOU, call the best....original.....perfect...version?

now an old company i used to playtest for once gave me his "master" tapes.....does that make them perfect? or as close to perfect as possibly? i cant really answer that with any certainty myself. And yes, your quite right...exacly the same game....made with maketzx..., five...or six times..would ALWAYS have a different checksum.

But...use [!] if you think its your due :) im probably wrong :)



btw....2 UK speccy channels? do tell...i would find em handy :)

Ok....not sure about adding the software you use to make the file as a field......any comments on that chaps? not entirely sure i see the relevance.


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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2011, 10:22:11 PM »
Ok guys I thought i would let you know the current direction im taking, and the new processes im using.

First off...reloading, and renaming, the entire damn tzx set, various errors, and it turns out, some corrupt images were added as well, those i will be removing....not quite sure if im removing bad ones thou..alot of the time those just work on different emulators, where as corrupt...is corrupt, whatever emulator.

Ok the application of (48k), (128k), (16k) or...(48k-128k)

ok in general about 95% of all the spectrum stuff is 48k, so the field seems not needed, as in, it provides nothing useful.

16k=fairly rare...so using it
128k=on those games that are 128k ONLY
48k=ONLY using 48k in a situation where a clear difference between a 128k version, and 48k version, is desirable
48k-128k= some of the images have both versions on board. To find out which...one merely has...to listen :)

ok now heres the major change im making, in a more info field, at the end, im adding [tzx v1.10] or...whatever version. I mused on this after gorsek suggested it...and frankly, its a MUCH better way of removing the [a] from alts that are completely the same. basically in MANY of the games, the version of maketzx used to create it, is the only difference.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 08:57:05 AM by Vaxalon »

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2011, 04:42:19 PM »
Alright, bit of an open request here guys....I want your spectrum stuff! Trash sets, Garbage, whatever. Im sure, like me, you have "undone" sinclair stuff squirreled away. Not quite sure how we cant transfer but, im sure we could work something out.

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2011, 02:40:08 PM »
Sinclair QL or just spectrum? There is a great amount of QL stuff to be added (submitted by Xttx), unfortunately our QL dat is really small. If spectrum only i bet gorski has a ton of it, just pm him :)

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2011, 03:55:37 PM »
I'd rather prefer if the whole Spectrum DATs get a huge cleanup of filenames than putting "trash files" in there just to make it bigger.
In the end it'll help us a lot more if we have a clean DAT and then start to add files, anything else is wasted time in my opinion.

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2011, 06:00:27 PM »
well i can appreciate your view point of course, considering the vagueries of how i process this thou, adding extra files is actually the smallest part of the undertaking. I have already "cleaned" the existing set, to a certain point at any rate.

All that i can do from this point, cleaning wise, is to run , on slow load, every single file, and compare it to the other files in that particular group.

With the current WIp status at approx 16k that should take me approximately.....8 years :)

I should point out something thou, when i took over the spectrum TZX originally, i basically just ADDED to what was there, with some focus on cleaning.

Since Ive got back into this, I have re-done the entire set, checked, each and every file. The major changes in identification, thus far, I have probably listed. Such as 48k...128k....16k...etc etc
The changes of use are focusing on the loader used in each game, with the spectrum in mind, thats a VERY good way of identifying the particular dump used. I am also appending the version of tzx used on that particular file, which again has its uses.

Which leads me to my current headache...italian conversions of existing english games...with no dates..and no company....well..some of em anyway. Right now thou, still alot of minor corrections to attend to, but if you want to view the wip in progress, PM me.

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2011, 06:01:57 PM »
oh as to QL..well...sad to say i dont know a damn thing about the QL...really.

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2011, 11:19:05 PM »
Here you go... uploaded some spectrum to one of my servers:
http://www.redsplinter.com/tosec/sinclair.rar

Around 5000 images....

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Re: Vaxalons WIP
« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2011, 01:11:37 PM »
very nice cass, i shall peruse them at my leisure :)
grabbed em :)
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 02:51:11 PM by Vaxalon »