Modula.org.uk — 2011 — October

Posts from October 2011.

October 9th 2011

Retro Gaming

Let’s face it, PCs are dull today compared to what they used to be. The days of the ST vs Amiga, Tandy vs Dragon were exciting because of the competition and banter between all the platforms. However, these days are long gone so here’s my little bit to keep the old times alive!

Here is a bunch of some of my favourites from back in the day.


NOTE:

These files may contain copyrighted and/or licensed material. If you are unsure
on the legality of downloading these and/or if you do not own the rights to any of this
software then please don’t download it.

I am not a software pirate and do not condone it either. This is for educational
and personal entertainment purposes only.

If you are the owner of these files and wish them to be removed, just
ask and I will gladly do so.


Firstly, to play any of the games below you’re likely to need one of these emulators:

Commodore Amiga: WinUAE

Download (Windows):     Modula.org.uk | WinUAE.net
ROM:                    Modula.org.uk

Atari ST: STEem Engine

Download (Windows):     Modula.org.uk | steem.atari.st
Download (Linux):       Modula.org.uk | steem.atari.st
Pasti (details below):  Modula.org.uk | pasti.fxatari.com
ROMS (ST & STE):        Modula.org.uk

Next, the games!
Note that for the purists out there, any Atari ST disks marked with a * are STX “Pasti” disk images, exact copies of the original releases. These disks require installation of pasti.dll in the emulator. Instructions contained in the installation files above.


LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO CHALLENGE

Amiga: Modula.org.uk
ST:    Modula.org.uk | Modula.org.uk* | Atari Mania

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LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE II

Amiga: Modula.org.uk
ST:    Modula.org.uk | Modula.org.uk* | Atari Mania

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LOTUS III – The Ultimate Challenge

Amiga: Disk 1 Modula.org.uk | Disk 2 Modula.org.uk
ST:    Modula.org.uk | Modula.org.uk* | Atari Mania

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October 9th 2011

Codemasters F1 2010 Sound Issues Guide

F1 2010 game

I recently had some annoying sound issues with my install of the awesome Codemasters F1 2010 game on my PC. I’d recently reinstalled the whole PC due to a hard disk failure (thank God for the backups!) and noticed that from this point on, quite a few games were struggling where sound output was concerned. F1 2010 was by far the worst offender. Samples occasionally wouldn’t play out and the sound was very poppy and crackly at times, especially when there were lots of simultaneous car engines around.

The box I play on is a modded Acer Aspire M3201
Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit
3GB RAM
ATI AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Realtek High Definition onboard sound

Turns out I wasn’t the only one with sound issues as the game is evidently quite fussy with some hardware and driver combinations. I also discovered that the bog standard Windows7-supplied Realtek HD drivers are not exactly much cop.

Further to that, when it comes to installing the official Realtek drivers there are TWO parts to install. Realtek make it look like the second part is not essential to have but it’s fixed all my sound problems with all my previously struggling games. (L4D2, F1 2010, Grid to name the main culprits.)

Both driver installs are available from Realtek’s official site under “High Definition Audio Codecs” but as their download sites were so so slow I’ve uploaded them here too for people to yoink if they don’t fancy waiting an hour for their drivers to download.

First part:
Official Realtek High Definition Audio Codec R2.61 for Windows Vista & Windows 7 – 32/64bit
Download: Modula.org.uk | Realtek Official

Second part: 3D SoundBack Beta 0.1
Download: Modula.org.uk | Realtek Official

NOTE:

Use at your own risk. Don’t blame me if it messes things up for whatever reason. By downloading his means you’ve read and accepted any blurb that Realtek may have wanted to give you on their website before you download this stuff!

Incidentally … The F1 games from Codemasters are fantastic. F1 racer fans … go buy it!

October 9th 2011

i486

Got a spare 486/Pentium PC knocking about?

Then why not make use of it? This little beastie I’m running here is an Intel Pentium 133Mhz, 48mb RAM, 2GB HDD. It runs MS DOS 6.22 & Windows for Workgroups v3.11. It’s sat happily on the internet with web browser, FTP client et al and makes a perfect IRC machine.

If you have a box gathering dust that you feel like resurrecting, use the files below. I have included the driver disks for my hardware in case they are of use to anyone else.

NOTE:
These files may contain copyrighted and/or licensed material. If you are unsure on the legality of downloading these and/or if you do not own the rights to any of this software then please don’t download it. I am not a software pirate and do not condone it either. This is for educational and personal entertainment purposes only.
If you are the owner of these files and wish them to be removed, just ask and I will gladly do so.

Furthermore, to any web developers who may be browsing this site, yes I have used tables! Get over yourself!

All OS and Drivers disks are IMG disk images. These are extractable using WinImage (16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit) or Disk Copy Fast (DOS).

OS:
MS-DOS v6.22 Disk 1,
Disk 2,
Disk 3,
Disk S
With Supplemental Utilities Disk
Windows 3.11 Disk 1,
Disk 2,
Disk 3,
Disk 4,
Disk 5,
Disk 6,
Disk 7,
Disk 8
Drivers:
TCP/IP-32 for WfW 3.11 Disk 1 TCP Driver stack for Windows 3.1x
3Com 3C59X Network Card Disk 1
Creative Labs Sound Blaster   Disk 1 Official drivers, compatible from SB Basic to AWE
Logitech Mouseware Disk 1
Toshiba CD-ROM
ATI Mach 64 Graphics Disk 1 Display Driver

Disk 2
Configuration Utilities
Software:
Microsoft Win32S v1.30 PW1118.EXE 32-bit extension for Windows 3.1x (Self extracting archive)
Microsoft VSHARE.386 WW1000.EXE Install after Win32S (Self extracting archive)
Internet Explorer 5 IE5WIN31.EXE Slow but stable
Netscape Navigator 4.08 N16D408.EXE Faster but crash-prone
Opera 3.62 OW362E16.ZIP Showing its age but the most solid browser I’ve used on Windows 3
WinZip 5.6 WINZIP56.EXE
Calmira 3.3 C33SETUP.EXE Windows 95 style skin for Windows 3.1x (Recommended)
Calmira 3.31 update C331UP.ZIP Apply after installing the above (Recommended)
mIRC 5.91 MIRC591S.ZIP IRC Client
WS_FTP LE WSFTP506.EXE Lightweight FTP client
AOL Instant Messenger AIMSETUP.EXE
Disk Copy Fast DCF.ZIP The fastest and best DOS based disk copier bar none
MOD4WIN MOD4WIN.ZIP Last release of the player for MODs and derivatives
October 9th 2011

Mods & Music

Not quite in true MOD format (I’ve lost the source files somewhere in my tonnes of archive files) but a good example of some of the tat that an amateur can generate in his spare time! These MP3s are dumps of my Music GCSE coursework made back in 1998 using Fast Tracker II.

Modula – “Fuzion”
Modula feat. Nina Martin – Neanderthol Noise
Modula – “Deep Beat”
Modula – [Remains Untitled]
Modula & X.N.TR!X – “Bad Move”

All above is free to distribute, just credit and email me if it gets used anywhere (I doubt it will).

October 9th 2011

MOD Files

Some of the best MOD tracks I’ve come across
Some tracks are listed here because the tunes themselves are ace, others are just down to sheer technical genius of the sampling and programming.

To play them under Windows you can use Winamp but best results with ModPlug Player. To play them under Linux you can use … well, pretty much anything. Mac, you’re on your own!

Mental Floss – “EarthTones”
Kenny Chou – Menu Theme from “One Must Fall 2097”
Moog – “70s *****”
Dax (Ravebusters) – ’95 Raver’s Megamix
Vson – “Jingle Bells”
Asu, zETA & DaNeR – “Telescope”
K Kock – “Aryx” (as demoed with the ModPlug Tracker)
Reptile & Sky – “Popcorn (99 Mix)”
Sunny, MoozeBlaster & Index – “Breaks from Narvik”
Trackers@Work – “Happyness Without Limit”
OvErAciD – “Dreaming Tonight”
Unknown – “Crusty” (MENTAL HEALTH WARNING)
Yello – “Oh Yeah”
DaNeR – “Good Dream ’98”
RedBass – “Raver’s Paradise”
Aberration – “Do What I Say”
Purple Motion – “Panic”
(as featured in the awesome 1993 PC demo “Panic” by the Future Crew)
Reed / TRSI – “Funkacider”
Jogeir Liljedahl – “Guitar Slinger”
[Unknown] – La Disco De Jean Claude

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