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DamienD 19 January 2018 09:49

DamienD's WinUAE Collection
 
Heya guys,

...not really sure where to put this thread so decided to it can live under the project.MAGE section.

Now that Toni has released WinUAE v3.6.0 with the awesome "boxart" panel, it's probably a good time for me to unleash my collection into the wild (minus any games that I've purchased plus APC&TCP titles).

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images/2018/01/22/01.png

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images/2018/09/18/02.png

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images/2018/01/22/03.png

I've been working on this on / off for 12+ years now. It's mainly a disk-based collection but in the past 2 years I've been adding in:
  • Custom .HDFs created by me for games that don't run from floppy.
  • Custom AmigaCD --> HDFs; again created by me.
  • A few WHDLoad games where major bug fixes over the floppy version has occurred.

You can see the current list of games here.

Using all my knowledge / reading forums / loads of testing; I feel that all included files are 100% working versions, although obviously I cannot fully guarantee this...

The collection is 6.32GB WinRAR'd and 11.9GB uncompressed. I've also written a nice batch file that does everything for you:

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images...2/31/Setup.png

1) Extracts the files from the WinRAR archives to "C:\WinUAE".
2) Removes old and applies the required registry settings.
3) Copies a WinUAE shortcut to your desktop.


ransom1122 has been using this for 2+ years now and commented in another thread:

Quote:

Originally Posted by ransom1122 (Post 1205320)
Sounds promising DamienD, once the images are done I think it may be time to release your badboy out into the wild. :D

Your collection is nothing short of superior. :agree

Now people might say; why use so many .ADFs when loading is sooooo much slower than from hard drive? Firstly, I love old school cracktros / trainers. Secondly, this is not really an issue in emulation. You can use the following tricks to eradicate boring loading times:
  • Set "Floppy Drive Emulation Speed" to "800%" (which works fine for 95% of games).
  • Toggle "Warp" mode on / off i.e. <End> + <Pause>.

Ok, a few things to note:
  • All games are configured to be run in "Fullscreen" mode.
  • 60% of the games run in a resolution of "640x480", 40% in "720x576", but keep the original aspect ratio.
  • "Keyboard Layout B" is set for "Port 2"; obviously if you plug in your joystick / controller and press button one it will swap over. With the second joystick / controller, press the 2nd button to swap over.
  • I love / use scanlines, these are set at 50% opacity and very rarely 25%.
  • Onscreen LEDs are turned on so you can see activity.

Also, in some of the <gamedirs> you will find cheats, hints, level codes, manuals, maps, strategies, tips, walkthroughs which have been painstakingly formatted by me to be printer friendly and in a consistent layout / format.


Finally, if you don't like any the above settings it's very easy to change all configurations to suit your needs in a matter of seconds using Notepad++ and "Search" --> "Find in Files". For example:

Turn off "Scanlines":
Change "gfx_filter_scanlines=50" to "gfx_filter_scanlines=0".
Change "gfx_filter_scanlines=25" to "gfx_filter_scanlines=0".

Turn off "Onscreen LEDs":
Change "show_leds=true" to "show_leds=false".


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Interesting Statistics:

Code:

6.32GB    WinRAR'd
11.90GB    Extracted
 11,772    Files
  2,315    Directories
  2,206    Disk-based games
    94    HDFs (patches / trainers applied when applicable)
        55    HDFs [native installs]
        26    HDFs [AmigaCD]
        13    HDFs [WHDLoad]
  330+    Cheats / level codes / manuals / maps / tips / walkthroughs etc.
  2,300    Title / screenshots (manually taken by me)


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Anyway, I'm now going to give a copy to DH and 4 others so that they can play around and give feedback. PM me if interested :agree

Once this has occurred I'll then share with anyone that wants it ;)

DamienD 19 January 2018 09:49

Additional information since the thread's initial post...
 
Decided that I should add a new post directly after my initial one in the thread; I can do that, one benefit of being a Global Moderator :p

Reason being, some questions have come up and so this saves me PM'ing answers to FAQs ;)

Ok, will be broken into sections, it's been quickly slapped together so...


Fact:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...4&postcount=30


Important Keys:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=213


Required - install "DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)" for D3D9:

... https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...s.aspx?id=8109


Setup a "custom" resolution of 720 x 576:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=266


What to do if games are stretched / not the correct aspect ratio when in Fullscreen mode:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=837


What to do if my collection / WinUAE takes ages to start from your internal HDD or USB device:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=1132


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Update Pack #1:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=498


Update Pack #2:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=582


Update Pack #3:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=685


Update Pack #4:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=711


Update Pack #5:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=763


Update Pack #6:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=809


Update Pack #7:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=847


Update Pack #8:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=1093


Update Pack #9:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=1215


Update Pack #10:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=1267


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How to add in additional games yourself:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=1031


Taking your own title / screenshots for additional games you've added:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=106


Why haven't you included x, y, z CD32 or CDTV game in your collection?:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...postcount=1184


What about my personal collection? Will things be affected?:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=194
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=240


"Setup.exe" not displaying text correctly / taking ages for action / is it working?:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=148


Extraction issues:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...1&postcount=75
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=161


Can I put the directory / files anywhere?:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...4&postcount=52
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=135
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=953


Various reviews:

... ransom1122
... nysavant
... happymondays
... Billwin
... johnnypop
... TroyWilkins
... gradius3
... simonmanchester
... Simmo76
... ransom1122
... Bullwinkle55
... Bullwinkle55
... wizball71
... ross
... haps
... warfalcon "aka" SIRIaX
... Viceroy
... RCK
... Thunderbird77
... synchro
... mcgeezer
... TroyWilkins
... DH


Where the various "Ports / Conversions --> Amiga" came from and who's responsible:

... http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=85200


Information about [unreleased] Amiga games:

... http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=83574


Last but not least; plus definitely the most important thing; support the main man Toni Wilen:

... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...4&postcount=70
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=136
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=184
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=186
... http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=218


Donations:

Ok, I didn't really want to have a section for this but since I've had a few PMs asking how to donate for the time / work involved.

If you really want to then of course you can, click here for my PayPal account.

*** Update ***

Please see this post...

Current status of donations / distribution: see these posts: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th
...

Sinphaltimus 19 January 2018 14:24

Awesome! Can't wait for it to be peer reviewed and ready. Sounds like another "ultimate" Amiga setup but this time for winuae. Sweet.

DamienD 19 January 2018 15:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sinphaltimus (Post 1212982)
Awesome! Can't wait for it to be peer reviewed and ready. Sounds like another "ultimate" Amiga setup but this time for winuae. Sweet.

To be totally honest; I don't really need peer reviews or feedback and could release right now... but it's nice to have ;)

My collection has been tested to perfection by me over the past 12+ years, time and time again :great

The files / configurations / settings used are top notch; in the past if / when I've found an issue, said game has been investigated and then replaced if a better one exists.

All 2300 games work without having to mess around; just double-click and go :agree

The only things people may want to change is aesthetic stuff like:

... Display settings to suit your preference.
... Scanlines on / off.
... LEDs on / off.

Anyway, these are the game which I cannot share due to being purchased / APC&TCP titles:

... Flyin' High [AmigaCD]
... Gunbee F-99 - The Kidnapping of Lady Akiko [AGA]
... Lumberjack Reloaded
... Marblelous
... Marblelous II
... Marblelous II [AGA]
... Pinball Brain Damage [AGA]
... Pulsator [AGA]
... Reshoot [AGA]
... Smurf Rescue
... Tales of Gorluth II - The Legacy of the Travelling Magician [AmigaCD]

Sinphaltimus 19 January 2018 15:50

Well, I would be one of the first to ask once it's "ready". I know it's ready now, but I am never excited about large downloads because I don't just love running 80's and 90's era computers, I live in the 1990s with my internet access being 1 up 3 down DSL. So waiting is OK with me.

DamienD 19 January 2018 16:15

Ok, then sent me a PM with your address and I'll post you a USB stick ;)

...only thing I ask in return is feedback; good or bad.

happymondays 19 January 2018 17:31

Sounds very interesting. I mean I would really like to try it out, if you intend to share it.

DamienD 19 January 2018 17:57

Yes, of course I intend to share otherwise I wouldn't have even bothered creating this thread in the first place :p

...currently I'm uploading all numerous 500MB split archives to my file hosting site, ready for distribution to anyway that is interested ;)

Stay tuned!

happymondays 19 January 2018 19:46

Nice, thanks a lot.:great

DamienD 19 January 2018 21:12

All parts now uploading to my Mega.nz page :great

You need to PM me if you want a copy :agree

*** rant on ***

...and for people wondering why I just don't upload everything to the EAB File Server.

Simple really, out of 2300 games there are 265 x .IPF files in my collection.

Reason being:

a) Cracks of these games were shite.
b) Cracks were missing important or hacked screens.
c) Cracks are spread over more disks than the original so "disk swapping hell" occurs; I totally understand the reasons why though.

From my perspective, I'm not about to replace these .IPFs with sub-standard .ADFs in my collection...

Anyway; to be totally blunt; I don't really care about the SPS / IPF team anymore... for 15+ years we've abided by your rules and for what???

When's the last time any SPS / IPF member actually visited EAB, let alone answered various questions from numerous people who've submitted dumps / heard nothing back / not received files???

Fact; every single .IPF in my collection is easily obtained from a 3 second Google search (and has been the case for over a decade now) so why should EAB not being able to upload these and be forced to respect your rules for nothing in return??? :agree

...not to mention, as the Amiga is getting close to 30 years old now; it's harder and harder for people to actually puchase these original disks. Plus, even if they can at extoronate prices, the chances are that they will be damaged / unreadable or probably modified.

So, well done SPS / IPF team for preserving all these for only your own gratitude / the lucky few / elite!!!


In years to come nobody will actually remember the Amiga or any of these games...

Good job; take these games you've presevered to your grave as opposed to sharing them with the community that matters :banghead :banghead :banghead

*** rant off ***

haps 19 January 2018 23:08

Great stuff Damien. :great

Next time your back home, I will have to shout you a couple of beers, I already owe you a couple from years back for the snes DVD. ;)

DamienD 19 January 2018 23:13

My friend; no worries ;)

PM me your address in Oz and I'll post you a USB stick on Monday (GMT) :great

DamienD 20 January 2018 11:43

Phew!!! All now uploaded; 13 x 500MB files :great

People who PM'd me, you now have mail ;)

Mclane 20 January 2018 15:13

Damien, just got all of it and set it up....Bloody marvellous!!

Thank you for your attention to detail and time, its a work of art mate!

Looking to alter the scan lines, never a fan :)

I'm sure I can sort a multi file find and replace type thing..

Can't blame you re the IPS annoyance, that sort of thing happens across the board in emulation as you know.

Back to your pack :)

Cheers

Paul...

chip 20 January 2018 15:19

Are "your" games TOSEC games or they come from other sources too ?

DamienD 20 January 2018 16:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mclane (Post 1213262)
Damien, just got all of it and set it up....Bloody marvellous!!

Thank you for your attention to detail and time, its a work of art mate!

Hehehe, no problem ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mclane (Post 1213262)
Looking to alter the scan lines, never a fan :)

I'm sure I can sort a multi file find and replace type thing..

Any settings are very easy to change in a matter of seconds :agree

To switch scanlines off in all configuration files just do this:

Done!!! :great

DamienD 20 January 2018 16:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by chip (Post 1213264)
Are "your" games TOSEC games or they come from other sources too ?

Mostly TOSEC; but some created / modified by me etc...

Mclane 21 January 2018 15:53

Ah, thank you for the Notepad++ tutorial, love that program...

Much appreciated...

/Paul buys Damien a virtual pint of whatever he's having!

Hopefully the others love this pack as much as me :)

DamienD 21 January 2018 16:17

...considering at least 15 other people now have this and yet only you has been bothered to provide feedback (which is all that I ask really after sharing my 12+ year project) :sad

Oh well; I know this collection rocks anyway so... :great

chip 21 January 2018 16:32

DamienD they probably need time to discover the new treasure and let you know something about it

Personally speaking you already know that i'm interested in demos and not games

I like only the music of the games, not playing those, so no need for me to have this great pack you created


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