Magneto Bugs

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ijor - 24/06/2017
Seems that it was just a bad mastered disk. There are original disks working correctly. The correct working disks has the track 20 unformatted. The non working one has track 34 unformatted instead.
rave.N - 24/02/2016
Name of the game tells it like it is, or was : Magneto Bugs, bugs in magnetic media ... nevermind.
Adam Archambault - 16/06/2009
we owned this one but all got ruined in the shed. Please someone find this


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Magneto Bugs atari screenshot
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GenreArcade - Collect'em!Year1983
LanguageMachine LanguagePublisherGentry Software
ControlsJoystick, KeyboardDeveloper[n/a]
Players1, DemoCountryUSA

Riley, Mark

Graphic Artist(s)


Medium Disk


Cover Artist(s)Ross, ScottSerial1-214
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Additional Comments

Other version with the same title:

Main Street Publishing.

Re-release of Tumble Bugs.

Two files included.

"A" is the unmodified / original disk and does not load through. Actually, either due to a bug or an error during the duplication process, it appears no working original ever surfaced! For preservation purposes, we are keeping this VAPI image in the archive.

"B" is a fully functional, fixed version by Fandal with just a single byte to the code changed. Presumably, the original should have looked like this.

Below is Fandal's explanation...

"If your ATX image is a copy of an original disk, there never was any chance it could boot. There is a bug in the code.

I'm attaching a fixed version of ATX image. I changed just one byte as I noticed that there is a lot of bad sectors on original ATX starting at sector $265. Please note that loader checks sector $16D using this construction in the code:
18BE LDA #$6D ; LO byte of sector
18C0 STA $030A ;DAUX1 -> SIO table
18C3 LDA #$01 ; HI byte of sector
18C5 STA $030B ;DAUX2 -> SIO table
18C8 JSR $E453 ;DSKINV -> read sector
18CB LDA $0303 ;DSTATS -> read error flag

So I said to myself: may be it should check sector $26D instead of $16D? I changed LDA #$01 to LDA #$02 and voila! It works now.

I'm not sure if it is a programming bug or the master disk of Magneto Bugs was damaged somehow but I would say that this mystery is solved".


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