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Archon (Electronic Arts)

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Short : HD-Installer & fix for Archon
Type : game/patch
Author : Jean-François Fabre (jffabre@free.fr)

Install-Script & HD-loader © 2002 Jean-François Fabre

Archon © 1985 Electronic Arts

Features:

- Runs fully from HD using WHDLoad + KickEmu
- Game now works on any amiga. No need for a Kickstart 1.2 A500 anymore.
- Annoying blank screen delays removed
- Disk protection removed, in a clean way
- Fixed problem with graphics.library FreeSprite() call
- Convenient install script
- Quit key (default: F10, or configurable with QUITKEY)
- Instructions included
- Nice icon by Chris Vella
- Should support original version and cracked versions


Thanks go to:

- Ungi for testing and memory dumps
- PHR for their terrible Action Replay freeze "crack" I included, because
  the program would not decrypt properly on any config I tried
- CAPS team for technical advice on the game execution
- Bert Jahn for WHDLoad and KickEmu
- Hidehiko Ogata for original disk image
- Chris Vella for nice icon
- LSD for documentation

Notes:

- This one was tough, and time consuming. I hope you'll appreciate it. I would grant
  the "most incompatible game award" to that one okay: does not run on anything else
  than A500 Kickstart 1.2 (and I did not even see it running on it). WinFellow/WinUAE
  or any real amiga, including A500 KS1.3 cannot run the standalone, original version
  or even the crack. Actually, the protection was hard to emulate without the
  original disk, and did not even appear if the track supposed to contain it
  was free of read errors (dos copy attempt) !
- I tested the program with kick 1.3 emulation, but it failed because of the
  FreeSprite problem (the
  game called FreeSprite with an illegal sprite number -> access fault), so I thought
  that maybe the program would need kickstart 1.2 emulation, so I did it, adapting
  it from Bert kickstart 1.3. I found the problem was still there on kickstart 1.2
  so it was something else, and then I found the FreeSprite fault. It runs on
  kickstart 1.3 now. Grrrr.
  As you see, it was not a very straightforward fix.
- Don't ask me for other early EOA titles such as Skyfox I & II, 7COG,
  ... as I'm planning to fix them anyway.
- Tested on A1200/68060, plain A1200/68020.
  If you've got trouble, try setting NOCACHE or/and NOMMU


History:

- v1.0: initial release
- v1.1: no need for the big .RNC file anymore. Now clean fix.
- v1.2 (29.02.2016): adapted to WHDLoad v16, runs with CD32Load

Requirements:

 The game requires a installed A500 Kickstart 1.3 image.
 The kickstart image must be located in the directory "Devs:Kickstarts" and
 must be named "kick34005.A500". The image can be extracted from a A500 with
 tools like 'GrabKick' or similar which can be found on aminet.
 If the image is of wrong version or altered in any way WHDLoad will quit with
 a appropriate requester.
 Additionally the file "kick34005.A500.RTB" must be installed in the same
 directory as the kickstart image. It can be found in the archive 
 "util/boot/skick346.lha" on aminet.

Icons contained in install package

WHDLoad Slave information
Archon.slave - 29.02.2016 14:33:20 - 1964 bytes
required WHDLoad version16
flagsNoError EmulPriv Examine
required Chip Memory512 KiB ($80000)
required Expansion Memory256 KiB ($40000)
info nameArchon
info copy1985 Electronic Arts
info installadapted & fixed by JOTD
Thanks to Ungi for original disk image
Version 1.2 (29-fév-16 13:00:32)
Kickstart name34005.a500
Kickstart size256 KiB ($40000)
Kickstart checksum$f9e3

Install Archive Content Listing
UnpackedLvlMethodPackedOSDate/TimeName
185931lh515256Amiga2002-02-26 19:04:12ArchonHD/Archon.glowicon
19641lh51564Amiga2016-02-29 14:33:20ArchonHD/Archon.slave
50761lh51773Amiga2002-04-29 17:18:46ArchonHD/Install
12501lh5821Amiga2002-03-13 21:13:20ArchonHD/Install.info
356561lh513279Amiga2002-03-13 21:14:02ArchonHD/Instructions
19901lh51313Amiga2002-03-03 00:11:08ArchonHD/Instructions.info
30381lh51599Amiga2016-02-29 15:42:48ArchonHD/README
19901lh51313Amiga2002-03-03 00:11:08ArchonHD/readme.info
46641lh51758Amiga2016-02-29 14:33:20ArchonHD/source/ArchonHD.asm
1381lh594Amiga2016-02-29 14:33:20ArchonHD/source/Makefile

Old Install Archives
Archon-20020429.lha

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