we (James and me) have a great news ! You can download the pre-released
version of SainT at saint.atari.org.
That version is far to be perfect but it's better than nothing !
copy SainT09b.exe in a SainT folder and run it. First, you need
to select a TOS image file (ATARI Orginal ROM). You can find TOS
on various web site, such as Little
Green Desktop. Click on the "Options" tab then click
to the ADD button in the bottom of the screen. Then you have to
select a TOS file. Better use a classic TOS 1.0. When TOS image
is loaded, click on the file name then click on the "Set Active"
the option tab, you can select 1Mb machine. Now for the video settings...
SainT only works in fullscreen (as your original ST :-)). PC programer
know how the PC hardware is bad... Now look at the two combo boxes
"Graphic card" and "Refresh rate". If they are
empty, then DirectX don't know the refresh rate, so you have to
select "ST Sync Freq" in the Sync Mode selector. That
mode tells SainT to run exactly at 50Hz, as your ST. The only drawback
for that method is that PC is not video - synchronized, so bitmap
scrollers are not very smooth.
you're a lucky "new video card" owner, you may notice
some informations in the "Refresh rate" combo box. So
look at the refresh mode, and if you're *really* lucky, you'll have
a 100Hz mode. If yes, select it, and then select "PC Vertical
blank", and put "1" in the "Frame skip"
dialog. So SainT will wait 2 sync at 100Hz, wich means 50Hz, and
video synchronized. That's the best configaration available !!
click on the "Disk Menu" tab. This is the most common
used tab. Select an image file by clicking on the file (you can
see immediatly informations about the disk image in the floppy,
at the right bottom. Then, if you want to use it, click on the "Insert"
button just over the floppy A:. The floppy becomes lighted, and
you're ready to run it. Just click on the "Run" tab and
pump up the volume, even the floppy drive sound is emulated !! :)
Back to the main menu. You can change disk, change options, take
snapshot, sound shot or whatever you want.
Reset (SHIFT-F11 for cold reset)
hope to release a decent SainT package for the v1.0. (I mean, documentation,
and some bugs removed)