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James Pond - Underwater Agent (Millennium)

download the install packageJamesPond.lha
created at2020-08-31
size of install package79977 Bytes
Author/Contact
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JOTD
Mantis BugTracker77
Hall Of Light780
Lemon Amiga617


 THIS PACKAGE COMES WITH ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR
 IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO USE, RESULTS AND
 PERFORMANCE OF THE PACKAGE IS ASSUMED BY YOU AND IF THE PACKAGE SHOULD PROVE
 TO BE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING,
 REPAIR OR OTHER REMEDIATION.
 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN THE AUTHOR BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE
 CAUSED IN ANY USUAL, SPECIAL, OR ACCIDENTAL WAY, ALSO IF THE OWNER OR A THIRD
 PARTY HAS BEEN POINTED AT SUCH POSSIBILITIES OF DAMAGE.

 This install applies to "James Pond - Underwater Agent" © 1990 Millenium, 1 disk.

 Thanks to Chris Vella for re-release disk, Christoph Gleisberg for a non-SPS MFM version

 This install requires WHDLoad and RawDIC to be in the path. Both can be found
 in the WHDLoad package.
 To install from a different drive than DF0: select installation mode Expert.

 The installed program requires 0.5 MB ChipMem and 0.5 MB / 1MB OtherMem
 (depending on the installed version, since there's a version that requires 512k expmem)
 
 It can be quit by pressing num '*' (key can be changed with Tooltype "QuitKey=").

 If you have problems with this installation please try and get a newer
 version of this package from the WHDLoad WWW-Page. If that doesn't help try
 some Tooltypes like NOCACHE, NOAUTOVEC, NOVBRMOVE, NOMMU, PAL or NTSC. If
 that also fails, please inform the author via the Bug-Report-Form which
 can be accessed on the WHDLoad WWW-Page or create a mantis issue directly
 at http://mantis.whdload.de

 For the full WHDLoad package, other installs and updates refer to:
	http://www.whdload.de/
 or	aminet:dev/misc/whdload#?
 and	aminet:game/patch/

 History:
 
 version 2.5 (29.08.2020) done by JOTD:
 - fixed bug on a non-SPS 512k version (issue #0004791)
 - added blitter waits in 1MB version with shark fin introduction
 
 version 2.4 (25.08.2020) done by JOTD:
 - another 512k MFM version supported (now 5 versions supported!)
 - fixed more active cpu loops
 
 version 2.3 (20.08.2020) done by JOTD:
 - 1MB version supported, with animated intro
  (provided by Christoph Gleisberg, issue #0004389)
 - trainer: infinite time
 
 version 2.2 (16.08.2020) done by JOTD:
 - fixed music replay
 - trainer: level selection
 - trainer: infinite lives & invincibility
 - support for another version, SPS 3016 (issue #0004389)
 - CUSTOM5 disables blitter fixes & sound fixes (for slow 68000 machines)
 
 version 2.1 (09.11.2010) done by JOTD:
 - added CUSTOM2 switch to remove blitter patches. Use it on slow machines only to speedup game

 version 2.0 (14.03.2005) done by JOTD:
 - complete slave rewrite
 - complete install rewrite
 - support for original (MFM) version & re-release (DOS) version
 - RawDIC imager adapted from Mr Larmer "The Blues Brothers" islave
 - unnecessary delays removed
 - keyboard timer fixed
 - fast decrunch
 - nasty blitter bugs fixed (now game works on all amigas & WinUAE without glitches!!)
 - a zillion blitter waits inserted
 - CUSTOM1=1 enables cheat keys & invincibility (TAB key is no more)
 - copylock-like disk protection removed for MFM version
 - highscores load/save to HD (saves only if CUSTOM1 is not set)
 - SNOOP bugs removed
 - QUITKEY also works for 68000 users (no need for VBR)
 - lots of icons included
 - source code included

 version 1.1 (2001) done by JOTD:
 - removed disk DMA access (thanks Bert)

 version 1.0 (2001) done by JOTD:
 - initial release, only supports re-release
 - Blitter errors fixed (there were a lot)
 - Hint file included
 - Trainer: TAB toggles infinite lives CUSTOM5=1 (WHDload)
 - Save scores (if trainer is off)

 version 0.x (1997)
 - JST release

 Cheat keys:
 - D: opens exit (press it twice)
 - N: warps to level 8

 Other keys:
 - F6: PAL
 - F7: NTSC
 - ESC/numerical Enter: quit current game

 Notes:

 This one was not easy because of all the problems (DMA, blitter, disk accesses,
 disk format). Thanks to WHDLoad developper team, especially Bert & Girv for advice
 on that point.
 The MFM decoding was not a piece of cake either. But recently, as
 I took the job to adapt another version of "The Blues Brothers" install by
 Mr Larmer, I noticed that the track length of the Titus game was special: $1400
 bytes, which is rather odd because custom formats are usually longer than DOS
 tracks (DOS: $1600 bytes). I tried the imager on the James Pond warp file just
 for fun and ... it worked!!! I just had to adapt the imager to the disk map.
 A strange fact since both games (Blues Brothers & James Pond) are not linked by
 coder or by company. (I heard that Thalion used this format too).

 The "mystery" was solved in 2020, when I noticed that SPS release 3137 (Atari ST)
 can be read partially with the .islave file, which means that this $1400-len tracks
 is actually native Atari-ST track :)
 
 There are 2 different slaves in the archive. The "JamesPond1MB.slave" can run all 4 versions
 but requires 512k more fast/chip memory. The "JamesPond.slave" one requires only 512k chip and no
 extra memory but won't run the 1MB version.
 If you install the 1MB version by mistake, you get an explicit error when running whdload, just replace
 the slave by the file "JamesPond1MB.slave".
 
 The install supports 5 different versions. One is a very early non SPS 512k version with a huge
 bug at startup that went unnoticed. Also, in this very version the highscores screen flickers
 a bit with slightly trashed graphics, but I'm leaving it as is for now.

Icons contained in install package

WHDLoad Slave information
JamesPond.slave - 29.08.2020 10:55:02 - 4996 bytes
required WHDLoad version17
flagsDisk NoError ClearMem
required Chip Memory512 KiB ($80000)
Expansion Memory0 KiB
info nameJames Pond: Underwater Agent
info copy1990 Millenium
info installadapted & fixed by JOTD
Version 2.5 (29-aug-2020 10:51:05)
Kickstart name0
Kickstart size0 KiB ($0)
Kickstart checksum$0000
ConfigurationC1:X:infinite lives:0;
C1:X:invincibility:1;
C1:X:infinite time:2;
C3:L:start level:Licence to bubble,From sellafield with love,View to a spill!,The fish with the golden bar,For your fins only,Fishfingers,They only live once,Leak and let die,Orchids are forever,Moneyraker,The mermaid who loved me,Dr maybe;
C5:B:disable fast CPUs fixes;
JamesPond1MB.slave - 29.08.2020 10:55:02 - 5192 bytes
required WHDLoad version17
flagsDisk NoError ClearMem
required Chip Memory512 KiB ($80000)
required Expansion Memory512 KiB ($80000)
info nameJames Pond: Underwater Agent
info copy1990 Millenium
info installadapted & fixed by JOTD
Version 2.5 (29-aug-2020 10:51:05)
Kickstart name0
Kickstart size0 KiB ($0)
Kickstart checksum$0000
ConfigurationC1:X:infinite lives:0;
C1:X:invincibility:1;
C1:X:infinite time:2;
C3:L:start level:Licence to bubble,From sellafield with love,View to a spill!,The fish with the golden bar,For your fins only,Fishfingers,They only live once,Leak and let die,Orchids are forever,Moneyraker,The mermaid who loved me,Dr maybe;
C5:B:disable fast CPUs fixes;

Install Archive Content Listing
UnpackedLvlMethodPackedOSDate/TimeName
661lh066Amiga2005-03-10 23:32:14JamesPondInstall/Highs
56991lh52685Amiga2020-08-16 13:37:50JamesPondInstall/Hints
19901lh51313Amiga2005-03-12 00:14:22JamesPondInstall/Hints.info
191651lh55104Amiga2020-08-20 21:39:08JamesPondInstall/Install
18301lh5972Amiga2005-03-12 00:14:22JamesPondInstall/Install.info
51921lh53272Amiga2020-08-29 10:55:02JamesPondInstall/JamesPond1MB.slave
157791lh514157Amiga2005-03-11 23:23:44JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.boxicon
45041lh53788Amiga2005-03-11 23:25:18JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.colcfou
167761lh515202Amiga2005-03-11 23:22:58JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.colchris
64121lh56197Amiga2005-03-11 23:22:08JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.colexot
6241lh5466Amiga2020-08-29 10:55:02JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.islave
156091lh56703Amiga2005-03-11 23:22:24JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.newfrank
49961lh53152Amiga2020-08-29 10:55:02JamesPondInstall/JamesPond.slave
54931lh52717Amiga2020-08-29 10:54:26JamesPondInstall/ReadMe
19901lh51310Amiga2005-03-12 00:14:22JamesPondInstall/ReadMe.info
321731lh59160Amiga2020-08-29 10:55:02JamesPondInstall/source/JamesPondHD.s
46601lh51911Amiga2020-08-29 10:55:02JamesPondInstall/source/JamesPond.islave.s
1571lh585Amiga2010-11-09 09:35:20JamesPondInstall/source/Makefile
6601lh5287Amiga2020-08-20 14:53:12JamesPondInstall/source/Makefile_windows.mak
1291lh5105Amiga2020-08-20 21:23:58JamesPondInstall/SPSID

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