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Atarimax Ultimate SD Multi-Cart for the Atari 5200

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FAQ

What are the basic differences between the Ultimate SD cartridge and the 128-in-1 USB Cartridge?

Atari 5200 Ultimate SD
Atari 5200 128-in-1 USB Cartridge
Ease of Use

Very easy to use if you are able to use SD cards and understand how to add and remove files from an SD card using the OS of your choice.

Does not include any PC software for WYSIWYG editing.

Files are read dynamically from the SD card and displayed on the Atari 5200 On-Screen Menu.

Includes high quality Windows software with easy drag-and-drop WYSIYWG cartridge editing.

Workbook system allows you to easily create different cartridge layouts and quickly write them to cartridge, without the need to know anything about filesystems, rom images or flash memory formatting.

ROM Support
  • Standard ROM Images up to 32K
  • Mega-Cart Bank Switched Images up to 512KB
  • Bounty Bob Strikes Back Bank Switching
  • "Hybrid" 512KB Full Read/Write Banking Mode
  • "Storage" 512KB 30k/1k Banking Mode
  • Can be upgraded to handle additional modes

Supports standard Atari 5200 ROM Images up to 32K.

While this covers most of the ROM images produced for the Atari 5200, it does not cover a few games like Bounty Bob Strikes Back and M.U.L.E, as well as any future bank switching schemes.

Upgrades

Hardware designed to be upgradable from SD card.

No practical limits on the number of ROM images stored per card.

Fixed hardware capacity of 128 ROM images per cartridge.

ROM images can be changed at any time by connecting to PC and applying changes from your Workbook to the cartridge.

Customizability

Currently supports custom menu titles, text colors and customizations only applicable to the SD cartridge, like FAT32 directory sorting.

Can be configured to allow viewing of images and manuals right on the Atari 5200.

Advanced settings stored in plaintext INI files on SD card.

Does not currently support select-by-number from the Atari 5200 keypad.

Currently supports the highest level of customizability with advanced WYSIWYG Windows editing software.

Powerful point and click interface allows you to customize any part of the cartridge or menu without editing text files or fiddling with filesystem layouts.

Supports both scroll/click game navigation and select-by-number from the Atari 5200 keypad.

OS Support

OS Agnostic - Does not require and PC software.

Works with any OS or Device that can read and write a FAT32 formatted SD or MMC card.

Included Multi-Cart Studio software requires Windows with USB support.

Supports ALL version of Windows with USB support, including the newest 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and all the way back to Windows 95.

Software works well under virtualization software on Mac and Linux such as Parallels.

 

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