Final Edit on this post Jon. I took the JFD file and re-downloaded it. I then processed it on the A3010 after a clean boot and darned if it didn't work straight away. I am now suspecting one of 2 things..... The first download was not quite perfect but good enough to load most modules...... or I had stuff running in the background on my A3010 that I was unaware of that caused a faulty install of the program. Not sure which but is there any way to know for sure when you install a program? Can a person tell from the desktop apps exactly what is loaded? Just trying to learn this system and it's fun.... yeh, I've had to do some things many times but it's coming, slowly but surely.
From here down is what I was experiencing before starting from scratch..... sometimes a 'reboot' is necessary to cure issues.
I was able to get the program to run by using shift, load SparkFS, ADFFS, mount the floppy and then run F1028101.
The strange thing is that within the game the first square is a blank square. The game seems to run as advertised otherwise. It now will follow the pipe flow whereas before it would assume the blank spot was the end of the pipes if that makes sense and the game would end.
Other that cosmetics, it would seem this game is working.
Edit: After a few more plays it seems it's 'mostly' working. Sometimes it does what it used to do but most of the time it plays.....strange. It also doesn't show the level number or the distance to go on the screen. That has never shown up.
One More Edit: The icon that should be the start icon seems to control the direction that the oil or water start out in. If it starts out the wrong direction is why the game ends immediately. However having said that, this is the first time that I've been able to run the game at all, it always crashed me before, maybe I was just extremely unlucky..... better buy a lottery ticket with those odds.
And the last thing I've noticed is no high score table so I think there is something fundamental missing.
When running it from the mounted floppy before, I had no other programs running. When I did, sometimes it would be SparkPlug.....
Just thought of something. I didn't run VIDC this time and it still worked on the screen.... interesting.
Could VIDC cause problems with this game? Edit: Just tested with VIDC and works as describes above.
So the only thing that has changed is that it will now run from the F1028101 file but with missing components it seems.
I'm really having fun trying to learn this system. The interface is beautiful. Wish I'd had this when I was younger. At 67 it's tougher to grasp some things on new systems but this sure is a blast. Easily beats the IBM crap I had after leaving Iceland.
Thanks once again Jon,