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Offline dcdrac

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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #30 on: 15:32, 07 March 14 »
Looking a bit on Amazon seems there are many usb floppy drives that do not support 720Kb, people complain about it in the comments.


On the other hand there are others that clearly identifies and people confirms it in the comments, like this $9.99:
Amazon.com : HDE External USB Floppy Disk Drive : Computer External Floppy

Just ordered one of these heres hoping....

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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #31 on: 11:03, 08 March 14 »
30 years to wait to be able to use/support the native IBM format with our CPC.  :'(
Nice to know that finally work... (but at less 10 years too late).

Wait for the upcoming "Filesystem Overload" feature whichs lets you use 254ks (per side!!) of data on IBM CPC 3.5" disk with plain AMSDOS  8) 8) 8)

Pity is "read only" alaike at CPC side...
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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #32 on: 13:42, 08 March 14 »
Hahaha... A 64 tracks floppy.  ;D
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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #33 on: 01:58, 11 March 14 »

New version with a bunch of new features  ;D


CPCDiskXP v2.5.1 Changelog (since v2.5):
  • DSK to Floppy - Now you can choose between two methods of writing to disk: "Low Level Driver" and "USB Floppy Drive". The option "USB Floppy Drive" will be only enabled when the format is compatible with the USB floppy writing method.
  • GENERAL - Now the program is able to format the disk when writing on USB floppy drives. Now that the program format and write, is no longer necessary to preformat the disk from windows.
  • GENERAL - Eliminated warnings that the Low Level Driver is not installed at starting the program. Now that you can write to USB floppy is not necessary to show the warning every time.
  • DSKEditor - New feature/button to "Add Files From Another Dsk" (or zip containing Dsk's) to easily add files that are in other Dsk without extracting them. As you can add files from one Dsk format to another Dsk format, this is also a format converter.
  • DSKEditor - Support for creating/editing two new IBM formats: Single Side, 42 Tracks, 168K (162K Free) and 65 Tracks, 260K (254K Free) [3.5" only, hack for AMSDOS]. Both can be written on USB floppy drives and both can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor - Support for creating/editing a new PCW/+3DOS format: Single Side, 42 Tracks, 189K (182K Free). It can be written on USB floppy drives and it can be used / read in standard PCW or ZX Spectrum +3.
  • DSKEditor - Support for creating/editing a new ROMDOS D1 format: Double Side, 80 Tracks, 720K (716K Free). It can be written on USB floppy drives.
  • DSKEditor - Support for creating/editing a new CPC DATA format: Single Side, 57 Tracks, 256K (254K Free) [3.5" only, hack for AMSDOS]. It can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor - Support for creating/editing a new CPC SYSTEM format: Single Side, 59 Tracks, 265K (254K Free) [3.5" only, hack for AMSDOS]. It can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor - Now when creating a new Dsk you can filter the list of formats to choose from. There are 5 filters: "All Formats", "Amstrad CPC Standard Formats", "Amstrad CPC With Modified ROM Formats", "USB Floppy Drive Compatible Formats" and "Amstrad PCW / ZX Spectrum Formats". With these filters is very clear on which platform each format works.
  • Thank you very much to KaosOverride, I always learn new things thanks to you :-)

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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #34 on: 15:20, 19 March 14 »
Progress report got the new floppy drive and 720K disks they are formatting however neither CPCXP 2.5 nor 2.51 is detecting the drive

What options should I use to get it to do so

*UPDATE*

Drive getting detected changed to IBM setting.

Ok

Able to format 720K discs

The application seems to write to the files in Disk Editor but CPC cannot read them.

it seems to write the file gets processed and everything

is there a step by step guide for this?



« Last Edit: 16:43, 19 March 14 by dcdrac »

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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #35 on: 17:20, 19 March 14 »
Progress report got the new floppy drive and 720K disks they are formatting however neither CPCXP 2.5 nor 2.51 is detecting the drive

What options should I use to get it to do so

*UPDATE*

Drive getting detected changed to IBM setting.
There is no detection,  as you can read above "The option "USB Floppy Drive" will be only enabled when the format is compatible with the USB floppy writing method."


Able to format 720K discs
The application seems to write to the files in Disk Editor but CPC cannot read them.
it seems to write the file gets processed and everything
is there a step by step guide for this?


To test the floppy drive from windows, simply format a 720K with windows ("FORMAT A: /T:80 /N:9" or " format a: /f:720") and try to copy files with File Browser, txt´s or jpg´s and try to read them again.


Do not forget to cover with duct tape the high density hole of the floppy, to 'convert' it to a 720K Double Density.


The instructions for test CPCDiskXP would be:
  • Download example Dsk: http://www.cpcmania.com/TestUSB.zip
  • Execute CPCDiskXP and click the "DSKEditor" button
  • Press the button 'Open' to open TestUSB.zip
  • Press the "Write USB Floppy" button
  • Select the drive (a or b) and click 'Write'
  • Ready to be tested in a real cpc.


good luck.

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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #36 on: 18:05, 19 March 14 »
that worked thank you and jut tried stormlord 2 files were read but think it must be a duff dsk will find an untampered uncracked version, going to try Targhan next.

traghan will need 2 disks

So I guess I extract from the original dks then copy over to he floppy?
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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #37 on: 19:00, 19 March 14 »
that worked thank you and jut tried stormlord 2 files were read but think it must be a duff dsk will find an untampered uncracked version, going to try Targhan next.


The easiest way is to use the compacted games by cngsoft, all unprotected and compressed:
ftp://ftp.legio7.net/pub/cpc/mirror/urusergi.serverftp.com/BINs/Compactados%20por%20cngsoft/De%20cinta%20Original/


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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #38 on: 19:28, 19 March 14 »
Thank so I guess somewhere out there is a utilty that will extract the files or the utlity itself has such an ability

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Re: CPCDiskXP v2.1 released
« Reply #39 on: 20:12, 19 March 14 »
Thank so I guess somewhere out there is a utilty that will extract the files or the utlity itself has such an ability


On "DSKEditor" there is a button "Add Files From Another Dsk" that do the trick. Simply create a new Dsk with IBM format and use "Add Files From Another Dsk" to fill it with existings dsks with games, etc.


And with compacted games by cngsoft, unpack the downloaded zip files and use "Add files" from DskEditor to use/add them to a new ibm dsk.
« Last Edit: 20:15, 19 March 14 by Mochilote »