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Screen files viewer
« on: 00:53, 06 January 18 »
Looking for some help.

As I am working thru the pile of Romdos D20 discs I have here I have found ten which are full of 17k digitised Rombo Vidi screen files. Maybe 200 - 400 screen files in total. These files are from 25 years ago so I simply can't remember what they are and sometimes the filename isn't clear either. Loading the files into Advanced Art Studio individually for examination will probably take me into 2020! 

Does anyone have a program that will catalogue a disc and allow for a screen file to be selected/displayed? Most of the files should be mode 2 with no palette files.

Any ideas?

Cheers,

Peter

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #1 on: 13:45, 07 January 18 »
If I understood correctly, you need a simple screen viewer for CPC...

If yes, then you can try Ocp Screens Viewer :
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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #2 on: 15:39, 07 January 18 »
Many thanks fgbrain, this looks exactly the type of program I am looking for. This will save me hours of work.


My CPC and Laptop are not on speaking terms, can anyone put this on 3" disc for me?
I will send a disc, SAE and postage to anyone who can.


Cheers,


Peter




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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #3 on: 13:42, 10 January 18 »
Many thanks fgbrain, this looks exactly the type of program I am looking for. This will save me hours of work.


My CPC and Laptop are not on speaking terms, can anyone put this on 3" disc for me?
I will send a disc, SAE and postage to anyone who can.


Cheers,


Peter
I can.
I am in ireland however. So if no one closer can do this let me know.

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #4 on: 16:48, 17 January 18 »
Peter - if you can give me a few days and if Craig hasn't already, I can do this for you.

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #5 on: 17:54, 17 January 18 »
Thanks for that CPC_Fan.


Nich was kind enough to include the Screen Viewer on a disc which arrived here yesterday.
I hope to be using it tonight, most of the images are from films and TV from about 1990 - 1994 but I think that some are friends and family from the same period. 8-Bit digital memories, should be "interesting."


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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #6 on: 18:31, 17 January 18 »
Cool. No problem. I hope that you find some nice memories there.

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #7 on: 18:27, 18 January 18 »
Bollocks!


The fecking thing did not work. Drive A and B gave the same message - "Disc Error!!!"
This was on a 6128 and a 6128+ with Romboxes (permanently) attached.
Are there any programmers that could have a look at this for me?
I will send a 3" disc with the program and screen files and a stamped SAE for return here.


Cheers,


Peter

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #8 on: 18:31, 18 January 18 »
Four possible reasons:

- Your drives are gone (belt need replacement or worse)

- Your 3" disc was formatted/written on a drive where the tracks are aligned a bit off, therefore the read error.

- Using the wrong DOS

- Disc got super-magnetized during its stay at the post office

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #9 on: 18:36, 18 January 18 »
Thanks for the reply Gunhed.


I checked the drives on both machines by running MicroDesign from 3" disc - no problems. I think it might be a Rom problem of some kind.


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Peter

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #10 on: 11:08, 19 January 18 »
Thanks for the reply Gunhed.


I checked the drives on both machines by running MicroDesign from 3" disc - no problems. I think it might be a Rom problem of some kind.


Cheers,


Peter


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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #11 on: 11:57, 19 January 18 »
Hi chinnyhill10,


Both the 6128 and the Plus have recently been repaired and the 3" drives are working perfectly. The 3.5" drives are from Ikonsgr and after some initial problems with switches on the cables they are also OK. I think the problem is Rom related and as the discs are Romdos D20 format I wont be removing the Romboxes (with ParaDos) any time soon. However I have another Plus without a Rombox that has ParaDos on cartridge and that might be a solution.
BTW - love the your videos, I always find them interesting. 


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Peter
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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #12 on: 15:55, 20 January 18 »
The fecking thing did not work. Drive A and B gave the same message - "Disc Error!!!"
This was on a 6128 and a 6128+ with Romboxes (permanently) attached.
Are there any programmers that could have a look at this for me?
I will send a 3" disc with the program and screen files and a stamped SAE for return here.

Add the following line to the BASIC program and it should work:

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195 POKE &8B28,&91:POKE &8B59,&91
The program catalogues the disc and stores the directory between &9800-&9FFF. The above pokes move it to &9100-&98FF, where it shouldn't corrupt anything.

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #13 on: 16:02, 20 January 18 »
Thanks Nich,


I will try this Tuesday coming.


Cheers,


Peter

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #14 on: 16:10, 20 January 18 »
Thanks Nich,

I will try this Tuesday coming.

I forgot something else. The BASIC program is compressed, so you will need to type the following lines in first (replacing OSV with whatever the name of the BASIC program is if necessary):

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LOAD"OSV"
CALL &17D

This will decompress the program. You can then add line 195 in my previous post and save the program again (although now that it is decompressed, it will take up more space on the disc).

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #15 on: 16:21, 20 January 18 »
I am working on a new picture viewer. When I'm done I'll post the source and binaries here.

This viewer:
- works with Vortex, XDDOS and Amsdos
- should work with Dobbertin HD and other drives (more than A and B).
- automatically allocates the space it needs by examining the XDPB of the disc format detected
- displays the name of the file being viewed with other info (overlayed over the image and can be toggled on/off)
- automatically scans all users
- allows you to move forwards/backwards through the file list like a modern viewer on pc
- decompresses art studio pictures + uses palette (with plans to decompress multiface 2 screens too).

As I said, I'm debugging it and I'll post it here when it's done.
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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #16 on: 16:41, 20 January 18 »
Thanks Guys!


As my programming skills are non existent, this is very much appreciated.


Peter




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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #17 on: 22:55, 30 January 18 »
I am working on a new picture viewer. When I'm done I'll post the source and binaries here.
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As I said, I'm debugging it and I'll post it here when it's done.

Now you just need to add a put it to your favorite cloud storage via M4 :)

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #18 on: 02:30, 01 February 18 »
Both the 6128 and the Plus have recently been repaired and the 3" drives are working perfectly.


Same here. All my 3" discs from 1987 are still working fine! No problems at all. I use Panasonic and Amstrad disc (they may be relabeled Panasonic discs).  :)
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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #19 on: 12:20, 26 July 18 »
Hi arnoldemu,

Any news on your picture viewer?

Cheers,

Peter
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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #20 on: 15:56, 26 July 18 »
Meanwhile you can use FutureOS to display text files and pictures (all modes) on the following formats: Data, System, IBM, Vortex. But that's probably only an alternative if you have it installed anyway.  ;)


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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #21 on: 16:14, 26 July 18 »
Hi GUNHED,

FutureOS is on my list of CPC "must haves" for the future (no pun intended).
In the short term I am hoping that arnoldemu's program will provide the solution I am looking for in relation to the screen files on Romdos D20 disks.

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #22 on: 16:23, 26 July 18 »
In this case there should be something somewhere just using the "actual" DOS for native CPC-OS (here: ROMDOS or ParaDOS will work).  :)
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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #23 on: 16:39, 26 July 18 »
Nich's suggestion "OSV" seemed to be an answer but unfortunately did not work when I tried it here. It may have clashed with the Rom's attached to the machines.
Maybe.

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Re: Screen files viewer
« Reply #24 on: 11:46, 27 July 18 »
Looking for some help.

As I am working thru the pile of Romdos D20 discs I have here I have found ten which are full of 17k digitised Rombo Vidi screen files. Maybe 200 - 400 screen files in total. These files are from 25 years ago so I simply can't remember what they are and sometimes the filename isn't clear either. Loading the files into Advanced Art Studio individually for examination will probably take me into 2020! 

Does anyone have a program that will catalogue a disc and allow for a screen file to be selected/displayed? Most of the files should be mode 2 with no palette files.

Any ideas?

Cheers,

Peter


Sûre! iMPdraw v2 do that perfectly !
See : -> http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/applications/impdraw-v2-0
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