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CPC Disc XP and USB floppy help
« on: 14:50, 20 July 14 »
Greetings. I use USB floppy drive with CPC Disx XP software 2.5.x.
This software can send .dsk file to USB via USB compatible formats - 3IBM and 1RomdosD1.
I use external 3,5" working floppy.

When I send .dsk file to DSDD floppy, it don't work with Amsdos or Parados.
System 6128 or 6128+ see file "name.dsk", but send me message "bad command" when I can load it via run".

Where my mistake with .dsk file ?
Only buy laptop with built-in floppy drive for work with compatible non USB formats ?
« Last Edit: 15:01, 20 July 14 by cherkasy »

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Re: CPC Disc XP and USB floppy help
« Reply #1 on: 16:59, 20 July 14 »
I've just built a headerless Windows xp based CPCdiskXP machine around an hp dx 2250 minitower. Although the board in these pc's only supports a maximum of 2gb ram it is plenty for terminal services and cpcdiscxp. And this is about the last up mobo used by hp with a floppy controller on board. I tested disc writes with some known dodgy format dsk images and all is good. Being an hp pro desktop it does have very quiet fans and a small case, fits unobtrusively under the desk.

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Re: CPC Disc XP and USB floppy help
« Reply #2 on: 21:11, 20 July 14 »
Thanks ! I think about laptop with built in floppy (old models  :-[ ). But, why work with laptop USB floppy + Amstrad ? I think, some peoples work fine with this tandem.  I see video from youtube, when people work with 3.5" drive very simply and uses usual Amsdos commands for loading software.

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Re: CPC Disc XP and USB floppy help
« Reply #3 on: 10:09, 21 July 14 »
System 6128 or 6128+ see file "name.dsk", but send me message "bad command" when I can load it via run".
Where my mistake with .dsk file ?


Hi, it seems that you are doing it wrong, you can't load/run a .dsk directly, it's a disk image, you must create a new compatible with usb Dsk with the contents of the original dsk. The instructions are these, more or less (copied from a greek forum):



-Execute CPCDiskXP and click the "DSKEditor" button
    -Press the button 'New' to create a new blank Dsk and select from the list the one [Works with USB Floppy]" format
    -Once we have created the blank Dsk, we add the files (programs, games), we using the "Add Files From Another Dsk" button and selecting the .Dsk from we want to copy the files.
    -We can also add files that we have on the hard disk of the PC with the "Add Files" button, for example a binary just compiled
    -After filling the dsk, we will write to a USB floppy drive, by pressing the "Write USB Floppy" button
    -Select the drive (a or b) and click 'Write'


-Test it on a real cpc.


Good luck,


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Re: CPC Disc XP and USB floppy help
« Reply #4 on: 21:52, 21 July 14 »
Ok I copy files to floppy. But I see normal catalogue after :
1. start parados copy (I have cartridge on 6128+) as |drive
2. select electro formats disabled
    and electro format enabled.

Now I must each time to do it to start games ? Or may be format floppy disk as electro format and use it by default ?

Ok I format disk as romdos d1 and after this write file via CPCdiscXP. Excellent !

I have next steps -
1. format floppy disk as romdos1.
2. select romdos1 in CPCdiscXP
3. select files (sub menu)
4. write usb floppy.
5. start files (from ext B disk).
it's all now.
« Last Edit: 22:37, 21 July 14 by cherkasy »