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(Can't wait for cmd.exe to be deprecated in favour of bash)
It wouldn't help - you can't actually run windows binaries from the bash prompt, which is astonishingly stupid. You have to compile linux versions of everything.

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Ok I tried to transfer a few discs, many work, but quite a few don't.

The Untouchables Face A fails at Track 1 sector C6, with "overflow in 670".

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DSK2CDT2DISC made my day!
« Reply #27 on: 21:14, 16 October 17 »
pelrun made my day with DSK2CDT2DISC!  8)

Before DSK2CDT2DISC I had:
  • 3-inch drive and a few floppies, but no formatting software.
  • 3.5-inch drive that I can't fully test because no CPC-formatted floppy!
  • Tough issues like "can I format floppies with a modern PC, my laptop, a USB-flopy". Probably just not possible.

DSK2CDT2DISC was able to format and write useful software to both 3-inch and 3.5-inch floppies using a "cheap" audio cable as only additional hardware! No more USB, hardware or OS issues!

After DSK2CDT2DISC I have:

  • 3-inch floppy with interesting software from the net, that I can load in seconds instead of minutes
  • I can e.g. save an interrupted Sapiens game on a local disk. My kids might love that (they played Sapiens with caprice32 on Linux so far).
  • CPC-formatted regular 3.5-inch floppy that the CPC can use reliably independently from a PC.
  • My second CPC-6128 with a dead 3-inch drive now becomes interesting again.
  • Soon, a disk formatting tool running on a CPC, stored on 3.5-inch floppy.
  • The software itself is fully open-source, is an interesting mix that loads quickly by small parts. All this suggests more dev hacks.

What makes DSK2CDT2DISC powerful is that you don't need to plug a CPC drive on a PC, or hope your current PC OS can write CPC-formatted images to 3-inch disks (I did that 20 years ago on a tower PC and DOS software).

To be fair, before being able to use it, I had to fix some portability issues to compile it for Linux. Thanks pelrun for merging my pull request into the project on github!


Kudos to pelrun!  :D
« Last Edit: 21:17, 16 October 17 by cpcitor »
Had a CPC since 1985, currently software dev professional, including embedded systems.

I made the first CPC cross-dev environment that auto-installs C compiler and tools: cpc-dev-tool-chain: a portable toolchain for C/ASM development targetting CPC.

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Re: DSK2CDT2DISC - get disc images onto your CPC via... a tape?!
« Reply #28 on: 23:20, 16 October 17 »
What makes DSK2CDT2DISC powerful is that you don't need to plug a CPC drive on a PC, or hope your current PC OS can write CPC-formatted images to 3-inch disks (I did that 20 years ago on a tower PC and DOS software).

Most people have some sort of HxC or Gotek connected to their CPC, which is the fastest PC <--> CPC transfer you could hope for.

Bryce.