Dream CPC setup

Started by StealthGary, 14:12, 22 May 22

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dragon

But goteck with firmware hxc or flashfloppy?.

eto

Quote from: StealthGary on 12:31, 25 May 22Any particular reason you guys are preferring a Gotek over an M4 or a USIFAC? Both of which seem better options.

I think I'd prefer a monitor over a scart or HDMI option though. That monitor powering the machine was a big part of my CPC memories!
No particular reason. In my case, it was the first add-on I bought as it was more "natural" to me than a full-blown extension. It's more similar to handling real disks and like adding a second drive to the computer.

I also have the USIFAC and it's a great, cheap device but has one major flaw: it doesn't sort the files. If you add a single file, it's at the end of the directory. Even if I make sure to properly write a directory in one go, I have directories, where the files start at D and I have to go to the end of the directory to get to ABC. (which reminds me, that I have never reported that flaw...)

The M4 I never used.

eto

Quote from: dragon on 14:12, 25 May 22But goteck with firmware hxc or flashfloppy?.

I use FlashFloppy firmware in HXC compatibility mode, so I can use the HxC selector program.

Gryzor


Could that have something to do with the (lack of) sorting under FAT? It's the OS that does the sorting, not the FS, so that's a common issue, and there are directory sorters out there that touch the files' dates so that they are sorted by filename...

StealthGary

Quote from: Gryzor on 14:40, 25 May 22Could that have something to do with the (lack of) sorting under FAT? It's the OS that does the sorting, not the FS, so that's a common issue, and there are directory sorters out there that touch the files' dates so that they are sorted by filename...
That sounds about right - we have the same issue on the ZX Spectrum Next, which uses SD storage natively. There's a small Windows utility that will sort files as you say, so you just periodically move the SD card over to do it.

Gryzor

Isn't this the same with Gotek/HxC too? I think that's when I learned about the issue!

I think the one I used to use was called FatSort, I'm sure there are Linux utilities too. 

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Quote from: eto on 14:18, 25 May 22
Quote from: dragon on 14:12, 25 May 22But goteck with firmware hxc or flashfloppy?.

I use FlashFloppy firmware in HXC compatibility mode, so I can use the HxC selector program.
I mostly refer of what of the two offers best compatibility with amstrad. I mean with copy protections and so.

I not found info out there. 

eto

Quote from: dragon on 13:51, 02 June 22I mostly refer of what of the two offers best compatibility with amstrad. I mean with copy protections and so.

I not found info out there.

I honestly don't know but I haven't had an issue yet. For most software, there is a cracked version anyway. 

I also had 3 cases where I wanted to rescue a game on real floppy, where the data was corrupted. I downloaded the DSK images containing the original dump including copy protection and I could perfectly copy from DSK to the game disks. 

As flash floppy is free anyway, you can give it a try and if you are not happy with it, you still can install the HXC firmware. 

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