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CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« on: 22:48, 09 February 15 »
Hi,


I recently managed to purchase a CPC 6128.


Is there anyway of loading game from Emulator files in a similar fashion to the TAP files for the ZX Spectrum?


As an example of what I am looking for:


Tape To Disc Conversion ~ Random Kak


Thanks

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #1 on: 23:06, 09 February 15 »
Congratulations to the right machine. You can download .DSK files from cpc-power or similar, then copy them to a 3.5" disc using CPCDiskXP or similar. If you have only a 3" inch drive, then the solution of using the Mini-Booster on the MX4 may be a great idea.


Also a HxC floppy emulator can be added as B-drive (also works as A drive), it contains an SD card, which you can fill up easily on the PC side.


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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #2 on: 23:31, 09 February 15 »
Hi,


Many thanks, I will give those options a go.

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #3 on: 23:53, 09 February 15 »
Hi,


I recently managed to purchase a CPC 6128.


Is there anyway of loading game from Emulator files in a similar fashion to the TAP files for the ZX Spectrum?


As an example of what I am looking for:


Tape To Disc Conversion ~ Random Kak


Thanks


Get an HxC floppy emulator and load games from SD card or get a cassette cable from Retro Computer Shack and load CDT files in using TZX playback software.


I wouldn't go messing around transferring dsk files to a floppy and loading them that way. Life's too short.
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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #4 on: 04:23, 10 February 15 »
And if you get a tape cable you can use my silly thing to transfer DSK images across to actual disks without extra hardware:


DSK2CDT2DISC - get disc images onto your CPC via... a tape?!

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #5 on: 10:03, 10 February 15 »
As TFM suggested I use CPCDISKXP via an old compaq laptop.

It is quick an easy, you should be able in some cases get 7 or 8 games on a disk if you have access to Parados :-)

Good Luck :-)
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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #6 on: 14:27, 10 February 15 »
I use CPCDiskXP to put .dsk images onto 3.5" floppies as well. Main reason being is that it was much easier and cheaper for me to get a 3.5" disc drive and cable kit from eBay and use an old pc with a 3.5" disc drive, than it was to buy a HxC floppy emulator. However I will hopefully buy a HxC floppy emulator one day, when funds allow.

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #7 on: 18:31, 10 February 15 »
Oh, and btw: If you decide to buy a 3.5" floppy for the CPC6128 as B-drive (which is cheap), then please be sure that this Drive has a real 'Ready signal' and not just the Ready-pin short cut. Else more advanced stuff won't work properly.  :)
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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #8 on: 19:26, 10 February 15 »
I hope that wasn't a dig at me TFM?? Yes the drive and cable kit that I brought from eBay was reasonably cheap, but it suits my budget and requirements. Also the cable has 2 separate switches on it, one acts as an ABBA switch and the other as a side select switch. Therefore I can make the most out of the drive.


By the way, just out of interest, what 'advanced stuff' can you do if the drive has a real ready signal? I only ask, as I don't know lots about the workings of the CPC hardwear.

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #9 on: 19:34, 10 February 15 »
I hope that wasn't a dig at me TFM?


No, it's just getting harder to get drives with ready signals in this days. I bought one at ebay myself, and didn't ask for Ready before. Bad luck so.


Examples for software needing Ready signals are FutureOS and SymbOS.

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #10 on: 20:50, 10 February 15 »
OK. Thanks for the info TFM. I guess that I will see if the drive has a ready signal or not on it, when my X-Mem turns up and I put FutureOS or SymbOS on it.

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Re: CPC 6128 - Can I load emulated game files?
« Reply #11 on: 21:00, 10 February 15 »
OK. Thanks for the info TFM. I guess that I will see if the drive has a ready signal or not on it, when my X-Mem turns up and I put FutureOS or SymbOS on it.


Make a picture of the drive PCB (naked, no metal clothing) and post it here. Guess somebody can tell you what to jumper to get a Ready signal if possible. Bryce and Gerald are experts.  :)
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