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Title: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: banana on 15:12, 28 April 21
My floppy drive doesn't work. I'm not sure if it's just the drive belt from the sounds it makes, it sounds like the motor is struggling.In any case, I've ordered the M4 Board for my 6128. So Would I really need a working floppy for anything, like running CP/M or games?
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: Bryce on 15:48, 28 April 21
If the media / game is on a disk, then yes. Otherwise no.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: banana on 15:58, 28 April 21
But I can put the media on the M4 from the internet and not need the floppy, correct?
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: Bryce on 16:02, 28 April 21
But I can put the media on the M4 from the internet and not need the floppy, correct?

Now you're answering your own question.

If you mean "Does a floppy need to be physically connected for any software to work" - Then the answer is: There are a few disk related programs that wait for a ready signal (which would no longer come if no drive is connected), but for everything else, they should work with a floppy drive being present.

Bryce.
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: banana on 16:04, 28 April 21
Thank you Bryce.
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: gerald on 18:37, 28 April 21
For anything that does direct access to the FDC, you need a floppy drive (real or HxC/Gotek)
M4 support for DSK is limited to system calls.
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: banana on 21:45, 28 April 21
Can't I play most games with the M4? The floppy is in there, it just doesn't work.
Title: Re: Do I really need the floppy drive?
Post by: robcfg on 22:14, 28 April 21
Just go for cracked/unprotected versions and they’ll play just fine on the M4.