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by Symoon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Networking Orics.
Replies: 56
Views: 13943

Re: Networking Orics.

Lots of PASE converted games in disk format here (Dominique's old pages): http://dominique.pessan.pagesperso-orange.fr/oric/joystick.htm Beware that those disks may be slave disks, i.e Sedoric without operating system on them. If so, you need to boot first on a Sedoric master disk, then inster those...
by Symoon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Networking Orics.
Replies: 56
Views: 13943

Re: Networking Orics.

I think PASE interface was quite popular in the early years. A few program patches were sold to let players use the joystick with popular games. Then came the programmable interfaces. This is the little I know from France, maybe the reality of the whole market was different... And it's likely that t...
by Symoon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Track reading (Sedoric / FDC)
Replies: 51
Views: 30915

Re: Track reading (Sedoric / FDC)

One mystery solved: the Nibble manual explains how it deals with track mode. It actually reads the whole track first, keeping in memory each of the sectors ID positions. Then it reads each sector, and puts them in place of the ones that were read in track mode... "Because of the bad quality of track...
by Symoon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

Quite interesting, thanks Romu.
Seems almost nobody tried them with 3" drives yet, I read somewhere that only some tests were made with a few Amstrad drives. So the card builder was only certifying the card to work with one 3" drive model.
by Symoon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Game Release: 8bit-Slicks Online Racer for Apple, Atari, C64 (Atmos Next!!!)
Replies: 12
Views: 757

Re: Game Release: 8bit-Slicks Online Racer for Apple, Atari, C64 (Atmos Next!!!)

Nice!
I sure would if needed. Depends on the profiles you're looking for ;)
Got a lot of hardware (Atmos, Oric-1), but to be honest, little time to focus on complicated tests.
What kind of hardware/system would be useful to you at the other end of the ethernet cable? (mainly got PCs with Windows here)
by Symoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

That's exactly like the Oric tape tools ;) My concern is: if we depend from over-busy people at the other end of the planet for the decoding, I don't see why they would waste their time on decoding personal disks. I understand they want to preserve original software - and control the dumps people ar...
by Symoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

Apparently, there are two specific cards available: Kryoflux or Supercard Pro. What I still fail to understand with Kryoflux, is the way low-level files work. Seems they have a "stream file" format, and "IPF". I suspect "stream file" is the reading of the disk "as is" (a would be a WAV file for a ta...
by Symoon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

Thanks for the replies guys. I think I've read somewhere that Oric and Amstrad drives were different, and the belt couldn't be changed on Oric drives? But that's very old memory. BTW the drive did read fine a Sedoric disk I made a couple of years ago, so I think it's running fine. Head cleaning was ...
by Symoon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

Using (finally!) Silicebit's controller and a 3" drive, I tested 7 more disks: all are faulty.
Some make a terrible rotation sound.

ISS, you said you cleaned drive heads, how are you doing this?
by Symoon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

Hey thanks.
Yesterday I almost fried another PC trying to use a 3" drive on it, and this morning my old Microdisc (master) for a real Oric doesn't seem to work anymore.

I think I'm cursed with disks :cry:
by Symoon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Hardware hacks and extensions
Topic: re microdisc floppy controller board
Replies: 9
Views: 1242

Re: re microdisc floppy controller board

I don't think Oric DOS can handle 80 tracks? As far as I know only Sedoric 2.1 (modified by Ray McLaughlin) and onwards can.
(well, maybe Randos or other Stratsed can, but not sure... And the most common nowadays is Sedoric)
by Symoon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Track reading (Sedoric / FDC)
Replies: 51
Views: 30915

Re: Track reading (Sedoric / FDC)

Thanks. I suspect the differences are with the user available tracks (would the system be present on the disk or not).
Or maybe small differences betwenn the (apparently) many different FTDOS versions.
by Symoon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

I have an Amstrad CPC 664 which came with a bunch of 3 inch disks. Most of them are unreadable, some give random read errors... but I can format and copy new data and they work quite reliably. Maybe time simply did its job and damaged the data on them... :? Or maybe there's a problematic speed gap ...
by Symoon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy
Replies: 27
Views: 7921

Re: PC to Oric 3.5" floppy

Thanks, but I'm just trying to read a bunch of old 3" disks ;) I'm afraid they haven't been stored in good conditions :( And before that, I had to face so many problems with my old PCs that it seemed to be a joke (fried PC, fried USB ports, dying 3.5" floppy (used to transfer files), unexpected star...
by Symoon
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Track reading (Sedoric / FDC)
Replies: 51
Views: 30915

Re: Track reading (Sedoric / FDC)

Interestingly, Omniflop lists 4 different formats for Jasmin:
40x17 340kB
41x17 348.5kB
42x17 357kB
They have been provided by Chloé so I suspect I should ask for details on the other forum!