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Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:15 pm
by 6502Nerd
I thought this might bring some memories..

I have had the Oric-1 since 1983 and the Krillys tape and tape player since around 1984. Using the same hardware I had as a boy, I was amazed that the tape loaded and played perfectly only a few days ago after 37 years. I have done no maintenance on the tape player (maybe wiped the tape head a long time ago..)

Given that the Oric tape loading is always blamed for being very picky, it's brilliant to see it loading in fast 2400bps setting on original hardware and media! Also I really liked this game - a good version of Scramble :-)


Re: Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:01 pm
by Symoon
Funny, you're using an Oric-1 and the final Hires screen isn't affected by the CLOAD statut line (clearly visible on the 1st fully red hires screen).
So Orpheus are using their own loading routines ;) Probably the short program loaded right before the HIRES screen.

Re: Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Sat May 01, 2021 12:26 am
by 6502Nerd
Yes well spotted, it must be as you say! :-)

Re: Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Sat May 01, 2021 9:57 am
by jbperin
I was not in computer science by the time of the Oric .. So I don't really know what it is to load a tape on a computer.

This kind of video make me live this testimony of the past and makes me to figure out how it was (even thought it looks more performant than it used to be).

Thank you.

Re: Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Wed May 05, 2021 9:47 pm
by Steve M
I guess it didn't sell that well as there were a lot of cassette inlays left over. This is one of the reasons it was chosen as a freebie with Sedoric. Those that registered got the Sedoric manual and Krillys inlay.

Tapes are so slow after using disks. I only use them when I don't have the game on disk. I guess there's a lot of those though!

Re: Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 2:58 pm
by 6502Nerd
Steve M wrote:
Wed May 05, 2021 9:47 pm
I guess it didn't sell that well as there were a lot of cassette inlays left over. This is one of the reasons it was chosen as a freebie with Sedoric. Those that registered got the Sedoric manual and Krillys inlay.

Tapes are so slow after using disks. I only use them when I don't have the game on disk. I guess there's a lot of those though!
Interesting, didn't know about this regarding Krillys!

Yes tapes a crazy slow, and I think along with disks will get increasingly unreliable. Best save them as WAV files if you have those.. they play the WAV through your PC, or better yet, convert the WAV to TAP and it will load much faster!

Re: Krillys - real hardware and tape!

Posted: Sat May 08, 2021 12:36 am
by Steve M
Once you have Tap files you can use an Erebus on the real Oric and load almost as quick as disk.