Novalight - very fast tape loading

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Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

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Ah, this is for the F16 speed bytes, right? (it's used for the loader part, loading with the standard ROM routines). EDIT: ok, you said it in your post, doh! ;)

I'll have to check, but from memory it was giving the best results. Though I'm mixing a bit with Novalight waveform, which I studied (for quite a while) there:
https://forum.defence-force.org/viewtop ... 60&p=14519

IIRC, for Novalight, the best results (on something like 10 machines) for the four base waveforms were like:
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So I suspect I kept this "best" wavform for the F16 format.

PS: there's a working Novalight 1.3, which was a bit faster. I never released it, being close to another speed upgrade, but I was chasing a bug I didn't understand, and had to leave it aside in 2020. Hope I can get back to it soon ;)
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Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

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Symoon wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:46 amHope I can get back to it soon ;)
Any chance for 1.3 in 2023 :)
FYI, aside joking, I'm playing with Novalight 1.2a trying to make it work in real-time....
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Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

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iss wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 3:54 pm
Symoon wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:46 amHope I can get back to it soon ;)
Any chance for 1.3 in 2023 :)
I'm afraid not :D
There's a 1.3g that goes a bit faster but I seem to recall it wasn't as "robust" as the 1.2a, I mean it was working fine with some machines but it seemed to have loading errors more often.
I also had internal code speed improvements in mind, but put it aside for other projects, especially since, in the end, all those improvements would have made a 12 seconds loading "drop" to something like 11.5 seconds. I mean, the amount of work and testing was only bringing a marginal gain, so I chose to work on other things ;)
iss wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 3:54 pm FYI, aside joking, I'm playing with Novalight 1.2a trying to make it work in real-time....
:shock:
You must be crazy, but I like that! :lol:
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