Good Emulators & floppies (was: C64 CP/M carts (was:...))

From: Uncle Roger <>
Date: Thu Jun 19 13:29:46 1997

At 10:29 AM 6/19/97 -0400, you wrote:
>"Evil Empire?" == Use the Farce, Duke! == First, if you have an Atari ST,
>(and I think TOS 1.4 or above... getting my ST next weekend! Wheeeee! ;-)
>it can read/write/format PC floppies.

The atari ST could always (well, production models on, anyway) read/write PC
floppies. Formatting, however, was initially a problem. It seems there's
an unused field somewhere in the admin stuff on a pc floppy that Atari
figured didn't matter. So they left it blank. But, for some reason, IBM
machines needed some value in there. (I'm probably way oversimplifying, and
making errors...)

So floppies formatted on the atari worked fine on the atari, but if you
wanted to use the floppy on both machines, you needed to format it on the PC
(or use a third party formatter that fixed the problem.) Some later version
of TOS (1.4?) fixed this.

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Uncle Roger "There is pleasure pure in being mad that none but madmen know."
Roger Louis Sinasohn & Associates
San Francisco, California
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