1.44M floppy on Color Computer (was Re: Ebay reaches new low)

From: Dwight Elvey <elvey_at_hal.com>
Date: Fri Nov 12 15:08:16 1999

"Fred Cisin (XenoSoft)" <cisin_at_xenosoft.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Nov 1999, Dwight Elvey wrote:
> > I expect to be doing modifications to the code to read/write
> > to DOS disk in the near future because I want to read/write
> > 1.44M disk in DOS file structures. I am already reading and writing
> > sectors on this disk, just not files yet.
> Are you reading and writing sectors of 1.4M disks with a Coco?
> If so, that concludes the debate over whether THAT hack is possible.

 Sorry about that, it isn't on a Coco. I'm doing it with
a 80C186EB processor and a iSBX board that had a 2793 floppy
controller chip. It was a surplus board I picked up at a
local surplus place called HSC.

> BTW, Dr. Marty once did a series of articles in Rainbow containing the
> code for reading PC 360K disks with a Coco. I never got around to
> teaching him the details of sub-directories, so I doubt that he supported
> them.

 I looked at adding subdirectories to my code but, at the time,
I couldn't justify it. It really didn't seem all that hard although it
did look like a hack job by the fellow that wrote DOS. The code was
written with the only purpose of transfering ASCII text from
my BLOCK files to a DOS disk. It had no frills. I don't
recall all the ins and outs of it but it looked straight forward
enough. I think I wrote the DOS code in '91 so I'm not to up to
date on exactly how it worked.
Received on Fri Nov 12 1999 - 15:08:16 GMT

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