[Coco] Disk Basic and 512 byte block floppies. (Gene Heskett)
farna at att.net
Mon Jan 19 12:18:42 EST 2004
Gene, sounds like you could use a cheap 386/486 laptop to solve your
problem, even an old Tandy 1400HD would do the trick!
Hmmm.... a PC on a card like the first Mac "PC emulators" would be nice
for things like this, just use Windows as a terminal. Talk about the
"ultimate downgrade"!! You'd have to at least have a floppy controller
and drive connected to the board for it to do CoCo users any good
though, wouldn't you? Or anyone needing to read old or unusual format
>>When you say you have to reboot down to DOS for
>>reading a floppy image I become confused. Are you saying the
>>Command Line window in 2000 Pro is not putting you back into DOS?
> Thats correct. That looks like a dos shell, but its still in
> protected mode, and cannot directly access the hardware. Thats been
> a major bone of contention with me in using some of the tools to tune
> up our DVC-PRO tape machines. I find I must reboot, and catch it at
> the boot prompt, making it run a dos from there before I have any
> access to the $1500 data collection card in the machine.
> But, the point is when you try from a dos shell, windows never tells
> you that the operation was denied, and the driver software doesn't
> tell you it can't see the card, it just reports a constant stream of
> data errors.
> Squawking at the card vendor or the software supplier does no good,
> they presume you have an old dos-3.2 machine at your disposal just
> for this. In the real world there isn't even room for the winderz
> box on the bench let alone an old dos box too. Arrogant B*ds.
>>This is an important distinction for me since I run Mac OS 9.1 with
>>no command line capability and VirtualPC is my only link to what
>>most of you are discussing. I also plan to use it, if feasable,
>>for burning CD's that will run on Mark's/Boisy's Super SCSI CoCo
Frank Swygert -- Gulfport, MS
Publisher, "American Independent Magazine" (AIM)
Supporting all AMC related vehicles, 1902-1987
Order a subscription via credit card from our website today!
More information about the Coco