Re: [Ql-Users] QxlwinReader

2017-06-22 Thread Andrea Carpi via Ql-Users
  Il 21/06/2017 16.28, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users ha scritto:
> Hi
> So, just to be clear : even with a normal Goldcard (not
SuperGoldcard), you cannot read/write/format disks on an ED drive. Is
that correct? 


A) Machine 1 = QL + GC + 2x ED drives +
ROMidsq, SMSQ/E v3.31
Reading and writing a DD disk FAILs

B) Machine 2
= Aurora + SGC + ED drive + QUBIDE, SMSQ/E v3.31
Reading and writing a
DD disk FAILs



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Re: [Ql-Users] QxlwinReader

2017-06-22 Thread Bob Spelten via Ql-Users
Op Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:34:19 +0200 schreef Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users  

Hi Bob,

This problem also exists on the HD drive of my Aurora or QXL-PC.
If I can find a working DD drive I may test this later.

Again just to be clear : yo also cannot read/write/format disks when  
they are HD (1.4 MiB) disks, when using he Aurora. Does this need a  
GOldcard or Supergoldcard (and if so, which do you use?).

Just to add some clarity I did some testing.

A) Machine 1 = QL(i6)+SGC +ED +HD drives, SMSQ/E v3.13 booting from  

Reading and writing a DD disk was OK on both ED & HD!
When I replaced the HD with a DD drive reading & writing was also OK.

B) Machine 2 = Aurora +SGC +ED drive, SMSQ/E v3.21 booting from Qubide  

Reading DD disk OK, writing hangs the system, hardware reset needed!
When I replaced the ED with a DD drive reading was OK, writing hangs.
No null length files were opened on the DD medium.
Also reading an msdos DD was OK but writing hangs again.
On this Aurora under QDOS, reading & writing a DD disk was not a problem.
Repeating this test with SMSQ/E v2.91 confirmed DD was OK there.

C) Machine 3 = msdos 7, QXL plus HD drive, with SMSQ/E v3.21.
Reading and writing a DD disk was OK!
My earlier claim that QXL also gave problems was based on older PC  
hardware which is no longer functioning and may have been a faulty disks.

All testing was done with QPAC2 Files using the Backup and View options  
and performed on the same disk.
I no longer have a GoldCard to compare with but these tests seem to  
suggest an Aurora/SMSQ conflict. Both SGC's report a v2.49 ROM.

Reading and writing ED or HD disks may give occasional problems which I  
suspect are individual disk faults and usually only report medium errors.
I have not done any formatting tests but problems on Aurora in the past  
made me adopt the practice of always doing this under QDOS, the whole box  
of 10 in one go.

I hope this helps,

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Re: [Ql-Users] QxlwinReader

2017-06-22 Thread via Ql-Users
John Impellizzeri via Ql-Users wrote:

> I tried QXLwinreader on my dd image but it was not recognized
> as a valid image file. Then I read the post about the file
> possibly needing conversion due to the 68K being big-endian.

I was just guessing, because it theory there could have been some 
implicit byteswapping on the QL Qubide driver or hardware side, 
making up for CPU endianess.

> Since I was running QXLwinreader on a Mac with an Intel cpu
> (little-endian) I ran dd on the file again using the conv=swab
> option and I can report that QXLwinreader happily accepts the
> converted file and I can peruse through files and directories
> in it.  I havenTMt tried copying any files yet in either direction
> as I have to set up a QXLwin file yet but it looks promising now.

Thanks for the feedback, glad it worked. Please provide an update 
after you successfully copied something.


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