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Re: End of unzip woes?

Postby Derek_Stewart » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:40 pm

Assuming that you have setup the BIOD correctly for 1.44Mb drives.

You have to explicitly tell the SMSQ system the density of the floppy disk being formatted. It can be done in the FLP_DENSITY command:

FLP_DENSITY "H"

and

FORMAT "FLP1_DISKNAME*H"

If I can remember, I used both commands before it would work.

But SMSQ, was a very buggy OS, maybe best to try SMSQ/E for the QXL which is downloadable from Wolfgang Lenerz's Web Site:

http://www.wlenerz.com/smsqe/

Where the SMSQ/E source is available the compiled binaries for all SMSQ/E machines, including the QXL.


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Re: End of unzip woes?

Postby qxl-kumbah » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:45 pm

Hiya Derek,

So, would the converse be true?

If I wanted to use low density, I specify "L" (instead of "H") in the 2 commands?

I just want to be sure, although, I have the smsqe.exe (also have one that adds VGA
to the name) I want to move carefully, since I've been away for quite some time
and have to adjust to the new environment again. :)

Also, I have no trouble with high-density disks, I just want to use the low density
ones I have as well, and I hasn't been able to format them before - only in MS-DOS
since that's what I am accustomed to.

I'll go back and take some more notes ...

Thank you.


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Re: End of unzip woes?

Postby Derek_Stewart » Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:57 pm

Hi,

The Floppy Disk density commands are:

S = Single Density (360Kb)
D = Double Density (720Kb)
H = High Density (1.44Mb)
E = Extra High Density (3.2Mb) ... only on ED drives with a SuperGold Card

You can use the FLP_DENSITY command to set the floopy disk density, eg

FLP_DENSITY "D"

or

use the FORMAT command to setup the density

FORMAT "FLP1_DISKY1*D"

I found using SMSQ on a QXL, that both had to be setup, I did not use SMSQ/E on the QXL, so hopeful this feature/bug would been fixed.

The screen resolution of QXL is setup in the SMSQ.EXE file using a standard CONFIG blocks, so you have to copy the MSDOS executable to the the QXL side and config it with MENUCONFIG or CONFIG

I used to have one MSDOS executable for each resolution.

Hope this helps.


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Re: End of unzip woes?

Postby qxl-kumbah » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:08 am

Okay, this definitely helps - thank you ! :)

I'm still taking notes ... and I should have this "down" soon.

This will definitely give me something to work on ...

Either way, if all goes well with those "disk images", I'll have good news to report. :mrgreen:


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