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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Pr0f » Mon May 14, 2018 1:12 pm

The 4Gb SDHC cards are actually more than you can buy 16's for when I looked on Amazon / ebay - for known good brands. My guess is these are driven by the portable device market and cameras, so higher storage capacity cards are in greater demand and consequently a better seller for the makers.

As you say you can probably get most of the availabel QL software on a 2G card :-)


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby tofro » Mon May 14, 2018 1:48 pm

I actually tend to buy a bulk of like 10 16GB (µ)SDHC cards once a year. Don't see the point of selecting those things by target device. I have so many devices that use these cards that I decided on 16Gig minimum capacity. Also, there isn't really much money to be saved on smaller cards (sometimes they're even more expensive than the larger ones).

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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Sparrowhawk » Mon May 14, 2018 2:24 pm

Yeah, I ended up buying an 8GB Transcend Type 10 one. Cheaper than a 4GB Type 4, so no contest really. And it was eligible for Prime, so I get it tomorrow.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Derek_Stewart » Mon May 14, 2018 10:49 pm

Pr0f wrote:I did a search, but seemed to come up short on this query.

With regard to the Q68 and creating QLWA file system containers - how do I do this in a 64 bit Windows environment? I don't mind dropping to the command line to run something.

I looked at the tools for QL-SD, and tools for creating virtual hard disk for qxl, but can't see anything that appears relevant. The manual for the Q68 says I must create the files on the SD card straight after formatting, so that they will be contiguous sectors. I will have to create the file with the correct number of bytes, but I presume there is some sort of header that must be created in the file to make it work with the Q68.

Any pointers greatly received...


If you want to create a QWA file on Windows, you could download QPC2 and create the WIN file with QPC2 and copy the new QWA WIN file to the the SD Card. Use the WIN_DRIVE command to mount the WIN file.

To create the QWA file with the Q68, read page 20 of Q68 SMSQ/E manual, which describes the file creation on the Q68.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Peter » Tue May 15, 2018 8:03 am

Another possibilty to create and access QLWA containers under Linux and Windows is qxltool:
http://www.zen35309.zen.co.uk/qdos/#qxltool

By the way, does someone have a comprehensive mirror of this important QL website?


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby XorA » Tue May 15, 2018 9:23 am

Peter wrote:Another possibilty to create and access QLWA containers under Linux and Windows is qxltool:
http://www.zen35309.zen.co.uk/qdos/#qxltool

By the way, does someone have a comprehensive mirror of this important QL website?


Just remember on linux to compile it for 32bit, under 64bit it looks like it works until it doesn't ;-)

I havent had time to go through like I did with qltool.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Pr0f » Tue May 15, 2018 10:33 am

qxltools doesn't seem to work on my system - These tools used to work in the XP / 2000, but don't seem to like Windows 7 or above. Perhaps it's time to run a virtual box and a legacy windows platform just to be able to use some of these.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby Peter » Tue May 15, 2018 11:00 am

Pr0f wrote:qxltools doesn't seem to work on my system - These tools used to work in the XP / 2000, but don't seem to like Windows 7 or above. Perhaps it's time to run a virtual box and a legacy windows platform just to be able to use some of these.

It works on Windows 7, just open commandline as administrator. Maybe set compatibility mode, but I didn't need that.
I just noticed that the max. size for creating a new image seems 16 MB.


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby duncan » Tue May 15, 2018 1:03 pm

Hi,

How about this, empty QXL.win file zipped. Download & unzip and you have an empty QLWA.WIN file 256MB. Because it's empty it compresses down to 359k.

QLWA.zip
(358.09 KiB) Downloaded 25 times


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Re: Q68 New users and general usage thread

Postby pjw » Tue May 15, 2018 3:34 pm

Why not just save yourself the pain and get QPC2 or SMSQmulator? Both free and both will do the job you require. Faffing around with qxltools and other palaeo-tools in the light of these better alternatives is pure masochism.
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