Monthly Archives: January 2018

IECHost: Format II test tool for Linux and more

This evening I finally adapted my “Format II” test tool for running under Linux. As part of this development, my effort to come up with a common software library for controlling my USB serial devices is giving very good results. … Continue reading

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IECHost: Format II testing video

Here’s a video of my commandline tool for testing the disk format feature in IECHost: Meanwhile I’ve also extended the tool to support disk drives with id > 8: IECHost Format II utility, rel 1.1 – (C) 2018 Luigi Di … Continue reading

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Format II testing with IECHost

This evening I wrote a small application to test and time “Format II” routines when formatting a 35-track disk with my 1541-II. Here’s the output of the tool: IECHost Format II utility, rel 1.0 – (C) 2018 Luigi Di Fraia … Continue reading

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Reverse engineering a failed LED bulb

One of my LED bulbs failed yesterday so I decided to reverse engineer it, pretty much the way bigclivedotcom would himself do. The PCB within my bulb is as per below: It looks like one of the LEDs failed (marked … Continue reading

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TAPClean: multi-title support added for “Power Load”

Some time ago, Paul submitted an example of a tape with two “Power Load” titles in it, part of the “Mini Office” software package. Today I decided to extend the “Power Load” scanner in TAPClean, giving it the ability to … Continue reading

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IECHost: regression testing

After having extended the IECHost firmware to add a “turbo format” option based on¬†“Format II”, I decided to do some regression testing. I noticed I was having some issues on my oldest PC with the disk restore option, but I … Continue reading

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IECHost: fast format added!

Yesterday I managed to make the modifications to the IECHost firmware required to elegantly add the functionality provided by¬†Daniel Kahlin’s “Format II” code. Such code might also be referred to as “turbo format” as it takes roughly 20 seconds to … Continue reading

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