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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