Monthly Archives: March 2018

Update ahead of the Easter break

The feedback on the IECHost GUI client for mass-dumping purposes has been patchy: I got bits and pieces in terms of feature requests but haven’t managed, among other things, to get hold of Graham (the author of WarpCopy64). Therefore, I … Continue reading

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IECHost: upcoming features

Having expanded the IECHost firmware to return the status message from a drive, in a format suitable for client applications, and having added the option to iechost-utils to use such feature, today I also added the querying functionality in IECHost’s … Continue reading

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IECHost errors and WinVICE 3.1

It appears that WinVICE 3.1 has good support for DOS errors on disks. In fact, it can write the error information to a D64, while true drive emulation is enabled, even at the time an error is actually created: this … Continue reading

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IECHost: two commands exposed in iechost-utils

Version 1.6 of my iechost-utils package exposes two additional commands: one for resetting the disk drive, and another for querying the status string through the command channel. Running them back to back I get: >iechost-utils.exe -r COM9 IECHost utilities, rel … Continue reading

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TAPClean and IECHost updates

Yesterday I implemented the custom cleaning code for “Glass Tape” in TAPClean. Before publishing an official release I will double check a few points: Adding more signatures from those tapes that use the “Glass Tape” format, Tuning “Glass Tape” pulse … Continue reading

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IECHost: more Commodore DOS errors

Today, along with extending the “q1” command in the IECHost firmware to optionally create Commodore DOS error 21 on a full track, I also added the ominous “q3” command. As its name suggests, this new command creates DOS error 23 … Continue reading

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IECHost: creating disk protection errors

In February I did some development to manipulate the job queue on a Commodore 1541 drive, through IECHost. The requirement I had at the time was about creating certain DOS errors so that I would be able to test the … Continue reading

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