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 GUI client.
For the time being the status can be queried via a tiny button in the bottom right of the GUI, but I plan to re-organize a few controls and I guess I might move it then.
In the below screenshot I tried to query the status message from my 1541-II at boot time, getting the usual “73,CBM DOS V2.6 1541,00,00” string, as shown in the windows’s status bar:
I’ve also updated the IECHost firmware to allow users to select a number of parameters when fast-formatting a disk:
- disk name and id
- number of tracks (e.g. 40 rather than 35)
I will have to think of whether I want to allow users set additional parameters, as allowed by Format II‘s drive code (namely the tailgap). Once I am settled with that, I shall also add a dialog to build disk name and id, similarly to what I did for D64 Browser a while ago: