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 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:

IECHost: querying the status message from a disk drive by Luigi Di Fraia

IECHost: querying the status message from a disk drive

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:

D64 Browser: Filename input controls by Luigi Di Fraia

D64 Browser: Filename input dialog

Stay tuned!

About Luigi Di Fraia

I am a Senior DevOps Engineer so I get to work with the latest technologies and open-source software. However, in my private time I enjoy retro-computing.
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