Tag Archives: loaders

Blue bands and green pixels

As I keep getting asked what blue bands and green pixels stand for in my tape dumping firmware (DC2N3 and DC2N5-LC), client software (DC2N4-LC), and analysis software (e.g. Web-based tape analysis tool, TAP Studio), I thought to take a moment … Continue reading

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More Bleepload fun

I was checking how “Bleepload” hands control over to “Bleepload Special” in “Bubble Bobble” when I stumbled on some code leftover in one of the blocks involved in the handover (set a breakpoint on execution at $BF1A and then check … Continue reading

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TAPClean and TCFE updated again!

As requested by¬†Fredric, I’ve now changed TAPClean so that the filename occurring within a Turbotape 250 header file is also embedded in the PRG filename of its data counterpart. As example, for “Pitstop II”, here’s the list of extracted PRG … Continue reading

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Initial draft of the documentation about Palace Tape Loader F1

It’s an early draft, but I thought to share it nonetheless as the “Palace Tape Loader” uses a read bit routine that does not involve the use of timers! You can have a peek at the loader’s code here. Stay … Continue reading

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More on the tape loader documentation effort!

If you’ve not had a look at my documentation of the loader written by the Mega-Save tool, which was announced here, you might want to have a look now and provide some feedback! Since the initial publishing of the information … Continue reading

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Tape loader documentation effort started

In order to share comprehensive documentation about the tape loaders I’ve studied so far, including their disassembled and commented code, I decided to start with publishing the details I gathered about the “Mega-save” utility submitted to my attention by Paul … Continue reading

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Busy day on TAPClean development

Today I’ve spent quite some time¬†making changes and rationalisations on TAPClean’s source code. I’ve also put down a number of entries in my TODO list, which all sound quite exciting and should keep me busy for a while! I’d like … Continue reading

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