Salora Manager Disk ROM

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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by MADrigal » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:16 am

Hi. The FC5025 could be the perfect tool for dumping the SM diskettes. The price is also reasonable (60 US$ shpped) and the interface is compatible with cheap IDE floppy disk drives.

My Finnish friend has a 5.25" floppy disk drive already. He just needs the interface and a proper software program to dump the diskettes.

So guys, please tell me if/when you're ready for this. I would purchase the FC5025 and would have it shipped to Finland. :)
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by carlsson » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:23 am

I wonder if a SuperCard Pro could help out. It doesn't yet "read" Apple ][ formats, but has an analyzer tool and in any case it is said with the right type of floppy drive, you could duplicate even foreign formats as this one has write functionality unlike FC5025 and others that focus entirely on reading disks.
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by MADrigal » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:13 am

I have converted the first 40 pages of the SM DOS manual into a PDF.

Grab it from

http://www.madrigaldesign.it/madrigal/s ... review.pdf

Please let me know once you got it.
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by @username@ » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:01 pm

OK got it thanks.

I also grabbed the source code to FC5025 from there site - will have a go at compiling on the weekend.
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by MADrigal » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:28 am

Shall I proceed with the order of a FC5025 interface?
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by @username@ » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:59 pm

OK - cross compiles on debian for windows.

I can drop the source files here, if anyone wants to play along.
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by Mobsie » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:04 pm

yes, please!
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by @username@ » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:18 pm

Here is some further progress.

This is a link to the current Windows 32 bit WIP binary, which now includes full Laser DOS emulation and the ROM file.

Use SourceForge

The source changes are already on the SourceForge page.

You will most likely need the manual scanned by Madrigal in a previous post, as some commands are a little obscure.

The new switch is -e, which expects the name of a floppy image to use. If none is specified, it will default to floppy.bin

On first run, you will be given an I/O error - as the disk is not formatted. Issue FORMAT, and the disk image will become usable.

I will start the process of documenting the directory and storage formats later this week.

Thanks to Madrigal for taking the time to dump the screens - and to Mobsie for finding a bug in SDL2.0.1 !

Quick Start - creatiVision -3 -e mydisk.bin
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by @username@ » Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:50 pm

Small utility to decode from RAW image format, produced by the emulator, to a cooked binary format.

Includes source code. Decode tables and method are from the original disk ROM.
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Salora Manager / Laser 2001 BLOAD utility 0.9
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Re: Salora Manager Disk ROM

Post by MADrigal » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:38 am

This is fu***ing great news! :)

It works very well!!!

I am under the impression that the emulation of I/O is slower - at least on my machine.

I tried FORMAT and SAVE and it was somehow slower than on the real S.M. Maybe just my impression...
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