Virtual Floppy Image TOS mod

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Virtual Floppy Image TOS mod

Post by Petari » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:05 pm

Little demonstration: https://youtu.be/o1rY8HSEAXM
Working with floppies today is not only obsolete, but very troublesome, frustrating because unreliable old drives and disks. I made special TOS mode, what supports mounting ST floppy image files from mass storage like UltraSatan, then booting with max 18 floppy images changeable with keypressing for A: and B: .But instead changing images is better to make larger image, where can put all files from multiple floppies:
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No extra RAM usage, it is same as with real floppies. AUTO run works, even some simpler protections work - like Sundog - where is only 1 short regular file, other is loaded with XBIOS 8. But don't expect that everything will work. Basically what works with Floppy Image Runner will work. With much less RAM.
Purpose is mostly that people can access their own floppy images (careful users imaged all it already) - then can run some SW, save to hard disk, etc. There is option to disable or enable hard disk driver boot when Virtual Floppy is active.
This mod will be available for TOS 1.04, 1.62, their versions with improved FAT16 (1.05, 1.56, 1.63, 1.66) - some are combined with Desktop of 2.06 .
Will need to make some supporting utility SW yet - like saving mounted image to hard disk (after some changes done there). Then utility for maintain image collection on hard disk ...
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Re: Virtual Floppy Image TOS mod

Post by exxos » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:15 pm

That looks amazing! :dualthumbup:
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Re: Virtual Floppy Image TOS mod

Post by IngoQ » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:07 pm

Wow, this is really impressive... :shock:
Ingo :geek:

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