"Tape end reached... stopping. You may need to enter another tape image..." ERROR, what to do?

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By DanielTkach

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27-02-2019, 03:14

Hi guys, so I get that error, trying to load this tape:
Buck Rogers - Planet of Zoom (1983)(Sega)[BLOAD'CAS-',R].zip

http://msx2.org/MSX%20TOSEC%20(2009-09-27)/MSX/Various/[CAS]/Buck%20Rogers%20-%20Planet%20of%20Zoom%20(1983)(Sega)[BLOAD'CAS-',R].zip

I'm doing what it says there: bload"cas-",r
I tried other tapes and it is the same thing... some other tapes say to use run"cas-", none worked so far.
Using Talent MSX DPC-200 which is the system I have.
Any ideas what I can do? and how do I add a disk drive to this system?

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By Meits

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27-02-2019, 03:41

I'd change it to

BLOAD "CAS-",R <-- That will load the file CAS- which is on the presently selected storage device (probably can not be a tape)
BLOAD "CAS:",R <-- That will load something undefined from the cassette. Probably the first binary it runs into

I'm quite sure about the above, but since I'm a spoilt brat who got a diskdrive MSX in 1986 as a first computer, I never had to deal with the frustrations of tape Wink

By DanielTkach

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27-02-2019, 04:26

Hi Meits, thanks. I had tried both, they give the same error...

By NYYRIKKI

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27-02-2019, 06:49

Try this:
- Open openmsx console (F10)
- Type: set fast_cas_load_hack_enabled true
- Eject & reinsert the tape image
- Type: casrun

By DanielTkach

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27-02-2019, 10:58

It worked Big smile
What about how to install a diskdrive?

By Meits

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27-02-2019, 11:04

DanielTkach wrote:

Hi Meits, thanks. I had tried both, they give the same error...

The first option is what you probably did, explaining what happens if you do so: Not loading anything from any tape Wink
The second option is what I've read about in magazines all through the years. It's a valid command, but I've never used it.

By Manuel

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27-02-2019, 11:26

The tape loads fine with BLOAD"CAS:",R Actually, if I start up openMSX with that zip file included, it auto-loads with that load instruction.

By NYYRIKKI

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27-02-2019, 16:32

DanielTkach wrote:

Any ideas what I can do? and how do I add a disk drive to this system?

This machine does not natively have a disk drive, so you need to get some external disk interface and plug it in to a cartridge slot / Extension bus of your machine. (Naturally you should always power off the computer while attaching / removing hardware) So ie.

set power off
extb Talent_DPF-550
set power on

https://www.generation-msx.nl/hardware/telematicatalent/dpf-...

By NYYRIKKI

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27-02-2019, 16:58

Manuel wrote:

The tape loads fine with BLOAD"CAS:",R Actually, if I start up openMSX with that zip file included, it auto-loads with that load instruction.

I also fail miserably to see what on earth could be wrong here... This works very well here as well... Just to be sure that everything is fine, try on openmsx console:

plug cassetteport cassetteplayer
cassetteplayer insert "/MSX/CAS/Buck\ Rogers\ -\ Planet\ of\ Zoom\ (1983)(Sega)\[BLOAD'CAS-',R\].zip"
cassetteplayer rewind
cassetteplayer play

... then try again on MSX:

BLOAD"CAS:",R

By Manuel

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27-02-2019, 17:35

The plug is not necessary, it's auto-plugged.
And the rewind and play are really also not necessary, that happens by default.
And if 'autoruncassettes' is enabled, the auto run will happen as well.

So, yeah, I wonder what went wrong Smile

By TomH

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27-02-2019, 17:46

If it's any help at all to note: neither Windows nor the Mac allow a colon in file names. In the latter case it's because the colon still works in some places as a directory separator (as it did under the Classic OS, before the thing became a UNIX); I couldn't comment on the reasoning in the former.

That's why the file advertises itself with one load command, but actually requires another. The whole TOSEC-esque world of trying to retain metadata by forcing it into the file names is inherently a bit farcical, but in this case it's actually outright misleading.

Key point though: any time you see a hyphen in a suggested load command like that, it's quite probably a placeholder for a colon. They're all going to be similarly mislabelled.

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