Help Loading Disk

By MikeB

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17-04-2018, 07:05

I recently got a Sony HB-F1XV (MSX2+). The cartridge games work right when I turn on the computer. What do I have to press or type in to load the disk games?

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By rderooy

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17-04-2018, 08:42

It depends...

Some disk games will auto start when the disk is in the drive and you turn on or reset the computer. If that does not happen, you will have to check the contents of the disk using either the FILES command in BASIC, or the DIR command in MSX-DOS.

If you see files with an extension .BAS, which is either the program itself written in BASIC, or the loader of the program written in BASIC, you can load them from BASIC with RUN "filename.bas", or from MSX-DOS with the command "BASIC filename.bas"

If you see files with the extension .BAT or .COM, they are meant to be run from MSX-DOS, simply by typing "filename.bat" or "filename.com"

Lastly if you see none of the above, but you do see .BIN you can try loading it from BASIC with BLOAD "filename.bin",R , but typically there is a .BAS loader for these type of files.

Other other types of files may be found on the disk, you can check the wiki for common file extensions
https://www.msx.org/wiki/File_extensions_used_on_MSX

By Manuel

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17-04-2018, 15:28

Which disk game did you try?

By MikeB

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17-04-2018, 22:55

Manuel: I just picked up SD Snatcher.

rderooy: I just used the FILES command and got a "Disk Offline" message. I guess either the drive has died or the belt might be broken. I'll have to open it up to find out. I appreciate the information that you provided. Thank You.

By JohnHassink

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17-04-2018, 23:03

SD Snatcher should boot automatically.
Do you have some other physical disks to try? I hope that your SD Snatcher disk hasn't died... Sad

By MikeB

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17-04-2018, 23:07

I just tried the disk on another Sony MSX2 and it loaded right away so it looks like the drive might be bad on the 2+.

By Manuel

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17-04-2018, 23:55

OK, common problem. Drives die. Especially if they have belts. But then you can simply replace it. Don't know about this particular model.

By Grauw

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17-04-2018, 23:59

Replacing the belt, which is the most common reason for drive failure, is cheap and relatively simple (no soldering required typically).

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