MT-BASE copy DB

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By Winfryd

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08-02-2021, 15:39

Hello, I'm new to this forum but still have a MSX which I bought about 35 years ago. I'm not a frequent user anymore but I like to retrieve a built-up photo/negatives database from tape. I still can load the data into MT-Base but like to have it on my PC and try to load it into another database. Also fine to load in into my Atari-ST/Superbase.
Does anyone have a solution to get it from tape to a file on my pc?
Thank you.

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By Meits

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08-02-2021, 16:02

Before trying the software part, do you own the required hardware to pull this off? Either an MSX and PC with a diskdrive or an MSX with a card reader cartridge? If not, you're stuck before trying conversion.

If the database itself is ascii, you might be able to edit it quite well in notepad++ to make it a csv file which you can open in excel where you can text to column it.

By Winfryd

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08-02-2021, 17:17

Hello Meits, good question. What I have is a Mitsubischi ML-F80 MSX1 pc, MT-Base on a cartridge and a datarecorder. Hence the question how to pull it off. I can imagine a MSX with a floppy-drive is the easy way. Also I found MT2ASCII ( http://pascal.hansotten.com/uploads/msx/mt2ascii.pdf ) in Dutch, which is a little program to convert/save as ascii. But then again, where do I put the output when I have no floppy-drive.
I thought, maybe someone has a brilliant simple solution like using the printerport or something.
Thanks for any thoughts.

By Meits

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08-02-2021, 17:37

Maybe you could transfer the files to your computer by sampling your tape and have an emulator load it.
I bet user Casduino could help you out on that.

By sdsnatcher73

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08-02-2021, 18:37

I have been recording some tape games and converting them to TSX. But for your purposes just recording to WAV will be fine. I use Audacity to record the sound on tape. Make sure the recording level is at about 70-80% of maximum and that you record in mono. The resulting WAV will then work fine in openMSX in my experience. I have no experience in MT-BASE but if it can read from tape and then save to disk you’ll do the following:

  • Choose an MSX2 with diskdrive, e.g. the Philips NMS8245 from the Hardware menu
  • Insert the MT-BASE rom file in slot A, the machine will reboot and start MT-BASE
  • insert the WAV file in the tape recorder
  • Create an empty directory on your computer
  • Insert the directory into floppy drive A: (using DirAsDisk feature)
  • Now you can load the database from tape, and save it to disk

The resulting file will be in the directory on your PC.

The next steps would be:

  • Place MSXDOS.SYS, COMMAND.COM and MT2ASCII.COM in the directory with the saved database
  • Remove the tape and MT-BASE cartridge in openMSX, the machine will reboot into MSX-DOS
  • Run MT2ASCII as described in the manual

By Winfryd

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08-02-2021, 19:03

Wow, sounds like a plan. Thanks for this sdsnatcher73, great how-to. Did not think about the emulator way. Thanks to Meits also for the tip. One thing, I don't seem to find the compiled MT2ASCII.com anywhere. Propably needed when the DB file is exclusive for MT_base. Anyone info about the compiled program?

By Winfryd

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08-02-2021, 19:07

O, another thing. How do I use MT-BASE in the emulator. Can I make and use an image of my cartridge?

By Meits

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08-02-2021, 20:37

Maybe the .com address of file-hunter has it Wink

By ToriHino

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09-02-2021, 06:55

Winfryd wrote:

I thought, maybe someone has a brilliant simple solution like using the printerport or something.
Thanks for any thoughts.

You could try this solution.

By TheKid

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09-02-2021, 08:34

Meits wrote:

Maybe the .com address of file-hunter has it Wink

Yeah, and maybe in the games\msx1\dsk directory.
Apperently there also is a msx1 game called mt-base Smile

By tfh

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09-02-2021, 08:44

TheKid wrote:
Meits wrote:

Maybe the .com address of file-hunter has it Wink

Yeah, and maybe in the games\msx1\dsk directory.
Apperently there also is a msx1 game called mt-base Smile

I heard from "certain" people that that "cracked" version in the games\msx1\dsk is a bit crooked, but.. that same "certain person" also sent me a corrected file. It can be found in that directory & in the Programs directory.

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