Carnivore2 : First impressions and bugs...

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By ale1750

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18-04-2018, 21:30

I love floppies too, and I use the Carnivore2 very often to write floppies. It's very simple, you don't even have to go to dos: you just choose your dsk file in Sofarun and choose "write to..." (I have to choose B: since A: is the Carnivore 2), and it will create a perfect copy of the original disk in about a minute. It's a wonderful hardware to do that.

By siddy6581

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18-04-2018, 21:56

Why is Carnivore2 asigned a: ? And does that mean that the second drive (if you have two disk drives) becomes c: ?

Is it because Carnivore needs to be able to act as a disk drive when launching dsk-files? (Since som disks needs to boot from a: )

By siddy6581

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18-04-2018, 22:00

ale1750 wrote:

I love floppies too, and I use the Carnivore2 very often to write floppies. It's very simple, you don't even have to go to dos: you just choose your dsk file in Sofarun and choose "write to..." ...

That sounds like a very nice way to make backup copies and play games from floppies Smile
I sort of use my SD2IEC together with a 1541-II disk dirve the same way on my Commodore 64.

When it comes to making floppies for the MSX I usually use Disk-manager on my PC together with a USB-Disk drive which reads 720kb-diskettes.

By ale1750

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18-04-2018, 22:45

On msx dos drives are assigned consequently, so if you boot from Carnivore2 it becomes A: and the first drive after the Carnivore becomes B:

By siddy6581

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19-04-2018, 04:22

ale1750 wrote:

On msx dos drives are assigned consequently, so if you boot from Carnivore2 it becomes A: and the first drive after the Carnivore becomes B:

This sounds a bit troublesome. Let's say I would like to play Dragon Slayer 6, which I have on diskettes and I would like to use the fm pak sound in Carnivore2. How can I boot the disk if it is assigned to B: ? Only drive A: boots. And if I manage to boot the game, the game will keep looking for new disks in A: when i need to swap (very few games allow the use of a second disk drive).

With MFR-cartridge you could boot holding R or F and disable Nextor in cartridge slot. Does Carnivore2 have any similar boot function?

By Grauw

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19-04-2018, 08:24

Check the Nextor manual...

By hardwaremaker

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19-04-2018, 08:41

siddy6581 wrote:
ale1750 wrote:

On msx dos drives are assigned consequently, so if you boot from Carnivore2 it becomes A: and the first drive after the Carnivore becomes B:

This sounds a bit troublesome. Let's say I would like to play Dragon Slayer 6, which I have on diskettes and I would like to use the fm pak sound in Carnivore2. How can I boot the disk if it is assigned to B: ? Only drive A: boots. And if I manage to boot the game, the game will keep looking for new disks in A: when i need to swap (very few games allow the use of a second disk drive).

With MFR-cartridge you could boot holding R or F and disable Nextor in cartridge slot. Does Carnivore2 have any similar boot function?

You can configure the Carnivore2 as only FMPAC cartridge, and then you can boot from diskette.

By Alexey

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19-04-2018, 11:14

It's easier to make a DSK image from that diskette and boot from the image using Nextor's diskette emulator (emufile.com utility). Less wear for the diskette, faster IO.

By hardwaremaker

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19-04-2018, 11:35

Alexey wrote:

It's easier to make a DSK image from that diskette and boot from the image using Nextor's diskette emulator (emufile.com utility). Less wear for the diskette, faster IO.

But the user wants to use real diskettes, because he wants a "vintage experience" Smile

By siddy6581

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19-04-2018, 15:01

hardwaremaker wrote:
Alexey wrote:

It's easier to make a DSK image from that diskette and boot from the image using Nextor's diskette emulator (emufile.com utility). Less wear for the diskette, faster IO.

But the user wants to use real diskettes, because he wants a "vintage experience" Smile

Yeah I know, ain't I a stinker Tongue
And sure, I have no problem solveing it with a DSK-file if nothing else works. But to put it in differnet light, many users might already have copies on floppies ready. On the other hand, they might also already have a FM pak cartridge lying around.

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