Disk Drive problem?

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By electriceye8611

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27-07-2012, 17:52

can anyone help? recently i purchased a Sony MSX2 to play several cartridge and disk games. the cartridge games work fine but the diskette games dont seem to work, the disk drive sounds like its running but nothing happens. is something wrong with my computer or do i need to enter in a certain command or what? please help!

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By mars2000you

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27-07-2012, 18:12

Many MSX1 games transferred on diskette have the Philips poke (poke -1,170) in one of the loaders.

Replace it by the Sony poke (poke -1,255) or better by this universal poke :

POKE -1,(15-PEEK(-1)\16)*17

By Manuel

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27-07-2012, 18:53

"nothing happens". What does it mean? What is exactly happening? Is it like the disk is ignored? Or something else?

By electriceye8611

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27-07-2012, 19:48

well, i think it ignores it (not completely sure). when i put the disk in it sounds like disk drive is running, but after a few seconds it stops, and nothing changes on the screen, no disk error messages or anything.

By Manuel

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27-07-2012, 21:07

in basic, try to type FILES

What is the game you are trying to run anyway?

Do you have a fresh disk? Try to format it with CALL FORMAT

By electriceye8611

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27-07-2012, 22:18

im trying to run Snatcher

By Manuel

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27-07-2012, 23:54

First try what I wrote with a fresh disk to see whether the drive works.

If formatting is successful, you should try the FILES command and SAVE and LOAD a basic program.

If that all works, your drive is probably OK.

By electriceye8611

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28-07-2012, 04:18

i finally made it home and tried your advice, i did the CALL FORMAT function, then did a few other commands and it said format complete, so the disk drive works. i'm not sure what basic programs i should try though (sorry, I'm not very good with vintage computers).

By anonymous

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28-07-2012, 05:29

Uh, just type

10 CLS
20 PRINT "HELLO WORLD!"

then save it with

SAVE "HELLO.BAS"

if you type FILES and it shows your "HELLO.BAS", it's an indication nothing appears to be wrong with the drive. Also, try loading it with

LOAD "HELLO.BAS"

and run it with

RUN

or

RUN "HELLO.BAS"

and if it prints the text and says Ok or, anyway, gives the prompt, then it should be working fine.
Do you have some other games on disk which you can test of if they work?
Because, if other games work normally, you'd better seek out for another specimen of Snatcher I guess.

By electriceye8611

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28-07-2012, 22:58

Unforutnately my other disk games got ruined after my apartment flooded so the only game i have right now is Snatcher

i guess the question i should be asking is how does a normal disk game run, does it just boot right up or is there a command you have to enter?

By Manuel

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28-07-2012, 23:12

Snatcher should boot from the start. For the test we suggested you don't need 'other disk games'. Just a fresh/unused diskette. One you can erase without losing stuff.

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