Loading .rom and .cas files from a disk image on a gotek

Door Argon

Paragon (1102)

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27-04-2018, 09:18

Hey guys.

Is it possible to put .rom and/or .cas files in a disk image on a gotek and then load them on a real MSX?
I presume I would need some specific software to load the .rom and .cas files?

Is it possible? If so, how Smile


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Van gdx

Prophet (3673)

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27-04-2018, 10:14

The Rom loader to use depends greatly on the hardware. The most general Rom loader is SofaRom.

Van ~mk~

Master (241)

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27-04-2018, 17:51

To load .rom you should not have much trouble using ODO as long as hey are 48 kb rom or less size. With 64 kb of ram of course.

To load .cas you can try LOADCAS utility but it's unfinished software.
If you can read spanish, read Call MSX magazine n.1 Nov 2003 (page 54) it explains the CAS format in great detail and it shows a compatibility list for some games.

Van Wild_Penguin

Hero (606)

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29-04-2018, 09:20

You might be limited by your MSX, indeed the amount of RAM comes into play here... note that for example some Konami MSX games (all of the more complicated ones, Goonies being 32kb) are 128kb (like Penguin Adventure, F1Spirit, all Gradius series etc.). Some are even 256kb and Metal Gear 2 is 512kb. You need loads of RAM if you intend on loading those! That's the reason flash carts are so popular :-)

To load CAS, if loadcas does not work for you (haven't tried it), you might want to check out msx2cas on android. Basically it converts the CAS files into sound and plays them back on the fly (so you can connect your android device to your MSX and load them just as if they were a real cassette).

You can even do this manually with any PC/MAC if you want to go that route, and don't find a suitable GUI to do this; I've never bothered to find out if one exists, since ~15 years ago I made my own scripts to do this for me, and these days the few rare times I wanted to laod a cassette image I just used the android app :-)

Van Argon

Paragon (1102)

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29-04-2018, 11:56

Thanks guys, I will try those options

Van CASDuino

Master (158)

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29-04-2018, 14:27

Or for CAS file you could buy or build your own CASDuino.