Carnivore2 : First impressions and bugs...

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Por ale1750

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11-04-2018, 12:06

Thank you so much Alexey, you have mail.

Por siddy6581

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17-04-2018, 21:26

Hi everybody.
Is Loadrom compatible with Carnivore2? I'm a bit old fashion and like to put my ROM-files on diskettes and start them with loadrom.com from DOS directly from the diskette Smile

Por Wierzbowsky

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18-04-2018, 10:50

Carnivore2 has its own tools to load ROMs into the cartridge's FlashROM chip or RAM. I doubt that LoadROM knows how to deal with Carnivore2.

Por siddy6581

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18-04-2018, 13:48

Alexey wrote:

Carnivore2 has its own tools to load ROMs into the cartridge's FlashROM chip or RAM. I doubt that LoadROM knows how to deal with Carnivore2.

Ok. The tools used, is it Sofarom? I read earlier in the thread that is was removed but later also made compatible to Carnivore2, but when looking at Sofaroms homepage it tells me you need to do special configuration on the Carnivore2 before using Sofarom (or maybe this is only for earlier versions of the cartridgde).

Can I still have the ROM-files on diskttes or do i need to use the CF card when loading the files to the flasrom? I know it sound silly to use diskettes, but it just one of thoses things for me, I enjoy loading games that way, rather than browsing a list of 100 games on a CF or SD card Smile

Por Grauw

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18-04-2018, 14:28

It does not matter for DOS tools whether they run from SD or disk, from the program’s perspective there is no difference. So they will run equally well from all mediums, be it diskette, Compact Flash, SD card, RAMdisk, ROMdisk, or even GR8NET cloud storage.

(Well, except cassette, because that’s not supported by DOS, since it has no random access.)

Por Wierzbowsky

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18-04-2018, 16:02

With Carnivore2 using the diskettes is no longer needed. The operating system and all game files can be put onto the CF card. You can then use C2MAN, SofaRun or other tools to run games. You can also mount diskette images with Nextor's tools.

The games can be run from RAM or FlashROM depending on the tools you use. Some games won't run from RAM because of the copyprotection, but with C2RAMLDR tool it's possible to load a game into Carnivore2's shadow RAM and enable write protection. However after powering down the computer the game will disappear from RAM, so it may be more convenient to write it into the FlashROM.

Por Pencioner

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18-04-2018, 16:40

Alexey wrote:

With Carnivore2 using the diskettes is no longer needed. The operating system and all game files can be put onto the CF card.

Of course, but i think the actual question was - "if i have a floppy with ROMs, is it possible to use those on floppy with your carnivore tools?" I didn't try this yet but i'm pretty sure it is possible when you boot into Nextor with C2 - just because Nextor can open files on floppy the same way as on CF, right? I don't understand demand for floppy for ROM loading too, though, CF is more robust and faster and bigger and so on, but if should be possible with floppies if you want Smile

Por siddy6581

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18-04-2018, 17:29

Thanks for all the answers. Floppies are lovely Smile Labels and stuff, and the sound of the disk drive working Smile2

Por Wierzbowsky

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18-04-2018, 18:05

Of course you can copy the ROMs from floppies to CF card or even make a DSK image out of a floppy and to map it as a drive with MAPDRV tool or set Carnivore2 to boot from that DSK file.

Por 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.

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