Cataloguing a tape on the speccy

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Lardo Boffin
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Cataloguing a tape on the speccy

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:21 pm

Hi all

Is there a program out there that reads all the blocks on a cassette to give me some confidence that a tape is working ok?

I have a copy of Bards Tale and some of the dungeons later on in the game are loaded on demand. I don't particularly want to play through and find they don't load and it will be quite a while before my party can get there!

On my Beeb I can just type *CAT and it plays though the cassette telling you what files are present and reporting errors if the tape is dodgy.

Could I just type LOAD "" and see if the files load one after another even though they won't do anything after loading?

Thanks

Lardo
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dr beep
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Re: Cataloguing a tape on the speccy

Post by dr beep » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:13 pm

Not too hard to make such a program.
All you need is a copy of the loader where you skip the actual writing to memory.
At the end a checkbyte is read from tape which is calculated. The legendary checkbyte from
R : Tape Loading error

dr beep
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Re: Cataloguing a tape on the speccy

Post by dr beep » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:14 pm

Or use a copy program.

Lardo Boffin
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Re: Cataloguing a tape on the speccy

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:27 pm

Thanks. Would the tape load tester on the 128 work for this? I assume once the volume was correct it would continue to say it was ok and report an error if there was problem with the tape?
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal, kit)
Iss 3 with ZXVid, another in nearly perfect box
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB & ZX-KDLX
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Spectrum 48k
Toastrack + DIVMMC future

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