[Coco] Coco Digest, Vol 166, Issue 36

Arthur Flexser flexser at fiu.edu
Thu Aug 25 06:01:09 EDT 2016

P.S.  Another caveat is that if you patched DSKCON, you'd probably create
incompatibilities with various modified versions of RSDOS that a lot of
people now use, which likely have their own conflicting modifications of
DSKCON.  I'd strongly suggest just dropping back to single speed for disk

On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 5:53 AM, Arthur Flexser <flexser at fiu.edu> wrote:

> There's quite a few places that need to be patched, though for your
> purposes, you probably need to patch only the main DSKCON routine that does
> sector reads and writes.
> Perhaps someone here can point to a file that contains the necessary fixes.
> Be aware that you'd need one set of fixes for Disk Basic 1.0 and an
> entirely different set for DIsk Basic 1.1.  I don't think it's worth the
> trouble, since disk i/o speed is limited in any case by the rotational
> speed of the floppy, so gains from going to double speed for disk i/o would
> be minimal, mainly from occasionally saving an extra rotation to get the
> required sector under the drive head, which saves 0.2 seconds.  Better to
> just drop the CoCo 3 back to single speed temporarily when disk i/o is
> needed.
> Art
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 4:54 AM, Pere <psergm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Art,
>> I am new to the CoCo developpment arena and know just a few about the
>> CoCo3.
>> As the POKE&HFFD7,0 works well in CoCo and Dragon I thought that issuing
>> the
>> double speed for the CoCo3 would work well ... in fact the tests I have
>> done, have
>> been made on VCC, so I cannot speak about the real thing.
>> VCC supports well that double speed, the images are loaded faster without
>> problems.
>> If it were just a matter of changing (doubling) the value of a few bytes
>> to compensate
>> for the double speed, I could add these changes. Could you give me any
>> pointer to
>> know what places should be modified (for reading and writting)
>> The program calls the FREE, CLOSE and LOF commands too
>> Thanks in advance
>> pere
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>> Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:14:23 -0400
>> From: Arthur Flexser <flexser at fiu.edu>
>> To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco at maltedmedia.com>
>> Subject: Re: [Coco] The Hobbit ported to 6809 (Dragon64 and coCo2 64k)
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>> This sounds like a bad idea if you are doing disk I/O at double speed.
>> The
>> CoCo 3's disk routines must be modified to do this reliably, on account of
>> insufficient delays at double speed.
>> Art
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