SofaRun 7.0 released

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Por joy_33

Rookie (31)

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11-01-2021, 20:04

Thanks for the advice so far, but I still don't know how to edit or use some multi-disc games and demos.
I don't have the option to use a real floppy drive on my MSX, so I can't load these programs on a floppy, I only have an SD card reader.
Any solution I used with the COPY command does not work on all programs and demos, so is there any other way to use multi-disk programs with SofaRun except for files modified with COPY / B?
Or is there another MSX tool that can do that?
Or is there a PC tool that is able to open a DSK image and export a ROM file from several DSKs?
It is clear to me that direct export of DSK-ROM is not possible, but what about opening a DSK image to use its contents and then exporting as ROM?
Thank you for the advice.

Por Vampier

Prophet (2382)

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11-01-2021, 20:20

joy_33 if you read the manual (sofarunit) it clearly states how to switch disk images and why they have to be concatenated.

              *************************************
              *            SofaRunIt v2.1         *
              * (c) 2019 by NearDark and Louthrax *
              *************************************


===================================================================
                           Introduction
===================================================================

SofaRunIt is a MSX tool designed  to launch MSX disk images. It  is
based on NearDark "RunIt" tool, with many changes and improvements.

It features:

 * Support for file-based disk images (MSX-DOS and BASIC).

 * Support of both concatenated and individual disk images.

 * Support for mixed 360KB & 720KB concatenated disk images.

 * Keyboard or joystick on the fly disk change.

 * On the fly write protection change.

 * On the fly user disk creation.

 * Up to 20 disk images at the same time.

 * Support  for games  using memory  mapper, even  if your MSX does
   not have memory mapper read-back capabilities.



===================================================================
                              License
===================================================================

You are allowed  to freely  use  and distribute SofaRunIt  for  any
non-commercial usage.

This software is provided  'as-is', without any express  or implied
warranty.  In no  event will  the author  be held  liable for  any
damages arising from the use of this software.



===================================================================
                           Requirements
===================================================================

MSX computer with MSX-DOS 2,  and 49152 RAM bytes free on the  main
slot. Type   "memory" on  the MSX-DOS  2 command  line to check how
much free RAM you have.

Games  using  memory  mapper (like  the  translated  version of  SD
Snatcher or the cracked Konami Game Collections) will require  more
memory.



===================================================================
                             Usage
===================================================================

Usage: SRI [options]  ...

[options] can be one or more of:
  /Bx: Boot from disk x (1 = first)

  /C:  Simulate [CTRL] pressed
       (only one drive & more memory)

  /Dx: Delay disk operations (0..255)

  /F:  No memory mapper support
       (faster disk operations)

  /M:  Use Music Module as MSX Audio

  /N:  No screen change (keep palette)

  /P:  Compatible mode. A bit slower but
       allows access to non-primary RAM
       (like SD-Snatcher cartridge)

  /R:  Make next images read-only

  /W:  Make next images writable

  /Zx: Set CPU mode
       - turboR only -
    0: No change (default)
    1: Z80 (ROM)
    2: R800 ROM
    3: R800 DRAM

x is an hexadecimal number
 is a disk image(s) file
A  can contain several
concatenated disk images

If preceded by '+',  will
be created on the fly on first access,
as formatted empty 720KB MSX-DOS disk
Only one '+' is allowed

Several  can be specified,
they will be added in order

Following operations are available
on disk access (CAPS led on):

Keyboard:
  [1]-[9]: Select disk 1-9
  [0]:     Select disk 10
  [Shift]+[1]-[9]:
           Select disk 11-19
  [Shift]+[0]:
           Select disk 20
  [R]:     Make current disk read-only
  [W]:     Make current disk writable
 
Joystick disk selection:
  1. Keep (A) or (B) button pressed
  2. Press other button x times to
     select disk x (CAPS will blink)
  3. Release both buttons");



===================================================================
                          Troubleshooting
===================================================================

Most issues are cause by either:

 * Not enough memory available. Try the /C option.
 
 * Too  fast disk  accesses. This  can cause  graphical glitches or
   even  game  crash. Try  the  /D option  to  slow down  the  disk
   accesses. Increase the value until game works.
   
 * Disk is  write protected.  Some games  require the  disk to   be
   write-enabled. Add the /W parameter before .

Even if everything has been  done for it, SofaRunIt can't  run 100%
of the games, because it's loaded  in RAM mapper and not in a  real
ROM slot. If the above solutions do  not work,  your problem  might
be caused  by  games  accessing directly  the  disk  ROM instead of
using  hooks, or  because of   your  memory  configuration    (most
of  the  times when you have multiple RAM slots). Those  issues are
usually  easy to patch.

Por Vampier

Prophet (2382)

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11-01-2021, 20:25

so let me elaborate here

You need to concatenate disk images like this

copy /b disk1.dsk+dsk2.dsk+dsk3.dsk concat.dsk

This will combine 3 disk images into 1

Then to switch disk you do this.

Push 1 and while holding 1 push space for disk 1
Push 2 and while holding 2 push space for disk 2
Push 3 and while holding 3 push space for disk 3

1 2 or 3 are the number keys above QWERTY on your keyboard not sure if the number-pad keys work as I never use those keys

I assume you're using a MiSTer and might have downloaded the VHD file - it also is included in the readme in that file.

Por joy_33

Rookie (31)

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11-01-2021, 20:24

Oh, so if I understand correctly, when using daisy-chained disks, another disk can be switched using the keyboard - numbers 1 to 10?

Por joy_33

Rookie (31)

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11-01-2021, 20:57

I use MSX - SX 1 and I apologize for my English, I only use the google translator
I just tested it on a real MSX and it really is, thank you very much for the advice, this solves my problem.
I'm new to MSX so I'm just learning.
It is not clear to me how I did not come across this in the manual for SofaRun :-(
Anyway my mistake, thank you for the advice.

Por Vampier

Prophet (2382)

Imagen del Vampier

11-01-2021, 22:55

well that's the most important thing to know with SofaRun when working with disks

Por Latok

msx guru (3821)

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12-01-2021, 08:19

The SRI manual only mentions pressing 0-9, not simultaneously pressing SPACE...

Also, the manual states x is a hexadecimal number. That means when you would want to boot from disk 10, you have to use /BAh or something? And for delay disk /DAh? I wonder....

I also read A is defined as DSK image but I don't see A being used in the syntax.

Por Manuel

Ascended (17753)

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12-01-2021, 08:10

Latok, it says:

Following operations are available
on disk access (CAPS led on):

Keyboard:
  [1]-[9]: Select disk 1-9

That's exactly it. In most games, pressing space starts the disk access.

Por Latok

msx guru (3821)

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12-01-2021, 08:21

Manuel wrote:

Latok, it says:

Following operations are available
on disk access (CAPS led on):

Keyboard:
  [1]-[9]: Select disk 1-9

That's exactly it. In most games, pressing space starts the disk access.

Ah ok, but it might just as well be RETURN key...Its not part of Runit...

Por Manuel

Ascended (17753)

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12-01-2021, 09:55

Exactly Smile

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