MSX tool to write .CAS file back to tape

By Louthrax

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26-12-2015, 14:51

So we have tools to make .CAS files from a real cassette player on MSX, but is there a tool to do the opposite, writing a .CAS file back to a tape ? I know it can be done on PC, but that would be simpler for me (no need to plug cassette player on PC, CAS to WAV conversion, etc...).

Also, the .CAS files can be launched in SofaRun using Martos LOADCAS tool, but this is far from beeing perfect. Adding an option in the game menu like "Write .CAS file to tape" could be nice. You would then just need to rewind the tape and launch SofaRun's CASBLOAD/CASRUN/CASCLOAD to enjoy the game...

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By Louthrax

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27-12-2015, 13:28

Guess there's nothing like that yet, aargl... Will try to do something (WRITECAS.COM ?). Wondering if calling cassette functions using CALLF from MSX-DOS will be fast enough ? Guess the whole .CAS file will need to be loaded in RAM anyway.

By OeiOeiVogeltje

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27-12-2015, 14:20

cas2tape?

http://cintasmsx.webcindario.com/

happens i just fired up you sofarun thing (for the first time) to try it but so far it has problems running level 9 adventures (.cas) so it seems

could be my msx though...

By AxelF

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27-12-2015, 15:24

Or CASTools ?

By Louthrax

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28-12-2015, 01:16

Thanks, that's what I was looking for, and sources are included, great :)
CAS2TAPE uses VRAM to pre-cache the .CAS file content (maybe decode the header bytes too), that's clever. Only problem is that it does not work on MSX 1. I might try to change that using memory mapper.

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happens i just fired up you sofarun thing (for the first time) to try it but so far it has problems running level 9 adventures (.cas) so it seems

could be my msx though...

The LOADCAS tool that I'm using is far from being perfect, I do not have too much hope it will be one day (games could still be patched to work with though...). That's why the solution to easily write back .CAS file to tape with SofaRun and then running them is a not so bad alternative for now.

By Louthrax

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28-12-2015, 01:17

AxelF wrote:

Or CASTools ?

Thanks Axel, I was looking for an MSX tool, my cassette players are usually connected to my MSXes, it's easier this way for me.

By Dustin Pease

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13-01-2016, 03:29

louthrax i saw your youtube video loading a cas to a tape from sofarun (2.5?) any timeline on that release? i am looking forward to testing it out! Thanks!