Re: USB Stick on c-64 tape port?

From: Anders Carlsson (
Date: 2008-03-06 09:41:10

Hi all,

A lot of interesting ideas now when the can is open! Most is of course only 

Marko wrote:
> It could keep serving the loaders in a round-robin fashion

For that matter, is it asking too much to have a good old toggle switch on 
the USB-ish device (or whatever we're targetting at the moment) that lets 
you select the type of host computer instead of trying to boot every loader 
until it finds a match? It would simplify things a bit. On the other hand as 
everyone have pointed out, the IEC bus after all is a better target if we 
drop the needs of a USB or memory card mass storage device on the PET 

The more I think about it, the less feasible the tape port is for this 
purpose. Even if we transmit a boot loader with a menu software upon 
pressing SHIFT+RUN/STOP, how will the PC server or USB device know which 
option the user selects from the keyboard if the only signal that is sent 
out is CASS READ? The server would again have to transmit every application 
on the hard disk in round-robin order until the computer recognizes the 
program it wants to load. Urgh. Even at 38400 bps, it may take a while.


Anders Carlsson

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