Hallo allemaal, I had a weird day today. I started to disassemble one of the SpeedDOS ROMs for the C64 I have. Note: the ones I had so far I got from internet. Of course I focussed on the parts different from the original Kernal (V3 in this case). But some of it simply didn't make sense: branches to the middle of an instruction, jumps and calls that led to nowhere (in the end). Some instructions even accessed the memory at $1800 and $1C00. That would make sense if I was dealing with a 1541, but not in a C64. Unless it is code that is meant to be sent to a 1541. But why, having its own SpeedDos ROM as well? I compared this ROM to other ones I had. Although different, they had these weird instructions as well. What to make of that? So I decided to check my own two systems. My first problem: my database was incorrect :( My C64C /1541-II combination was found very soon. The Brotkasten/1541 wasn't. Looking for the Brotkaten I stumbled upon another C64C with SpeedDOS. Then I found my 1541 connected it and... didn't work. Pressing @ after a reset showed that this wasn't a SpeedDOS 1541 but one with equiped with Dolphin DOS 2. I didn't even know I had one! (yes Patryk, you can laugh) So I went searching for all 1541s with a cable and so I found my 1514 with SD plus three others with a cable. And of these three again one was with DD2. Where did these DD2s come from ??? I really cannot remember. So now I got three 1541s with SD, all V2.7. And most important: they all worked fine with the second C64C. Interesting detail: there were two different SpeedDOS versions on board of the C64: one said 'SPEEDDOS +' and the other 'SPEEDDOS ++' in the title. I don't know if this is original because the rest of the title was havily custimised. The second version was at least twice as fast and wouldn't load at all if the parallel cable wasn't connected. Familiar to anyone? Anyway, I was able to read out the various EPROMs. Both the drive as C64 ROMs were quite different from the ones I already had. And now I know taht these BINs come from confirmed working systems, I will pay my attention to these first. About my C64C /1541-II combination: it worked fine. But the drive wouldn't cooperate with the other C64C. And it seems that its ROM has been changed because it says 'KLAUSDOS'. I haven't combined this C64 with the other drives yet, will do that tomorrow. I also will read out their EPROMs as well. To be continued.... -- Kind regards / Met vriendelijke groet, Ruud Baltissen www.Baltissen.org Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2015-02-06 22:00:04
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