Spectrum +3 support with HxC

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Spectrum +3 support with HxC

Post by nico24 » Wed May 02, 2018 5:06 am

Hello,

I am trying to get the latest HxC firmware on a Gotek to work with my Spectrum +3, as an external drive.

At the moment I can only get the Spectrum to recognize and read the disk when I have an Autoboot.hfe file for the Amstrad CPC?! It then just shows 'hxc' as a file.

Would there be any know files working that I could try?

As a further example:

If i have the following 3 files on the USB stick:

1. HXCSDFE.CFG (indexing version)
2. DSKA0000.HFE (renamed version of the AUTOBOOT.HFE for the Amstrad CPC)
3. DSKA0001.HFE (renamed Spectrum DSK file)

if I choose 000 on the Gotek it references disk 0. this shows:

HXC . 16k
HXC35 .ROM 16k
146k free

If I choose the disk 001 then it just won't read anything on the disk.

This is really curious...... The autoboot disk is reading the config file somehow....
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Re: Spectrum +3 support with HxC

Post by nico24 » Thu May 03, 2018 12:34 am

Ok - so simple question. Does anyone have the HxC files for the Spectrum? That are known to be working. That way I can just plug away and try and get it working on mine. Right now it 'sees' some disks but not readable.
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Re: Spectrum +3 support with HxC

Post by PeterJ » Thu May 03, 2018 5:39 am

Hi @nico24

You could try asking here:

https://torlus.com/floppy/forum/viewforum.php?f=20

Edit: it looks like you already have! Hopefully that more specialised group will be able to help you.
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Re: Spectrum +3 support with HxC

Post by nico24 » Thu May 03, 2018 10:21 pm

Thanks PeterJ, Pretty niche I guess. I've been through this with the Gotek for the AtariST, and the Amstrad and of course the Amiga. So I'm used to it by now. This Spectrum seems very tricky though with the Gotek for some reason. It should just be the same as the Amstrad really - it's all the same equipment.
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Re: Spectrum +3 support with HxC

Post by nico24 » Fri May 04, 2018 12:54 am

OK - good result. I relooked at the cable - and on the Spectrum you don't need to use the far end of the universal bus cable - i.e. the bit with the reversed side. When I plugged in the shorter section it worked all fine! So it was just that reversed part that was giving a strange data transfer.

Now I'm happy.
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