I'm having an issue with the FDSLoadr program, that I think you folks could probably clear up very quickly.
I made the Ram Adapter-PC cable and it works great.
So, I made the FDS-PC cable a couple nights ago and I am trying to get it to work now. The confusion is when you start the program. See, when you start the fdsloadr.com program you must use a command line command with the program name followed by the .fds file name. Like this:
Then the program starts up in RAM adapter or DiskDrive Unit mode depending on which cable is connected.
Now in RAM adapter mode, that is fine, cuz that command line specifies what file to load onto th FDS RAM adapter. When you use the other cable (the FDS Unit-PC cable) you can a) dump a disk, or b) load a .fds image onto a disk (if you have a writeable drive). If I had a writeable drive (which is now on its way to me), I could easily use that same command line command to load a .fds image onto a disk. However, I don't understand how I am supposed to start the program when I just want to READ a disk and dump it to the PC, since I have to specify a file name. How can I specify a file name if I haven't dumped it yet?
Well, I read to the last page of the docs that come with fdsloadr and it mentions that I am supposed to create a valid fds image with a 16-byte header. Uhhhh, uummm, ok. How do I do that? I haven't the slightest clue.
So I guess I have to make this file first, name it, use it in a command line command, dump the disk, and save it to the file name I created....or something.
Well, anyway, hope you can help. :-) I really appreciate it!