Sinclair QL

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby danielb » Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:52 am

Hello,

I seem to be unable to set the date and time using the sdate command in Minerva Superbasic.

Is this a limitation of the core?

Tks,

Daniel.

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby desin24 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:02 pm

the new QL-SD driver for the MiST is out

https://www.kilgus.net/ql/ql-sd/

rename the Minerva_1.98_io_fix_qlsd107_MiST.bin to ql.rom

a QXL.win file can be downloadet from here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cz8zt5hc92o8 ... 322aa?dl=0

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby xc8 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:48 am

Is the driver working? I never managed to make it, I can see the SD initialised on boot screen, but "dir win1_" returns "not found"

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby desin24 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:21 pm

yes the driver is finally working thanks to
Marcel Kilgus who maintains it and Sorgelig for some hints

as i have noticed a fresh format of the sd-card helps
the first files to copy should be the QXl.win files
to prevent fragmentation

as i have mentioned in my post you need the xxxx_mist.bin files for the Mist
there is only 1 Byte difference but this is essential

hope it helps
Markus

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby seastalker » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:59 pm

I am trying out this core, but files are .bas but .mdv is the supported file format in this core. Is there a conversion utility available? Also, seems this computer was only out for barely over a year. How many games were released for this?

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby squid4 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:39 pm

Yes, they're the raw files. You need to create an MDV (microdrive) file using the qlayt utility http://www.jadiam.org/QL/QLAY2/. Sadly, due to crackpots, many original Sinclair QL images for games/programs are still closely guarded and not released.

Once you've got and MDV image run the following commands to load and run the files:
dir mdv1_
load mdv1_{filename}
lrun mdv1_{filename}

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby seastalker » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:57 pm

Wow, after reading the whole thread and others elsewhere, AND learning about how zip files need to be unzipped on the core from WITHIN the core by somehow getting QL's unzip program onto my SD card (which ironically is itself zipped), this seems way too complicated for me. Utility tools aren't compatible with my OS, I can't convert anything to the required .MDV format and even if I can, most of the commercial titles I'd like to mess with are locked away like a Disney vault. :) The QL computer may be THE most complicated scenario I've seen yet!

QL forums seem to agree that the core is great work so the platform is there to get better. I may revisit this later in hopes of a simple .MDV collection can be found or easily converted with a simple new utility. For now, I never had a QL so I may live the experience vicariously through other people's videos. I do admire the dedication of everyone to get things working.

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby desin24 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:10 pm

so what's your OS ?

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby seastalker » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:40 pm

Normally linux, but I tried the tools on a 64 bit Win7 machine

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Re: Sinclair QL

Postby desin24 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:51 pm

it works under linux to
http://www.terdina.net/ql/q-emulator.html


the ql emulator
https://github.com/SinclairQL/sQLux

the MDV file device
http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/utils/MDIdriver107.zip
http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/utils/MDIConvert2.zip

unpack these files in the /mdv1 folder
the files that should be on the Microdrive are in the /mdv2_ folder

enable tk2

lrespr mdv1_MDIdriver_cde
lrun mdv1_mdiconvert_bas
5 format blank image file
1 MDI image file
ram1_test_mdv.mdv
test
enter
enter
esc

mount_mdi 1, "ram1_test.mdv"
copy the files from mdv2_ to mdi1_
dir md1_
unmount_mdi 1

run
1 convert MDI image file o QLAY imagefile
ram1_test.mdv
mdv1_test.mdv

close the sQLux
copy the test.mdv from /mdv1 to the SD card

or use q-emulator
http://www.terdina.net/ql/q-emulator.html


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