New zx evolution owner = lots of questions

ZX evolution software and hardware

Postby soviet » 21 Dec 2014, 00:20

Hello luckly the zx evolution arrived at home after some tense months of world traveling tru the postal service, i'm from uruguay and i now a little english, and don't know any russian lenguage so getting used to the forum using google translate is very hard to make any sense from the posts.

I like to know some things about the evo.
First the floppy drive, to use a 3.5 floppy what i need to do? on the manual mension an especial cable but the cable in the picture look like a standar 2 drives pc cable having some twisted wires. I need to modify the floppy disk to device 0 ? i need to have drive ready on the floppy enabled like the amiga ?, i can use HD disketedes or only DD will work.

Also when you connect an ide hard drive how you format it ?, i don't get to this option also like to know how to format floppys ?.

To hear ay music on wild player from where i can download music i tried using .AY files but the player dosent read them, theres a better music player?.

Thanks.
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Postby CHRV » 21 Dec 2014, 15:22

Please refer to english page of ZXEVO: http://www.nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo_eng.php
and english users manual: http://www.nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo_user_ ... vc_eng.pdf
Some developers, like TSLabs, speak good spanish ;)

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Postby soviet » 21 Dec 2014, 16:57

I read the manual and also the promotional page, but what i ask is not explained there
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Postby lvd » 21 Dec 2014, 20:19

1. pc floppy cable should be UNtwisted before use.
2. usually 3.5 pc floppy is set to be B, you should fix it to become A, either finding jumper on it or just by cutting and soldering its pcb.
3. you can use HD drives and floppies by removing HD hole on disk: Image.
Some newer drives may not work though (they always think it is HD disk, regardless what HD hole tells them)
4.Format hdd with MBR partition table and FAT32 file system.
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Postby lvd » 21 Dec 2014, 20:24

Try downloading AY music for wildplayer from here http://zxtunes.com.
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Postby soviet » 22 Dec 2014, 03:52

Si es la primera ves que la uso y encuentro sumamente confuso todo lo que aparece en el menu, tengo tantas preguntas que no se por donde empezar xD.
Tengo una disketera que testie en un pc y funciona correctamente, tiene un jumper para cambiarla a DS0 la configure como DS0 sin embargo me muestra *ERROR* cuando pongo format tal ves me falta completar el comando con algo extra?.
Instale un disco duro IDE de 30 gigas el cual formatie en el PC en FAT32, lo que si pongo "D" en el file browser no me muestra otras unidades solo la memoria SD.
Por ultimo que es la virtual drive que aparece en el menu personal ?

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Postby soviet » 22 Dec 2014, 04:30

also i have another question when you have a multidisk game example dune II how do you swap the disk images whitout reseting?
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Postby soviet » 22 Dec 2014, 07:35

I was able to format a floppy disk from some other "rom" that i choose pressing G and booted to there using print screen theres a menu that let you format verify floppys and partition hard drives.
Also i was able to see the hard disk on the file selector but just one time now i't dosen't show up, i will repartition it and format again maybe theres something the zxevo don't like on this drive.

I have another question on nendopc web page says "Sound: AY, Beeper, Covox (PWM);" theres any application to hear MOD files using the covox sound card ?, because wild player whitout the neogs don't let you play mods.
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Postby lvd » 22 Dec 2014, 10:31

soviet wrote:also i have another question when you have a multidisk game example dune II how do you swap the disk images whitout reseting

Unfortunately this is impossible now. There is an ongoing effort to incorporate file browser into NMI menu exactly for this purpose.
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Postby lvd » 22 Dec 2014, 10:36

soviet wrote:Also i was able to see the hard disk on the file selector but just one time now i't dosen't show up, i will repartition it and format again maybe theres something the zxevo don't like on this drive.

Probably the problem is with startup time of your HDD. Try flashing your EVO with the latest ROM, where you can tune time from reset to HDD detection.
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