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Does anyone know how I could transfer text files from an Amstrad CPC6128 onto an IBM PC?  The Amstrad CPC has both the Amstrad standard 3" diskette and an external 3 1/2" diskette drive, but the latter is formatted using software called RAMDOS (this allows 800kb to be formatted) and cannot be read directly by an IBM PC.

There is no RS232 port on the Amstrad to do a data transfer that way.

Does anyone know of any solutions to this problem?

Regards,
Martin Bullivant
E-mail: GBWHIMB4@IBMMAIL.COM

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You have several choices in this matter:

SW:
•  "22disk" is a shareware utility by Sybex which can read/write/format CP/M disks on PC. It can read CPC disks formats with a definition file called CPMDISKS.DEF which comes with CPCEMU, or EURO.DEF (EURODEF.ZIP). You shouldn't use it under OS/2 or win95, unless you have the last version, v1.44, which states it has an improved basic diskette access library for operation under windows and windows 95. Look for 22DSK144.RAR.

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HW... make a parallel cable:
• The CPCEMU v1.4 package (available at ftp://ftp.nvg.unit.no/pub/cpc/emulator/msdos/cpcemu14.zip) contains documentation on how to make such a cable yourself and includes utilities for both the PC and CPC that allow two-way communication and file transfer.

HW... add RS232:
• Though neigther the CPC nor the PCW have a RS 232... You purportedly can can buy it, you then just need a communication program on PC and CPC/PCW and a null modem cable to exchange files between the computers.

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3rd party:
• Rowansoft
Contact Tony Gill at tgill@alystra.win-uk.net for rates.

  ROWANSOFT, ROWANCRAIG, ARDFERN,
  BY LOCHGILPHEAD, ARGYLL, PA31 8QN
  Tel. 01852 500 257


• Holland Numerics Ltd
Converts PCW data to PC format.  A price list can be obtained by email from <phil.holland@bcs.org.uk>, or by post from:

  Philip R Holland
  Holland Numerics Ltd
  94 Green Drift
  Royston
  Herts SG8 5BT
  United Kingdom

Turnround is about 7 working days, and prices start at 5 GBP per PCW diskette converted (if copying ASCII files only and all diskettes to be used are supplied by the customer).


• David Simpson ( DAS@picknowl.com.au )

  PO Box 187
  Mitcham Shopping Centre
  South Australia  5062
  Ph +61-8-83731693

  Contact him for rates.


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Thanks very much for your answer.

I have installed 22DISK and downloaded the CPMDISKS.DEF file from within the CPCEMU emulator.

I didn't find the RAMDOS format in the list, but never mind, I saw the standard 178Kb data format there.  I formatted a 3 1/2" disk to data format on the Amstrad and asked 22DISK to read the standard 178Kb data format disk.  It came up with:

Cannot read sector (cyl 0, side 0, track 193)

I also tried to enter a new entry in the CPMDISKS.DEF definition file with the entries RAMDOS can give you.  This didn't work either with one of my RAMDOS formatted disks.  I formatted a standard disk in my PC and placed it into the Amstrad and catalogued it.  It came up w ith:

Drive B: read fail.

Could anyone please advise?  Is it a fault with the PC?
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