Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

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Lardo Boffin
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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by Lardo Boffin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:29 am

TMAOne wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:33 am
I never make mistakes. Once I thought I'd made a mistake, but it turned out I was wrong. :P

Seriously though, I'm glad to hear another dubber is on-line. Can't wait for Lardo to turn it loose on those "unrecoverable" tapes and see how many can be rescued.
It will probably be May before I can try anything. :cry: Most of the stuff in my house is going into storage while I move. Argh.
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal, rebuilt)
Iss 3 ZXVid
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB, ZX-KDLX & ChromaSCART
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Various Spectrum 48ks plus a DIVMMC future and SPECTRA

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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by sirmorris » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:18 am

Well I assume the thing's working, but I admit it's only by trial - I haven't scoped anything out. I notice that I can make the LED light if I poke my fingers near certain components - I guess it's quite finely tuned?

* update - and a flick turns it off and on again. I think there's a screw loose. The board might have a fault too.

* update (2) - it's the cable. Sigh. Broken or intermittent conductor.

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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by sirmorris » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:12 am

Sinclair games tape 1 - no hope for this.

Input at the top in yellow, output belue.

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Others though - outlook is good. In order we have 3Dmm, Zuckman, ZXAS
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It'll be interesting to compare to another working board.

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gammaray
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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by gammaray » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:03 pm

That is a big difference. Is there a program to manually construct a file based on a human visually inspecting the original file and losing a week of his life.

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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by XavSnap » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:16 pm

:?
Windows...
http://dskcenter.free.fr/TO7/tutok7/

(note: a "ctrl+left click" can redraw a beep, directly on the wav on the top board of the window)

Lardo Boffin
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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by Lardo Boffin » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:58 am

1024MAK wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:53 am
Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:31 am
Stuff on its way to Mark and Sir Morris. Enjoy!
@Lardo Boffin
Box of bits has arrived! :D

Thanks 8-)

Mark
Hi Mark

Just wondering if you have had chance to look at my mess, sorry dubber attempt to see where I went wrong?

Many thanks

Lardo
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal, rebuilt)
Iss 3 ZXVid
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB, ZX-KDLX & ChromaSCART
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Various Spectrum 48ks plus a DIVMMC future and SPECTRA

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1024MAK
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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by 1024MAK » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:14 pm

Planned for this Saturday...

Been busy with work and snow clearing...

Mark

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gammaray
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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by gammaray » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:57 pm

What is snow?

Oh yes, I dimly remember snow in Texas in 1969, 1981, 1989, 1998.

We get it about once every 10 years whether we need it or not. And some people get their car replaced at the same time...
5-TS1000,UK ZX81<-Sheelagh, US ZX81, 2-TS1500/KDLX , 3-TS2040 printer, 2-TS2020 cassette decks, ZXPAND+AY, ZeddyNET, ZXBlast, UDG, ZX8CCB, AERCO, BUILDS/REPAIRS ZX Spectrum, ZX80 Minstrel, ZXMAX48 v1 v2, 2-TS-2068, ROM, 16kRAM

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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by Lardo Boffin » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:21 am

1024MAK wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:14 pm
Planned for this Saturday...

Been busy with work and snow clearing...

Mark
No worries. Know what you mean about the snow. Nearly three hours to do 25 miles. That will teach me to own a BMW. :cry:
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal, rebuilt)
Iss 3 ZXVid
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB, ZX-KDLX & ChromaSCART
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Various Spectrum 48ks plus a DIVMMC future and SPECTRA

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1024MAK
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Re: Improving Timex/Sinclair Tape Loading

Post by 1024MAK » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:14 pm

So after looking at it for far too long, I discovered a big problem. It was staring me in the face.

So can anyone tell me what is wrong in this picture:-
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CPC part number SC13781
(The IC pictured came out of the bag in the photo with the CPC part number).

Mark

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