Anyone run APTEST?

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Anyone run APTEST?

As far as I can tell, my disk drives are working fine - I have the card in slot 6, my Floppy Emu is drive 1, and a floppy disk drive that works as drive 2.

When I run the "Disk Interface Test" in APTEST, I get "DRIVE ROM BAD" and that's it.

I have no problems running anything from the Floppy Emu, I can INIT, LOAD and SAVE things to drive 2.

When I run "Disk Speed Test" on the actual floppy disk drive, the speed is "+3" which appears to be well within normal range.

Any idea what would cause the "DRIVE ROM BAD" message, if everything seems to be working? I mean, I'm PRESUMING that a ROM is bad...but what, during the operation of the drive(s) would I notice because of this?

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Re: Anyone run APTEST?

The ROM is used only for booting. I don't know anything about floppy EMU, but it apparently uses a non-standard boot routine. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Mike Willegal

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Re: Anyone run APTEST?

If you are curious, you can read the ROM from the monitor and compare to published sources. The monitor command for slot six is C600.C6FF

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Mike W.

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Re: Anyone run APTEST?

Hi Mike...

Thank you! I will look at that one and see what happens.

I thought that maybe the Floppy Emu might be what's throwing off the ROM check. As soon as I can figure out how to copy .DSK image files from the Floppy Emu to actual disks in floppy disk drive 2, I will move drive 2 to drive 1, remove the Floppy Emu and try it again.

Incidentally, Floppy Emu is what I bought here...

Floppy Emu via BigMessOWires

...and it is awesome.

EDIT - I would also add that running Master Diagnostics IIe produced the same error message.

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Re: Anyone run APTEST?

Hello Statsman1,

me same like Mike... i don´t use any kind of Floppy Emu.....

but:

in fact the only important thing is:

does the Floppy Emu show up like a normal drive in a copy programm like
for example Copy II Plus ( vers.9.0 ) ???

Does the program accept the EMU as a source drive and read from that drive
and copy files from the EMU drive to the "real disk" at the "real drive" ???

If it does - then the mess at verify of the ROM is rather more academic.....

The messy message only gets important if the transfer does NOT work....
and it might get important due to the fact that the EMU might not permit
so called nibble copy procedures in "disk copy mode" due to the fact that
such paramters ( i.e. half step or change in headerbytes etc. ..... )
can't be handled by a file in the EMU....

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Re: Anyone run APTEST?

I agree with the others.

My laser UDC uses a modified ROM due to it's added capabilities.

It is because of this that when I ran tests on the rom, the test indicated that the rom was bad.

However, my Laser UDC works 100% perfectly.

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Re: Anyone run APTEST?

Statsman, you need to boot a copy program (Copy II+, Super Expander (one that I use) Diversi Copy, etc.) from the floppy emu.
Once running, choose whatever standard disk copy option the program offers (depends on the program youre using) choose disk 1 for the source and disk 2 for the destination and before you hit return to start copying, put a blank disk in your drive two floppy drive and switch the floppy emu to whatever .dsk image you wish to copy.

I do it all the time and it works very well.
Zan

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