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Old 29 November 2010, 15:40   #281
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We're hoping to have an *early* version of the UI ready for chrimbo... Maybe you would like to see what it currently looks like? See attached! If anyone has any suggestions on the look, we are very open to suggestions.

There is more discussion about it on this thread: http://forum.kryoflux.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=46&p=344

Based on testing, what is the most picky game to get a decent copy of... and i'll throw a few into the ring... Double Dragon 2, Dragons lair series, dragons Breath etc ? (would probably give an indication of your floppy drives performance if you can get a good copy of the hard ones

(is it me or dont dragons like to be copied
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Old 29 November 2010, 17:32   #282
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Could you not get someone to load test them?
It's quite easy to do.
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Old 30 November 2010, 14:55   #283
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Dragons Lair has longtracks "only". Double Dragon is just encrypted like hell, but afaik has decent longtrack check.

Dragons Breath uses Speedlock protection, afaik even on track 79, so impossible to clone with Cyclone or the like because of missing precompensation. So the most interesting one... is the latter.
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Old 27 December 2010, 22:13   #284
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The user interface and a new DTC is now available, see here for more details:
http://forum.kryoflux.com/viewtopic....=46&p=511#p511

Of particular note, this version of DTC supports verifying and producing sector images of the DiskSpare format, as used in AUI coverdisks.
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good work, but wasn´t write support promised to xmas ???

to be honest i like you´re work, but i´m waiting every day for the news that write support is available with DTC....
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Old 27 December 2010, 23:19   #286
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Well, the DiskSpare support was added a while ago before write support was added, we just didn't announce it until now. Also, the UI is being developed by a separate person to the write support and is happening in parallel.

I don't know what the state of write support is, but is in progress as far as I know. I wasn't aware that we promised it for Christmas...
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Yes, it was indeed the plan, though not a promise. I do know that uncontrollable external factors put the breaks on it a bit.
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Old 28 December 2010, 12:37   #289
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It's right in there: "Therefore we will not push out something that's known to be problematic but could be made better in just a few days."

So far we've been rolling out at least two updates a month. We do this besides family, job and being ill.

Things released in a hurry tend to break. Releasing writing that is a gamble does not make sense. DTC beta was pretty stable from day 1 because we took great care. Some people say it's more stable than other software that's officially been released on a gold master.

We like to keep that track record...
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It's right in there: "Therefore we will not push out something that's known to be problematic but could be made better in just a few days."

So far we've been rolling out at least two updates a month. We do this besides family, job and being ill.

Things released in a hurry tend to break. Releasing writing that is a gamble does not make sense. DTC beta was pretty stable from day 1 because we took great care. Some people say it's more stable than other software that's officially been released on a gold master.

We like to keep that track record...

yah, agree. "It takes time to master patience". Hey i just created a quote
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Based on testing, what is the most picky game to get a decent copy of... and i'll throw a few into the ring... Double Dragon 2, Dragons lair series, dragons Breath etc ?
I would say "Dungeon Master" and "Chaos Strikes Back" from FTL...
Obviously the first, heavy-protected (on track 0), versions.

My original DM disk doesn't load any more. After checking track 0 it hangs.
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Could be a drive speed problem, due to how the protection works.
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Could be a drive speed problem, due to how the protection works.
Really? I'll check the DM disk with another drive then (the one I'm using with my opened A600 is a very old one; its spinning speed is a little slower than normal and not very "steady").

I fear I could have ruined track 0 by trying to copy it with PowerCopy... could it be that repeated/prolonged reads on the same track have ruined it?

P.S. I seem to remember that CSB (same protection on track 0) loads fine with the same drive, but I could be wrong
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Old 29 December 2010, 16:41   #294
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it should not, i have dungeon master and chaos strike back, powercopy is respectful, (it even deals with precompensation). Maybe your disk is just degrading ?
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I fear I could have ruined track 0 by trying to copy it with PowerCopy... could it be that repeated/prolonged reads on the same track have ruined it?
In my experience, this is unlikely. Indeed, in some cases the reverse is true: that is, repeated/prolonged reads on the same track can sometimes repair it.
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Actually repeated reads can ruin a disk if there is a problem with the head - so it really depends on the situation
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Then I must have the good fortune never to have experienced a floppy drive with a dodgy head.
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If people are technically minded then why not simply drop the premium bundle and go with *only* the basic version, do away with the power supply altogether?

I am planning on whacking mine in with two drives and a stock standard ATX PSU into either an old PC frame or if I can be bothered, into a nice pine framework, if there's not enough current draw then I will simply add an old HDD unit to make the PSU power up.

It's not an ideal situation but if you describe this method in the paperwork then it's simply a matter for the end user to find an old PC on the side of the road or even go somewhere where they recycle PCs, you could pick up a second hand PSU for $5 - $10 AUD anyway, or even buy a new one for $40 and that's for a Thermaltake, certainly a reputable brand.
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it's simply a matter for the end user to find an old PC on the side of the road
We only get old sofa's and TV's at the side of our roads in the UK
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We only get old sofa's and TV's at the side of our roads in the UK
I could walk out on a day before rubbish collection and I could guarantee within walking up and down my street, which is mostly loaded with pensioners, I would come across at least 2 houses with PC parts, unfortunately here the culture is "oh it's too old and we can't do anything with it", this being said about P4 / 400 or Athlon XP2200+ etc.
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