Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

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Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor minter » 09 Jun 2017 16:38

富士通 fm7 のための英語のスレッド

I open this thread to talk about the Fujitsu FM7 in English.
このスレッドを開いて、富士通 fm7 について英語で話します。

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor pser1 » 09 Jun 2017 18:44

Hi,
should I assume that this thread is intended to talk to malikto999?
In this case, maybe we could be using it, even to talk between us, so that he and any other non spanish users could have
an idea of how far we are from understanding the basics of this pretty, big machine.
cheers
pere

Ps I dont dare to translate it into japanese, I am not confident at all with google translator!

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor malikto999 » 11 Jun 2017 02:42

Hello,everyone.I am malikto999.

I do not understand Spanish at all, but I will join the forum with the help of Mr.Google.
I would like to talk about various things about Fujitsu FM-7.

Well,I released D77Manager V1.3 that supports multilingualization.
You can download from the URL below.

http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/winnt/util/se513427.html

I am correcting some defects from the draft version that I previously sent to minter, and if you are using the draft version, please replace it.

Currently I am developing the next version of D77Manager.
I plan to support FLEX disk and T77 cassette tape image.

Please let me know if there is a request for function.

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor minter » 11 Jun 2017 11:48

Wellcome to RetroWiki!!
-drinks

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor jltursan » 11 Jun 2017 13:50

Indeed, welcome aboard! -good

I plan to support FLEX disk and T77 cassette tape image.


Thats a really nice one!, if you can add a way to export files from T77 images to D77 ones it would be great!

FLEX is also a nice addition :-)

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor pser1 » 11 Jun 2017 19:17

Hi!, welcome to the forum.
As you will see we are trying to learn how to take advantage of the second CPU (Subsystem).
I am using your D77 Manager, draft version that works well for me, just importing / exporting files from disk images.
But of course I will download the last version on the web.
Thanks a lot for helping us -thumbup
cheers
pere

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor malikto999 » 12 Jun 2017 03:36

Thanks,everyone.

For the T77 file, I plan to implement the following functions.
- Binary dump of tape
- Viewing files in tape (text, binary dump)
- Import/export files in tape
- File copy between tape and disk


It was posted about the header of FBASIC binary export file in another thread, so I will explain about it.
The first 16 bytes of the binary file are the header.

+00-07:Filename(blank-padded)
+08-09:0
+0A-0A:0:Basic program 1:Data file 2:Machine language file
+0B-0B:0:Binary $FF:Ascii
+0C-0C:0:Sequential file others:Random file
+0D-0F:ID("XM7")

After the header, the file sectors are recorded as they are.
Since FBASIC has file attributes in the directory, it was necessary to include the header information in the export file in order to restore by importing.

This is the format of the file output by the command line utility "FTOOLS".
When designing the specification of D77Manager, I adopted this format in consideration of compatibility with existing utilities.

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor jltursan » 12 Jun 2017 19:35

Great, looks a very complete TODO list, thanks!

Oh, by the way, have you tried to dump D77 images to real floppy disks (or the reverse)?. Ive tried using DITT or SamDisk without success, I cannot read nor write images and Ive some of them that I would love to preserve (FLEX OS, CP/M, OS-9 L1.2....)

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor malikto999 » 13 Jun 2017 01:53

Yes. I am using DITT.
I found a FLEX disk from old 5.25 inch Floppys which I got at the net auction. So I was able to support Flex disks.

Since DITT directly controls FDC, it can convert on only MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/Me.
For this, I still own an old MS-DOS machine with a 5.25-inch floppy disk.

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor malikto999 » 13 Jun 2017 13:55

Using SAMdisk, I was able to make the disk image of 2D floppy disks on Windows 7(x64).
The procedure I tried is described below.

1.Download SAMdisk and fdrawcmd.sys from Simon Owens homepage.
http://simonowen.com/

2.First install fdrawcmd.sys and reboot.

3.Execute SAMdisk on the command prompt with the following command line.
>SAMdisk A: Image.d88 -c42 --double-step

With the above procedure I was able to convert the OS-9 system disk of the 3.5-inch media.
I could also open it with D77Manager and I was able to boot OS-9 on XM7.

I used SAMdisk for the first time, but it is convenient to create images on Windows7.

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor DyLucke » 13 Jun 2017 19:33

Hi there. Not an user myself, but i gave a go to the emulator some years ago.
Its a nice system, not sure about it but it resembled me very much the PC-88.

Maybe its time to give it another go...
Sadly, its quite difficult to find a place where downloading disks from... This system is really old, and the preservation of the disks thru images, is not the best ive met... I had quite a lot of images, but many of them didnt work properly.

Anyways, i would like to welcome malikto999, and congrat him for the nice work here.
"I'm a piece of the sun,
i'm an army of one...
I'm the man with the gun".

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor jltursan » 13 Jun 2017 20:30

malikto999 escribió:Using SAMdisk, I was able to make the disk image of 2D floppy disks on Windows 7(x64).
The procedure I tried is described below.

1.Download SAMdisk and fdrawcmd.sys from Simon Owens homepage.
http://simonowen.com/

2.First install fdrawcmd.sys and reboot.

3.Execute SAMdisk on the command prompt with the following command line.
>SAMdisk A: Image.d88 -c42 --double-step

With the above procedure I was able to convert the OS-9 system disk of the 3.5-inch media.
I could also open it with D77Manager and I was able to boot OS-9 on XM7.

I used SAMdisk for the first time, but it is convenient to create images on Windows7.


Thanks, indeed, I forgot to say that following the above procedure Ive been able to create 3.5" floppies, they seem to work flawlessly with a FM77AV and a FM77AV40SX that already own.

As I dont have 3.5" drives for the FM-7 I can only use 5.25" media, and its really hard to read or write these floppies :-(
Ive tried also the fdrawcmd DITT version, nditt: http://papicom.net/p6v/tool.html; but without too much success -banghead

Basically, I have only two alternatives:

  1. Mount a real DSDD 5.25" drive in my PC (right now I must to use a DSHD 5.25" drive) as the high density heads cant read nor write correctly the 2D disks.
  2. Connect a 3.5" drive to my FM-7. Ive already tried with several interfaces and drive models; but without luck.

Oh, and theres a third option, to find a 5.25" external drive for FM77 machines. It must be just a matter of building the right cable.

Ill keep trying...:-)

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor malikto999 » 14 Jun 2017 12:04

Thanks, DyLucke
PC-88 is a good machine.In Japan it was the best selling 8 bit hobby computer, so at that time there were many PC-88 owners around me.


I see.It seems difficult to convert 5.25 inch media than 3.5 inch.
The drive that I use is TEAC FD-55GFR-7211.
I have set "1.2 M, 5.25 inch" in the BIOS, but this is probably different from overseas PC.

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor jltursan » 14 Jun 2017 21:33

PC-88 is indeed a good machine; but IMHO underpowered until V2, when the first 8Mhz machine appeared it was a really nice machine.

The drive that I use is TEAC FD-55GFR-7211.
I have set "1.2 M, 5.25 inch" in the BIOS, but this is probably different from overseas PC.


Oh, nearly my setup!. Ive a FD-GFR-541-U, it came from a Sharp X1 Turbo. Maybe Ill need to find better quality floppy drives, the TEAC seems good enough to write 2D images successfully :roll:

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor malikto999 » 15 Jun 2017 12:55

Ha-ha, You are truly familiar with Japanese computer circumstances.
Thats right! PC-88 sold well, but the specifications were inferior to rivals until PC-8801mkIISR was released.

When I bought my first computer, I intended to choose either PC-8801mkII or FM-7.
I compared the specifications of both machines, and I chose FM-7 after all.


By the way, I found the homepage where a method to connect 5.25 inch drives for FM-7 to FM77AV was written. (Although written in Japanese ...)
You may have been already checked, but I write the URL.
http://www.retropc.net/apollo/knowhow/5inch/index.htm

As you say, if you prepare the connection cable and the power cable, you seem to be able to connect a drive to FM77AV without remodeling.
It seems that it is also possible to connect a drive (TEAC FD-55BV-020) for PC-8801FH.

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Re: Thread in English for Fujitsu FM7

Mensajepor jltursan » 16 Jun 2017 19:09

Thanks for the link!, Ill test it for sure :-)


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