Re: A little help with OS9
Color Computer Disk Utility version 0.7
This program is a Graphical Front End utility that communicates with the fdrawcmd.sys floppy disk driver
available from <http://simonowen.com>. The purpose of this utility is to allow Windows XP, 2000, Vista,
etc.... users to read, write and format floppy disks for use with the Tandy Color Computer.
Since Windows 2000 / XP / Vista don't allow direct access to the hardware, Fdrawcmd.sys , a special driver is needed.
After installing it, download CoCoDisk .
This program is quite simple to use.
On Apr 24, 2015, at 1:03 AM, Dave Philipsen <dave <at> davebiz.com> wrote:
> Excellent! That's not too difficult. If I had enough time I'd do it tonight but it"ll probably have to wait
'til tomorrow. Another question: Does anyone know if there are any drivers that would allow me to read my
old OS9 floppies (720K 3.5") on a modern computer say, under Windows or Linux perhaps?
> On 4/23/2015 11:24 PM, Barry Nelson wrote:
>> The easiest way for you to get your CoCo 3s running again is probably using Drivewire. The site is
https://sites.google.com/site/drivewire4/. For initial testing you can load drivewire through the
cassette port with the wav file inside this zip file:
http://www.frontiernet.net/~mmarlette/Cloud-9/Software/drivewire.zip. The wav file hdbcc3.wav
will load a version of HDB dos that works with drivewire. I think the wav file dw3doscc3.wav boots Nitros9
directly. There are also rom images you can burn and install into a cartridge so that you don't have to
constantly load from "cassette". You will need a PC, Mac, or Linux computer with a serial port or a USB to
serial adapter, and a serial to CoCo "bit banger" 4 pin serial port cable. The pinout for the cable is below.
If you can eventually get a floppy controller, you can install the ROM in the floppy controller like I have