Mess with Becker Port & DW4
Bill Pierce via Coco <coco@...
2014-08-29 15:59:13 GMT
I have been "messing" (pun intended) with the Mess w/Becker Port (Win32 UI version) that Guillaume
uploaded to The Color Computer Archives, and I've found a few peculiarities. After checking the
"non-becker port" emulations, I find these are limited to the becker port emulations only.
As a note, I've only tested this on an old WinXP laptop which is EXTREMELY slow and is quirky in operation to
begin with. I will be trying these tests on my Win Server 2003 (pentium 3) and Win 7 (dual core) machines as
soon as I can. My main quadcore (Win Vista Premium 64bit) that I normally use is down for the count at the
moment which is my usual machine for emulators and Coco stuff.
Here is what I find... Anyone else?
1. When in HDBDOS, if I switch to the internal Mess disk drives (DRIVEOFF) and perform any disk operations,
the emulation crashes. I cannot seem to access the emulated floppies at all. The hdbdos floppy partitions
seem to perform properly.
2 When using the "DOS255" or "AUTOEXEC.BAS" method to boot NitrOS9 from a OS9/RSDOS partitioned VHD, the
boot fails. I've tried this with several configurations with offsets poked into hdbdos, rom modified
with offsets and offsets in the DW4 UI. All fail. These same VHDs will boot fine in VCC so I know it's not the software.
A Nitros9 DW disk image from the repo will boot fine from DW slot0 with no offsets (non partitioned). Once
booted, I can access the "/Xx" drives from NitrOS9 with no problem. In fact, this is how I created the
partitioned VHD I was trying to boot from. I have created literrally hundreds of boots in the past 3 years
for others as well as myself and for the most part, without failure, so I'm pretty sure the problem is not in
the boot itself.
This could be a quirk in this WinXP laptop and Java but I won't know until I try other systems.
3. When in Nitros9, EmuDsk does not seem to work correctly and I have no access to Mess' internal HDs. I think
this is related to #1 above. I haven't tried EmuDsk on non-becker port/DW4 emulations so I'm not sure if it
works there. I know it did before the patch.
4. The "Natural" keyboard mode blocks the use of the "arrow" keys. The "Coco" mode, restores this. I've
tried several settings in the configs, but cannot get the arrow keys to work in "Natural" mode. I'm pretty