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Is DriveWire easy to use on a CoCo 3?


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I'm thinking about getting a DriveWire cable (as opposed to building one myself).

 

Has anyone used one of these. If so, what's the process for transferring a file to the CoCo?

 

Does anyone know how to use one with a CoCoFlash unit? (I see the CoCoFlash includes the DriveWire software).

 

 

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I'm thinking about getting a DriveWire cable (as opposed to building one myself).

 

Has anyone used one of these. If so, what's the process for transferring a file to the CoCo?

 

Does anyone know how to use one with a CoCoFlash unit? (I see the CoCoFlash includes the DriveWire software).

 

 

Gidday Nebulon.

 

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I know this thread is about a month old, but I wanted to chime in regarding this. DW is very easy to use and how I got started. The CoCoSDC is cooler in the fact that you do not need a server (computer) to serve up the disks, but if you cannot obtain one (there is usually a waiting list) then the DW cables are the way to go. If you still did not get them and need them I have a set that I no longer use that you can have for cheap...just let me know :)

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DriveWire works well and is easy enough to use once you figure it out, but any setup that requires tethering the computer to another computer is a serious buzzkill for me. It's inconvenient, kind of a hassle, takes up that much more space (for the laptop or whatever device of choice), and just feels like too much bother and turbo-nerdery to run a 30-year-old game on its own hardware. (IMO) At that point you might as well just fire up an emulator.

It's better than nothing, though. And it's super cheap to get a DW rig going (provided you already have a suitable system to use as a server...which, if you're posting on here, you do). But an SD cart or an actual floppy drive with actual floppies would always be my preference.

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What BassGuitari said. I used DW initialliy because I could not find any available modern options to get software to the CoCo and I really wanted to give DK and some of the Sierra games a whirl. DW was the only option (at the time) and it works fantastically. But, I yearned for a stand alone solution. That solution is the CoCo SDC currently. Only problem is that they are not as readily available ;)

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The CoCoSDC's HDB-DOS contains DriveWire support..


I built a DriveWire Cable for the CoCo's Bit Banger Port and connected it to a Windows 7 Machine with DriveWire 4 Installed...


It works fantastic... If you want to check a lot of CoCo Disks, without writing them to Real Floppies or Copying them to an SD Card, this work very well...

 

For Development Work, I think this would be the Fastest Way to get Code from a Modern PC to a Real CoCo...

 

 

Get your CoCoSDCs from Zippster...

 

 

MarkO

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