MACH 5 Manual Project64.txt
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MACH 5 Manual
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********* Welcome to Project 64! The goal of Project 64 is to preserve Commodore 64 related documents in electronic text format that might otherwise cease to exist with the rapid advancement of computer technology and declining interest in 8- bit computers on the part of the general population. Extensive efforts were made to preserve the contents of the original document. However, certain portions, such as diagrams, program listings, and indexes may have been either altered or sacrificed due to the limitations of plain vanilla text. Diagrams may have been eliminated where ASCII-art was not feasible. Program listings may be missing display codes where substitutions were not possible. Tables of contents and indexes may have been changed from page number references to section number references. Please accept our apologies for these limitations, alterations, and possible omissions. Document names are limited to the 8.3 file convention of DOS. 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Therefore if you read this document or use the information herein you do so at your own risk. ********* The Project 64 etext of the ~Mach5 fast-loader cartridge~, Converted to etext by Steve Neas <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The tilde character [~] has been used to represent the left arrow key on the Commodore 64. MACH5F10.TXT, November 1997, etext #304# ********* ACCESS Software Incorporated MACH5 Cartridge Instruction Manual for Commodore 128/64 and 1541/1571 disk CARTRIDGE FAST LOADER Note: Mach5 is designed for use with the Commodore C128/C64 and 1571 or 1541 or compatible disk drive. SET UP 1. Make sure that your computer is turned OFF before inserting or removing your Mach5 CARTRIDGE. 2. Insert the Mach5 CARTRIDGE into the cartridge slot located at the rear right corner of the computer. 3. Turn on your disk drive(s) and your computer. After the computer has been turned on, the words, "Mach-5 V-XX LOADER ENGAGED" will appear on the screen. MENU Type "~M," to display the command menu at any time that the cursor is flashing. The following commands are available with Mach5 CARTRIDGE. COMMAND FUNCTION $ List a directory on the screen without erasing the program in memory. While listing a disk directory to the screen, the display scrolling may be paused and unpaused by pressing the 'space' bar. To load a file from a directory that has been listed to the screen, simply move the cursor to the left most column next to the file name, and use the appropriate command to load the file. Mach5 will then attempt to load the file by accessing the most current drive used (see @DN command). @COMMAND Send a DOS command to the most current disk drive (Example: @i is the same as OPEN 15,DN,15,"I":CLOSE 15). By pressing the '@' key (which is used to send a command to the drive) and the 'return', the error condition of the most current drive may be displayed. @DN This command is essentially the same as the BASIC command 'POKE 186,DN' where DN is a drive number from 8 to 11. All load, save and DOS commands will refer to this most currently designated drive number for drive operations. /FILENAME The same as LOAD "FILENAME",DN. £FILENAME The '£' key, followed by a file name, will not only load a BASIC file, but will also immediately run the file. EXAMPLE: LOAD "FILENAME",DN:RUN. ^FILENAME The same as LOAD "FILENAME",DN,1. =FILENAME The same as SAVE "FILENAME",DN. ~* The same as LOAD "*",8,1:RUN. When using the '~*' command, if the file does not auto-execute, the file will now be made to execute. EXAMPLE: LOAD":*",DN,1:RUN. ~P The same as OPEN 4,4,7:CMD4 (Printer open for upper/lower case). ~U The same as OPEN 4,4:CMD4 (Printer open for upper case/graphics). ~C The same as PRINT#4:CLOSE 4 (Close printer channel). ~L The same as LOAD "(add FILENAME",DN). ~S The same as SAVE "(add FILENAME",DN). ~M Display Mach5 menu. ~R Disable 1541 drive RATTLE ON ERROR for most current drive. (To re-enable, turn drive off and on). ~D Disable FAST LOADER and save but retain commands. ~E Enable MACH DOS routines. ~H Hard copy print out of the screen. Works in 'DIRECT' mode only. ~O 'O' will restore a BASIC program previously 'NEW'd, or restore the program after a system reset. (This is equivalent to the BASIC command 'OLD'). $HHHH This command will convert and display on the screen the hexidecimal, decimal and binary of the 4-digit hex number input (EXAMPLE: $1F09). +DDDDD This command will convert and display on the screen the hexidecimal, decimal and binary equivalent of the decimal number input (Example: +1394). %BBBBBBBB- This command will convert and display on the screen BBBBBBBB the hexidecimal, decimal and binary equivalent of the binary number input (Example: %0011101011001000). @F:DISKNAME,ID This is a 10 second disk format command for use on 1541 drives. The diskname must be from 1 to 16 digits, and the ID must be 2 digits. When this command is invoked, the drive light will NOT turn on while formatting, but it will turn on briefly at the end of formatting to indicate a successful format. If, when the directory is listed, the disk has not been properly formatted, simply initialize the drive and repeat the format command. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - To disable COMMANDS, but not affect the MACH DOS, type SYS57043. - To enable COMMANDS ONLY type SYS57054. - To enable COMMANDS and MACH DOS, type SYS57051. - To enable MACH DOS only, type SYS57003. - The directory list command "$" will use the most current drive number. You may directly select a device by using the @DN command, where DN=drive number (8-11). - Users of SYSRES (TM by Solidus International) can do fast program file loads with Mach5, but must use conventional BASIC syntax (i.e. LOAD "FILENAME",DN). - There are very few programs that will not load with Mach5 engaged. If a program does fail to load, try typing "~D" to disable the MACH DOS rather than removing the cartridge. The time required to load a program depends on many factors, including booting technique, error checking, etc. Speeds up to 500% of normal are possible with long, single file program loads. With copy protected programs, it is usually possible to save a few seconds as well as drive wear by disabling the drive rattle. Some programs, however, may not load properly with the rattle disabled. - After the computer is first turned on, be sure and wait for the disk light to go out before accessing the disk with a command such as "$". - If a scrambled (non-working) screen occurs when Mach5 CARTRIDGE and/or a printer interface is connected to your printer the problem is most commonly a weak or failing power supply. See your local Commodore dealer and try a different power supply. ACCESS SOFTWARE 2561 SOUTH 1560 WEST WOODS CROSS, UTAH 84087 ********* End of Project 64 etext Mach5 fast-loader cartridge. *********