Brume wrote: ..
@atarizoll: I don't want to boot only. I'd like also to switch on the fly.
But well, such a feature included directly in Steem would be very cool
Steven Seagal wrote:That's an interesting request, and timely (not 2 days before release).
I'll look at it. Begin to wonder how it worked.
There's already a 'single-side SF354' feature, maybe it could go there ('single-side B').
There's no request section actually, maybe the development section?
Brume wrote:Have edited the title of the topic to please AtariZoll, btw.
So now, let's go back to the topic (and the topic only, don't want to begin a war).
AtariZoll wrote:So, if Steven wants to add it to SSE, that's his decision. But then it has to be done so, that not confuse users. We can agree that waste majority never used it, so will ask what the hell is that "Side-B" switch in settings. Maybe it should be called "Force side B of floppy" . There should be warning that need to force disk refresh (Escape) when switching on B with opened disk, and to use it only with disks which have that special structure - 2SS on 1DS disk.
Just to add, that there is lot of games where side B is independent from side A, and in many cases there is optional content - like music. So, it can be played on SS systems too, without music. All it is handled by SW.
What gives me idea: doing whole thing with special SW for ST.
Switching between side A and side B mode can be done with some hotkey, and main benefit is that we can force disk change, so no risk of data damage and confusion. Usable on emulators and real HW. And this idea came to me really in this very minute.
Need to change only XBIOS 8 and 9 functions (floppy read and write) . I think that I can do it today.
Steven Seagal wrote:I mean to do it if possible, this existed in hardware and was called "freeboot".
The same way you saved a floppy disk, you save a file. Better than 2 images, and better emulation.
In current version, if you right click on disk icon, you get option "SF354 (single side - caution!)".
Contrary to other options it is not saved.
That's where we could add "Freeboot side B: - caution!" When it's checked, it's like you used the switch on HW.
Steven Seagal wrote:BTW, where can I find some examples of such disk images?
Brume wrote:There was a small hardware tip on the real machine, which consists of plug a paperclip in the drive port of the ST (also some shops did it more professional with a switch and named it "freeboot").
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