Sinclair QL vDrive - Load & Use Applications and Games - Video

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Sinclair QL vDrive - Load & Use Applications and Games - Video

Postby SinclairSociety » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:32 am

It was Sinclair QL time for me again.. and today I finally found a moment to create a video showing how to load and use downloaded microdrive images made for the vDrive.

I load Vanpeebles (P. Scott) game called 198? and also quickly play and die with Packman. haha.

Hope this is helpful for some.

https://youtu.be/OIYVolL5wnM

TJ


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Re: Sinclair QL vDrive - Load & Use Applications and Games - Video

Postby vanpeebles » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:04 pm

Haha, that was good! :D


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Re: Sinclair QL vDrive - Load & Use Applications and Games - Video

Postby grafvonb » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:59 pm

SinclairSociety wrote:It was Sinclair QL time for me again..

And as usual it was just ingenious :D !


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Re: Sinclair QL vDrive - Load & Use Applications and Games - Video

Postby bwinkel67 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:01 pm

SinclairSociety wrote:It was Sinclair QL time for me again.. and today I finally found a moment to create a video showing how to load and use downloaded microdrive images made for the vDrive.


You don't really need to load the boot file on the vDrive unless you need to use more than 6 MDV images in a session. As long as you can remember the MDV images you've assigned to the current bank then just boot up the QL and your MDV3 to MDV8 are there to be used as normal MDV drives (i.e. dir mdv3_ will work right from reset/reboot).

I find it easier to just edit the VDRIVEQL.CFG file on the SD card on my PC/MAC in a text editor (i.e. Notepad) and then when I'm using the SD card on the QL I just have to remember the mapping of the 6 MDV's I have for that session.

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[SETUP]
Bank3

[Bank2]
MISC\MDV1.MDV      ;
MISC\MDV4.MDV      ;
MISC\MDV5.MDV      ;
MISC\MDV6.MDV      ;
MISC\MDV7.MDV      ;
MISC\MDV8.MDV      ;


[Bank3]
GAMES\Assault.MDV  ;
GAMES\Cavern.mdv   ;
GAMES\MCosmic.MDV  ;
GAMES\MCrunch.MDV  ;
GAMES\Metropol.MDV ;
GAMES\MTreasur.MDV ;


[Bank4]
GAMES\Qbert.MDV    ;
GAMES\QLGames.mdv  ;
GAMES\Speed.MDV    ;
GAMES\Spook.MDV    ;
GAMES\3DOXO.MDV    ;
GAMES\ATTACK.MDV   ;


[Bank5]
GAMES\BUGSBOMB.MDV ;
GAMES\CHESS.MDV    ;
GAMES\FROGGY.MDV   ;
GAMES\GUNNER.MDV   ;
GAMES\PACMAN.MDV   ;
GAMES\PALADIN.MDV  ;


[Bank6]
GAMES\PUDGE.MDV    ;
GAMES\QBALL.MDV    ;
GAMES\Qbert2.MDV   ;
GAMES\QGAMES.MDV   ;
GAMES\SPACEINV.MDV ;
GAMES\SPACEPOD.MDV ;


[Bank7]
GAMES\SPACERAI.MDV ;
GAMES\STARBURS.MDV ;
GAMES\STARPORT.MDV ;
GAMES\WIPEOUT.MDV  ;
GAMES\ZAPMAN.MDV   ;


[Bank8]
MISC\OTHER.MDV     ;
MISC\SOURCE.MDV    ;
MISC\DIGIC.MDV     ;


So the name of the bank that appears at the top after [SETUP] is the current bank (and the entries in the list for each bank map to MDV3 through MDV8 in order). Simply change it to the name of the other banks...and the label Bank#, with # being a number, is just my internal formatting, you can call it anything you like. I also organizes things into folders on the SD card and simply give path names (so in the CFG file above I have a folder called GAMES and one called MISC and all images are within those).

Oh, and a better Pacman is Spook (found on SPOOK.MDV from Dilwyn's website).

In any case, vDrive really is simple and seamless with no need for any ROM extensions and one reason I really like it. As long as you are familiar with the standard QL dir, load, lrun, and exec commands you won't even know you have one.



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