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Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:10 pm
by Derek_Stewart
With regards to the comments in message:

https://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php ... 377#p26374

It would be anyhow very cool to have several set ups available for download, one with QL/E another one with black phoenix, a basic one with Cue Shell and Psion x-change and a leisure oriented one with Games, 3D animations and more. All ready to go, download, SD card, run on Q68, go!


Both QL/E and Black Phoenix are available on download.

If I start to produce a Q68 image file, the I have maintain it, which duplicates the work of the original system ptoducers.

Since both systems use QWA containers, the systems can be downloaded and copied to a FAT32 partition on a suitable SD Card.

The SD Card supplied with new Q68 systems, has QL/E, Psion Xchange, Qpac2, Q-Dock, Prowess , some games, QDT, assemblers, editors etc...

So most of the applications is supplied on the Q68 SD Card.

Since Black Phoenix v1.5 has been released, with Q68 screen mode support, I have included Black Phoenix v1.5 on the SD Card.

The image file is 4Gb in size which includes SMSQ/E, 2Mb FAT partition, QL/E, Black Phoenix v1.5.

What I really meant was a SD Card with Games in FDI format files, that is used in addition to the Q68 boot SD Card.

I did look at the Adventure games, with a view to supplying an Adventure SD Card. But some of the games were so badly written, they would not run under SMSQ/E. I would have correct the games to run.

Saying all this I have written an Infocom Adaventure Game selector, which includes all QL compatiable Infocom style text games.

All this could made available for download in 512Mb QWA files or splied on SD Card.

I am not sure if the QL Hompage will support this type of download.

Supply of software on SD Card would be at tge cost of the SD Card.

At present this is just ideas.

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:39 pm
by Whopper
Derek,

I was one of the numpties who were requesting such a download. Until I realised just how simple it was to fit what-so-ever I wanted onto the SD card, including a .WIN of my own!

So thank you for this post and I'll try to improve. :oops:


Whopper

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:47 pm
by Derek_Stewart
Hi,

The SD Card supplied with the Q68 is produced from a master SD Card image.

I could make this available for download, but I am not sure who would host a 4Gb file.
:roll:
As mentioned earlier, the Q68 SD Card has SMSQ/E, Black Phoenix, QL/E, ProWeS, QDT, QPAC2, Qliberator, Turbo Compiler, QPTR, TPTR, Assembley tools, Disassemley tools, Xchange, Psion Suite, Q-Dock, Launchpad... well most of the best free QL software.

On the FAT1 drive, there are documentation for QL/E, SMSQ/E Reference Manual, Q68 manuals.

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:11 pm
by XorA
I could make this available for download, but I am not sure who would host a 4Gb file.


Mega!

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:35 am
by vanpeebles
Is it zipped? :D

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:05 am
by Derek_Stewart
XorA wrote:
I could make this available for download, but I am not sure who would host a 4Gb file.


Mega!


Glad you like it....

But seriously, I do have Mega Account, I will look into putting SD Card Images there,

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:09 am
by Derek_Stewart
vanpeebles wrote:Is it zipped? :D


An uncompressed SD Card image is: 3.9Gb

Zipped: 420Mb
tar.bz2: 386Mb

So I will use the Zip compression, as I think there maybe issues with people who only use Windows.

I will sort out the access to my Mega Account and post images over the weekend.

I can supply a formatted SD Card bootable into Q68 for £5.00 plus postage.

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:54 pm
by Whopper
Derek,

I would love to have access to an online version of the Q68 image file. As I have said, I can build my own image, but would rather have one build by someone who knows what their doing. :oops:

Whopper

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:22 pm
by NormanDunbar
Derek_Stewart wrote:So I will use the Zip compression, as I think there maybe issues with people who only use Windows.


If I can stick my nose in here ...

People on Windows should (!) Be using 7-Zip for all their compression needs. Check out https://www.7-zip.org for details.

The last 5 or 6 contracts I've had used it. It covers lots of compression techniques, too many to list here but see the link above for the list.


Cheers,
Norm.

Re: Q68 Software SD Card

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:57 pm
by tofro
Whopper wrote:Derek,

I would love to have access to an online version of the Q68 image file. As I have said, I can build my own image, but would rather have one build by someone who knows what their doing. :oops:
Whopper


Not doing it yourself will probably end you up in never really knowing your way around in SMSQ/E - I think we really recommend you try yourselves.

Tobias