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UTILITY -> Floppy disc and tape tool
© Goldmark Systems (1988)
 
 
 
Speedtrans Plus-3
cpc
 
 

Manual n° 1

To use SPEEDTRANS simply type RUN"DISC [press enter] and follow the prompts SPEEDTRANS is the most sophisticated Tape to Disc transfer utility for speedlock protected programs ever written. It will certainly transfer more speedlock protected games to disc than any other dedicated speedlock transfer program on the market today and with much greater ease. Other transfer programs require you to know how long the game code is so that you may run an alternative program for the long or special games. In most cases the loading screen is not saved because these other utilities do not make use of the extra memory available on 6128's (or 464/664 with any D'Ktronics RAMpack). SPEEDTRANS is highly intelligent in that it first reads the loader from the incoming tape and establishes which type of protection is in use from several alternatives. At the end of the load SPEEDTRANS finds out how long the code is and, if too long to be saved in one file, moves the excess into banked memory. The screen will also be moved into banked memory and compressed. It then saves the screen and game (in possibly two parts), writing the appropriate loader. It also legalises the disc filename. Screen files, having been compressed, can be as small as 4K (Basket Master). Another intelligent feature of SPEEDTRANS is that the very first thing it does is to find out which drive it is in. This means that if you have a two drive system you may run the program from drive B by typing RUN"B:DISC or ùB:RUN"DISC. However, the saving will ALWAYS be to drive A so with a single drive you must change the disc when prompted on screen. Do remember that SPEEDTRANS does not save all of the memory in the hope of saving all the game. It saves exactly the right length of code. All this adds up to a lot less disc space being used than with other transfer programs and you will nearly always get the loading screen. The exceptions to this are when there is no loading screen (as in SCRABBLE) or when the screen in blanked out and more code is loaded into the screen memory as in BMX SIMULATOR & MADBALLS. SPEEDTRANS creates totally stand-alone files and if you do have another CPC, even without extra memory, they will run perfectly. SPEEDTRANS will transfer not only the original type of speedlock protection but also the VERY LATEST types of speedlock protection used in programs such as: MATCHDAY II - FREDDY HARDEST BASKET MASTER - ATV SIMULATOR THE EIDOLON - RTYPE SPEEDTRANS is the only utility that will transfer to disc MUTANTS 64K SPEEDTRANS is the only utility to automatically transfer to disc both ALIEN HIGHWAY and REVOLUTION so that they requiring NO "MEDDLING". Most speedlock protected tapes can be identified by cataloging the tape and checking whether the second file has the filename: "! !" Some speedlock protected tapes can be identified by both the screen and border flashing with horizontal bands of colour immediately after the first file loads. Others (RTYPE - ATV SIM) will appear to load as normal with no sure method of checking that they are speedlock protected. To use SPEEDTRANS simply insert our disc in either drive and RUN"DISC. Once our program has loaded follow the on-screen prompts to insert your rewound speedlock protected game tape and saving disc then press play and any key. SPEEDTRANS will display the saving name on screen at the start of the load with all except the very latest protection. The game will appear to load as normal but at the point where it would normally start the Goldmark screen will re-appear with the message that the "gamename" is now saving. To run the transferred game just RUN this name. If the computer resets part way through loading or the screen goes black at the end of loading a tape read error has probably occurred and the volume control of the datacorder should be re-adjusted and another transfer attempted. Should you still experience problems and providing the program is recorded on both sides of the tape turn it over and try the transfer again. If the program will still not transfer reset the computer and run the game seperately. If it then fails to load correctly SPEEDTRANS will not be able to transfer it either. Please bear in mind there are a large number of speedlock and pseudo-speedlock programs available that we have been unable to test and there is a possibility SPEEDTRANS will not be able to transfer some of them. Some programs use a "SPECTRUM" screen for both opening and game screens and PRO SKI SIMULATOR is one example. These can be easily identified because the Goldmark saving screen will be dis-jointed. The screen shape can, in most cases, be corrected by using the following loader: 10 FOR X=0 TO 15:INK X,0:NEXT 20 OUT &BC00,1:OUT &BD00,&20 30 OUT &BC00,2:OUT &BD00,&2B 40 OUT &BC00,6:OUT &BD00,&18 50 RUN"GAMENAME" SCALEXTRIC ---------- Although SPEEDTRANS does transfer SCALEXTRIC to disc it will not run. Using the following loader will, however, correct this: 10 LOAD"SCALEXTR" 20 DATA 21,29,BF,11,69,00,01,20,00 30 DATA ED,B0,C3,69,00 40 FOR X=&BF00 TO &BF0D 50 READ A$:POKE X,VAL("&"+A$):NEXT 60 SAVE"SCALEXTR",B,&BE80,&C0,&BEA4 These are some of the compilation programs that can be transferred to disc using SPEEDTRANS: From THEY SOLD A MILLION: Sabrewulf Beach Head Jet Set Willy Daly Thompsons Decathlon From THEY SOLD A MILLION 3: Fighter Pilot Ghostbusters Daly Thompsons Decathlon From SUMMER GOLD by US GOLD: Dambusters Beach Head II 10th Frame Bruce Lee Impossible Mission All titles from KONAMI COIN-OP HITS From KONAMI ARCADE COLLECTION: Nemesis Jackal Jailbreak A small selection of the game tapes that can be transferred are: 10th Frame, 3D Starfighter, Ace of Aces, Acrojet, Advanced Pinball, Afterburner, Alien Highway, Arcade Flight Simulator, Arkanoid, Arkanoid 2. Revenge of Doh, Armageddon Man, Army Moves (1 & 2), B. Clough's Fortunes, B. McGuigans Boxing, Bad Dudes V Dragon Ninja, Basket Master, Batman, Batman - The Joker, Batman - The Penguin, Beach Head, Beach Head II, Big Foot, Black Magic-both parts, BMX Simulator, Bounty Bob, Bounty Bob Strikes Back, Brain Ache, Breakthru, Bruce Lee, Bubble Bobble, Catch 23, Chrystal Castles, Cluedo, Cobra (Stallone), Combat School, Copout, Cosmic Shock, Crazy Cars, D.Thompsons Decathlon, D.Thompsons Olympic Challenge, D.Thompsons Sup. Test, Dambusters, Dan Dare 2, Death Stalker, Death Strike, Desert Fox, Dizzy, Donkey Kong, Elektra Glide, Express Raider, Eye Spy, F15 Strike Eagle, Fighter Pilot, Flying Shark (Taito), Football (Codemasters), Frankie Goes Hollywood, Freddy Hardest, Fruit Machine Simulator, Galactic Games, Galvan, Game Over (both parts), Ghostbusters, Goonies, Grand Prix Simulator, Green Beret, Gryzor, Gunfright, Gyroscope, Hacker, Head Over Heels, Highlander, Highway Encounter, Hunchback II, Hypersports, I Spy, Impossible Mission, Its a Knockout, Jackal(Comp. Ver), Jailbreak(Comp. Ver), Jet Bike Simulator, Jet Set Willy, Juggernaut, Karnov, Killed Until Dead, Knight Games, Knight Games-Revised routine, Knight Rider, Konami Golf, Kong Strikes Back, Kung Fu Master, Leaderboard, Leaderboard Tournament, Leaderboard Worldclass, Legend of Kage, Leviathan, Madballs, Mag Max, Mario Brothers, Match Point, Matchday, Matchday II, Metrocross, Miami Vice (Ocean), MIG21, Mikie, Minder, Mindshadow, Mission Jupiter, Monopoly, Moto X Simulator, Nemesis The Warlock, Never Ending Story, Nigel Mansells Grand Prix, Nomad, Operation Wolf, Out of this World, Outrun, Phantom Club, Ping Pong, Platoon, Pro Skateboard Simulator, Pro Ski Simulator, Pulsator, Race Against Time, Raid, Rambo First Blood II, Rastan, Renegade (Imagine), Rescue on Fractalus, Return to Oz, Revolution, Road Runner, Rocco, R-Type, Sabre Wulf (Later Version), Samantha Fox Poker, Saracen, Scalextric, Scrabble, SDI, Shadow Skimmer, Shao-Lins Road, Short Circuit, Silent Service, Silkworm, Slaine, Slapfight, Space Shuttle Spy Trek, Street Gang Football, Street Hawk, Stormlord, Super Hang On, Super Hero, Super Stunt Man, Target Renegade, Terrormolinos, The Great Escape, The Race Against Time, The Way Exploding Fist, The Way Exploding Fist, Topgun, Transmuter, Tubaruba, Twin Turbo V8, Uchimata, "V", Vampire, Vixen, Warlock, Winter Games, Wizzball, World Games, World Series Baseball, Xarq, Xevious, Yie Ar Kung Fu (1 & 2), Zoids (Martech), Zorro. What to do if an attempted transfer does not work or the transferred program doesn't run: (1) Is it a speedlock program ? (carry out the checks above) (2) Re-adjust the data-corder volume levels (3) Try the other side of the tape (4) Does the program run on its own? (5) Is the program included in the list above? If the answer to both questions 1 and 5 is YES then send us the game tape together with the disc to which the transfer was made. PLEASE ENCLOSE SUFFICIENT STAMPS TO COVER RETURN POSTAGE If you find a SPEEDLOCK program that is not on our list write and tell us enclosing a disc copy of the transferred program. If the game is a multi-loader please enclose the tape(s) as well so that we can convert the remainder to work from disc for you. Vouchers, valued at £1.00 are given for each program reported. These can be used as part payment or exchanged for software and hardware in our brochure. We will return your disc with your vouchers. Program and coding is Copyright of GOLDMARK SYSTEMS 51, Comet Road Hatfield Hertfordshire AL10 0SY 07072 71529 and H. E. Haxwell


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