Will we be able to play +3 Discs and how?

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Dinky74
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Will we be able to play +3 Discs and how?

Postby Dinky74 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:30 pm

Not sure if this has been answered anywhere but was wondering if there is a way to play physical +3 discs on the shiny NEXT

seedy1812
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Re: Will we be able to play +3 Discs and how?

Postby seedy1812 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:12 pm

If you mean using an external drive which would have plugged into Disk B connector at the back of the +3 then no as that connector is not on the Next

Alcoholics Anonymous
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Re: Will we be able to play +3 Discs and how?

Postby Alcoholics Anonymous » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:37 am

Besides the connector problem, the disk drive code was removed from nextzxos to make way for the sd card code and other extensions. Instead +3 disk images are supported but only standard ones that call into the +3 api to access disk because if programs do that, nextzxos is able to intercept the +3 api call and service from the image instead.

A plain +3 personality could be made that still had all the code intact but then you're still left with the problem of attaching a physical +3 disk drive.

EtchedPixels
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Re: Will we be able to play +3 Discs and how?

Postby EtchedPixels » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:08 pm

I am sure you could use the PI GPIO lines and some level shifters to interface a real +3 drive. The Pi is probably fast enough to do the raw signal processing by bitbanging providing its running bare metal.....


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