APPLICATIONSDISQUE ★ Amstrad Tape Backup ★

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KR Laslett with a quick and easy way to take extra copies of precious programs.

How MANY times have you sat there waiting for what seems to be forever for a program to Load? Well type in this program and make back up copies of your slow loading software that will then Load at twice the normal speed. Alternatively, just make security copies at the reliable normal speed.

A problem that I have encountered with the Amstrad is the way in which the speed of cassette mechanisms vary from machine to machine. Some software will only successfully load one in three attempts which is another reason for making one or maybe two back up copies of that brand new game.

Software recorded on your machine will always be pin sharp and reliable to load successfully even at the fast rate. I generally make two copies of my valuable software, one on a C15 at the fast rate and the other on a G90 at normal speed, just in case.

To use the program type in program 1, check it and save it to tape with

  • SAVE "AMSTRAD BACK UP"
  • Now type in program 2, check it and again save it to tape with
  • SAVE "AMSTRAD BACK UP"
  • Lastly, type in program 3.
  • Before running save the Basic to another cassette with
  • SAVE "Data"
  • Check it carefully then Run it.
  • Insert your first tape with the first two programs on and Save the resulting code.
  • Reset computer with Ctrl/Shift/Escape. Rewind tape press Ctrl/small Enter and the program will auto run.
The program is user-friendly in that not many instructions are necessary. If all goes well in the loading the computer will beep at you, and ask Save Speed, just press 1 for Fast or 0 for Normal. You will now be presented with Press Play then any key: which is the standard message you see when you load any program. So why not rewind this tape and make a back up copy of this program just to test it? It copies a program section by section. This program is made up of three sections.
  • 1st section 3 blocks
  • 2nd section 1 block
  • 3rd section 1 blocks

If all is going well, the bottom of the screen should read Loading Amstrad Back Up Block 1 etc, to Block 3. Afterwards, automatically the computer responds with Press Rec and Play then any key, which instructs you to place your back up tape into the machine, press appropriate buttons and any key.

A powerful feature on this program is the Save again option which when your three blocks have been Saved should appear on the bottom of the screen. Simply press Y for yes or N for no. Upon pressing Y the section will be Saved again, on pressing N the program will go back to Press Play then any key in which case carry on with the next section etc.

The program as it stands will transfer a section up to about 22 blocks in length which in most cases will be sufficient. You should become accustomed to this program very quickly as it's very easy to use and the screen always tells you what's going on.

if you get the message "read error a" or a similar message which tells you there's a tape loading error, don't despair press Escape, rewind the tape and load the section again. I've tried to make the program as crash-proof as possible ie, if Escape is pressed during Loading the program will call a routine to reset the cassette manager and call the load routine once more.

If the program hasn't operated as described then re-load the machine code loader, if you save it separately on a tape — program 3 — and check the data carefully. Then re-Save the resultant code. Then try again.

If anybody doesn't want the task of typing in the program, tape copies are available with full instructions from: Mr. K.R. Laslet, at £3.00 per copy.

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★ PUBLISHER: YOUR COMPUTER
★ YEAR: 1985
★ CONFIG: 64K + AMSDOS
★ LANGUAGE:
★ LICENCE: LISTING
★ AUTHOR: K.R. Laslett

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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent  du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.