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Tape images
« on: August 06, 2009, 05:43 AM »
Original post by Panther

Can anyone tell me where I can find PET tape images of software ?

I've scoured the net and all I can find are d64 & prg files.

Thanks

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Re: Tape images
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2009, 05:43 AM »

Quote from: Panther

    Can anyone tell me where I can find PET tape images of software ?

    I've scoured the net and all I can find are d64 & prg files.

    Thanks

TAP images might be difficult to find, I'm not aware of any site that has any archived.

cheers,

Lance

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Re: Tape images
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009, 05:44 AM »
Original post by MikeS

Golan was kind enough to tell me about this site at last night's
TPUG meeting, so here I am; Hi, guys & gals!

Considering how active the CBM community is, I'd have thought that
every PET program ever put on tape would be archived somewhere;
apparently not.

If I can find 'em (and if you saw my place you'd know how big that
"if" is) I should have about 100 or so somewhere, although some of
those will be duplicates; there should be the complete(?) set of
abt. 20 of the Cursor magazine on tape, with abt. 5 programs on each
and accompanying printed documentation, as well as several dozen
other tapes with various games, utilities etc.

The ones I did find and try tonight all loaded OK, so I'm hoping
that the rest are also still mostly OK after all these years.

As to converting & archiving them, that might take a while; since
most of the tapes have more than one program and many with an index
& loader at the beginning, I'd be inclined to just copy the whole
tape to a .wav or mp3 file and let someone else break them down
and archive them on the 'Web somewhere.

This would be mostly 40 column stuff, games & utilities etc. My
80 column stuff is generally more serious stuff and almost entirely
on 8050 disks.

Thought, comments, ideas?

Mike

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Re: Tape images
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 05:44 AM »
Original post by MikeS

On second thought, .wav or even mp3 files of a tape with 5 or 10
programs on it would be kinda huge, so:

Is there software out there somewhere that can read a whole tape
through the sound card line in, and recreate the binary files on
the PC without user intervention (and the reverse)?

mike

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Re: Tape images
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 05:45 AM »
Original post by Golan Klinger

Hi Mike. Welcome to the forums. The easiest way to to dump VIC-20/64 cassettes to .tap files (which is the best format for archiving) is to use MTAP. I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't work equally well for PET tapes. You can download MTAP and other utilities here.

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Re: Tape images
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 05:45 AM »
Original post by Panther

I've downloaded ZX Spectrum tape images .tap and then converted them wo Wav's using tape2wav, then burnt the Wav's to CD using Nero, got about 14 tape images on a CD, funny how a 48k program when converted to a Wav files comes out at about 80Mb !

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Re: Tape images
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 05:46 AM »
Original post by MikeS

Yeah, .wav files are pretty huge; mind you, once you've found the
right levels they're about as easy to make as copying the tape on
your stereo (although getting Sound Recorder to do more than 60 secs
is a little tedious ;-).

.tap files don't look much better; still pretty big for what they
contain, although I gather they can be converted to a more efficient
format. Soooo many formats to choose from...

(Re-)learning all about PETs...

mike