[rescue] CBM 1541 to Mac?

Michael Parson mparson at bl.org
Wed Apr 6 14:46:11 CDT 2011

On Tue, 8 Feb 2011, Michael Parson wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Feb 2011, Steve Haavik wrote:
>> What about this thing?
>> http://www.go4retro.com/products/zoomfloppy/
> Wow, I've been out of the C= 8-bit scene for a while.  Jim Brain (the
> guy that runs go4retro.com) was just starting out with a couple of
> after-market bits for the old Commodore line last time I checked.  Very
> cool that he's doing these.  I just ordered one of these and will report
> back when I get one.  I've got a closet full of Commodore 8-bit gear and
> floppies full of software for them.

Well, it came in about two weeks ago, the software for Mac is based on
Macports, you grab a port file and build it from there.


You wind up with some commands to read the disks.  You can pull
individual files off, image the disk to a .d64 file (takes about 30
seconds to image a single-side disk).  Plus there are other bits for
formatting floppies, resetting the drive.

Full list of what is installed with the port:

$ port contents opencbm
Port opencbm contains:

Just from a random sample of the disks I have in my closet that haven't
been touched in 15 years or so, I've had about a 50% success rate
of making d64 images from them, which is much better than I really
expected.  A lot of those disks date back to the early 80s.

If anyone has anything specific they would like me to try with it, let me know.

I've currently got a 1571 hooked up to it, but I also have 1541s and a
1581 available, I have not tried to read any 3.5" disks yet.

Michael Parson
mparson at bl.org

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