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Beaps
16th June 2012, 17:27
Looking for ANY working +3 game to test out a machine I just picked up

Let me know what you got please

inoel
16th June 2012, 23:07
just found short ciruit
has 48/128/2+3+
on cover

fitzsteve
16th June 2012, 23:32
I think he wants a +3 Disk Game to test the drive.

I can send you a blank Disk so you can test read/write in +3 Basic?

If the drive belt has never been replaced then it will almost certainly need to be done now as they perish, the rubber actually pulls apart like it's Plasticine!

Beaps
17th June 2012, 10:54
I wouldnt know if it works or not if its not loading a game.

I dont know how to read/write in basic. :oops:

I gotta 3' disk here but I cant remember if its from my Amstrad or not.

fitzsteve
17th June 2012, 11:30
I wouldnt know if it works or not if its not loading a game.

I dont know how to read/write in basic. :oops:

I gotta 3' disk here but I cant remember if its from my Amstrad or not.

Amstrad Disks should work fine.

A little bit of googling will turn up simple commands you can use to save and load even if it's just a few lines of text :)

Zetr0
17th June 2012, 11:43
@Beaps

Here is what you need to do my friend.

1. Boot up your +3
2. Insert 3" Disk
3. Select +3 BASIC
4. Type In ...


FORMAT "A:"
This will ask you if its okay to format the disk - you obviously press "Y" to say YES - be that man from Del-Monte!

5. Type In ...


1 CLS
10 FOR F=0 TO 7
20 PRINT ; INK 7-F ; PAPER F ; "HELLO WORLD"
30 BEEP 0.01,0.06+F
40 NEXT F
50 GOTO 10
9000 REM **** SAVING ROUTINE ****
9010 STOP
9100 CLS
9110 PRINT "SAVING PROGRAM..."
9120 SAVE "A:MYPROG.BAS" LINE 1
9130 CLS
9140 PRINT "PROGRAM SAVED..."
9150 STOP
Once you have typed that in then type "RUN" the program should execute with a display of colours and sound... when you have had enough break into the program and then type "RUN 9000" - this will then attempt to save the program to disk.

Should it complete its task you can then reset you +3 and then goto basic once more and type in


LOAD "A:MYPROG.BAS"
And your program will auto start after it loads.


Now say you want to make your own self-booting disk then rename "MYPROG.BAS" to "DISK." (please note the full stop in the name)

To rename a file in Spectrum +3 BASIC all you need to do is type in


MOVE "A:MYPROG.BAS" TO "A:DISK."
And then its good to go - then all you need to do is have the disk inserted and once the machine has booted - select LOADER and it will auto load the program called "DISK." if that program is an auto-run i.e. saved with the "LINE" command (i.e.
SAVE "A:DISK." LINE 1 then it will automatically load and then automatic run the program


.... phew.... that should help

fitzsteve
17th June 2012, 12:11
Nice one Zeets, now I have the urge to get my +3 out :lol:

Beaps
17th June 2012, 14:20
Fantastic!!!

OK I will give it a shot!

Thanks guys

thecellartroll
17th June 2012, 15:31
As Fitz said earlier if the belt hasn't been changed recently you should expect the drive not to work.

It is very easy to change the belt, but be careful not to lose the write-protect pin when it falls out. Those drives are pretty rock-solid so it will probably work with a new belt.

AmiNeo
17th June 2012, 19:49
Nice one Zeets, now I have the urge to get my +3 out :lol:

Amibay 2012 quote of the year contest anyone? :lol:

Beaps
18th June 2012, 00:37
I tried 3 different drives & they all fell down at the first hurdle?

I tried to format the disk & I get

Drive not ready, 0-1

Zetr0
22nd June 2012, 14:16
the 3" FDD you have no longer has a working belt, thats the most common fault.

I have had over 8 +3's and each one required a new drive belt...

theres not expensive - you can get them for not a lot on eBay... theres a couple of sites that also offer a how-to guide if you are brave enough - alternatively there are some that will offer a refurbing service.