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CBM Tape Pi v1.6.0 with direct SD card access

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CBM Tape Pi v1.6.0 finally supports direct Raspberry Pi SD card access (the additional serial connection to a PC is no longer necessary)!

Watch the video (demoing with a Commodore CBM 3032)!

Please use the more recent version CBM Tape Pi v1.6.1!

Read all about it at GitHub project page.

Written by RhinoDevel

11. December 2019 at 21:48

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  1. RhinoDevel

    18. December 2019 at 09:32

  2. There is a test connector inside some of the drives, like the card edge port on the CBM motherboard. If you had a switch for connecting / disconnecting the motor signal could you wire a raspberry pi zero internal to the tape drive and switch between your emulator and the actual drive?
    In addition, Is there a way to use your emulator to save and load from the drive itself? I’m sure that would require completely different software.

    Gary Hayman

    29. July 2020 at 21:29

    • You mean a test connector inside the datassette drives? I did not know about that. This may be possible, CBM Tape Pi at least works with a Pi Zero. Currently the Pi gets controlled via CBM (next step is finishing the fastloader/-saver, found no time for that lately) and there are no plans to add a display and buttons to the Pi to directly load and save. The goal of CBM Tape Pi is to be the simplest solution concerning hardware requirements, but still be useful. But you wouldn’t need completely different software, if you want to add display & buttons for direct load & save.


      18. August 2020 at 15:00

  3. Would this work on other 8 bit micros, e.g. ZX81 or Oric? In other words, is this literally a digital tape player/recorder equivalent or is it specifically configured for a Commodore system. Sorry, not technically knowledgeable enough to know the difference!


    29. March 2021 at 18:25

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