Thought I should get back in here and apologize for not reporting back on my successes failures with TIMT, but alas I am having endless problems with my CF cards, and am hoping someone can suggest a fix.
(apologies in advance, can;t figure out how to explain this without being long-winded)
First, the CF card that came with the nanoPEB a couple years ago continues to work flawlessly - but it was a 256MB, and I really want to store all of the Plato disks on a single CF, so at least 512MB is required. Luckily I have two 512's and a 256 from an old camera, so I'm off to the races...
...or so I thought.
I tell TI99Dir to read the CF7+ volumes, and as it should it reports that the drive is formatted FAT and using it will remove all contents yadayadayada. I say yes go for it.
Everything looks hunky dory, I insert/remove the card multiple times initializng volumes, copying dsk's into volumes, etc., and TI99Dir continues to update and recognize the card as a CF7+ disk all the details are correct when I look at the info. But when I put it into the nanoPEB, none of the volumes can be read. Although they can be mounted when I call up a catalog, nothing's on it, the size and volume names are all screwy).
Here's the weird part... when I open it in TI99dir aain, it reports that it's formatted FAT, and using it will remove all contents...the card name has reverted from being listed as CF7+ to FAT. Now all the volumes I copied previously are still listed, and intact (no size/usage changes) EXCEPT THE FIRST VOLUME, which is being reported as UNFORMATED empty 1600 sectors again, although I had copied the standard CF7 vol1 onto it.
Any of the three cards I'm testing work as expected, until I put them in the nanoPEB.
Now I noticed last night when I was once again trying to get a usable CFcard, the when I used one of the cards I got an error <5> (can't write sector <1> to disc<X:>...), tried another disc and yup same error. So I figure that.not being able to write to a sector (specifically sector 1) must be screwing up the header for the DSR. But the question remains what's causing it. I've tried 3 computers and 4 CF readers, and none of them seem to be able to give me a usable CFcard...
I even tried backing up my working card to a second 256 and again it looks perfect under TI99dir, BUT the first volume is unformated! What the CF?!?! Are all 3 cards simply incompatible? (all three are Lexar) I could by one of Greg's biggies, but hate to spend money when I have 3 otherwise working cards (would be mighty angry if I bought a new card and was unable to get it to work either).
Any ideas? As I said, my original card works perfectly.
One final question (if you've made it this far I may as well) I've tried both cf2k_8.bin and CF2K_V2.4.bin in the FR99 with the working CFcard in the nanoPEB, but as soon as I hit a key I get "DSR error <6>". What am I missing here? My brain is getting way too old for such things.