Epyx FastLoad why you?

Goodmorning everyone.
 
Why Epyx FastLoad?
 
Epyx FastLoad is a cartridge device that allows fast loading of our programs and games on disc (up to 5 times faster than normal). Among the novelties of the time (we are talking about 1984) it also included a monitor in machine language and a disk editor. Pressing the "£" key allowed you to deactivate the cartridge until the next restart, avoiding removing it when not needed or to load an incompatible game using a Fastloader software or Jiffydos. There was also a modification made with a lever switch to physically deactivate the cartridge.
The original version is fully compatible with Commodore 1541 floppy drives. However, it does not support the Commodore 1581 floppy drive and does not work “very well” with the SD2IEC SD card based floppy emulation system. In this case it becomes necessary to resort to modern reinterpretations of the cartridge, such as the Epyx FastLoad Reload or FreeLoad.
The Epyx Fastload menu included the option to disable the CART until the next restart, avoiding removing it when not needed or to load the occasional incompatible game. Today, for example, we can use a FastLoad software (eg SJLOAD).
In addition to fast loading, the cartridge provided a DOS Wedge version of the Commodore 1541 for executing shortened commands.
 
In this regard, some SHORTCUT used in Epyx Fastloader are:
 
  / filename: load a basic program in RAM (how to write LOAD FILENAME, 8);
  % filename: load a program in (LM - .PRG) into RAM (how to write LOAD filename, 8,1);
← filename: save a program to disk (how to write SAVE, 8).
CMD + RUN STOP: LOAD ”*”, 8,1
$ or> $: directory (how to write LIST).
 
As regards the use of files and directories (for example in SD2IEC), it is possible to do it in an abbreviated way from the command line, using the IEC commands. In this regard, it is sufficient to precede the short command with the "@" character or the ">" character.
 
For example the IEC command:
 
OPEN1,8,15, "CD: DIRECTORY": CLOSE1
 
can be rewritten like this:
@CD: DIRECTORY or> CD: DIRECTORY
 
ATTENTION: after executing the @CD: DIRECTORY command it is necessary, before running the LIST, to execute LOAD "$", 8 to update the status or just the "$" command directly.
 
Here is a list of some short commands:
CROSSING THE DIRECTORIES
@CD: DIRECTORY
MOUNT A DISK IMAGE IN THE CURRENT DIRECTORY
@CD: IMAGE.D64
 
 
To be able to read the error, you can use the "@" or ">" command. For example, if I run% GIOCHI (where GIOCHI is the name of a directory) the error will be "FILE NOT FOUND".
 
Attention. If you deactivate the CART, the short commands will no longer be available.
 
DaNi

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Sembra molto interessante. Come si comporta con il Pi1541?

io l'avevo comperata poi rivenduta...ora sto usando la easyflash per tutto e devo dire che è un acquisto veramente ottimo...

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