Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public. The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. [...] BBC News invited Commodore enthusiast Mat Allen to show schoolchildren his carefully preserved computer, at a primary school and secondary school in London."
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Kroc on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 07:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

* Fix the bug preventing fast disk access! Disk access was very slow compared to other systems. Fastloaders proved disk access could have been much faster.


If the slow disk access hadn’t been there, then fastloaders would not have caught on and been improved as quickly as they did. If anything, the slow disk access helped improve load times in the long run as well as pushing compression algorithms forward, allowing for more content than before.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 10:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

But if disk access had been on a par with other systems, one wouldn't have required fast loaders. Chicken, meet egg. Disk access has a finite speed that is capped by a number of factors, physical disk hardware being the one hardest to work around. But with limited RAM, the fast loaders were a trade off between clever programming and cramming in bits where ever you could fit them.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 11:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The problem is that the drive is slow when the software doesn't have a fast loader, like your own programs for example. Or programs/games that consist of a single file.

I'm sure if a game would benefit from an even faster drive they would make a fast(er) loader.

I used a Final Cartridge III and it had the fastest disk loader I have experienced.

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