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how do i do this again?

Postby MarinaS on Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:12 am

Hi everyone,

I have a 286 AT that I built for a client - an IBM model 30 to be exact - I got everything working hardware wise on it... I have windows 3.0 and dos 5.0 running on it...

But i have forgotten -- it's been sooo long i have totally forgotten how the file stuff works... i am trying to get all the games i downloaded from archive.org (dos games mostly)... but they are in the following formats:

.ima
.img
.cp2
.dsk
.pdi

What do i do with these formats? I am a assuming they are archive formats... like a .rar or .zip but I can't get any modern compression/decompression programs to be able to read them and unpack them.. What part am I missing? I really don't want to make a bazillion disks... I wanted to put all these games on the hard drive and be able to run them all from there...

Is this even possible? Do I have to convert these files with something? I tried doing searches on the internet but I guess this technology is old enough no one is posting about it and there are no real websites to go to for info - except this one lol . Advice please?
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Re: how do i do this again?

Postby tezza on Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:15 am

At least some of these are disk image files. Winimage will handle .ima, .dsk and (I think) .img files.
http://www.winimage.com/winimage.htm

I'm not sure what .cp2 and .pdi formats are.
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Re: how do i do this again?

Postby Carcenomy on Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:44 am

Yeah those all sound like disk images. I would suspect you'd need an intermediate machine to open the images and convert them into physical media the 286 can deal with.
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Re: how do i do this again?

Postby MarinaS on Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:54 am

hmmm this just parrots what I was thinking, but thanks for the thoughts...

Hopefully someone else will come along with more specific info on what I should do...

I will check out winimage...

I DO have some blank disks I could copy things too - although again I would prefer to be able to run all these things from the hard drive... There's far too many for me to be making disks for each one...
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Re: how do i do this again?

Postby MarinaS on Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:06 am

Ok... winimage DOES uncompress all the .im* files which is the bulk of them - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for that little tidbit...

I know what to do with them from there...

BUT that does still leave me the problem of what to do with the .cp2 and .pdi files? ideas??? Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: how do i do this again?

Postby tezza on Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:53 pm

[I found this on the web...at
http://www.faq.msxnet.org/suffix.html

What is a [.CP2] file?

These files are disk images created by the program Snatchit/Copy2PC [cp2todsk.lzh]... This/these programmes are needed to convert the files to a real disk and work under MS-DOS.


Might be worth following up on...
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Re: how do i do this again?

Postby MarinaS on Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:48 am

I am and shall - thanks for the tip!

I think I found a workaround tho - I double checked and there's only a handful that are the different format... i think i can download them as a different boot image which i can use winimage on...

thanks!!!!!!!!!
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