MACH 5 Manual Project64.txt

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MACH 5 Manual

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The Project 64 etext of the ~Mach5 fast-loader cartridge~, Converted
to etext by Steve Neas <>.  The tilde character [~] has
been used to represent the left arrow key on the Commodore 64.

MACH5F10.TXT, November 1997, etext #304#


ACCESS Software Incorporated

Instruction Manual
Commodore 128/64
and 1541/1571 disk


Note: Mach5 is designed for use with the Commodore C128/C64 and 1571
or 1541 or compatible disk drive.


1. Make sure that your computer is turned OFF before inserting or
removing your Mach5 CARTRIDGE.

2. Insert the Mach5 CARTRIDGE into the cartridge slot located at the
rear right corner of the computer.

3. Turn on your disk drive(s) and your computer.  After the computer
has been turned on, the words, "Mach-5 V-XX LOADER ENGAGED" will
appear on the screen.


Type "~M," to display the command menu at any time that the
cursor is flashing.

The following commands are available with Mach5 CARTRIDGE.


$              List a directory on the screen without erasing the
               program in memory.

               While listing a disk directory to the screen, the
               display scrolling may be paused and unpaused by
               pressing the 'space' bar.

               To load a file from a directory that has been listed
               to the screen, simply move the cursor to the left most
               column next to the file name, and use the appropriate
               command to load the file.  Mach5 will then attempt to
               load the file by accessing the most current drive used
               (see @DN command).

@COMMAND       Send a DOS command to the most current disk drive
               (Example: @i is the same as OPEN 15,DN,15,"I":CLOSE

               By pressing the '@' key (which is used to send a
               command to the drive) and the 'return', the error
               condition of the most current drive may be displayed.

@DN            This command is essentially the same as the BASIC
               command 'POKE 186,DN' where DN is a drive number from
               8 to 11.  All load, save and DOS commands will refer
               to this most currently designated drive number for
               drive operations.

/FILENAME      The same as LOAD "FILENAME",DN.

£FILENAME      The '£' key, followed by a file name, will not only
               load a BASIC file, but will also immediately run the

^FILENAME      The same as LOAD "FILENAME",DN,1.

=FILENAME      The same as SAVE "FILENAME",DN.

~*             The same as LOAD "*",8,1:RUN.  When using the '~*'
               command, if the file does not auto-execute, the file
               will now be made to execute.
               EXAMPLE: LOAD":*",DN,1:RUN.

~P             The same as OPEN 4,4,7:CMD4 (Printer open for
               upper/lower case).

~U             The same as OPEN 4,4:CMD4 (Printer open for upper

~C             The same as PRINT#4:CLOSE 4 (Close printer channel).

~L             The same as LOAD "(add FILENAME",DN).

~S             The same as SAVE "(add FILENAME",DN).

~M             Display Mach5 menu.

~R             Disable 1541 drive RATTLE ON ERROR for most current
               drive.  (To re-enable, turn drive off and on).

~D             Disable FAST LOADER and save but retain commands.

~E             Enable MACH DOS routines.

~H             Hard copy print out of the screen.  Works in 'DIRECT'
               mode only.

~O             'O' will restore a BASIC program previously 'NEW'd, or
               restore the program after a system reset.  (This is
               equivalent to the BASIC command 'OLD').

$HHHH          This command will convert and display on the screen
               the hexidecimal, decimal and binary of the 4-digit hex
               number input
               (EXAMPLE: $1F09).

+DDDDD         This command will convert and display on the screen
               the hexidecimal, decimal and binary equivalent of the
               decimal number input
               (Example: +1394).

%BBBBBBBB-     This command will convert and display on the screen
BBBBBBBB       the hexidecimal, decimal and binary equivalent of the
               binary number input
               (Example: %0011101011001000).

@F:DISKNAME,ID This is a 10 second disk format command for use on
               1541 drives.  The diskname must be from 1 to 16
               digits, and the ID must be 2 digits.  When this
               command is invoked, the drive light will NOT turn on
               while formatting, but it will turn on briefly at
               the end of formatting to indicate a successful format.
               If, when the directory is listed, the disk has not
               been properly formatted, simply initialize the drive
               and repeat the format command.


- To disable COMMANDS, but not affect the MACH DOS, type SYS57043.
- To enable COMMANDS ONLY type SYS57054.
- To enable COMMANDS and MACH DOS, type SYS57051.
- To enable MACH DOS only, type SYS57003.

- The directory list command "$" will use the most current drive
number.  You may directly select a device by using the @DN command,
where DN=drive number (8-11).

- Users of SYSRES (TM by Solidus International) can do fast program
file loads with Mach5, but must use conventional BASIC syntax (i.e.

- There are very few programs that will not load with Mach5 engaged.
If a program does fail to load, try typing "~D" to disable the MACH
DOS rather than removing the cartridge.  The time required to load a
program depends on many factors, including booting technique, error
checking, etc.  Speeds up to 500% of normal are possible with long,
single file program loads.  With copy protected programs, it is
usually possible to save a few seconds as well as drive wear by
disabling the drive rattle.  Some programs, however, may not load
properly with the rattle disabled.

- After the computer is first turned on, be sure and wait for the
disk light to go out before accessing the disk with a command such
as "$".

- If a scrambled (non-working) screen occurs when Mach5 CARTRIDGE
and/or a printer interface is connected to your printer the problem
is most commonly a weak or failing power supply.  See your local
Commodore dealer and try a different power supply.

2561 SOUTH 1560 WEST


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