I just got in an SD2IEC for use with my Commodore 128 (and VIC-20). I was concerned about tutorials I found on the WWW which indicated downloading some software from mostly broken links. Well, here’s my simplified tutorial, with NO DOWNLOADS NECESSARY.
- Get a 2GB or smaller SD card.
- Format it with a single FAT32 partition (I used gparted).
- Optionally copy desired .prg files onto the card
- Insert card into SD2IEC; plug it into your Commodore 64/128/etc
That’s it! Hopefully you know the obvious things, like powering down the Commodore computer before plugging or unplugging the SD2IEC although I actually think it’s okay to hot plug/unplug it.
Simple tutorial for using Commodore computer with a floppy drive (or SD2IEC) if you don’t already know:
To load most old school disc based games from back in the day:
To load a BASIC program or prg with BASIC stub:
To load the first program (assuming it’s BASIC or ML with a BASIC stub):
To get a file listing of what’s on the floppy/SD CARD:
Note that as far as the Commodore computer is concerned, “$” is a BASIC program just like any other BASIC program. So, it will overwrite any program you may have loaded at the time. This could be particularly annoying back in the day, if you were programming a BASIC program and wanted to know what was on a floppy disc before saving it. Oh well, the old adage ever applies - save often!
Other tutorials suggest downloading various programs to control the SD2IEC and I’m sure they’re great for helping you do disc management and stuff, and fast loading … well, I’m just saying you can use your SD2IEC perfectly well without any of that stuff.