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for the CCS 64 Emulator

How do I use the files I download from Commodore Zone?
Why do you use the ZIP format and not have the files in T64 or D64 or 64 PRG format?
How do I load tape games in CCS 64?
How do I load disk games in CCS64?
How do I switch to another disk when playing a game?
How do I load TAP games in CCS64?
Why does the TAP game always crash instead of loading fully?
How do I create a blank disk to save games?
I am using a blank .D64 disk but I still can't save my game to disk!
How do I save a game to tape?
How do I install a Cartridge like Action Replay?
How do I get my joystick to work with CCS 64?
How do I define my favourite keyboard settings for a game with CCS 64?
The Keyboard doesn't function with CCS 64?
How do I configure the CCS 64 screen display?
How do I fix graphic display problems with CCS 64?
Why does the screen corrupt and jitter around when playing some 64 games?
Why don't I get any sound with CCS 64?
What is the key layout for the 64 on a PC keyboard?

How do I transfer original 64 tape games to TAP format?
How do I copy T64 or D64 files to a 64 disk for use on a real 64?
What is an X1541 cable, COM1541 cable , A64 Serial Interface or Catweasel?
How do I transfer my 64 disks to the PC or Amiga for use with the emulators?
How do I Convert 64 text files for use on a PC?
Why do the graphics through 64 emulators look worse than on a real 64?
Where can I purchase original 64 games or hardware?
Where can I obtain documentation for 64 games or hardware?

 

How do I use the files I download from Commodore Zone?

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You can play any 64 game downloaded from Commodore Zone and most other 64 emulation sites with a 64 emulator such as the CCS 64 Emulator. You do not need any special hardware - the emulator uses D64 files (which stores 64 disk game data etc) or T64 files (which stores 64 tape game data etc). You will need to unzip (uncompress) the files downloaded from CZ, using the WINZIP (windows) or  PKUNZIP (dos) or STUFF-IT  EXPANDER (macintosh) to access the D64 or T64 files for use with the emulator.


Why do you use the ZIP format and not have the files in T64 or D64 or 64 PRG format?


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The reason for using the ZIP format is that it saves space on the server and therefore allows CZ to upload many more games to the server. It also ensures the fastest possible download times because the files are smaller.


How do I load tape games in CCS 64?


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When you have loaded the emulator and the main blue 64 screen appears, press function key F10. This will bring up the control menu. Select the 1541 Device 8. option and select the game you wish to load using the cursor keys and enter key. The tape game will now start to load and in most cases will appear in a few seconds.


How do I load disk games in CCS64?


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When you have loaded the emulator and the main blue 64 screen appears, press function key F10. This will bring up the control menu. Select the 1541 Device 8 option and locate the D64 file you wish to load using the cursor keys. Now press the enter key over the D64 file name, and the contents of the 64 disk will appear on screen.  Using the cursor keys move to the filename on the disk you want to load, usually the first file on the disk, e.g. the boot file. You have a few choices now you can either press the F1 - Run Fast or F2 - Run Normal option. Use the Run Fast option on most disks, as this will considerably speed up the disk loading process, but in some cases you will need to use the Run Normal option to load the game. You can also press the ESC key to return to the 64 ready prompt and type in the following command: LOAD"*",8,1. The scroll lock light on your keyboard will light up and will flicker occassionally indicating the disk game is loading. The loading process can be very slow with some disk games, just like on a real 64! If the game fails to load then you should try to load the game without using the fast loader.


How do I switch to another disk when playing a game?


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You can switch a disk by using function key F9. Move the cursor over the name game disk and press enter. Then press the relevant function key to select the disk, probably F3 (it will display select disk in the bottom left corner of the screen, and the function key to press). Then press the fire button or space bar to continue the game.


How do I load TAP games in CCS 64?


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When you have loaded the emulator and the main blue 64 screen appears, press function key F10. This will bring up the options menu. Select the Tape Device 1 option and select the game you wish to load using the cursor keys. Now press F2 - Select Tape option. When the blue 64 screen appears with the cursor at the ready prompt flashing. Press SHIFT and ESC to load in the game (this is the same as pressing shift/runstop on a real 64). When the screen appears with the searching found message, press the SPACE BAR. The 64 game will then load like it would on a real 64, including any loading screen/music etc.


Why does the TAP game always crash instead of loading fully?


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Some tap games will not load properly due to copy protection, if it detects the presence of a 1541 disk drive. For example, Rolands Rat Race and Green Beret will always crash if the 1541 disk emulation is on. To turn the 1541 disk emulation off, press function key F10 to bring up the control menu, then select the Options menu item, then move the cursor down to the 1541 Emulation option and using the cursor keys change the option to OFF. Then try loading the tap game again, and it should now load without problems. 


How do I create a blank disk to save games?


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To save a game from an adventure or RPG game, you need a blank D64 file, you can download one from the CZ archive or RPG page (there is a link at the top of the Archive page or the RPG page). When you have downloaded and unzipped the file, rename the file blank.d64 to hikesave.d64 (or whatever you like, depending on the game your using). When you need to save a game, follow the games on screen instructions, and then switch the disk to the blank D64 file, you will then be able to save a game to it, for later use. You can switch a disk by using function key F9 - select the game save disk using the cursor keys and then function key F1 to select the disk (sometimes this will be function key F3 (look at the bottom left of the screen and see what function key is assigned against the Select Disk option). You can create a game save disk for some of the games on the CZ site by pressing function key F10, then move the cursor over the 1541 Device 8 option and press fucntion key F2 this will bring up the disk status menu, now move the cursor to the Create Empty .D64 option and press enter. At the bottom of the screen it will display F1 - Create and a filename that can be edited. Change the filename if required and press F1 to create the empty .D64 file.


I am using a blank .D64 disk but I still can't save my game to disk!


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Check the setting for the save disk option in CCS 64. To do this, press function key F10 to bring up the control menu, then select the Options menu item, then move the cursor down to the 1541 Emulation option, there are a few options available and one of them is called Saving. If the setting of this option is the default then it will read Ask at Diskchange. If this is the case then although your game would of been saved in memory by CCS 64, it would not of been saved to the disk file until you attempted to switch to another disk, and it would of then asked whether you wanted to save the game. When playing games, especially adventures or rpg's always set the Saving option to Continuously, this will save your game to disk as on a real 64. Unfortunately if you only saved the disk file to memory it is now lost! You will have to start again...


How do I save a game to tape?


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To save a game to tape you need to follow the on screen instructions in the game to save to tape. Most tape games should save to tape (if the game supports it) without problems. If you can't save the game to tape then its probably because the T64 file is full. In this case you could simply use an empty T64 file to save the game in or change to another T64 file and try saving to it. To know how many files a T64 file can store you will need a utility like Star Commander, which will tell you how many files can be stored in the T64 file and also will allow you to create your own empty T64 files.


How do I install a Cartridge like Action Replay?


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CCS 64 now fully supports the use of 64 cartridges, the old Action Replay cartridges in particular work great with CCS 64. To install a cartridge, press function key F10, then using the cursor keys/enter key select the Cartridge option, then select the Insert Cartridge option and select the Cartridge you want to install. You can freeze a game using the freeze function of the Cartridge if it has one, by pressing ALT and F when playing a game. This is the same as pressing the freeze button on the back of an Action Replay cartridge on a real 64.


How do I get my joystick to work with CCS 64?


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To configure a joystick for use with the CSS 64 Emulator, press function key F10 to bring up the control menu. Using the cursor keys/enter key, select the Options menu item, then select the Input option. Check that the Control Port 1 and Control Port 2 settings are set to PC Gameport 1, use the cursor keys to change the option. If you haven't calibrated your joystick for use with the emulator then select the Calibrate Joysticks option and follow the on screen instructions.

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If you are using a Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepad, CCS does not support it, so even if the above is correct your gamepad will not work with CCS 64. CCS 64 should support the Microsoft Sidewinder gamepad in the future. You could try downloading other 64 emulators that may support the Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepad.


How do I define my favourite keyboard settings for a game with CCS 64?


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To configure the keyboard for use with games, press function key F10 to bring up the control menu. Using the cursor keys/enter key, select the Options menu item, then select the Input option. Check that the Control Port 1 and Control Port 2 settings are set to Key-Set 1, use the cursor keys to change the option. To define the keyboard settings for Key-Set 1, select the Define Joystick Keyset option and follow the on screen instructions.


The Keyboard doesn't function with CCS 64?


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The is probably due to the configuration settings used. If the cursor is moving or is frozen on the screen and you can't type anything, then switch off the
joystick (pc gameport) for port 1 and 2 in the Input settings, to do this press function key F10 to bring up the control menu, using the cursor keys/enter key select the Options menu item, then select the Input option. Check that the Joystick 1 and Joystick 2 settings are set to NONE this will fix the problem. This can also happen on a real 64 when a joystick is plugged into joystick port 2.


How do I configure the CCS 64 screen display?


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Press function key F10. Using the cursor keys/enter key, select the Options menu item, then select the Video option and then change the Screen Mode by moving the left or right cursor keys. If you are using the Windows version of CCS 64 then set the option to the same screen resolution of your Windows 95/98 desktop, probably 800 x 600. If you are using the DOS version of CCS64 then set the screen resolution to 384x282 this will give you a full 64 screen including borders. Press function key F3 to configure the screen.


How do I fix graphic display problems with CCS 64?


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If you are using CCS64 V2.0 (windows version), then the problem you're encountering could be due to a DirectX driver problem - CCS64 requires
DirectX version 3.0 or later to run properly. You can download the latest version of DirectX from the Microsoft DirectX site.


Why does the screen corrupt and jitter around when playing some 64 games?


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There are two possible reasons for this, if the 64 emulator you're using is not CCS 64 and is C64s then this emulator cannot handle some of the advanced graphic routines that a real 64 can, and it will cause the 64 screen to jump around and look corrupt. This problem can also occur if you are using a PAL version of a game on an NTSC machine or vice versa. The PAL version of Mayhem in Monsterland for example will not run properly on the C64s emulator and on the CCS 64 emulator if the PAL version is run on an NTSC machine the screen will jump around and look corrupt. Get the correct version for your machine. You can download the PAL version of Mayhem in Monsterland from the disk section of CZ, and the NTSC version is available for download from the Archive.


Why don't I get any sound with CCS 64?


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Press function key F10 to bring up the control menu. Using the cursor keys/enter key, select the Options menu item, then select the Sound option. Check that the Sound is set to ON. If the setting is ON and you are still not getting any sound, then make sure your sound drivers are the very latest update, visit the web site of your sound card manufacturer and download the latest sound drivers. If you still get no sound, then the reason could be to do with the Windows Sound feature that plays certain sound effects when opening/closing windows etc. It could be that when you are opening the CCS 64 emulator (dos) version that the sound is being initialised to quickly by CCS 64 and the sound effect of the Windows sound feature when opening the dos window is interfering with the inital sound configuration of CCS 64, so it is blocked from accessing the sound channels on your sound card. This problem is more common than you think, a lot of users have found that by switching off the Windows sound effects when opening/closing windows etc, that the no sound problem with CCS 64 never occurs again!


What is the key layout for the 64 on a PC keyboard?


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COMMODORE 64 KEY


C=  Commodore Key
RUN/STOP
RESTORE
CLR/HOME
Arrow Up
Pound

EMULATION KEY


Left Ctrl
Escape
Page Up. You must HIT this key like on a real C64!
Home
Delete
Insert


How do I transfer original 64 tape games to TAP format?


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The best way of transferring 64 tapes to the PC for use with the CCS 64 emulator is to use the Voc2Tap utility by Tomaz Kac. This utility will require an external tape deck or hi-fi system and a cable to your sound card, you can then use most sampling software to record the 64 tapes directly into your PC and convert the sampled data to TAP format using the Voc2Tap utility. You can convert any 64 tape to TAP format, slow loaders / fast loaders. But it does take a lot of time, effort and patience to convert a 64 tape due to many factors including the age of 64 tapes, the quality of tape equipment used and getting the right volume level / sample settings on your PC. Converting original 64 tape games to TAP format can be very difficult! We fully understand the trouble users have in converting some games. That's why there is not many TAP games available on the internet. The main problems seem to be that some of the old tape games have deteriorated in their sound quality over time and also some games were not manufactured on good quality tapes and this can cause problems trying to convert them now. Commodore Zone now uses very advanced hi-fi equipment to convert 64 tape games to TAP format and a Soundblaster Live soundcard. Getting the sample settings correct and the volume level correct is very important. Dolby Noise reduction sometimes helps with poor quality tapes that have a lot of background hiss. Some games can be converted in about 15 minutes, others can take 3 hours or more. We have an original copy of the Bruce Lee game it took us 3 hours to convert this game to tap format!! The sound quality on the tape is not very good and getting the volume level right when sampling was difficult. Its also important to ensure that the sound level on your sound card for the line input is not too high as this can cause the sound to be distorted.


How do I copy T64 or D64 files to a 64 disk for use on a real 64?


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Its not possible to use a T64 or D64 file on a 64, but you can use the data that is in these files! What you would need to do is download a copy of the Star Commander software and connect a 1541 disk drive to the PC's Parallel Port using the X1541 cable and copy the files in a D64 file or T64 file directly to a blank formatted 64 disk. You should then be able to use the files on your 64 without problems. But there are some files that will not work on a 64, if a file stored in the T64/D64 file is bigger than about 250 blocks, the 64 won't be able to load it, as it can only handle files of about 250 or under apparently - but this will only be a problem in a few extreme cases, most files will be fine.


What is an X1541 cable, COM1541 cable , A64 Serial Interface or Catweasel?


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The X1541 and COM1541 cables are for connecting a Commodore 64 1541 disk drive to the PC. If you are using an Amiga you could try and get hold of the A64 serial interface / cable for connecting a 64 disk drive. PC and Amiga users could also consider the Catweasel disk controller, for PC ISA or Amiga IDE/Zorro II. This amazing disk controller which CZ uses! and highly recommends will utilize a standard internal PC 5/4 disk drive in the Amiga 2000, 4000 or PC and read 64 disks, and copy them as D64 files in about 12 seconds!! The only limitation is that PC 5/4 disk drives can only read one side of a 64 disk not the other, e.g. only the main side is readable. There is a hardware trick you can use involving a magnet to read both sides... but we haven't investigated this yet... Catweasel will also read 880K Amiga disks into a PC, Amiga emulators should be supporting this in the future!


How do I transfer my 64 disks to the PC or Amiga for use with the emulators?


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Copying games across from a 1541 disk is quite straight forward. You will need to connect a 1541 disk drive with an X1541 or COM1541 cable connected to the PC's parallel port or an A64 serial interface connected to your Amiga. The main problem is getting the games to work. If the game has copy protection in some cases it may need to be removed, using software like Maverick on the original 64. If you want to have a go at transferring 64 games then we would recommend that you download the Star Commander software and purchase an X1541 cable to link your 1541 to the PC's Parallel port.


How do I Convert 64 text files for use on a PC?


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Converting 64 text files to the PC is not easy, but you could try checking the Commodore FTP Archive which should have some utilities to help you. The PC64 emulator has text conversion software built-in that would also be worth checking out. The A64 emulator on the Amiga also supports converting 64 text files / Paper Clip files to the Amiga ASCII format.


Why do the graphics through 64 emulators look worse than on a real 64?


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This problem is due to the superior resolution and quality of your PC monitor. A PC monitor will make 64 graphics look a bit blockier in places and the
colours may also look a bit different. Remember most 64 users played 64 games on a Television set and this made the 64 graphics look better than they actually were, due to the lower resolution and colour ability of the Television set.


Where can I purchase original 64 games or hardware?


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You could try the Commodore Highway for 64 hardware. The best source for purchasing 64 games is from the Centsible Software company, who sell the largest range of 64 software in the world. Crystal Software are also selling some 64 software, including the superb Spy v's Spy collection.


Where can I obtain documentation for 64 games or hardware?


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Project 64 is the ultimate archive for 64 documentation, it has a huge amount of documentation for 64 games, hardware and other software. The Commodore Knowledge Base is useful for general information. Check out the superb Commodore Wire for help with 64 emulators and general guidance for 64/emulator utilities. For help with 64 emulators on various platforms then read the Beginner's Guide to Commodore Emulator's. Also check the Commodore Zone Help page for adventure solutions and game documentation.