The information from a cassette is stored in a file with the ".tzx" or ".cdt" extension.
These files are called "tape-image"s and describes the sound from the cassette in a compact form.
(The TZX and CDT file-formats are identical. The CDT extension is used to identify cassettes for the Amstrad. The TZX extension is used to identify cassettes for the Sinclair Spectrum. CDT is a acronym for "CPC Digital Tape". TZX is a mangled acronym for "ZX Tape".)
(NOTE: A Sinclair Spectrum program will not work on the Amstrad. These systems are different and use a different sound-wave to store data on a cassette. If you attempt to use a Spectrum cassette then the Amstrad will not be able to recognise the Spectrum sound-wave and will either report an error, or will not load anything.)
To load cassette software on a emulator follow these steps:
|TAPEand press RETURN.
and press RETURN key.
Press PLAY then any key:
Loading <filename> block x
where "<filename>" is the filename of the program found and "x" is the number of the block.
If you do not see this message:
For each block that is successfully read, the Amstrad will report the block number.
When all of the blocks of the file have been loaded, the program will start automatically.
Follow these instructions to load tape-image software on CPCE.
CPCE /r /z
and press RETURN
This will enable:
|TAPEand press RETURN
RUN"and press RETURN
Press PLAY then any key
Loading xxxx block a
where "xxxx" is the file name of the program that is loading and "a" is the block number.
During loading you will see a progress indicator showing the % of the program that has loaded so far.