visualize_1541 is a tool that creates visualizations of the data layout on G64 Commodore 1541 disk images.
This representation is useful to visualize custom disk formats and differences in gap sizes.
Every track starts at the bottom and is drawn counter-clockwise.
Green represents the data. Darker areas have more 0-bits.
Red represents a longer sequence of 1-bits.
Blue represents a longer sequence of 0-bits.
python visualize_1541.py disk.g64 disk.png
This representation is useful to visualize errors on Commodore-formatted disks. The tool decodes SYNC marks and sector headers.
Every pack of 17-21 lines is a track, numbered 1-41.
Every line within a pack is one sector.
The raw sector contents are drawn from left to right.
The cyan part is the header, the green part the data.
Black is 0, cyan/green is 1.
White represents missing header or sector sections.
python visualize_1541_blocks.py disk.g64 disk.png
There are two articles about these tools:
These are some limitations of the tool for the circular representation:
- Because the Pillow library cannot draw antialiased lines, the tool renders the image at 16x (!) the resolution and scales it down at the end. This uses a lot of memory, yet there are still Moiré artifacts. Using a different image library would be a good idea.
- Red areas (SYNCs marks) show up as soon as there are 8 1-bits. SYNC detection on the 1541 requires at least 10. (The sector-by-sector tool contains logic for correct SYNC detection that should be ported over.)
- The data area shows the GCR data. An option should be added to show the GCR-decoded data.
.nbzfiles are better suited as sources, the tool should be extended to support them.