Q-Link Patcher v1.3 Alpha

In the interest of allowing more people to enjoy Quantum Link Reloaded, I’ve made a program that patches the Q-link Disk to have the following abilities:

– 2400 baud on the user port
– 2400 baud via Swiftlink
– Use of any drive # besides drive 8 and disabled 1541 fastload.

Download link

There’s some bugs in this. The patcher causes Q-Link to not work on my particular sd2iec setup in anything other than the People Connection area (I get a disk error message when switching to another area), but on my other system it works 100% perfectly. So I need people to help test this out and tell me what they experience with their setup so I can pinpoint what external factors are causing this issue.

You must load and run the patcher from the same device # you’re going to be patching, so if you have an sd2iec as drive #10, for example, you need to also load the patcher program from drive #10, then switch to the d64 image of your Q-link disk before running. Planning on changing this for future versions.

This will only work with a .d64 image or 1541 formatted floppy. It will not work with a 1581 disk or .d81 image, or a raw directory on an sd2iec type system, as Q-link stores user data in the directory track #18 and expects it to be there next time it loads. I’d like to get this modified for a future version, where Q-Link would store all data in an actual program file on the disk.

You need to get a QuantumLink.d64 disk image from Q-link.net to run Q-link.

Initial Q-Link Reloaded First Time Setup (The simple version):

  • Use Patcher to disable 1541 Fastload and SD2IEC Fix (if needed)
  • Set your modem to 1200 baud. (Or 2400 if using Swiftlink)
  • Load Q-Link
  • Select “Connect to Qlink” from the initial Welcome screen
  • Change modem type to the bottom option (Other Command Driven Modems)
  • Change Access Number to +5551212 (This isn’t important, just needs to have something there with a + and 7 digits mimicing a phone number).
  • Load Q-Link
  • At the green screen, type atdtq-link.net:5190 and hit F1 when you connect. (If using Swiftlink, apply patch now before dialing).
  • If using 2400 baud user port patch, sign up for Q-Link at 1200 baud, then apply the patch after your first call. The 2400 baud user port patch crashes Q-link on the initial sign up but works fine once you already have an account.

Download the patcher here.

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Wednesday Night Q-Link Hangout

Eightbitswide has announced the start of a new Q-Link Hangout, Wednesdays at 8PM EST.  Users can connect to Q-link with Jasmaz’s Q-Link server at q-link.net:5190

When: Wednesday Nights, 8PM EST
Where: Q-Link, People Connection, Lobby (first room you enter when loading People Connection).
Who and What: C64 Freaks and Geeks, talking about whatever we want.
Why: Just Because!

Download a client disk from

https://github.com/jasmaz/qlink/blob/master/QuantumLink.d64

First time connection setup:

Set up your modem to 1200 baud.  Load the Q-link disk, and go to the initial setup. Set up the modem to “other command driven modems”, phone # is +5551212. Make sure modem is set to 1200 Baud. Then continue to load Q-link.

When Q-link is loaded, a black screen with green border will ask you to type your commands. Dial q-link with

atdtq-link.net:5190

Then, when the connection is made, press F1.

Strikelink WiFi users:

Load CCGMS 2017, change baud with

at$sb=1200

follow that up with disabling flow control if needed

at&k0

Then write your settings with

at&w

Restart your C64, and load Q-link.