Thursday, August 25

Bitva O Databazi ( Part 2 )


Introduction

It took me far longer then I expected to figure out how to disconnect from the "Informace O Telefonnich Cislech." After figuring it out, I now realize, the answer was staring me in the face the whole time. I had forgotten one major difference of playing this game in an emulator...my keyboard is not actually like the keyboard on ZX Spectrum.

What this means is there are key codes that are not normally sent by an PC keyboard. These extra keys are typed using a combination of either the left shift, right shift, or both shift keys and then pressing one of the other keys. I also noted that I could not type any numbers with my number pad.

So that line on the main menu "..A+SYMBOL SHIFT RUSI SPOJENI..." roughly translates into "Hold 'Symbol Shift' then press the letter 'A' to disconnect."



Continuing from Part 1


08. Disconnecting by holding down my right shift key and pressing the letter "A" displayed the line "Spojeni Preruseno" centered at the bottom of the screen. Then a few seconds later brought me back to the main screen.

  • Czech
    • Spojeni Preruseno
  • English
    • Connection Interrupted


09. Philip Marlowe. Dialing the number 313-86-590 connects us to Philip Marlowe Detektivni Kancelar. Detective Agency for those of us who read English.

  • Czech
    • Detektivni Kancelar
    • Vlozte Sve Jmeno
  • English
    • Connection Interrupted
    • Enter Your Name


10. Entering "Powers" on the prompt from Philip Marlowe presents us with a screen full of text.


After disconnecting you are presented with the line "Spojeni Preruseno" which roughly translated means "Connection Interrupted."


11. Now we have a couple more names to run through Information.

  1. Tony Stevens
  2. General Motors
  3. Policie
    • The Police Department



12. a) Calling Tony Stevens presents you with the following screen.
  • Czech
    • Soukromy Uzivatel
    • Heslo:
  • English
    • Private User
    • Password:

12. b) Calling General Motors presents you with the following screen.
  • Czech
    • Osobni Oddeleni
    • Heslo:
  • English
    • Personnel Department
    • Password:


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