TAP is an disk image file created from storage tape used by Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum computers. TAP files are exact copies of data stored on said tapes. TAP files can be used to run software using dedicated Commodore and ZX Spectrum emulators or store backup copies.
Magnetic tapes were commonly used for distributing software in the past. Magnetic tape readers were cheap as they were built with components commonly used by various audio devices. Simple audio cassettes were used for storing or copying software. Such method was notoriously unreliable as the risk of recording data with errors was high. Magnetic storage tapes are sometimes used for storing data backups or in devices called streamers, but they use formats different from TAP.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with TAP files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. TAP files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing TAP may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with TAP extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports TAP files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Fuse or different compatible program, such as C64 Forever, UnrealSpeccy, UKV. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Fuse installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.
If you already have Fuse installed on your systems and TAP files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Fuse cannot handle files with TAP may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Fuse.
After installing Fuse (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open TAP files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper TAP file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
If the TAP is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the TAP file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic TAP file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with TAP extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Commodore 64 Cassette Tape Image file again.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with TAP extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Commodore 64 Cassette Tape Image files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with TAP files affecting older versions of given software.
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