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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Beej » Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:32 am

Jeff_HxC2001 wrote:New preorder ! :

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0516490246

:D


Any chance this will work with a Peavey DPM 4 synth? It uses a DD floppy drive in ST or DOS format.
I might want a couple of them if so :)

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:48 am

rocket-dog wrote:Some of us are still waiting for the last batch.........


@Rocket-Doggy-boy

I got mine about a month ago.... and IIRC you ordered your later than mine.
So should be anytime now....

BTW, my theory about using this device was correct.
I can easily have my .ST image file (well converted to .HFE images) in neat folders.
But finding the correct image takes time as the selector needs to scroll and it's not as fast as I would like it to be.
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby rocket-dog » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:41 pm

Sorry that was a bit naughty of me; I am not feeling the ST-retro-computing love at the moment. I am having other technical hardware ST-retro-computing problems at the moment. Problem one I may reveal later. Problem two is that I can't GhostLink to work with my Win98 VM after great success getting my Jordana to talk to it. But I have got myself into such a tiz over problem one I am not sure my problem with GL is me; I haven't used GL since I moved the Dell into the living room. All good clean fun.

Good news about the ST images. I have got lots and lots of games to go at. I have the modulator for lo-res colour on my TFT, JeST, and speakers, all ready to go!!! :mrgreen:

Are you pulling the images apart with JayMSA and then using the imaging tool for the floppy emulator? Or does the tool do the conversion in one hit?

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:57 pm

sorry not sure what you are going on about in the 1st para.... :roll:

On the image conversion... I just dl such off the net and they are already in .ST images and use that batch conversion.
On the peecee conversion is a blink of an eye and Mega loads of images are done.

I will probably not image my old games floppy (not alot, just 2 shoe boxes full only) as they will probably be moldy and not work.
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:03 pm

Hi,

New firmware available :
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emu ... rmware.zip

wongck can you test this with your Falcon ?

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:55 pm

dl... will try & let you know.
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:40 pm

WooHoooo :thumbs:
:megaphone: Greeeat work Jeff.
v1.1.2.3 Is working :D

Changing HFE files (changing floppies) now is detected for both Mint and TOS on my Falc as media change.
Open drive A:, close drive A window, change HFE files, open drive A:, the new floppy directory is read in.
No more funny workaround like open drive B: to force a directory read.
:cheers:
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:15 pm

wongck wrote:WooHoooo :thumbs:
:megaphone: Greeeat work Jeff.
v1.1.2.3 Is working :D

Changing HFE files (changing floppies) now is detected for both Mint and TOS on my Falc as media change.
Open drive A:, close drive A window, change HFE files, open drive A:, the new floppy directory is read in.
No more funny workaround like open drive B: to force a directory read.
:cheers:


Thanks for your feedback ! :D

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:57 pm

Beej wrote:
Jeff_HxC2001 wrote:New preorder ! :

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0516490246

:D


Any chance this will work with a Peavey DPM 4 synth? It uses a DD floppy drive in ST or DOS format.
I might want a couple of them if so :)

Thanks,
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Yes this should works.
Anyway i don't know what kind of floppy connection it uses so a check is needed.

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Beej » Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:08 am

Jeff_HxC2001 wrote:
Beej wrote:
Jeff_HxC2001 wrote:New preorder ! :

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0516490246

:D


Any chance this will work with a Peavey DPM 4 synth? It uses a DD floppy drive in ST or DOS format.
I might want a couple of them if so :)

Thanks,
Beej



Yes this should works.
Anyway i don't know what kind of floppy connection it uses so a check is needed.


Count me in then...ordered a bit ago.
This thing with some slight mods to draw the buttons and screen to a wired panel will be a synth patcher's dream :) Over 200 rotting floppy disks...all gone with this baby...and no more slow sysex dumps over midi that take 3 tries to take :)

I'm pretty sure the DPM 3, 3SE, and 4 floppy drive is the same DD Epson model that went into some Atari STacy machines. The SP also has a floppy drive but HD... Might be cabled slightly differently than for an ST (twisted or not...I'll have to look...) but it's the same number of pins and a stock floppy drive. I'll let you know how it goes when mine arrives next month :)

If only the exchange rate were better over seas...I'd order several...US dollar is crap right now :(

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Shredder11 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:00 pm

I've had a look through the SD version manual; can I assume that you can make folders for each different computer you have? If yes I will buy one large 16GB SD card to contain the images for my STE, Falcon 030, Amstrad CPC6128 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3 128K.

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:13 am

Shredder11 wrote:I've had a look through the SD version manual; can I assume that you can make folders for each different computer you have? If yes I will buy one large 16GB SD card to contain the images for my STE, Falcon 030, Amstrad CPC6128 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3 128K.


Yes you can ! :)

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:38 am

Shredder11 wrote:I've had a look through the SD version manual; can I assume that you can make folders for each different computer you have? If yes I will buy one large 16GB SD card to contain the images for my STE, Falcon 030, Amstrad CPC6128 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3 128K.


Folders works very well.
I have several folders for different type of "floppies" based on genre.
I have a "boot disk" at the root... :mrgreen:
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Shredder11 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:59 pm

That's great news :thumbs:

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:23 am

Shredder11 wrote:That's great news :thumbs:


May be rocket-doggy should try this... :mrgreen:
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby sadosp » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:39 pm

"SD Card Floppy Emulator by J.F. Del Nero: Plain PCB + Programmed PIC for self assembling"

Man, you are God....... :cheers:

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:04 pm

Hi,

New batch of SD HxC Floppy Emulator !

Ebay link:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0532244914

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http://www.mmj.pl/~lotharek/atari/

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby dma » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:16 am

I finally ordered one.
It will make my life easier for composing on STe (as many come with buggy DMA chip, and then don't work with SantaDisk).

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby AtariSince1989 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:24 am

dma wrote:It will make my life easier for composing on STe (as many come with buggy DMA chip, and then don't work with SantaDisk).

I don't know about SatanDisk, but I have an STe with faulty DMA chip and my UltraSatan works perfect. Only problem is with files bigger than 30 MB, but I never reach it on my Atari :D
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby dma » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:35 am

Even when writing? Because that's the problematic point on these.

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby AtariSince1989 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:51 am

dma wrote:Even when writing? Because that's the problematic point on these.

I have to recognize that mostly I used it for transfering files from the PC to the ST, but I also transfered files from the ST to the PC, so at some point I wrote on the US. I'll do an accurate test though. Thanks for highlighting it to me :thumbs:
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby wongck » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:31 am

dma wrote:I finally ordered one.
It will make my life easier for composing on STe (as many come with buggy DMA chip, and then don't work with SantaDisk).


You aware that this uses the SD like a floppy which means you can only access files up to the size of the floppy.
USD uses the entire SD so you can have a bigger file in regions of MBs.
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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby dma » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:16 pm

720k isn't a problem to me, i'm talking about chip-music composing. ;)

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:51 pm

dma wrote:720k isn't a problem to me, i'm talking about chip-music composing. ;)


Did you know that you can generate a "monster floppy" image with the software (4.23MB on ST) ? :wink:

Additionnaly i plan to make a HDD driver for ST to turn the SD HxC Floppy Emulator as a Hard Disk drive !

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Re: SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Preordering

Postby dma » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:40 am

Jeff_HxC2001 wrote:Did you know that you can generate a "monster floppy" image with the software (4.23MB on ST) ? :wink:

Ah yes true, i used that already on the USB version. :)

Jeff_HxC2001 wrote:Additionally i plan to make a HDD driver for ST to turn the SD HxC Floppy Emulator as a Hard Disk drive !

Wow, that would be fantastic! 8O
I would have never expected it to be doable.

By the way Jeff, do you know Total Commander? It's a PC file browser à la Norton Commander (the old DOS program) and it supports various extensions types.
One of these is archive extension, and some did extensions to manipulate .ADF and .ST disk archive. So you can browse files in those images, copy files from it, files to it, create directories, etc... like a .ZIP archive.
Do you think you could do an extension for it to manipulate your specific disk image type this way?
Here is some documentation about its archive plug-in system.


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