Not that this hasn't been covered the last 20 years, thought I'd follow up on my results.
First mistake, going from a 1040ST when they came out at Federated, to a Falcon with a TT or two in between, assumed all Mega STE's had the high density floppy. Fought like crazy with floppy problems, until catching on the 720k disk were working fine. Even swapped out the drive with the same results. Managed to get the EZ 135 up with ICD 6.5.5 (and Link), as it was on a older disk. My STE has TOS 2.05, and the WD chip. Since bugs were fixed in 2.06, think it a good upgrade to the machine. After reading on Brad's site about how Mega STE's are fussy with the HD floppy's, even with an Ajax chip installed, may just leave that as it is. 30 bucks is 30 bucks. The EZ drive is much more productive a way to move software around, especially seeing now most everything is floating around or been cracked (he says with a tear in his eye
. I'll Jekyll and Hyde the Falcon and STE together (it's still ok to say that isn't it?), that gives a decent file transfer protocol as well. The other upgrade considered is a 68881 or 2. Need to look at DynaCadd, Chronos and Phoenix to see if they support the 881 (2) on a 68000 before going further. Guess all I need is a GAL (anyone that can burn one up, sell and ship, would be grateful, have the FPU's).
Noticed a lot of innovative hardware for the ST(e) since last booting one up. Being a Thrift Store hound, have picked up old Apple drive cases and CD drives for a buck or two, and other hardware that was compatible. This town has a large military base that use to be heavy R&D, before the government started selling stuff for scrap, lot of deals to be had. Honestly have supported the Falcon market more than I could afford since 1994, so am likely not to upgrade much on the STE.
Thought I talked a lot about fitting an 060 on the Afterburner.......
First CD R+W tested did not show up on ICD, HD Driver 7.5.6 or ExtenDos 3.04 scans. No worries, more where that came from. Got a nice ($2.00) Lacie case with a TEAC CD-R558 connected, it was immediately recognized. Did set jumpers on the back (whether or not it mattered) to No Parity Check, small Long Block Size. ID is switchable on the case, as is selecting TERM power to the bus or not (enabled, that's two sources to the Link, including the EZ drive). ExtenDos was being fussy running it from the EZ, today ran the install from floppy, with appropriately named directory folders on EZ disk, went like a breeze. Did notice once changing disk, the system seemed to loose the directory of the newly inserted disk, but not on another. Not sure what the hick up was, maybe something to do with the ICD driver.
Picked up an old 1984 Sears 4084 RGB 15" monitor, has the old RGB plug, need to make a cable up. Don't have too high hopes, but you never know, at $5.00 figured it a deal, if not for gaming. Also found a SCSI II Compact Flash unit made by Accent, imagine for Mac's. No reason that shouldn't work either.
Found a couple of auto folder utilities wrote (apologize for forgetting the authors name) for the STE that boot it with cache on at 16MHz or 16Mhz cache off, so as not to have to use a CPX. Sure makes it snappier!
Other than just blowing some of my last paycheck on the last two Wizztronics Falcon RAM cards Best had, that's about it for this endeavor. I know, not very techie from what I see going on with development here, but it was a good refresher course for me