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#26 Iwantgames:) OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:02 PM

True lol, my soldering skills are next to none tho :lol: so probably have to find someone to do it

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Posted Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:36 PM

What am I doing wrong? I keep getting a no disk error

#28 Iwantgames:) OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:52 PM

I so dumb :P forgot to press enter to select disk :lol:

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Posted Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:02 PM

Not dumb--that was a learning experience. . .many of us would have made a similar mistake. . .



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Posted Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:26 PM

 

3) Remember to push the center button!  When you see the numbers on the second row, you'll know

    that the disk image is "loaded" and ready to go.

 

 

 

I so dumb :P forgot to press enter to select disk :lol:

 

 Hey, I overlooked that one too!  :)

 Glad you got up up and running!!!!  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:



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Posted Sun Nov 2, 2014 7:01 PM

the 80 track mod on the TI FDC is very simple to do, the hardest part is getting the old chips out.



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Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:36 AM

Oh yeah, one more question.... CAN YOU TURN OFF THE SOUND?

From the demo's I've seen on YouTube,  the sounds it makes during file access would drive me nuts.

 

Hi,

 

YES, you can switch sound off (got mine emu running today)   :)

 

:arrow:  In the HxC-Tool goto Settings, switch sound off (2x),

:arrow:  save new config-file (HXCSDFE.CFG)

:arrow:  and copy it to the root of the SD-Card

 

(was my first act after install >>8O) 

 

 

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Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:19 AM

Oh yeah, one more question.... 

 

 

 

YES, you can switch sound off (got mine emu running today)   :)

 

 Interestingly enough, in the months since I posted that and received my HxC, I now leave the sound on, just on a low setting.  

 

 YOu know, I'm seriously dying to pair the HxC up with the new Myarc Clone in a few months.  Rasmus will have to work overtime to write enough game programs to exceed the capacity of one of those images!



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Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:28 PM

Not dumb--that was a learning experience. . .many of us would have made a similar mistake. . .

 

 

extremely confirmed!!   ;-)



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Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:55 PM

Hi,

 

some strategy-questions before mounting my drives :)

 

I have some Shugart 455, this external 3.5 BackPack from TexinTreasures,

and many drives more.

I also have MyArc Standard-FloppyCTRL and one MyArc with 80track-mod,

have 6 PEBs, nanoPEB, F18A, about 20 TI-Consoles, some standard TI-Floppy-CTRLs

any many many parts more). Now I am struggling with what to mount where :)

 

My very first need is one "Copy-Machine" for converting many real-floppies to HFE.

I think the 80tracker goes to another PEB later, maybe twith HFDC and Geneve a.s.o. ?

(also have Thiery´s IDE-CTRL, but didn´t use all of them yet,

 that is coming up next months, step-by-step, because have to learn all of it)

 

So, I think I pair the HxC on the unmodded MyArc-CTRL with the 5.25 Shugart and the 2.5" in a first step.

And there is no need to do that with the 80tracker, also this format is hard to give away

because only less of the 99ers who have HxC (=.HFE) also will have 80track-mod,

so they can´t use big HFE-image-files. Also my FloppyDisk are also only 90 or 180 KB.

The STD-MyArc herein would be great (?) as sometimes it would be nice just to

boot in XB and to use the CALL DIR(x) and test some proggies....

 

what is the best thought for the HxC ? DSK1 ?

If I config the HxC to DSK1, is there a way to bypass the LOAD by Extended Basic ?

Something like "Shift-Enter" at startscreen ? Or do I have to "eject" the virtual disk

everytime if want to boot into XB ?

 

Or is there a big advantage to make the HxC to DSK1, because of all the

tools like DM2K (also have GRAM-Card and some Horizons too).

So I could make the Shugart-5.25 as DSK3, that may be enough for copying

my Disks to HxC/HFE ?

 

But if I understand right, then I first have to mount the Image with my

Copy-CAT-Tool to startup, and then I have to remount my HxC to an empty

diskimage, then initiate the copy from DSK3/5.25 to DSK1/HFE ?

 

Do I think to complicate ?

 

I think, it is recommended the 2.5" external must be DSK2, but I am not sure.

 

Thanks for any suggestions, system is still dismounted :)

 

Ralf

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Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:47 PM

1) If you have the HDX modification, the easiest method by far is to use DSK2PC and just copy all the disks to a DOAD directory on the PC.  Once on the PC, use the HxC's BATCH CONVERTER on the directory and all of the DSK files will be instantly converted to HFE format.  Then all you have to do is copy them to the SD card.  (This is my preferred method.)

 

2) If you don't have an HDX, make multiple copies of a blank HFE disk (in the format of your choice).  Be sure to rename the PC format (HFE) on each one so you can distinguish what is what.   You can make an original DSK image with Ti99Dir.  Now you can put a diskette in one drive and either copy or backup the original diskette to the selected blank HFE disk.

 

If you already have a ton of DSK files on your PC or just want to download stuff off the Internet, you can manipulate all of the TI programs with an awesome program called Ti99Dir (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT PROGRAM).  Once you get everything setup perfect, the HxC program can convert the DSK image.

 

If you need an DSDD/80 disk image, you are in luck!  Atari age member Sparkdrummer recently posted a couple you can use and manipulate in << THIS MESSAGE >>

 

Fred Kaal's awesome website << HERE >> has a copy of Ti99Dir that you will need. 

 

Hope this get's you started in the right direction.



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Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:48 PM

yes, thanks. I have struggled through ALL this great tools the last 4 months, incl. OmniFlop.

The HDX(S1 with Freds great mod) took me night for night over weeks because of serial cable-issue.

Not running until today (but all other communications over RS232 are running fine,

 think depends on the nano but not for sure). So after months of time I gave up.

 

(see here: https://www.facebook...27536797&type=3 )

 

So my nano is in cupboard now, OmniFlop works for importing original TI-Floppies

but is not my favorite because I want to do it on the TI :)

 

ah yes, naming the blank files I learned while fighting with Omniflop,

but I think there you can see it on the filesize.

 

I´ve also spent much time on TIDIR, this is best tool I´ve seen around.

Also managed several disks with it on bigger disk/DSK (with bigger format),

and then wrote that with OmniFlop on my PC to TI-format-disk.

This was just for fun, because have to learn and understand it,

and was nice to see ie the TI-Artist and fonts a.s.o running on 1 Disk on the TI :)

yes, great effort, small gain, but big leraning 4 me :)

It was about 1984 when I "left" TI, went via PDP11/34 to PC-Systems,

so I have to learn all that stuff that came later.

 

But this all makes so much fun :)  like in the 80ies :)

 

thanks for support

Ralf



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Posted Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:18 PM

Hey all,

Here's a set of all blank disk images in both .dsk and .hfe formats, 50 each.

 40trk - 90k, 180k, 360k

 80trk - 360k, 720k

Hope this helps some just getting the HxC....a great product.

For the new ppl, remember to match the disks with your controller type

 

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Posted Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:37 AM

Hey all,

Here's a set of all blank disk images in both .dsk and .hfe formats, 50 each.

 40trk - 90k, 180k, 360k

 80trk - 360k, 720k

 CF7  - 400k

Hope this helps some just getting the HxC....a great product.

For the new ppl, remember to match the disks with your controller type

 

EDIT: Added CF7 blank disks

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Posted Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:49 AM

Fritz,

   This is such a great file, I linked to if from my blog entry about the HxC.  I wish this file had been around when I first got into it, it would have saved a lot of time!   :thumbsup:



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Posted Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:52 AM

Are you saying a Nano-PEB/CF7 400K format image will work on an HxC that has a DSDD 80 track controller?



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Posted Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:13 AM

great work, thanks a lot to Fritz442   :P

Ralf



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Posted Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:34 AM

Are you saying a Nano-PEB/CF7 400K format image will work on an HxC that has a DSDD 80 track controller?

NO I don't think so, they only work on the CF7/Nano's I've seen, I have not seen a CF7 with a DSDD 80t controller

maybe there out there but I haven't seen that.

I only added them to help others that have the CF7 also, to keep them all in one file.

 

 

great work, thanks a lot to Fritz442   :P

Ralf

 

NP Ralf, this is the least I can do for all the great help I've received

from our AA friends :grin:


Edited by Fritz442, Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:18 PM.


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Posted Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:09 PM

The time to buy a Lotharek HxC is almost perfect, according to << THIS NEWS STORY >>.

So in preparation for the new Myarc clone, we might be able to save a few bucks on the device & shipping.  :)



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Posted Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:29 PM

I have ordered my 2nd HxC today, for my Geneve-workout :)



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Posted Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:28 PM

Works fine  :)
 

 

 

/EDIT/ some more here: https://www.facebook...27536797&type=3

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Posted Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:30 PM

Works fine  :)
 
 
 
/EDIT/ some more here: https://www.facebook...27536797&type=3


Pretty cool :) How quick can you access files with the Geneve?

I do want to warn you that the Geneve is meant to be inside a clamshell. You can run it bare but the card tends to rock back and forth in the PEB, especially once you have various cables connected. If you are careful, you will have no problems. However, should you decide to install the card inside a Myarc clamshell be sure you have heat sinks in place on the bottom 3 regulators (they should be installed regardless). If you use a TI clamshell, remember the tabs are conductive and will short power in bad places.

Lastly, I can't tell from here but if the neck of the card is exposed, those traces are prone to shorting on the PEB slots, more so when there is no case. One or two layers of electrical tape around the neck usually protects those traces.

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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:19 PM

 

Hey all,

Here's a set of all blank disk images in both .dsk and .hfe formats, 50 each.

 40trk - 90k, 180k, 360k

 80trk - 360k, 720k

 CF7  - 400k

Hope this helps some just getting the HxC....a great product.

For the new ppl, remember to match the disks with your controller type

 

EDIT: Added CF7 blank disks

 

 

Bumping this.

 

Has anyone made some 320K blank HFE images for use with Myarc controllers?  After all, Myarc's DSDD method is different.

 

I also wonder what happens if you try to format a 360K "standard" disk with a Myarc Controller with DM2K - I'm gathering you'll get errors?  DM2K doesn't seem to know about Myarc DSDD format.



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Posted Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:59 PM

Which Myarc controller? My DDCC-1 produces only 360k, as did my HFDC earlier.

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Posted Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:17 AM

I think he means the 16-sectors format

 

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