So I sold my SIDE2, My-IDE-2 and both of my U1MB equipped Atari 800XL computers to Nir Dary... hopefully they arrive fine in Israel.
Therefore I keep my two 800XL`s, both with 512k SRAM upgrade, no SDX onboard, no flashchip onboard, no VBXE onboard, no 65816 onboard and thus no reason to ever update any firmware.
On the other hand, I have four SIO2SD (2x SIO2SD by Lotharek and 2x SIO2SD/PC-micro by Santosp), I am quite happy with - they both have the latest firmware (and should there ever be a firmware update, I won`t care). All four have 2GB SD cards by Sandisk, filled with games, demos and applications, that I use, view or play from time to time.
Since my remaining 800XL`s "only" have XL-OS and Old-OS, but no HIAS highspeed OS, all my SIO2SDs are set to Pokey divisor 5 or 6 (ultraspeed), thats fast enough for me. (When testing with U1MB 800XL and highspeed-OS, pokey divisor 1 was the fastest I could use, divisor 0/zero did not work.) I also switched off the "turbo-mode" in the SIO2SD setup/config., because a lot of software did not work with it and also SIO2SD made problems, when it was activated.
Guess I am more the tape/data-recorder and floppy-disk drive user (or floppy-emulation user) than a harddisk user on the A8 and I am quite satisfied with that.
Edited by CharlieChaplin, Fri Jun 3, 2016 1:00 PM.