I am having some trouble connecting RespeQt r4 to my A8 through a genuine FTDI chip. I have installed the newest FTDI drivers and set up the USB connection to appear as a virtual 'COM10' device under Win7. Handshaking is set as RI on both the SIO2PC and in RespeQt. This is my current (failing) procedure:
- Having both SIO and USB plugged into their appropriate machines, I start RespeQt in Windows and tell it to create and attach a blank double-density disk image to 'D1:'.
- I then turn on my A8, with FJC's high-speed SIO patch enabled for drives 1-4 in the U1MB setup.
- The usual handshaking buzz occurs on booting the A8 and the RespeQt status windows shows 'Serial Port Speed set to 57600' and 'Serial Port Speed set to 19200' repeated four times. It settles at the '19200' figure.
- I now change to 'D1:' under SDX and open the 'Format' window.
- However, if in this menu I tell it to look at 'Drive 1' (or 'Drive A') I continually get the 'Drive not Ready' response from SDX.
Now, going from all this it would seem the FTDI chip is being recognized by Windows, its virtual 'COM10' port enabled and in turn recognized by RespeQt. Also, since it goes through the hand-shake speed-setting sequence the A8 and RespeQt must be talking to each other. That is as far as it goes however and if anyone could suggest something obvious I have missed or a fault-finding process to try I would be very grateful!
Incidentally, despite having the PCLink driver enabled and setup in the SDX 'config.sys' file and a folder image specified as 'D3:' in RespeQt the message 'Warning: no server response' is given by SDX on boot.