I'm rarely induced to come out of the woodwork but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Seam Myers for making this awesome do-dad available. And to NAID for bringing it to our attention.
My (sympathetically upgraded) ADAM has been languishing a bit of late for the lack of an easy / convenient way to use .dsk images and transfer software... so much so I was considering doing my own clone of MicroFox's version as I'm afraid the price (plus postage from the USA) was a bit too much for me...
...I'm sincerely glad Seam beat me to it with such an excellent job as I suspect a project like this was going to be a step or two beyond my skills, and so a long + frustrating road.
Thank you again!!!
For any with access to a 3D printer I've made a (hopefully) nice ADAM Drive-ish case for this to go in to that I've posted on Thingyverse by way of a thank you.
The version to fit the 1602 Keypad Shield is at the end, the one with a socking-big hole in it
If any are looking on this device with lust but thinking "I really want one but I've never constructed something like this" might I suggest it's really quick and easy to do. As a test I wanted to see just how quick and easy is is to make from scratch so I:
-Did a search on fleaBay for all the listed parts - lots of local options, all cheep, all arrived within 3 days
-Googled the Arduino IDE, downloaded it fresh and hit install
-Downloaded the SD Card lib as per Seam's link and installed that (Arduino: Sketch->Include Library->Add Zip Library...)
-Hit the clone / download button on his GitHub page, then extracted the .zip to my desktop
-5v power to the Arduino board
-Arduino plugged in to computer via USB lead
-Select Arduino: Tools->Board->...Mega 2560
-Double-click on the AdamNet_Drive_Emulator.ino file from the extracted .zip
-Hit the right-facing arrow button at the top-left of the Arduino IDE app and wait a bit...
...a few seconds to compile followed by the communication LED flickering on the board and done
(if after compiling the Arduino IDE complains it doesn't know which COM port to use, just select the likely only option from the drop-down menu and the upload will begin auto-magically :-))
-Unplug the Arduino (power and USB)
-Fit the LCD shield being careful to line up the pins (they are marked on both boards)
Not including waiting for the post all the above took less than 10mins
Of course there's the connections to the ADAM to make but even if you've never soldered a few minutes of practice will ensure you're more than good enough and if you're still wary you can bodge the connections easily enough. By way of encouragement my 14 year old daughter built the 'Pro' version of one of these (https://rc2014.co.uk) a couple of weeks ago with no prior electronics or soldering knowledge, and it works!
Um, the case I made (see above) will require one to cut/desolder the pins on the LCD shield and wire the necessary connections to the Arduino. That's for two reasons:
-To keep the aesthetics of the case without resorting to something large enough to take an age to print
-To make fitting the boards a bit easier.
While I have listed my case as non-commercial only on Thingyverse, Sean is of course very welcome to use it should he decide to start selling these, wonders what to put them in, and likes what I've done - feel free to suggest modifications. No I don't want anything, I just want to say thank you.
Edited by CharlesMouse, Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:10 PM.