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  1. I have always favored STeem. It seems to work and react like a real ST. Also, let's not forget Aranym (Site here)
  2. Remember, MetalGuy66 created a custom 130XE with the added Fx keys on the keyboard. If I'm not mistaken, he had to add a small bit of extra circuitry to make it work. So the code for the keys was available clear through the XE line.
  3. Here are the instructions that I posted a while back. It is based on the OS upgrade portion of the PBI mod by Bob, and the instructions for adding internal basic from the AtariMax 32in1 installation. It has all the info you need to do the mod. I have done this same mod on at least 3 of my 1200XL's.
  4. I may be wrong, but I think doing the Clearpic mod renders the RF unusable. This is why some remove the RF modulator altogether from the board and use the space to add an s-video plug.
  5. If that is the case why create a partition that is more than [email protected]??
  6. Just got a 44pin IDE to SD adapter from eBay, about $12.00. Works great. The SD card I'm using is a generic MicroSD and adapter. They were purchased from eBay, about $55.00 for a package of 10. I also use these in my SDriveNuxx and my UltraSatan. Works great in the IDEPlus 2.0
  7. Ok, another dumb question. What is the max drive size I can make on the IDEPlus 2.0?? The original IDEa manual states 16mb ([email protected]) for standard DOS's and [email protected] (32mb) for SDX, yet I've seen pictures with partitions logical size much bigger (the graphic in the manual shows one of [email protected], which would be 128mb).Yet, when I try to make a partition that big and format it, it still shows 65xxx sectors free when I do a DIR command.
  8. I updated with the last one (0.6) and it still showed 0.4 in the menu and the extra feature you added was not there. I did it from SDX. I then decided to try it from MyDOS, so I booted to the KMKDIAG MyDOS disk and ran the 0.6 BIOS from there, and it did work!! Seems I'm having an issue with the BIOS flash from SDX. But, the good thing is, I got it updated OK. I see you posted another update today, so I will try it again tonight from both SDX and MyDOS, and see which one works. EDIT: I just updated to the latest via SDX, so it is working fine. Must of had a slightly glitched update previous to the one I did in MyDOS but now it's updating fine.
  9. That will be cool!! Right now, I have a 'Partition Tools' ATR that I mount in APE at D6: or D7:. It has fdisk2, which I renamed to FD.COM and my SDrive loader, which I renamed to SD.COM. I put these 2 file at the root of every partition I make, so I always have the ability to get to the partition setup for the IDE or the disk mount menu for my SDriveNuxx.
  10. SanDisk Ultra II 1.0gb CF Works great
  11. A DOS disk (not necessarily Atari DOS) or any disk that has a DOS system written to it is usually needed for any drive functions. Games that boot automatically have the needed boot information written to it already. I think SpartaDos X is the only DOS that doesn't need a disk to boot and use the drive as it is cartridge based, so you do not need a disk in the drive at boot time. There are many DOS systems for the Atari, Atari DOS, MyDOS, RealDOS, SpartaDOS, etc.
  12. That's the last one i used and it is showing up as 0.4 on mine. I'll try flashing to an earlier one and then reflash to see if it changes. Also, does the filename have to be LBA0.com before running it or can it be named something else??
  13. The BIOS revision number is the one which is visible in the menu. The *.COM upgrade flasher only displays own version number, i.e. the revision number of the code that flashes the BIOS into the ROM. Ok. Then, is 0.4 the latest or is there something newer?? If so, can you attach it or point to the post that has it?? Also, I hope you don't take any of my comments as complaints. You are doing an amazing job at fielding the support and updates on this thing. :thumbsup:
  14. After using the IDE Plus 2.0 for about a week or so, I'm ready to field a couple of questions. 1. Is there a website where the updates and downloads are being maintained in some sort of orderly fashion? 2. It wasn't clear when I first got it but after working with it, am I safe to assume that the partition # in fdisk2 (when active) also corresponds to the drive letter the partition will show up as when in a DOS, with the exception of the partition marked with the "R", being redirected to D1:?? And the side effect of this is, if I activate partition 4 and set it to redirect, in DOS I will get an identical directory read from D1: and D4:?? 3. When flashing the BIOS, shouldn't the number at the top of the IDE+ menu change to reflect the BIOS version?? For instance, the last ARC'ed BIOS you posted showed flasher 0.7 when I ran the lba0.com, but my IDE+ menu still shows 0.4. See picture. Now, a couple of comments on what I'd like to see. 1. I agree with the requests to be able to map the partitions to the drive letters you want showing up while using the device. Specifically creating a MyPicoDos partition and loading 2 or 3 file partitions with stuff and being able to map the Pico boot drive to 1 (which is already possible) and map the file drives to 2, 3 and 4 etc. This way you can configure dynamic sets of partition to use together while mapping them to descending drive letters. 2. I have mixed feelings about making it able to run ATR's, especially if it is at the cost of other possible options. Then it just becomes a glorified fast floppy drive. The point of a HDD is to be able to place all your file in one place without having to mount an ATR whenever you want a new program. If it doesn't mean loosing a better option for a HDD interface, then I'm all for it. Other than that, leave the ATR's to APE, SIO2PC and SDrive devices. 3. Friendly names for the partition?? Hell yes!!! This would make manipulating a fairly extensive partition table a breeze. You get over 5 or 6 partitions, it becomes a guessing game, let's see what's behind partition number 3!! 4. Documentation. It would be great to have a user manual for this thing and maybe some tutorials on the tricks to setting up different types of DOS's. The existing IDEa manual is a good reference but a little vague in some areas. For instance, in setting up my MyDOS partition, following the instructions in the IDEa manual, I couldn't get it to recognize and boot from the MyDOS disk image in my SDrive with the partition active that I wanted to set up . So I tricked it by turning off the IDE controller in the IDE+ menu, rebooted with the MyDOS utility disk in D1: and after getting to the DOS menu, did a START/RESET to get to the IDE+ menu and turned the IDE interface back on. Instead of exiting with ^B, I exited with ^X to save and exit without a reboot. This brought me back to the DOS menu with the partition now available to configure and format. It took a while to figure this out. Needless to say, I am flying around the interface like a madman now and, once you get the hang of it, it's not that bad. I have pondered getting a HDD interface for a long time but wasn't overjoyed with MyIDE. This thing pretty much smokes most of what I have read about other IDE interfaces and is the perfect compliment to both my SDriveNuxx and SIO2PC-USB with APE. What else do you need?? (except the Ultimate1MB and VBXE2. LOL) I may have more later, but these are my opinions and requests at this point. Great job to all involved in the creation and the support of this interface!!!
  15. Yeh, Just because you format and write SD 3.x to a partition, doesn't mean you can't work with it under SDX. In fact, it is probably better. Do your copying to the partition with the ease of SDX, and when you're done, you just boot the partition with the already installed SD 3.x. Also remember, partition 1, that was created with SDX, is really just a blank drive with SD format. There is no DOS written to it as SDX is resident on the IDE+. With that in mind, the SD 3.x partition is the same, a SD formatted partition, except SD 3.x system is written to it for boot purposes.
  16. I love my SdriveNUXX!!! Between it and my new IDE Plus 2.0, you couldn't ask for a better combo. Depending on price, I would probably go for a second one.
  17. SDX set to On IDE+ On Utility (sparta) disk (or MyDOS disk) mounted as D2 on APE Start into SDX and get to the prompt Change to D2: run fdisk2.com If you want to boot to the disk, turn SDX off and set the ATR image to D1:, but you need to have the IDE interface on. Also, once you are booted, run the KMKDIAG first to make sure your HDD/CF is recognized and good.
  18. I now have 3 partitions on mine. The 1 SDX, 1 MyPicoDOS and 1 MyDos. Now I have to find my SIO2PC-USB and start transferring games to the Pico drive. Using the IDEPlus in conjunction with my SDriveNuxx is a dream!! I can imagine using it with the SIO2PC!! It took a bit of trial and error last night while setting up the 2 new partitions with Pico/MyDOS, as I'm unfamiliar with both and also manipulating the partition map in FDISK2. Finally got it figured out though, and having a blast doing it!!
  19. You could use that connected directly to the back of the ST and the COAX between it and the TV. The other way is to get a connector that is the exact opposite of that one. You get a male COAX to female RCA and attach it to the tv. Then use a standard RCA cable between the two. By doing it the second way, use can use any RCA RF device on the TV. Just plug it in. The way I did it was I connected a 5' length of coax cable to the TV antenna input and ran the other end so it is accessible from the front of the TV, and attached a female coax to female RCA adapter to that end of the coax cable. Any time I want to play an old RF based game system, I can easily plug it in.
  20. The thing we have to remember is that Atari as a company has the choice to use whatever development company they want to create their branded products. It looks like that is what they've done. Don't get me wrong. I will have to think twice myself about getting the FB3 knowing it is not produced by Legacy and it is too bad as Legacy has always been synonymous with the Flashback systems and great quality.
  21. Download the IDEPlus.zip and makeATR_v0.06.zip below. These have everything you'll need. Mount the SDX444_ideplus.atr into drive 1 of APE or any of the SDrive type devices (or create a real disk) to flash the new version of SDX to the rom in the IDEPlus. It autoruns on boot. For flashing the BIOS, copy the LBA0606.COM file to an ATR (I copied it to the KMK_UTIL image I used. Use makeATR to copy to an existing ATR or make a new one). As suggested elsewhere, I changed the name to LBA0.COM. Run the file and it will update the BIOS. Mount one of the KMK_UTIL disk images in drive 1 for all the rest of the needed utilities. The KMKJZ-manual.pdf has all the needed instructions for setting up the attached drive and partitioning. . ideplus.zip makeATR_v0.06.zip
  22. OK. Got my IDEPlus 2.0. First....AWESOME!!!!! Set up with an IDE to CF adapter and a 1gb CF card. I have flashed the new Spartados 4.44 and that works great. Also flashed the 6-6-11 bios. Working great. I have created a 32MB partition, set to D1:, built the directory with SpartaDos format, created a IDEPLUS folder and copied the contents of the KMKDIAG disk from D2: on my SDriveNuxx. Now it's time to create a few more partitions and set them up with various DOS formats and file systems. This thing is great!! Between this and my SDriveNuxx, I'll never need to use a physical drive again!! And, as seen in the last picture, I need to brush up on my SpartaDos command set!!! Nothing like blowing up the prompt!!!
  23. OK. Got my IDEPlus 2.0. First....AWESOME!!!!! Set up with an IDE to CF adapter and a 1gb CF card. I have flashed the new Spartados 4.44 and that works great. Also flashed the 6-6-11 bios. Working great. I have created a 32MB partition, set to D1:, built the directory with SpartaDos format, created a IDEPLUS folder and copied the contents of the KMKDIAG disk from D2: on my SDriveNuxx. Now it's time to create a few more partitions and set them up with various DOS formats and file systems. This thing is great!! Between this and my SDriveNuxx, I'll never need to use a physical drive again!!
  24. Ray Main sounds familiar. If it is the same place, I worked there for a short time and took my pay in hardware. I do remember him having the MIO boards. It seems to me he also had the guts to a 815 disk drive. I remember a dual 810 with no case around it. I also spend more money than I made at the time at the Federated store in El Cajon when Atari took them over!!
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