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  1. What do you think of the SDrive Max? -Larry
  2. Hi Zen! Yes, it works either way. IIRC, the XL worked that way by moving a jumper inside the case. I don't think that the XE could be used in that way. (?) But as a easy to use ram expansion, these were great! -Larry
  3. Great! Hope you enjoy it for a long, long time! -Larry
  4. Congrats! Now I have my first request... I dropped my ABBUC membership this year because there is little to nothing in English anymore. At one time, the monthly mags were translated to English and we were able to download the translations. I understand that ABBUC lost the resource for translations, but perhaps you could look into getting this going again? Google translations just won't cut it for the typical English-speaker, and even with my 3 years of high school German (50+ years ago), it just doesn't work well. I'm sure it is a drudge to translate stuff, but have you considered paying someone? I'd certainly pay extra on the membership to get stuff that I could understand. "An English Surcharge" Anyhow, food for thought. Thanks, Larry
  5. "But one thing that could work is to just quote everything on a page then block copy it to your Word document. A bit dirty but might be sufficient." That's a good idea! And that way, I can easily edit out OT replies. I didn't know you could do multiple quotes. Had not heard of HTTrack. I'll check that out.
  6. There are several threads here that have some really valuable technical information that I'd like to have handy. I currently (sort of) have them organized by copying the links, and the links are organized by broad topic. Is there a way to copy the entire contents of a thread (and paste into a WP)? I know that I can copy/paste each individual post, but that is a real drag. Any thoughts? -Larry
  7. Neat little project. Just curious -- can Action! executables be put in cartridge format? I don't recall seeing one, but offhand, seems like it should be possible. Anyone know of one that already exists? Do you have a size goal -- 1 to 2K maybe? That would leave room for some other utilities. (?) -Larry
  8. The Black Patch Sector Copier from CSS suggested that a sector copier should write out whatever it read, even if the read was an error sector. It claimed that many more disks having bad sectors could be successfully copied by doing this. (YMMV) The whole idea of the "Black Patch" was make a copy of everything it could, then to re-write/bypass copy protection, similar to the Chipmunk.
  9. Here's what I've found (and at this point 5 years later, I can't say that I understand all that is shown in the docs): Switches 1....2....3 (reading from the label) 1. Down Down Down shows 64K on XRam (64 base + 64) 2. Up Down Down shows 256K on Xram (64 + 256) 3. Down Up Down shows 64K on XRam (64 + 64) 4. Up Up Down shows 512K on XRam (64 + 512) Note that in the above that the remap is set to OFF. Both of the Ram 320XE units show the same results, so I have to believe that they both work exactly as when I got them several years ago. I have not been able to verify some of the remap=ON as mentioned in Ctirad's docs. I have a totally stock 130XE that performs perfectly normally when remap is OFF or when the Ram 320XE is not connected. The issue is the remap=ON setting. If I set the remap to ON, the machine will either display a black screen or stop in the middle of the boot. I have a gut feel this is an NTSC issue. But I have no PAL machines to test. Could someone else in NTSC-land test this. Also, could someone with a PAL machine test it. Here is the easiest-to-understand map of the settings:
  10. Larry


    Hi- Thanks for the input. The chips I was comparing the 81464 ones were 4464 which are typically mentioned in the 600XL 16k, 2-chip upgrades (to 64k, 2-chip memory).
  11. I am attempting to test the Ram XE units. I can't remember how to read the dip switch diagrams. Does the little white spot on the diagram indicate the position of the dip switch, or the black at the other end? I also can't find an explanation about the "requires modification" note on the batch 2 unit for the 576 kb. Is there another thread I missed?
  12. Check the end of the Ram 320XE/576 order thread.
  13. OK, I've checked my stock of upgrades. I have two of the Ram 320XE. Both say Rev 3. One says batch 2 and the other batch 1. The pcb's are a bit different. Neither have an ECI pass-through. It appears that the screws holding the shells together are under the labels, so no pictures of the pcbs are possible. I'll sell either or both of these. PM an offer if interested. I also have two of the earlier Ram 320XL. This is interesting because you can map the base 16K or 64K in or out. Check the original thread(s). The negative thing about these is that they covered up the PBI, but if one uses an SDrive, etc. no big deal. Same deal, PM an offer if interested. (PayPal, of course.) -Larry
  14. Well, yes, I have a couple of those things. I'll dig them out and take a look at what I've actually got. One is Rev 3 Batch 1 which says "320XE/576." Pretty sure it does not have a Covox in it. A really nice thing about this expansion is that it has a regular vertical cartridge jack (and no soldering). IIRC, the next version has the "pass-through" ECI (which turned out to be vertical) and had the pcb layout for the Covox. I'll check. -Larry
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