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  1. Yes, very good suggestion. But remember what YSG200 has to say about Sys-Check II
  2. That is the second time you say negative things about Syscheck. What is the difference for you between 320XL and Syscheck? Is it that Syscheck is not in a box? I can understand that the fact that there's no box is a show-stopper. But I'm not comfortable with the way criticisms of Syscheck are made. You give your opinion in a very assertive way. No offense but I think this is a little rough. This is not very cool for the author @tf_hh who delivers high quality hardware for the Atari.
  3. Hi StaxX28, Thank you for this video ! That's cool to have the solution of the legacy version of F.R.E.E. I watched some of your videos and I see that you are composing music for the A8. Very interesting.
  4. If you want to do it, make your day! It will be very good news if you manage to implement this feature
  5. Yes I saw that. I think the "Fail Format Troubleshooting" is for me but I don't have an oscilloscope and all the tests of these sections are based on this tool. Or I can try to replace all components mentioned in these 3 pages in the hope that the problem is solved. Maybe that's the way to go.
  6. I merged your pull request. The build for 32bits windows was mainly motivated by some people here who use an old computer running an old windows version to operate RespeQt. You will probably see Kyle pops up in this thread asking for his 32bits version of RespeQt... And explaining that we are in 2020 won't stop him from asking
  7. Thank you very much for your help. Arg, as I am not a hardware guy, I have no scope. BTW, the 810 schematics you put in your message does not include the new analog board on top of the drive mech. Here are some pictures of it (one for the overall view and 3 for a detailled view). You will see that all the components have a number in the range 200-299. No components in the range 100-199 (for example R208, C202,...) And they do not appear on Sobola's schematics. And I know that it is one of the components in this analog board that fails because, if I swap with another one, everything works well. Overall view Left part Middle part Right part
  8. I already have this manual (I think I have them all). The "new" analog board write troubleshooting is on page 8C-28 page 194 but it does not help as it tell me again to replace A106, Z103, A105. But these components are NOT on the analog board and the problem is solved when I swap this analog board. So I expect a solution which suggest to replace something on this board. Right now I am stuck.
  9. I swapped the board on top of the drive mech with another 810 and now it works. So there is something with this board. Any advice to either - diagnose the issue - or send the board to someone who can repair it (in Europe) - or buy a new one (still in Europe because buying from US makes the price crazy with shipping and customs). EDIT: Strangely, I have several 810 Service manuals (PDF) and none of them covers this board. I guess there exists a manual describing it.
  10. This is because SpartaDos sends a Get Percom Block ($4E) which is interpreted by the Chip as a Set Shutdown Delay. The Chip does not return any data for the command Set Shutdown Delay but SpartaDos expects the 12 bytes for the Percom block. This is why SpartaDos X seems to be blocked while initializing. With SpartaDos X and The Chip in drive D1: you must hit the Break key to go on (or wait for the timeout).
  11. Thank you for your answer, I will do that. No chance. Do you really think that, back in the days, someone put a Chip which could not write to a disk? The probability is more towards a dead component (capacitor or whatever - I am not a hardware guy). But, here is the dump. Same as the standard ROM except open code and copyright chip1234.rom PS: reading the thread you mentioned, I answered an old question you were asking.
  12. Are you registered on these boards? Do you know if these people are also reading AA? Maybe a message talking about this thread would be useful...
  13. Cool, as I don't intend to open a FB account! How many guys are in this group ?
  14. Thank you for your first message !!! What do you like with the A8: games, programming, modding, collecting?
  15. Hi Phaeron, I had the same idea and I booted with the The Super Archiver disk inside the drive and bingo, the drive contains The Chip. I made a dump of the ROM (through SIO, not by removing the EPROM) and I found that there is a pirate ROM (code is 1234 and the copyright has been replaced by $FF) That explains why the formatting process was not the same. Then I used Super Archiver to copy a disk to the DOS 2.0S disk. If I set V- (verify Off) in Super Archiver, there is no error (read OK and write OK). But at the end of the day, I still have my DOS disk intead of the new content. If I set V+ (Verify On) in Super Archiver then it fails on the first track. I also tried what you suggested: formatting a disk in enhanced density and you are right: this time, the format using DOS 2.0S fails on the first track (after many retries). And the result is an error 10K. So, all of this clearly shows that nothing is written to the disk. Any idea what part of the drive is failing: which board, which chip or which component? I have the drive with the data separation board.
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