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Hello guys As most of us know, you need 64kB of main memory for most memory extensions. But some of us are reluctant to open up the 600XL to replace the two 16k RAM chips with two 64k RAM chips. And the 1064 are hard to come by sometimes. That's when the following idea popped into my mind: Would it be possible to design/realize a 1064 replacement, using modern hardware to make the device smaller, that could also be used with any external expansion that requires 64kB of main memory? With this redesigned 1064, the 600XL should look like an 800XL to all devices connected to it (via whatever port/bus) and should be able to handle every piece of hardware the 800XL can handle, without any restrictions the 800XL doesn't have. Sincerely Mathy PS as always, this is just an idea. If you like it, please realize it. I'm not able to. I just come up with the (dumb) ideas.
I have been trying to get my Atari 520ST to work with an old external floppy SF354. Firstly the SF354 is the new type, with a PCB that has some chips on it. The floppy drive that came with it does not work. I plugged in an Amiga A600 floppy drive and this works well. I assume that is a double density single sided floppy drive. So I am trying to get a Gotek USB floppy emulator with HxC firmware to work with this external drive interface. It doesn't. I've been suggested elsewhere this maybe because the Gotek is double sided. I have no idea what files I am supposed to have on the HxC firmware Gotek for the Atari ST, and how to ensure it is behaving as single sided rather than double sided. Any help would be appreciated. Regards, Nick
Hello I am using an Atari STE 520 with a HxC device called the "USB floppy drive emulator" in revision D made by Lotharek. This is the version which lacks jumper switches, but lets you select the device ID in software. Using this device as a internal floppy drive works acceptable. However I run into problems when I try to use it as an external FDD with a cable made by this guide: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?t=26656 Sadly the Wiki entry which is mentioned in this guide is broken. All internal jumpers inside my STE are on their default (http://info-coach.fr/atari/hardware/interfaces.php) so pin 5 of the 14 pin connector would try to reach a FDD with ID 1 (rather than 0). The problem is that it won't work for me... The control LED of the HxC device for floppy access just lights up if I set the HxC to DS2 (all normal) or DS1 (with twisted cable). With those configuration I can for example open the floppy folder of "orbital destroyer". The internal FDD does sounds when doing so. If I then start the game the internal FDD continues to make sound, but the external one isn't used. The problem is the same if I cut the cable of (Atari STE-) pin 5 having it floating (Atari STE pin 6 still connected). However cutting 6 while having 5 still connected doesn't work. Does someone of you operate a Atari STE 520 with a Lotharek USB floppy drive emulator as external FDD? Is this possible, or is there a funky bug? Has anybody an idea what I am doing wrong? PS: Of Orbital Destroyer I have the actual 3.5 inch and I am going to put it to SPS tonight =) With kind regards Ben