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Hey gang. I've been talking to Jookie about an internal cable for the Ultrasatan that will

work with the Mega STe, or the STacy. These machines use an internal SCSI card. The

cable will replace the internal card, connecting directly between the internal ACSI

connector and the Ultrasatan itself.

 

Jookie says he needs at least 5 orders to have it done and make it look professional.

 

I'm in for one - can we find 4 other Mega STe and/or STacy owners who would be

interested?

 

Thanks much!

 

PS Started this at Atari-Forums - have 3 interested so far - need 2 more!

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I'd go for one, possibly two depending on price. :)

 

Alright, that'll do it - I actually put down for 2 as well, since I have

both a STacy and a Mega STe.

 

I'll contact Jookie and let him know.

 

Thanks! :)

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Okay, it seems between AtariForums and here at AtariAge, we now

have 5 orders.

 

We need to know if anyone besides me is ordering this cable for

a STacy or just Mega STe's.

 

Thanks!

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I'll take 1 for my MSTE.

Many Thanks

 

Okay thanks! I'll put you on the list. :)

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Was the price figured out yet? If it's not too high I'd probably want one for an MSTE and one for a STacy.

 

Not yet - I just forwarded the list to Jookie - as soon as he gives

a price I'll post it asap.

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Okay, here is what Jookie has sent me about this.

 

Pricing:

"The expected price of passive Mega STE cable would be 10 Euro + 5 Euro shipping (and I still need to ask if they can make 6 pieces of PCB instead of one (I will try to use some special PCB manufacturing service used for prototyping to lower the PCB cost)."

 

and this is for a "passive" cable:

"(don't want to connect anything on the external DMA connector?)"

 

So is everyone still in for this? Thanks!

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Okay, more on the "passive" and "active" cables.

 

The Passive cable goes straight from the internal ACSI connector on the Mega STe or STacy

to the Ultrasatan. It does not allow for use of the external DMA connector.

 

The Active cable goes straight from the internal ACSI connector on the Mega STe or STacy

to the UltraSatan, but will allow for use of the external DMA connector. It will have more

electronics involved, and require more testing, and an additional 2-3 weeks according to

Jookie.

 

So we need to know if anyone needs the *Active* cables.

 

Thanks!

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I e-mailed Jookie this week and he said he was going to try hard to get

these done soon...

 

"Hello,

I hadn't any spare time for the last few weeks or months, but I will work on it this week, I promise. Will keep you informed.

 

Jookie"

 

Here is the current list:

 

Internal UltraSatan cable List:

 

DarkLord - 2 (one of each type)

 

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AtariAge:

 

Remowilliams - 1 (possibly 2, depending on price)

 

Klund - 1

 

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AtariForum:

 

wthorbjo - 1

 

tpic - 1

 

Chris Blaylok - 1 passive

 

AtariMega125 - possibly 1 active (not confirmed yet)

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Almost forgot about this :) I'd say I'm definitely up for one passive, and possibly an active depending on price.

 

Yeah, he's (Jookie) been really busy it seems. I get the feeling that

now that he's quit making the Ultrasatans, that he's working on some

other project for our Atari's. With a track record like Satandisk, and

Ultrasatan - I'm looking forward to whatever it is... :)

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Almost forgot about this :) I'd say I'm definitely up for one passive, and possibly an active depending on price.

 

Yeah, he's (Jookie) been really busy it seems. I get the feeling that

now that he's quit making the Ultrasatans, that he's working on some

other project for our Atari's. With a track record like Satandisk, and

Ultrasatan - I'm looking forward to whatever it is... :)

It would be nice to have one for a Mega ST

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Just wanted to update this as to where we are so far. Latest reply from Jookie:

 

Postby Jookie » Sun May 30, 2010 5:44 pm

"I'm so sorry :( I've been busy for the last weeks and months, unable to do anything at home... I hopefully will start to make at least these cables..."

 

Here is the current list:

 

Internal UltraSatan cable List:

 

DarkLord - 2 (one of each type)

 

-------------------------------------------------

 

AtariAge:

 

Remowilliams - 1 (possibly 2, depending on price)

 

Klund - 1 passive

 

--------------------------------------------------

 

AtariForum:

 

wthorbjo - 1 passive

 

tpic - 1 passive

 

Chris Blaylok - 2 passive

 

AtariMega125 - possibly 1 active (not confirmed yet)

 

Fonz - 1 passive

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Here is the current list:

 

Internal UltraSatan cable List:

 

DarkLord - 2 (1 active and 1 passive)

 

-------------------------------------------------

 

AtariAge:

 

Remowilliams - 1 (possibly 2, depending on price)

 

Klund - 1 passive

 

--------------------------------------------------

 

AtariForum:

 

wthorbjo - 1 passive

 

tpic - 1 passive

 

Chris Blaylok - 2 passive

 

AtariMega125 - 1 active

 

Fonz - 1 passive

 

Jake/Depression - 1 active

 

Indus - 2 active

 

rian_ata - 2 (1 active and 1 passive)

 

Alanh - 2 active

 

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Total - 17 (approximately)

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Latest post by Jookie at AtariForum, to this thread:

 

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Re: Internal Ultrasatan cable for Mega STe/STacy

Postby Jookie » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:28 am

Guys, I'm sorry but I'm unable to do anything for

the next month or so.

------------------------------------------------

 

So it looks like its gonna be a bit longer gang.

 

I can wait. :)

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Woot! AlanH has the order page *UP*! :)

 

http://www.freemint.org/ultrasatan/ultrasatan.html

 

Please read the text carefully, some external ACSI

devices seem to work when plugged in, and others

don't, according to Alan.

 

Big round of applause and a hearty pat on the back

for Alan!

 

PS Was that -soon- enough for everyone? :)

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Okay, grabbed the picture of the cable from the thread over

at AtariForum:

 

post-5822-0-22130400-1302602053_thumb.jpg

 

Looks like Alan has included a power supply connecter as

well. Have to wait for full details on that.

 

Looking good though! :)

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WOW hold on here!!!!

20 [email protected]@:!!!! =$33.xx+ U$D, plus shipping.

I thought this was just a simple, Atari modified ribbon cable, or some sort, with ports. Effort very good, though long time. A bit more info during development posted here, might of shed some light on the costs. Please double check those cost/shipping numbers one more time. Profit, yes, gouge us, no please.....

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Well, the price might seem a bit high, but this is a very specialized

item. There just aren't that many Mega STe's or STacy's out there. It

certainly can't meet the qualifications for a big, bulk production run

of any sort. Also, its not anyone's fault that the US dollar is so weak

right now. :(

 

I'm not so sure about the simple part either. I guess it is to some

people. If it was so simple though, why has it taken so long for someone

to actually produce one? :)

 

I'm perfectly happy with the price. In fact, I ordered 2. I'd have probably

paid a lot more as well, if it had been necessary, simply because there is

no other choice (for me) available. Do I wish it had been a $1.99? Sure,

but the economics dictate otherwise.

 

I'm just grateful that someone like Alan did step up and meet the demand

for this item.

 

Have a great day.

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I hadn't seen anyone post any comments or pictures about what they had done with

their cable, so I thought I'd post a couple. :)

 

The first pictures shows Alan's excellent cable plugged into the internal ACSI port of

my STacy.

 

post-5822-0-10958800-1313915201_thumb.jpg

 

The 2nd pictures shows my Ultrasatan, bolted into the drive cage of the STacy. I

used the rails from a 3.5" drive adaptor kit (one of those that lets you put some

thing like an EZ or Zip drive into a 5 1/4" bay) to mount the Ultrasatan with. It

seemed to work fine - very solid. The Ultrasatan now occupies the place that the

original 20meg hard drive was.

 

post-5822-0-73417100-1313915316_thumb.jpg

 

The 3rd picture shows the drive cage, complete with floppy drive and Ultrasatan,

sitting in the drive bay, on the right hand side of my STacy.

 

post-5822-0-33397300-1313915340_thumb.jpg

 

Finally, this pictures shows the original hard drive cover, complete with ventilation

holes. I'll need access to the UltraSatan though, so I've got some dremel work ahead

of me to make it fit snugly around the Ultrasatan.

 

post-5822-0-31818200-1313915376_thumb.jpg

 

All in all, its turned out far better than I hoped it would. I'd love to see what everyone

else has done with theirs. :)

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