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SIO2SD problems, can someone help?

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Hi guys,

 

A few weeks ago I ordered a Sio2Sd from Lotharek. Now I am trying to copy an ATR to a floppy disk, but I cannot get it to work. I tried to find answers in the Sio2Sd wiki (the English part) and I searched AtariAge, but I can not find a solution. Hopefully some of you can help.

 

My setup is a 130XE and a XF551 fitted with a XF Speedy. I can succesfully boot from the Sio2SD as drive 1. I can succesfully boot from the XF551 as drive 1, a copy programm recognizes the Sio2Sd as drive 2 but when I start the copy process I get an error 138 on the Sio2SD. It is the same when I swap the drive numbers and when I switch off the speedy part in the XF.

 

But then the really strange part. I disconnected the XF551 to see if the drive is the problem. I use only the Sio2SD as drive one. I can succesfully boot an ATR with Mycopier (got it from this topic: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/206903-transfer-of-atr-images-via-ape-or-prosystem/#entry2667433 ) but when I start the copy process (with the Mycopier.ATR still as the active ATR) I get a read error. So the ATR which succesfully booted cannot be read anymore. The display of the Sio2Sd first displays the following: 31: $3F(?) $0004 and when I hit start again it displays 31: $53(S) $0004.

 

The Sio2Sd is configurated with Highspeed off, Topdrive off, device 0. I have set all unused drivenumbers to off.

 

Any help is appreciated!

 

Best regards,

Fred Meijer

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Hi ProWizard!

 

I also tried some Pokey Magazine ATR's you made :-)

 

All boot fine, but when I try to read the ATR with a sector copier I get a read error.

 

I have emailed Lotharek, I hope he will get back to me soon.

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Ofcourse ;)

 

Lotharek responded but does not know what the problem is. He can't help me. I have asked F#ready to take his sio2sd to Abbuc's JHV event in Germany. There we will test my sio2sd and I will try to copy an ATR with his sio2sd. I am very curious ;-)

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Hmmm,

 

at first I thought this is a speed issue (e.g. you are using a sector copier / Mycopier that is limited to ultraspeed, but the OS and/or SIO2SD is set much higher). But then I read that highspeed is off and even turbodrive is off. So I have no clues.

 

But I can take my SIO2SD/PC-micro or the SIO2SD in a 1010 case (with my SD-cards including various sector copiers) to the annual Abbuc meeting in Herten. Then we can examine your SIO2SD and compare it with my SIO2SD (settings, SD-cards, ATR-images, etc.) or one of the Abbuc hardware guys can take a look at it...

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That would be great! I have asked Freddy to also bring his device, but I am interested in your ATR's.

 

Tonight I will attach a new SIO cable to my SIO2SD and try another SD card. So maybe....... ;)

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Problem solved

 

After changing the SIO cable, using another SD-card and connecting the SIO2SD to a standard 800XE I still had the same problems. I also found out that when I tried to boot from the SIO2SD using Qmeg OS (my 130XE) I only got boot errors.

 

But I got it working now. The solution..... turning the sio high speed option on. When I turned it on with the default setting of 69 kb/s (setting 06) everything worked like a charm. Booting (standard computer and a computer fitted with Qmeg), reading from an ATR when the SIO2SD is drive 2 and I succeeded copying an ATR form SIO2SD (drive2) to a XF551 (drive1).

 

I am not a technical expert, but it seems like the SIO2SD is not functioning correctly when sio high speed is turned off.

 

I hope this thread is of some value for other (beginning) SIO2SD users.

 

Best regards,

Fred

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