This is also a German interface, this time to connect an IDE hardddrive. It connects to the expansion port of the XE. I bought this one in the early nineties too. Sadly I can't remember which company made this. So I cannot give more info.
I am trying to find more information about my IDE-interface. I unscrewed it, but there is no info on the back..... I am now searching in the old Dutch Pokey Magazines for it. I know I bought it myself, so I probably wrote an article about it.
And to add another one. The 512k ROM-disk by Ralph David/Klaus Peters. This system provides a solid-state alternative to floppy and hard disks. Using up to 8 27512 EPROMs, this setup provides high-speed PBI access to commonly used software.
should i start a new thread for interfaces/interfacii? it could grow into something really interesting
I think that would be a brilliant idea. No matter what "port" it connects to on the Atari, old and new, commercial and home-brew, rare or common. You never know where it might lead beyond our personal education and entertainment...maybe reproductions? It seems to be all the rage among the engineering end of our community. Dropcheck, Lotharek, Candle, AtariMax...especially Dropcheck lately, with all her incredible reproductions and currently working on a 1090XLR...!!!
Atari 800XL, 2x1200XL mobo, 1x1200XL computer:( W/ AtariMax 256/ 512K Rambo, AtariMax 32-in-1 OS, "Gumby" Dual Pokey stereo mod, Super video 2.1 mod, hi-speed SIO mod, full PAL conversion), AtariMax MyIDE 2, SuperSDX w/R-time 8 cart, Happy 1050 W/ 1050toPC and SIO2PC device and com ports, RIX video b.o.b, APE-LINK SIO extender, 1010 tape deck, 1020 plotter, 1030 modem, CX22 trackball, CX77 touch tablet, ST mouse, Wico Command Control and CX40 joystick w/Stikstand.,
Post by charliechaplin on May 20, 2017 2:35:03 GMT
the IDE-interface was named "msc-IDE interface" and was designed by M.Belitz and S.Birmanns. GoodbyteXL from Abbuc still has this interface and can tell you more details about it (it supports up to 240 partitions of up to 16MB each). I also had this interface for a while but gave it away - three of my A8 friends had the interface and after a while the MBR of their harddisk always got corrupted/deleted/destroyed and had to be restored/recovered on the PC. Since this was happening to all of them (and even several times!), I knew it would be happening to me also sooner or later, so I gave the interface away and did not wait for an update/bugfix of the firmware Eprom. One of my friends waited and got the firmware update, but around 1995/1996 SDX was not as widespread as it is nowadays and he was a DOS 2.x and MyDOS user. Since the harddisk-interface and its firmware could not load bootdisks (nor ATR images), he did not make much use of it and only copied some program files onto the hardisk, while still using his floppydisk frequently. Not sure if he still owns the msc-IDE interface, since he is not very active anymore in the A8 scene. Older versions of the accompanying software for this interface can be found on some Abbuc magazines, think I also have some versions of the software in my collection, but I am not sure. (On my PC harddisk I have a partition especially for A8 software, one folder/subdir is named "Harddisk" and contains OLD software for various harddisk interfaces, like Black Box, MIO, MSC-IDE, the old My-IDE 2.x or 3.x, IDEa, IDE-2/IDE+, Supra, etc.; this subdir has not been updated for more than a decade...)
Afair, there was also an interface for 3,5" floppies from the UK, developed by Microdiscount and/or Rambit. They gave a populated prototype-pcb to Kemal Ezcan who could not get it working and he did lend me this prototype for a while, but me and my friend also did not get it working, so we gave it back to Kemal who most likely gave it back to Derek... (my friend said back then, that the prototype was populated, but not fully populated and the missing chips prevented it from working)...
Even Compyshop did create their own or invested in a third-party A8 harddisk interface (there are some articles about it on the Compyshop magazine). They used it only privately and never sold it, since it was far too expensive for common use and they had no DOS available that supported it - all routines, drivers, etc. had been written by themselves and they had been written especially for their personal tasks and not for general use. Still I am wondering why they mentioned it in several articles on the Compyshop magazine but whenever someone asked about availability, they responded that they will never sell this interface, just like they will never sell the Superspeedy to anyone. (But thanks to Abbuc, we now have the Superspeedy available, nowadays known as Mega-Speedy.)
8bitbaz: Oh, I'm sure you did, fella. It's my memory again. I d'load these menus but I don't always git chance to go through them all: I must have a bash at these Auras though as they seem to have some cracking bits n bobs onboard. Cheers Brenski & Baker.
Jan 17, 2018 0:03:57 GMT
Baker: I thought I'd posted his site somewhere before on AS, though at that time some of the Synapse area was still "under construction" and the Electronic Novels weren't there. lots of great stuff from all over the world all categorized by country and publisher
Jan 16, 2018 21:18:33 GMT
8bitbaz: Some beauties archived-away there, mate. It's like Christmas all over again!
Jan 16, 2018 20:32:09 GMT
Baker: click on games at the top, then Synapse, then electronic novels. You will still have to get the books and manuals from Atarimania where the uncracked versions are at.
Jan 16, 2018 20:08:54 GMT
8bitbaz: Cheers, Baker. I will investigate... Many thanks
Jan 16, 2018 20:07:55 GMT
8bitbaz: Yes, we seem to have hit another spell of the 'great and the good' passing-on, Brenski. That voice of Delores was indeed something else. My Cranberries faves: Zombie, Ridiculous Thoughts and Desperate Andy...can't think why
Jan 16, 2018 20:07:08 GMT
Baker: Here you go Baz, you still need two drives with both disks in on side 1, when it comes to the password from the book it just shows the hacker's name, no password needed, just continue mrbacardi.000space.com/?i=2
Jan 16, 2018 20:07:07 GMT
8bitbaz: It's not perfect, this new shoutbox, Fred, ie. the BOLD doesn't really look much bolder than normal type and it seems to be italic by default, but I do prefer it to the original, so well done, Brenski. What do other peeps think?
Jan 16, 2018 20:03:37 GMT
8bitbaz: Baker - I'm very interested in those electronic novels - please drop me the link, buddy. Tim, you sound "snowed under" with work, mate. Drop in here for some leisure time whenever you can, fella.
Jan 16, 2018 20:02:28 GMT
8bitbaz: I'm just back from driving through a blizzard in the wilds of Holderness just east of 'Ull. Rum do. Couldn't see a damn thing: white over. Mind, thawing out there now.
Jan 16, 2018 20:01:11 GMT
timothykline: Thanks, 8bitbaz! Incredibly, I'm still pulling 50-hour work-weeks, so makes it tough to participate, much less fawn over my Atari gear. So, I try to stop by for brief visits to see what I get to miss out on.
Jan 16, 2018 19:37:22 GMT
Mclaneinc: Yes, a little confusing...
Jan 16, 2018 18:35:35 GMT
Fred_M: To be honest I think the old shoutbox was much easier to read... What do the other users think?
Jan 16, 2018 18:04:30 GMT