I have just finished a PS2 mod which now allows me access to the whole back catalogue of the PS2 via the use of my newly created home-brew PS2 memory card. This is a bit of a fluff on but if anyone wants to know how to do this drop me a line.
Right so having ticked off one side project and my list now down to a mere 12 projects I felt the impulse to add another.
So wouldn't it be great I was thinking, if I could have access to all those thousands of ADF files that are kicking about on the web without having to run WinUae on my PC to play them? Running them on my A500 tank would be so much better. Yes I know you can just get an A600 or A1200 and use a PCMCIA solution but that's not going to give me the lovely grunting sound of the drive seeking dusty sectors.
So I want a solution that allows me to write Amiga ADF files to floppy and guess what ? Some clever so and so has only made something to do just that ! ...
Now this is not a straight forward solution but going off initial tests my duel core aging PC with it's parallel port (remember those?), can do this ! So it's a case of making up a cable but that's a bit too straight forward for me. What about modding an old external Amiga drive so it's a self contained unit that can write my floppies ? I just happen to have one sitting around doing nowt so that's what I am going to do.
I will keep you all updated on my inevitable failures and then small victories until eventually I have a working solution. So far I have the Amiga drive in bits and a shopping list for my little electronics retailer that I will hit tomorrow.
So I have finally done it ! I can now write Amiga ADF files to floppy via Windows. This was by no means an easy process. In the end I used an old internal PC floppy as the Amiga external drive had issues with it's timings. I decided to use a biscuit board as more reliable (cable creep problems) and less of a fluff on. I modded an original floppy cable with cross over. The standard PC Floppy is now housed in the old Amiga external shell. I used an old 5v power supply to run the motor.
The thing to mention here is that as the documentation states this operates on the boundary of what the parallel port is capable of. It really wasn't designed to do this sort of thing. I had quite a few issues with Windows (I am on 32 bit, 64 bit is even more of an issue), but settled on the following as a working solution...
Windows 7 32 bit: Run "msconfig". In msconfig select the Boot tab, click Advanced Options..., activate the Number of processors check box and select 1 from the drop-down list.
Disable test signing with 'bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF' from admin CMD prompt
In BIOS set parallel port mode to EPP
Boot with F8 and select 'Disable Driver Signature Enforcement'
To Write Disks ...
Run as administrator Select 'Drive A' Set 'Pre-Compensation' to 'off'