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Phu's hardware bonanza...
« on: March 16, 2010, 01:06:50 PM »
OK, I've had a lot of projects "on the go" for the last month or so, and some of them are now ready to offer. This process will work like the Behr Bonz system from last octoberish. I.e. the first n people to paypal the cash (or at the very least drop me an email/PM saying they want one) will get them. If you paypal money, please either PM me to say you've done so (and where the payment's coming from) or include your forum handle in the payment so I know who's got what. Obviously also include what it is you're buying...

Ok then, so the following bits n pieces are on offer:

PS/2 to Atari, Amiga or RiscOS Mouse adapters - £7 - No limit on availability.
Please specify if you want a RiscOS version, as the input plug is different. Not suitable for the A7000/A7000+ RiscOS machines (these already use PS/2). Works perfectly standalone, has quirks when connected to a KVM but can be persuaded.

Commodore 6-pin Serial IDE hard drive adapter - £20 - 9 Available - PSU NOT INCLUDED. NO CASE.
Allows the use of an IDE hard drive with Commodore machines with the 6-pin serial interface, e.g. VIC-20, C64, etc. Looks like a giant floppy drive to the machine. Supports a "DIR" file type for defining subdirectories. NOT COMPATIBLE WITH TURBOLOADERS. Power connector is a 5V two-pin connection - NO REGULATOR. Compatible with PC floppy power connector. Requires 5V regulated PSU with at least 250mA.

Universal RF Demodulator - £40 - PSU NOT INCLUDED. NO CASE. - No limit on availability.
Will support multiple transmission standards and 3 transmission bands (VHF low-band, VHF high-band, UHF). Not compatible with systems using positive video modulation or AM modulated audio (old french systems, old UK 405-line system, old Italian TV system). Not compatible with current French TV transmissions. Will support 6 presets and fine tuning. Composite video output and mono audio output. Requires 300mA 9-50V regulated or unregulated PSU. Includes LCD display for system/channel/fine tuning display.
-- might not be ready for the May open day as the firmware needs to be developed --

SCART cables still available - £5 each - Some exceptions for more unusual cables, particularly if they use expensive plugs.

BBC Micro Joystick adapters - on hold
I'm having trouble revising the circuit on these. I've worked out the problems electronically, I still haven't worked out how to neatly assemble the adapter neatly with the changes that were needed. Updates on these to follow.

Any questions, please PM.

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 06:09:08 PM »
How much is postage for these? I can forward the payment tonight.

2x Atari ST scart cables £16 (£8 each? Can't remember)
PS/2 to Atari mouse adapter £7?

I will also have one of those BBC Mirco joystick adapters when there ready.

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 09:08:07 PM »
If you absolutely want things posted (I know a lot of people will wait forever for stuff and will happily pick up at events ;) ) then add an extra £1 to cover postage costs - The only exception to this is the demodulators - these are quite bulky and will probably cost more to send.

To update:

3 of the Serial-to-IDE adpaters are now reserved - 6 left !

(any that are unsold here will go on sale on the open day)

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010, 10:36:11 PM »
payment sent for serial 2 IDE lead+ Atari Jaguar RGB scart cable

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2010, 07:59:11 AM »
No rush for my stuff Phu - will sort it out next week when back from my hols.  Are you going to Retro Rewind? 

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010, 10:22:52 AM »
<paranoia>

Just in case anybody's tempted to draw parallels with the 1541u device, I'd just like to confirm what the IDE adapter does and does not do:

1. It functions as a giant 1541 floppy disk drive
2. It supports a DIR filetype representing subdirectories
3. It does NOT emulate disks from disk images
4. It uses a special file system that can not be read by PCs - it can NOT be used to transfer files to/from PC
5. There is no built-in menu or other funky selection system
6. It does not support executing code on the drive, i.e. turboloaders, many demos.

So, if you're expecting to be able to drop .d64s on it and use them with a C64 you will be disappointed. Likewise, if you're thinking of using an IDE to CF adapter, putting files on the CF card on a PC then hoping to read them on the C64 you'll also be disappointed.

</paranoia>

Nobody's actually mentioned any of these yet, but the thought occurred last night so I thought I'd stop it before it started, so to speak :)

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2010, 10:27:32 AM »
In theory though, you could plug a real 1541 in with a Action Replay (or similar) device in and snapshot to the IDE drive?

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2010, 10:30:18 AM »
As long as the snapshot save/restore process doesn't need to execute code on the drive, yes.

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2010, 12:47:36 PM »
You could also use something like HDD64 to transfer .PRG etc files over from the PC. Thats the plan for my VIC anyway...
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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2010, 12:50:54 PM »
*raises an eyebrow*

You might want to check that process... I'm not overly familiar with HDD64 but something about that idea doesn't sound doable.... of course I might be wrong.... unless HDD64 can talk to the serial bus in some way ?

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2010, 02:45:08 PM »
HDD64 is a Parallel to IEC serial adapter program. Uses these cables http://sta.c64.org/xcables.html

Your PC mounts a .D64 image or shares a folder with app/data in, and presents it to the VIC/64 etc.

So, the C= sees the PC as device #8 and uses it like a disk.
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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2010, 04:33:56 PM »
can i have one of the Commodore 6-pin Serial IDE hard drive adapter - £20 cash at next R.C.M ok??
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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2010, 09:26:17 PM »
If you absolutely want things posted (I know a lot of people will wait forever for stuff and will happily pick up at events ;) ) then add an extra £1 to cover postage costs - The only exception to this is the demodulators - these are quite bulky and will probably cost more to send.

To update:

3 of the Serial-to-IDE adpaters are now reserved - 6 left !

(any that are unsold here will go on sale on the open day)

-- Richard


I can wait till May for the items. Would you rather me send you the money via Paypal now or would you prefer cash at the event?

Thanks
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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2010, 06:43:28 PM »
Something came in the post today...

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Re: Phu's hardware bonanza...
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 07:42:33 AM »
Nice!  8)
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