Kandur | 27 Nov 12:44 2014

Re: Sick of beige cartridge for the Glennside IDE card

Very impressive page and photos Daniel.
Looked at the Codimex CD-6809 video using the MiniIDE.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isrlvVa8bro
at Computadores Brazileiros. Is  the MiniIDE still in production?
When used with a Coco, what features is it adding to it?

Kandur

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 1:24:35 AM, you wrote:
> I use mine plugged directly into the CoCo, but now with the production of
> the MiniIDE, the Glenside has been put aside. The MiniIDE is small and
> perfect, and also get perfectly connected to a CP-400 and other brazilian
> clones.

> https://picasaweb.google.com/109345699838454178536/PrototipoMiniIDE#

> Daniel

> 2014-11-27 2:42 GMT-02:00 Willard Goosey <goosey <at> virgo.sdc.org>:

>> I use my glenside IDE in an mpi...

>> In fact I once asked the list if anyone was using one -as- an mpi (that
>> is, plugged directly into the coco) and got only silence in answer.

>> As for cases I made my own many snows ago.

>> Willard

>> Sent from Samsung tablet
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Neil | 27 Nov 08:00 2014

CoCoSDC Works Perfectly

Hello Ed & Darren,

I want to report the good news.  The CoCoSDC works fine. It was my error all along. I did not have it seated
properly and it was not making good contact with the pins. My soldering and the components were fine after all.

Just had a huge CoCo gaming session on it. Now if I can just get a few tips on playing "Those Darn Marbles". That
is one hard game.

Thanks for the amazing support Ed & Darren. 

-Neil

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Richard E Crislip | 27 Nov 06:38 2014
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DIsk to .DSK

Ok, Ignorant question. How do I turn a Dynacalc diskette into a
Dynaclac.dsk? TIA

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John Goerzen | 27 Nov 02:49 2014

Trouble writing to CoCo floppies from PC

So I have now managed to read all my CoCo floppies on PC, and I'm now trying
to write some CoCo floppies.  This is proving harder.

I used DSKINI.EXE from the COCO2EMU suite.  It went through the motions and
seemed to work, but the resulting disks produce I/O errors on the CoCo.

I had to set the BIOS to 720k instead of 360k for reading.  I also did this
for writing, because at the 360k setting, it would appear to work fine for
the first few tracks, and then generate a write error starting at track 16
on any diskette I used.  (At the 720k setting, it appeared to write OK.)

Is there a CoCo program that could, say, read a DSK image from audio and
write it (slooooowly, I guess) to disk?  I don't have a CoCo serial cable,
so I'm just wondering how I could get these wonderful CoCo programs that
I've downloaded to the CoCo.

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tim lindner | 26 Nov 19:42 2014

Sick of beige cartridge for the Glennside IDE card

So all this time I though people use their Glennside IDE card inside a
MPI. I though it was silly having such a big heavy cart sticking out
an MPI. But apparently people use the thing connected directly to the
coco. Who knew? :)

Anyway, I am considering designing and making available "SOB" cases
for the Glennside card.

But first I would need engineering drawings of it.

I see from pictures on the web, there are no holes in the PCB for
mounting a SOB style case. Would you all be willing to drill holes in
your own boards?

I imaging the hardware necessary would be inner plastic stand-offs to
separate the plastic plates. Plus long metal stand-offs to support the
card under the two additional cartridge connectors, plus two more at
the very end.

I am confident all the materials could be sold for $25, plus shipping.

Let me know if you're interested.

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Tim Fadden | 25 Nov 16:41 2014
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Re: DCHECK misfeature?

On 11/24/2014 5:43 PM, Robert Gault wrote:
> Bob Devries wrote:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Is DCHECK (NitrOS9 v 030300) coded to write its work files on the 
>> disk under
>> test? This seems to be a bit wrong to me, since DCHECK is looking for 
>> potential
>> problems on the disk that's being tested.
>>
>> In my view it would be better to save the work file to the current 
>> directory. I
>> know that DCHECK has an option -w=path, but if you forget....
>>
>> Regards, Bob Devries
>> Dalby, QLD, Australia
>>
>
> Bob,
>
> Dcheck should write saved files into the current directory of the 
> screen that called the command. If the drive is so damaged that 
> creating more files would be fatal, it is likely dcheck won't help 
> much. You likely will need a special PC program to check the low level 
> format and the equivalent of a SMART status if available.
> In any case, the best dcheck can do automatically is use the current 
> directory.
>
> Robert
>
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Louis Ciotti | 25 Nov 15:28 2014
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What are you using for your CoCo 1/2 display

What is everyone using for a display on a CoCo 1/2.  The CoCo 3 at least
has the RGB output, and Luis and other have converter to VGA for that, but
the CoCo 1/2 users are left to a hack for composite output or a TV.  I at
one time thought I could find a 4:3 LCD TV, but those appear to be
impossible to find.  I am using my only remaining CRT TV a 13" job that
works, but a larger display would be nicer.

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spereira1952 | 25 Nov 13:07 2014
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Re: The thrill of CoCo'ing again

I am using a Dell Mini-10 miniature laptop, running Windows XP for Drivewire 4. The connection goes through
a generic USB-to-RS-232 converter and the Drivewire cable to the CoCo. IIRC, I have been running for
something like 3 months, putting the laptop to sleep when I am not using it, and I have suffered only one
crash during that time. That crash happened when I was doing a lot of activity, checking out my new SDC, with
lots of power on & off cycles on the CoCo side of things, so I may have brought the crash on myself. 

smp 

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Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:14:05 -0500 
From: Aaron Wolfe <aawolfe <at> gmail.com> 
To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco <at> maltedmedia.com> 
Subject: Re: [Coco] The thrill of CoCo'ing again. 
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On Nov 24, 2014 9:17 PM, "Christopher Barnett Fox" <cbfox01 <at> syr.edu> wrote: 

> 2. DriveWire 4 on OS X Yosemite crashes often. What's the most stable 
environment for running DriveWire? I have plenty of hardware and operating 
systems at my disposal, and am comfortable with all versions of Windows, 
Linux distributions, and OS X. 

>From what Ive heard there are lots of problems with java on Yosemite. 
Until they are sorted out, I think you will have better luck with literally 
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spereira1952 | 25 Nov 13:00 2014
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Re: Cartridge case

You are not the only one! I would like to obtain one or two clean cartridge cases, as well. 

Perhaps someone might be inclined to design and make one available for sale? 

smp 

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Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:36:54 -0700 
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To: Coco <at> maltedmedia.com 
Subject: [Coco] Cartridge case 
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Hello, I'm interested in obtaining a coco cartridge case if anyone has one they would like to sell. 
Thanks, 

Sean R. 

Albuquerque, NM USA 

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abqpenmaster | 25 Nov 03:36 2014
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Cartridge case

Hello, I'm interested in obtaining a coco cartridge case if anyone has one they would like to sell.  
Thanks, 

Sean R.

Albuquerque,  NM USA

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Christopher Barnett Fox | 25 Nov 03:10 2014
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The thrill of CoCo'ing again.

Evening, all,

After well over 20 years, I'm CoCo'ing again and loving it. I was a member of the Richmond (Virginia) Area
Color Computer Organization (RACCO) back in the 1980's. Re-learning everything I once knew is very
slow-going. Aging brain filled with too much minutiae, I'd guess.

Three things set me back on the CoCo path:

  1.  Finally setting aside the time to build an RGB to VGA solution for my CoCo3. I used a Wei-Ya AVC-011
converter, which required only a custom cable be constructed to create a reasonably crisp image. It's so
much better than the CoCo3's composite out could manage! 80-column mode is finally legible! True, it's
nowhere near as good as Luis's FPGA solution, but it's good enough for now.
  2.  The CoCoSDC: Thank you to Darren for designing this amazing CoCo enhancement, Zippster for making this
run of boards, and Tim for the case. What an excellent package!
  3.  DriveWire: This is so cool it's almost eerie.

With these three things, I've reached a state where I expect to pick up steam re-learning fairly quickly. A
few questions, though,

  1.  I have access to DriveWire, CoCoSDC, and a single FD-502 drive. With this configuration, is it possible to:
     *   Copy a real floppy (Double-sided? Either DECB or OS-9 Lvl 2 formatted?) to either a DSK image on the CoCoSDC
or DriveWire?
     *   Copy a DSK image from either DriveWire or CoCoSDC to my single FD-502 to make a real floppy?
     *   (I have a number of old OS-9 Lvl 2 boot disks that assume a two double-sided floppy drive system.)
     *   There's no way to get the DOS command to boot from anything but Drive 0?
     *   There's no way to get either DECB to read and copy double-sided, or to get Nitros9 booted from CoCoSDC or
DriveWire to see my single FD-502 drive, since it's physical drive 0?
  2.  DriveWire 4 on OS X Yosemite crashes often. What's the most stable environment for running DriveWire? I
have plenty of hardware and operating systems at my disposal, and am comfortable with all versions of
Windows, Linux distributions, and OS X.
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