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New Hardware Coming…….

XF551s

Over the last few weeks I’ve been putting the finishing touches on several small projects that have been sitting on the sidelines.   I plan to have these projects up for sale by Cyber Monday.

One project was started over two years ago, but I kept stalling out on it, or my time got switched to other projects.  I’m finally now going to offer it up for sale.  That’s the long rumored and promised XF551 Control board.  This modification will allow on both my re-imaged boards and Atari’s original XF551 floppy drives to have a track display and some front panel controls.   More info will be available on it’s  product page.

Another offering will be a simple 1200XL cartridge extension board.  I’ve always been aggravated by Atari’s funnel shaped cartridge port that was too narrow to allow the Polish cases to be inserted.   I finally got off my duff to do something about it.   Further info is also on it’s product page.

Something that came up on a AtariAge.com thread a few weeks back also sparked my creative juices.  Some people were grousing about the problem of the Atari 130XE’s cartridge port being awkward to use because a person sitting in front of the computer couldn’t see the connector when he/she was inserting the cartridge.  It seemed to become a feel_to_insert situation.  It became a particular irritation when someone frequently changed cartridges.  While it’s not a perfect solution, I decided to try a dual right angle cartridge extension board.  With it you can insert two of your most commonly used cartridges and switch between them without having to physically remove the cartridges.  You still will have to reboot the computer after the switch.  tf_hh was invaluable in developing a functioning prototype.   More info is also on it’s product page.

Another thought I just had was a modified RA SDX cartridge.  Essentially instead of the horizontal cartridge slot at the end of the internal pcb, put a vertical cartridge slot there.   It should be doable.  The tricky part’s going to be the cartridge case design.   But it might help the unstable stacking effect on 1200XL/800XL/130XE computers.   Since I already have functioning prototypes, hopefully I can have a preliminary rendering up by Cyber Monday as well.

There’s still a few small projects on the drawing board so to speak.  Hopefully while waiting for the parts and boards to come in for these projects, I can finish them as well.    At this point I am only planning one big project for next year, the 1090XLR.  Not sure yet just what shape it will take, but hopefully I can come up with a prototype box by mid year 2017.

 

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Super SpartaDOS Cartridge/PCB is almost here!

XF551s

I know you’ve been chomping at the bits for this and I hate to keep torturing you with delays.  I want the process and the boards to just work.  So we are taking the time to cross our t’s and dot our i’s so to speak.  I can give you a look at what we believe to be the final boards.  We will be offering two versions.  One will be the full shelled cartridge and the other is just the pcb for insertion into the SpartaDOS original cartridge shell.

Here’s the KM-20 shelled printed circuit board:

PanosVersionSpartaDOS  PanosVersionSpartaDOS2

and here’s the pcb that will fit into the original SpartaDOS cartridge shell.  Sorry if it’s missing some parts.   Eagle wants to charge to convert their board format to 3d.  And the roundabout SketchUP method is tortorous beyond belief.   I’ve decided I don’t like SketchUp.   Who needs another 3d Cad program that won’t allow import of parts in any other format in the free version?

SpartaDOSOriginal2  SpartaDOSOriginal2back

Final preparations are underway.  Until then hang onto your horses!  🙂

 

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SDX Cart Reimaged update

XF551s

Great news!

The SDXCart reimage project I’ve been working with tf_hh has finally hit a milestone.  And what a milestone.  We have a fully functional prototype now.  Here are some pics:

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Now the next step is developing an enclosure.  I’m going to be offering the KM-20 shells heavily modified of course.  But I will also offer the pcb without a shell.  I have a quote out with Itead to see what they will charge to make the boards and partially assemble them at least as far as the SMD parts are concerned.

The current features are fixed:

Current version SDXDos 4.47

Flashable with Ultimate1MB and UFlash flashers

GALs and ROM are socketed for future upgrades and easier repairs

RTC with replaceable CR2032 battery backup

Cartridge Passthru

Cartridge Reset Button

External and SDXCart on/off button

Stay tuned.  I’ll have some more info on the XF551 Control board and display in the next few days too.