A5000 - diving in at the deep end!

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Re: A5000 - diving in at the deep end!

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rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:12 am
mrbombermillzy wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:35 pm So is that with the steel ball or the gobstopper? :lol: :hide:
For me, it would be steel ball!
Seriously though, how is that working out for you?
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rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:14 am I do have a Gotek I could use, even if only temporarily to get stuff onto the hard drive, I'd be very interested in any ADFs you might have please.
OK, PM me an e-mail address to use. Nobody saw or heard anything about passing around software, right? ;-)
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:10 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:12 am

For me, it would be steel ball!
Seriously though, how is that working out for you?
As long as it's on a grippy surface, it's OK. The addition of a bit of silicone tube on the rollers does make the ball grip really well to those.
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stephen_usher wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:31 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:14 am I do have a Gotek I could use, even if only temporarily to get stuff onto the hard drive, I'd be very interested in any ADFs you might have please.
OK, PM me an e-mail address to use. Nobody saw or heard anything about passing around software, right? ;-)
I PM'd you my address, though why I don't know ;)

I neither saw, nor heard anything :dizzy:
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alexh wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:48 am Nice to know as I'll probably have to go through this with mine.
I've just gone back and tested my Transcend 128MB Flash module and it formats and works just fine, so I expect that the others didn't work as the geometry or something else didn't play nice with the A5000.

That however is good enough for me, 2 drives, 1 SCSI & 1 IDE.

At least I can say that the IDE interface is actually working and I am able to copy to it, create/delete folders and files, so fairly good result :)

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Now I am done :)
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rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:07 pm
stephen_usher wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:31 pm

OK, PM me an e-mail address to use. Nobody saw or heard anything about passing around software, right? ;-)
I PM'd you my address, though why I don't know ;)

I neither saw, nor heard anything :dizzy:
:lol: :hide1:
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rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:30 pm
alexh wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:48 am Nice to know as I'll probably have to go through this with mine.
I've just gone back and tested my Transcend 128MB Flash module and it formats and works just fine, so I expect that the others didn't work as the geometry or something else didn't play nice with the A5000.
Probably too large. The A5000 doesn't do LBA for a start. The ROM IDE stuff is incredibly limited and only truly supports the exact drives Acorn shipped in the machines.
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stephen_usher wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:44 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:30 pm

I've just gone back and tested my Transcend 128MB Flash module and it formats and works just fine, so I expect that the others didn't work as the geometry or something else didn't play nice with the A5000.
Probably too large. The A5000 doesn't do LBA for a start. The ROM IDE stuff is incredibly limited and only truly supports the exact drives Acorn shipped in the machines.
I did try with the Wizzo ROM softloaded, but even then it wasn't happy. I'm just glad IDE is working :)

I did have a 128MB CF card somewhere, but can I find the damn thing? Nope.

As it goes the Transcend module is way neater.
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Updated list of repairs:

1x CMOS/RTC chip
2x 74HCT245 buffer
7x mainboard capacitors (Maybe a few more than that!!)
15x capacitors in the PSU (Super fishy PSU this one!)
A bunch of bodge wires
A ton of time :)
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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