[Coco] How about a new FDD Controller?
smostrom at mn.rr.com
Sat Nov 6 00:49:24 EST 2004
Jim Cox wrote:
> Besides time, money, and interest, what are the major obstacles to
> someome building a new Floppy Controller for the CoCo?
> From what I understand, it's primarily just finding or making a
> replacement for the Western Digital chip. If people are attempting to
> make and PFGA version of the 6X09 and the GIME, shouldn't the Western
> Digital chip be easier?
> Also, if someone were to build a new controller, would it be possible
> to design it in such a way that 1.2M 5.25" drives could be used to
> replace the older 360K 5.25" drives? I know there are actually
> differences that prevent using the 1.2M drives with current
> controllers, but could there be some "tweaks" in the firmware of the
> controller to get around this?
> DriveWire is nice, but it only works for NitrOS, and while I plan to
> use it for that, I would also like to work with DECB stuff too.
> Isn't someone developing a USB controller for the CoCo? If so, could
> one of those USB 3.5" floppies be used with it?
> Jim Cox
Would it be difficult to give the user more control, similar to
catweasel so that copies could be made of old protected software disks
before they rot away. I have never been a real lover of playing games,
but Marty's Nightmare was probably my all-time favorite, and only a very
few were ever made. It is copy protected. Many, many years ago I was
able to make a few copies of my original disk using COPYIIPC and the
transcopy board in an old IBM PC, but those copies will someday cease to
-- Steve --
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