[Coco] micro drive configuration
badfrog at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 20:44:18 EDT 2009
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 12:20 AM, Roger Taylor <operator at coco3.com> wrote:
> At 11:40 PM 10/13/2009, you wrote:
>> While I think I understand what it is that you're trying to do I
>> don't completely understand the need. These days CF and SD cards are
>> stupidly cheap and for a coco so large as to be a waste of space. Could
>> you really fill up a 1gig card with nitros software or data?
>> I'm not sure if it's worth rewriting coco disk basic and the nitros
>> drivers over.
> Already done. It was worth it.
> Btw, I can click Go and build it all in seconds now that it's a Rainbow IDE
> project. 6551 boot module, NitrOS-9 virtual hard drive image, CoCoNet
> EPROM, etc. The CoCoNet ROM builder actually assembles the patch for Disk
> BASIC and overlays it on an existing copy of Disk BASIC like it was LOADM'ed
> on the real CoCo. Thanks to CCASM and Rainbow IDE, I've pretty much
> streamlined the process, give or take a few snags.
> ~ Roger Taylor
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> Coco at maltedmedia.com
This is starting to sound like the ultimate pak I would like to have
for the CoCo: Stick a $20 CF card in it, and be able to pick from
Disk Basic or an OS9 install. The disk basic side would have a ton
of virtual drives available (or an easy way to mount images located
elsewhere), the OS-9 side would have a good sized 'hard drive'.
(though my old hard drive was 20 meg and I probably had it 10% full,
even aftering pilfering Delphi and BBSes for everything I want)
Combine that with a way to transfer files to the CoCo with a terminal
program or the CoCoNet software, and you could do everything with one
pak that once would have required a multi-pak, a floppy drive, a hard
drive interface, and an RS-232 pak.
I'd be willing to pay up to $200 for such a device! It would make my
demos at the classic gaming conventions very easy and awesome.
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