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Hardware News   Hardware News : Catweasel and MMC64: Christmas-updates, tUM-Sponsoring
   posted by Wiesel on 21-Dec-2006 22:18:09 (2340 reads)
Just in time for Christmas, we have an update for our Catweasel-customers that fixes two small bugs and adds a lot of new disk formats. The list of formats would go beyond the scope of this news item, therefore we have chosen a few special formats:


VERSAdos: Dr. Kümmerle of the department for safety and radiation protection of the Research Centre Jülich has sent sample disks of a Motorola VERSAdos computer, because the Research Centre had to comply with laws about archiving measurement data. More than 2000 disks have been archived and copied to up-to-date media using the Catweasel.

MHS Bootdisk: Douglas Tennant has sent a disk to us that is used to start an MHS machine. Since these disks cannot be copied using the original legacy equipment, the Catweasel now ensures that the machines can be operated in the future, using backup copies of the bootdisks.

Casio sampler disk: Casio has used disk drives in their samplers that spin at unusually high speeds. The Catweasel floppy controller has a variable bitrate, so it can read and write these disks in off-the-shelve drives. This is a good example that the topic of data recovery is not limited to computer technology. More floppy disk formats of music instruments will be implemented in future updates of the Catweasel driver software, such as the legendary synthesizer Emulator II.
If you have disks that are not yet supported by the Catweasel, please don't hesitate to contact us!

The new driver version has been reported to be stable since the last update, therefore it has left beta state. It can be downloaded for free from our support site.
Direct download: CWMK42200.zip

Planned formats for the next version of the driver are: Apple IIe, Macintosh 800K and 400K disks, and DEC RX01 and RX02 disks that have been requested by Mr. Axel Thiel of the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation.

MMC64 updates
The new BIOS-version V1.04 and the recovery disk are available for free download from our support site. The MP3-plugin that enebales the MP3@64 module on the MMC64 has been improved: Playback on NTSC machines now works errorfree.

individual Computers sponsors tUM-Party
Once a year, the creative elite of the European demoscene meets at "The ultimate meeting". Find out more about the demoscene on the websites of the digitale Kultur e.V. (Digital Culture). We're proud to provide financial support once again for a party that has satisfied all expectations that visitors have in a demoparty for several years in a row. tUM takes place from december 27th until december 29th, 2006 in Karlsruhe-Durlach, Germany. Find out more on the official website.

We wish all our customers and partners merry christmas and a happy new year!
    

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NomadOfNorad 
Re: Catweasel and MMC64: Christmas-updates, tUM-Sponsoring
Posted on 22-Dec-2006 0:36:48
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Cool!

Is there a comprehensive list of all the supported disk formats available and searchable online? There doesn't seem to be one at www.jschoenfeld.de that I can find...


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Re: Catweasel and MMC64: Christmas-updates, tUM-Sponsoring
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I wish I could code! The first thing I'd do would've been porting/writing an OS4 driver. I know one already exists, but it has some limitations.

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@firbodi

Quote:
porting/writing an OS4 driver. I know one already exists, but it has some limitations.

I’m unable to format my floppy disk in FAT format, works fine whit Amga Fast File system.

My biggest problems whit it right now is CrossDOS file system it complains about disk being write protected,
(I believe it has some thing to do whit TD_MOTOR, but I can’t see any thing wrong whit it.)

I like some comments on this from the developers of CrossDOS on OS4
(Hope they have CW at home)

As for any thing else that’s CW MK4/MK3 supports, I have little interest in Game port support (I do not have a digital joystick right now), I have no interest in PS/2 support or SID support. (I believe some one else is working on SID)


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The only thing that is important to me too is the floppy support. This way I can add a floppy drive to my MicroA1, and use it for quick transfer of small files.

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@Firbodi

Right now I can format using FFS in 1.78 kb, 1.44 kb, 800 Kb, 720Kb,

The driver works fine to write and read files to whit FFS (I think this work whit CrossDOS).

I have also noticed that I have hard time formatting HD disks as DD, disks whit out covering the hole on side of the HD disks, I guess this has some thing to do whit magnetic settings used to read / write to disk.


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Re: Catweasel and MMC64: Christmas-updates, tUM-Sponsoring
Posted on 22-Dec-2006 20:24:45
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List of supported formats (taken from the readme inside driver archive):

ID: 0 3.5" Amiga DD 880k (adf) (read and write)
ID: 19 5.25" Amiga DD 880k (adf) (read and write)
ID: 1 3.5" Amiga HD 1760k (adf) (read and write)
ID: 13 3.5" Archimedes DD 720k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 14 3.5" Atari ST DD 11sec 913k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 15 3.5" Atari ST HD 22sec 1826k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 26 3.5" Atari Falcon HD 1440k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 30 5.25" Atari 810 90k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 31 5.25" BBC Micro 100k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 32 5.25" Canon AXI 128 16sec 70k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 41 3.5" Casio Sampler FZ-1 1280k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 16 5.25" Commodore 1541/51/70 (d64) (read and write)
ID: 25 5.25" Commodore 1541/51/70(40T) (d64) (read and write)
ID: 33 5.25" Commodore 1571 (d71) (read and write)
ID: 6 3.5" Commodore 1581 (d81) (read and write)
ID: 27 3.5" MHS Bootdisk 320k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 42 3.5" NEC PC-9801 CNC HD 1248k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 43 3.5" NEC PC-9801 CNC DD 720k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 2 3.5" PC DD MSDOS 720k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 3 3.5" PC HD MSDOS 1440k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 34 5.25" PC DD MSDOS 180k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 18 5.25" PC DD MSDOS 360k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 17 5.25" PC HD MSDOS 1200k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 11 3.5" PC FM 128 16sec 320k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 12 3.5" PC DD 256 16sec 640k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 35 5.25" RDOS DD 360k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 28 3.5" SAM Coupe/Elite DD 800k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 36 5.25" Sinclair QL QDOS DD 360k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 37 5.25" Sinclair QL QDOS HD 720k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 38 5.25" TI99/4A 90k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 29 3.5" TRS80/Videogenie SS SD 85k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 39 5.25" TRS80 Multidos SD 170k (bin) (read and write)
ID: 40 5.25" TRS80 SS SD (bin) (read and write)
ID: 11 3.5" VersaDOS 16sec 638k (bin) (read and write)


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Are there OpenPCI drivers available or in development for the catweasel?


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