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Offline sucram

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Gotek USB on a PCW
« on: 21:44, 25 March 15 »
Hello eyerybody!

as I have seen, the Gotek runs on a CPC:
 Gotek USB in a CPC6128

 So I bought one for the PCW, Type: SFRM72-FU-DL
 With the DSKIMA program I have created IMG-files from DSK-images and  stored them on a USB-stick in a folder named IMG720.
The Gotek floppy emulator I have connected as drive B at the PCW.
 The power connector I have connected in reverse.
 The data cable I created initially as described here: http://www.z80.de/alex/joyce/shugart.jpg

That does not work, the PCW do not boot any more.

So I changed the data cable. Now it looks like this: http://oi57.tinypic.com/b3ki7c.jpg (as described for the CPC)
Also the jumper I set like described for the CPC: (http://www.soonwell.com/ebay_file/pro_pic/Gotek-Floppy_03.jpg)
Now the PCW boot again, but only drive a is detected.

The DSKIMA program I could only convert CF2-images, no CF2DD-images.


Does anyone have any idea what I need to do to make the drive to be recognized?

« Last Edit: 21:45, 25 March 15 by sucram »

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Re: Gotek USB on a PCW
« Reply #1 on: 21:16, 28 March 15 »
Meanwhile, I have attached an external power source and set a jumper to JA  to generete READY signal, but nothing changes.

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Re: Gotek USB on a PCW
« Reply #2 on: 22:47, 28 March 15 »
It works on CPC because amsdos has support for ibm type floppies, while pcw has no rom at all. I think you would need to flash a new firmware to your gotek to make it work.  You can ask @Jeff_HxC2001 how's development going on.

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Re: Gotek USB on a PCW
« Reply #3 on: 23:19, 28 March 15 »
Many thanks for your answer. So the CPC can use the Gotek only with Amsdos and not with CP/M?

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Re: Gotek USB on a PCW
« Reply #4 on: 23:30, 28 March 15 »
For the CPC there is no issue, as the pcw needs to boot from the floppy it is an issue however.

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Re: Gotek USB on a PCW
« Reply #5 on: 12:52, 01 April 15 »
Hello. A bit on PC drives: :)

PC drives normally comes prepared to work as DS1 (B), so if you want they to work as DS0 (A) you must modify them or alternatively interchange DS0 and DS1 at the cable (the twist you can see in the PC cables is for this unit selection, instead unit modification).

You can’t have two DS0 or DS1 units on the same cable, because they interfere each other. On the PCW it’s the units that comes prepared to recognise the signal DSx, so you can modify them or interchange the signals.

Take care on boot, though. PCW only boots from A, and you must use a 720 KB image, not a converted 180 one. Some boot games (like Opera ones) work if written in single step (the bootloader always do single steps), but CP/M won’t work because once the CP/M loader has done his job and the CP/M gets started, the BIOS detect a 720 drive with a 180 disk, so it attempts to read it using double steps (and also only one side, but that’s not the point).

Said all this, the PCW works perfectly with a Gotek drive; unlike the CPC, it’s always in "IBM mode" (sectors starting in $01 instead of $41 or $C1), and also using 9 sectors instead of 8 (like a real PC). I recommend the READY modification as some software expect it.

Regards.
« Last Edit: 12:56, 01 April 15 by Habi »

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Re: Gotek USB on a PCW
« Reply #6 on: 23:53, 01 April 15 »
That's right! A real Ready signal is important. So CPC and Gotek should have no problems using IBM format (Sektors &01 to &08). Could be used as kind of test.  :)
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