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Offline BluesBrothers

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Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« on: 14:21, 26 December 16 »
Sorry if this has been asked before. I have a "Joyce" pcw that has been waiting for me to add another drive for quite some time now, and as it's Christmas, I started thinking what projects I could do.
So I'm wondering will HxC work with Joycey and what would I need? I have never so much as clapped eyes on one before so know literally bugger all about it

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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #1 on: 14:40, 26 December 16 »
I don't see any reason why a HxC would not work. But not having a PCW, I can't help with specifics.
Normally floppy drive systems support 2 drives (IBM type floppy bus, the type that has the twist in the cable) or upto 4 (if the hardware of the computer supports it) for the earlier Shugart bus. The CPC uses the Shugart bus.

HxC will work with either bus  :D

With both, you normally use a ribbon cable with one or more drive connectors. With the Shugart bus, selection links / jumper shunts select the address / drive number that the unit responds to. The IBM system instead twists the cable, which does the same thing. The HxC has links that can select the drive number.

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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #2 on: 19:58, 26 December 16 »
Some time ago, I found a forum connected with the HxC system, and somewhere in there was one or more thread regarding this.   I think someone DID get this working, but I'm not sure.   It was not very clear just what they'd done, and I never got around to following it up.


You might try looking for that


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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #3 on: 12:54, 27 December 16 »
So I'm wondering will HxC work with Joycey and what would I need?

Yes, it will work; in fact, that's how I conduct my experiments. :)

You can just use the same guide as for a Sinclair Spectrum +3 or an Amstrad CPC, same data and power connectors.

In this video you can appreciate one of my setups; the HxC is near the small monitor (without case, of course :p) with a pendrive plugged:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUCi_0CVkmk[/youtube]

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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #4 on: 13:53, 31 December 16 »
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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #5 on: 15:32, 01 January 17 »
Should Jon's post above be in the "PCW256 expansion port pinout" thread?

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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #6 on: 16:42, 02 January 17 »
Yes, sorry, asleep at the keyboard again..

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Re: Can HxC be fitted to PcW?
« Reply #7 on: 10:24, 03 January 17 »
Ah ok thanks for taking care of it :)