Gotek Working on A3000 :))

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Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby BradBrad » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:04 pm

Finally got it going. :D

Here are a few pointers for anyone else who may be interested:

No mods needed to case [-X . Perfect fit. :D Just a little hand drill to 2.5 or 3mm in the holes is the Gotek case to fit the existing drive bolts.

Gotek needs flashing with a usb to serial programmer in 3v3 mode. I used the hxc2001 firmware and not the open source one (yet :twisted: ). It was £10 for the firmware, which seemed fair enough to me. The site is at torlus.com/floppy/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1683

So far, I have only got it going in 'Indexed Mode'. This means:

1) Each .adf has to be run through the HXC conversion software program (which is downloaded from the site). Use the default settings as it auto-detects type correctly.

2) Each converted file has be named specifically for the Gotek to 'see' it. This means 'DSKA0000.HFE', 'DSKA0001.HFE', 'DSKA0002.HFE' etc. This is a bit of a pain as there is no screen (yet :twisted: ) so I have resorted to a list on a piece of paper :lol:

The jumper needs to be on 'DS0' on the Gotek. The floppy cable in the A3000 is too short to reach so a longer cable is needed. Standard PC floppy cable will not work as some holes are blocked. The cable is flat, not twisted as the Gotek sits in the pics.

A small 256/512MB thumbdrive seems to perform better. The drive needs to be formatted to FAT16/FAT32 just before the initiation file is put on it (and loaded into the Gotek by holding both buttons for 2 seconds after power on). The config and generated disk images are put on afterwards. It seemed a bit fussy about being formated juat before the initiation file.

So far, I have only tried non-commercial or ex-commercial software from Woki's Acorn site (acorn.revivalteam.de/?site=Downloads). Planetemu etc files do not work. Probably this is because of copy protection? Anyway, plenty here :D

You can change disks just by clicking the up and down buttons. Sometimes, the first time you click it says 'empty drive' and you may need to click the mouse/drive again to give it a chance to register.

If anybody has an adf image of a disk with the HCCS IDE Manager on it I would be extremely grateful. That way I can hopefully get the hard drive working [-o<

Good luck all.
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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby grobda » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:37 pm

much better with a screen, you can use it in config-less mode which just cycles through any HFE files on the drive;

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I'm waiting for some smaller OLED screens that should fit in the Gotek fascia where the lcd counter goes;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/0-91-IIC-I2C-Serial-SPI-OLED-LCD-Display-128x32-3-3V-5V-AVR-PIC-STM32-Arduino/302110929185

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby BradBrad » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:13 pm

Very nice!

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby grobda » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:42 am

The OLED screen arrived today and wow! a lot nicer and clearer than the LCD one;

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needs a bit of modding to fit in the case, but there's enough room.

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby BradBrad » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:56 pm

Nice! Are you using Flashfloppy or the £10 Hxc2001 firmware? I don't know if the closed-source Hxc firmware that I downloaded supports OLED but I ordered the board anyway :evil: . Good work!

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby grobda » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:17 pm


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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby aotta » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:59 am

i've posted some weeks ago a pic of mine with HxC firmware.. ;)

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=11018&p=172689#p174563

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:52 pm

Hi,

i don't know if you noticed it but the firmware got an important update last month. The Acorn files format are now directly supported :

03 December 2017: Firmware STM32 USB HxCFloppyEmulator v3.1.0.4a

- New direct file formats support (Read & Write !) :
- Acorn machines : *.ADL,*.ADM,*.SSD,*.DSD and *.ADF file support .
- Camputer Lynx : *.LDF
- Commodore C64 : *.D81
- Thomson machines : *.FD
- Sam Coupé : *.SAD, *.MGT
- MSX Machines : *.IMG, *.DSK
- Spectrum : *.TRD, *.SDD

- New menu entry : Target system family selection.
This reduce a lot the risk of erroneous raw file identification.

- Lots of RAW file support improvements :
All sector sizes supported, advanced track skew and interleaving support.
FM & MFM support.

- Amstrad CPC DSK support : Fix for the One Disk/double sided Batman demo.

- Fix attempt of the "diymore.cc" OLED screens : OLED init screen delay
menu option added.
(Note : Please avoid these "diymore.cc" screens until i got an idea
what is the root cause of the issue.)

- Internal improvement : Track cache layer improved, RAW files support/identification improved.

Please report any issue to hxc2001 <at> hxc2001.com
Thanks ! :)


Plus :

17 December 2017: Firmware STM32 USB HxCFloppyEmulator v3.1.1.0a

More direct raw formats support :

- Akai formats (*.IMG)
- Casio FZ1 (*.FZ1)
- Emax machines formats (*.IMG)
- Ensoniq EPS & Mirage series formats (*.IMG)
- General Music formats (*.IMG)
- Korg formats (*.IMG)
- X68000 (*.HDM,*.XDF)

- Internal optimizations.

Please report any issue to hxc2001 <at> hxc2001.com
And if you want a specific file/disk format supported by the HxC firmware, send me an email too !

Thanks ! :)



http://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/HXCFEUSB_HFE_beta_firmware.zip

http://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/USB_HFE_hxc_floppy_emulator_firmware_release_notes.txt

Happy New Year !

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby danielj » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:00 pm

Thanks for the update, Jeff :) - is this now free of charge?

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:02 pm

danielj wrote:Thanks for the update, Jeff :) - is this now free of charge?


Of course the updates was, are and will be always free of charge !

Just copy the upd file to the usb stick, insert it into the gotek , press both buttons, power on, wait some seconds and that’s all.

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby danielj » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:22 pm

Ah, ok - but you have to pay for the initial license, got you.

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:38 pm

Yes at the indecent price of 12Euros, how a big dirty capitalist i am ! :lol:

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby danielj » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:40 pm

Personally speaking, I don't begrudge anyone charging for anything! :D

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Re: Gotek Working on A3000 :))

Postby Jeff_HxC2001 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:43 pm

danielj wrote:Personally speaking, I don't begrudge anyone charging for anything! :D


ok no problem ! :D


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