Date: 2007-12-18 09:57:01

Hallo Al,

> Ruud (Do you need parts?)

No, thank you very much.

Hallo Jim,

First regarding the name, X-IDE. The way you made the design makes it more suitable for other 6502 machines and of course the C64/128. I can imagine you selling the board to other non-Commodore users and then X-IDE will appeal more to them then 1541IDE. Objections?

> * ROM needed.  Should a drive contain a static large ROM/FLASH for
>   the DOS, or should it contain a small minimal one and load a bunch
>   of RAM with the real DOS and then protect the RAM?  I tend to like
>   the latter, but dunno.

As said before, Nicolas Welte's 6502 board will give you extra RAM and FlashRAM. It also isn't that difficult to add 24 KB of SRAM using a 32 KB IC:
I prefer to have a complete Kernal in ROM in the first place as the product will (hopefully) find a way to people not as skilled as we are. But nevertheless this is a very good idea to deal with certain tools like Validate and the equivalents of XCOPY and DELTREE; not incorperating them into ROM saves space for the real basic functions like handling directories.

Hallo André,

You created a SCSI interface for the C64. But AFAIK you nowhere mention a file system so one able to use it. If you have one, can we make use of it for out purposes?

Hallo allemaal,

I can imagine that you are more interested in a file system handling xx GB drives then one handling images only. But I learned a lot of it! So I shift my attention to the first one again.
Any volunteers for the 8250 hack? As said before, I only have a listing of the 8050 (PDF, 5 MB) but IMHO that shouldn't be a big problem.

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