Re: Vic-Switch Multi User eg: VIC-4012

From: Larry Anderson (
Date: 1999-12-19 18:08:30

Mike Naberezny wrote:
> One thing that you should be aware of is that the VIC-Switch has two
> annoyances.  First, there is no power switch.  This is easily fixed.
> Second, the device does not work with the C128 burst protocol.  However,
> this can be easily overcome as well by connecting together the ATN lines
> at each serial port inside the device.  I did this quite a few years ago
> and mine works great.  You'll come across some programs that don't like
> the box, mostly copy-protected games, but all well-behaved software works
> well with the VIC-Switch.
There is actually yet another annoyance, (having used these in a school
situation), while one computer has an open channel to the device(s) all the
other computers are waiting till that channel is closed, this can be a major
pain when one computer is loading some 200 block program sans fastloader.. 
Also the last disk command you sent may not be the last disk command the drive
received (like change partition).  It is a switch, not a multiplexer like LT.
Kernal had.


P.S. Wanna see my picture, I'm in the January 2000 issue of Shift Magazine
(page 64), Also Robert Bernardo of the Fresno Commodore Users Group, and some
other Classic Computing nerds that were at Vintage Computer Festival.  I think
Shift is only distributed in Canada at this time.  
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