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    Hello,

    up for the sale there is this new IDE card, entirely developed and financed by myself. A short story of how it was born and what this hardware offers you can find here

    http://www.amibay.com/showthread.php...d-and-have-fun!

    The specifications are

    - IDE card for all the Amiga models equipped with a Zorro 2 style connector; OS 2.x and at least a Motorola 68020 cpu are required (PowerPC cpu is not supported). It doesn't Autoboot!;
    - it complains with the AutoConfig by Commodore-Amiga;
    - it complains with the coding-style showed by Commodore on all the developers material published officially during his activity (some things come from Amiga Technologies gmbh);
    - it complains with the IDE specifications from X3T9.2/90 and successive specifications (until ATA/ATAPI-6, but in fact, until year 2018);
    - it complains with the SCSI standard from T10, where this standard is used by IDE devices;
    - it support ATA discs and ATAPI devices (in fact, every IDE device is supported by this card: the problem is the support at DOS level, like filesystems, but this is not the aim of this hardware to offer DOS support for every ATA/ATAPI devices);
    - it support TD64/NSD and Scsi-Direct as addressing mode, for every ATA/ATAPI device, where it is possible to do so!;
    - every size of a disc is allowed, but the software will bound every action to a limit of 2TeraByte (2TB);
    - two devices can be used on a card, with the right jumper position selected on everyone (master/slave);
    - there is two timings stored inside this card, good for PIO0 and PIO1 and above: the selection of the right timing for every device is done automatically by the software of this card; a program to set up every device with the right cycle-timing is not needed;
    - the software for this card will include an easy tool that show what is attached on the IDE channel (if more cards are present, the software behaves like on scsi, shoved up all the devices attached to the cards, with a unique ID for every device; this ID is good for the ide.device and will not change untill the configuration of the machine will be changed!); this tool will show you important things, if there is an RDB structure found on the disc; anyway enough infos to setup a device; then a very important tool to install into the system all the DOS partitions found (the RDB is needed in this case, and the filesystem used by the partition need to be present or into the RDB or into the resource of the system), otherwise, with the help of the mentioned above tool, the user will do a mount list; this very important program is able to recognize disc-change properly and it knows how dismount a DOS partition, in the case of a ejected disc! All will happens without the intervantion of the user! And, naturally the device driver itself;
    - this programs are coded in Assembler language: the result is a very compact and efficient code;
    - this card (hardware+software) is copyrighted by me and is the result of 2 years of work done to satisfies my own requests and, later, for all the Amiga community all around the world!

    I state a price of 50 Eur (it was 60 Eur) for this card+software; postage is not included and it can vary; if you buy two of them, you will pay 95 Eur (it was 110 Eur)+ postage.
    Actually the software will be sent via EMail as LHA archive, because i am short in floppy-disc; but a nice solution with a Floppy prepared with all the software, is planned!
    This card will be sent in a well suited small package...i hope all will be fine...with everyone interested on this card!

    The software will include a debug version of the ide.device (the name of the game!), that show every thing done by the device driver during usage. The purpose of this version is just to solve problems: it need an installed version of sushi (look for Aminet or developer CD) and the result, saved in a file, will be sent to me, to correct the software or a wrong action of the user!

    The cards for sale are actually 5, two of them are ready to be sent!

    Payment with
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    IBAN (only for users from my country, it is a limit of my account and not a restriction imposed by me)
    transfer to MC card (i do not know how it work! Maybe it is ok for someone)

    All the best!
    Stefano
    Last edited by vibros; 5th May 2019 at 13:51. Reason: Added payment info

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    Dear Vibros,

    Maybe a stupid question...Does it autoboots?

    Best, Nowee

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    Hello,

    is not stupid! I have forgotten to write this things on the first post! It doesn't Autoboot: it has no ROM!

    Regards
    Stefano

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    Oh. A pity, I'd have gladly added it to my system. Perhaps the device can be burned into the rom? Did you try?

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    How is the transfer (MB/s)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nowee View Post
    Oh. A pity, I'd have gladly added it to my system. Perhaps the device can be burned into the rom? Did you try?

    Hello,

    the device driver of this card is strictly linked to how the hardware (IDE@ZII) has the address space organized. Then, this card has Autoconfig and the device driver made all the things only after the Autoconfig protocoll was passed without problems. So, if i have right understood your question...wait...you mean, to burn this device driver (ide.device) inside an Amiga ROM to do autoboot? If so i have no idea if it is possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BULI View Post
    How is the transfer (MB/s)?
    Hello,

    please, follow the link on the first post, to read the story of this card and look to the pictures: they show performances of this card on my plain Amiga 3000D with common fast ram (no burst or page things!). If you wish to see more, i can print here the result of SysSpeed.

    Regards
    Stefano
    Last edited by vibros; 29th January 2019 at 14:46.

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    Hello,

    i have made some test with SysSpeed...look here

    http://www.amibay.com/showthread.php...l=1#post927321

    Cheers
    Stefano

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    Very interesting piece of hardware... congrats for your work!
    A600HD, A1200 in "home made" tower, A4000T in progress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakeim132 View Post
    Very interesting piece of hardware... congrats for your work!

    Hello,

    many thanks! It is missing a very important thing: a review of this hardware! I hope someone will be interested to do that!

    Regards
    Stefano

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    Hello,

    i have updated the first post with more info about the programs for this card; if you had own a SCSI controller like the 'Squirrel', the suite for this card is similar but a little more efficient.
    I wish to remember that this card will be sent with a floppy disc, where this programs are stored (a nice floppy disc) and i will do my best to obtain a small package in carton nice too!

    Cheers
    Stefano

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