Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby Jepael » 2016-1-17 @ 19:45

I suggest you connect it in the way shown in the first pictures of this thread.
Take 5V power out from the FTDI board instead of VCC (which is 3.3V and maybe cannot provide enough current/voltage to be fed into 5V input of GOTEK).
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby teevee » 2016-2-26 @ 14:17

Jepael wrote:I suggest you connect it in the way shown in the first pictures of this thread.
Take 5V power out from the FTDI board instead of VCC (which is 3.3V and maybe cannot provide enough current/voltage to be fed into 5V input of GOTEK).


Thanks for the idea with connecting from the 5V on the FT232 adapter. It didn’t make any difference concerning the bridge. So I have still not found a solution of my problem.

I had an idea of other things that could be wrong.

USB driver:
I was looking at a “Computer forum” and found this comment from Jeff (Link)
by correctly copy/past the password provided and using the right driver for your usb serial adapter to avoid the BSOD, this can be done in 4 minutes.


I’m asking myself “Is the USB adapter available to provide any power at all if it’s not driver recognized?”

Check Cabling:
RX -> TX
TX -> RX

Defect adapter: (Link)
This guy here solved his problem by changing the USB adapter.


Nevertheless, I brought some “Dupont cables” in different colors. I would like to take some pictures, which show my connections as documentation.
• I thought this would be a good idea because then I didn’t have to blame a bad soldering as everything would be plug!
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby teevee » 2016-2-27 @ 16:02

I got one-step a head after I updated the USB driver on my computer, but the programming does not get very far before it freezes.

What is then wrong? :(

I tried a few times and never manage to get higher than 15/100:
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby Jepael » 2016-2-27 @ 20:01

Since it is FTDI chip on the serial adapter, go to the driver advanced settings and change the 16 millisecond timeout to 1 millisecond and try again.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby bjt » 2016-2-28 @ 09:28

Prob doesn't help, but I used a FTDI-chipped adaptor without changing any settings. Machine was an older Core2 Vaio running Vista.

I read that there are some fake FTDI adaptors around so be wary of that too.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby teevee » 2016-2-28 @ 10:03

Jepael wrote:Since it is FTDI chip on the serial adapter, go to the driver advanced settings and change the 16 millisecond timeout to 1 millisecond and try again.


These are the settings for my driver?
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bjt wrote:Prob doesn't help, but I used a FTDI-chipped adaptor without changing any settings. Machine was an older Core2 Vaio running Vista.

I read that there are some fake FTDI adaptors around so be wary of that too.


How can i know if mine is fake?
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby teevee » 2016-2-28 @ 11:22

I found the error and its now flashed:
The problem is the STM32_SerialBridge is not compatible with 64 bit Windows 7, so I found my old Windows 7 32 bit laptop, which worked after 2 tries :)
• It had a sync error at first try, but worked fully after. (It makes some sync something around 50/100)
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby bjt » 2016-3-01 @ 20:04

Perseverance wins every time :cool: Nice one!
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby keenerb » 2016-3-02 @ 13:50

Thanks to everyone in this thread. Managed to get my gotek flashed over the weekend, super pleased with my Tandy now!

http://i.imgur.com/PZlvLDg.jpg
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby hyoenmadan » 2016-3-02 @ 19:16

Awesome.
Gotek's flashed with HxC become pretty powerful tools to have. Maybe them don't have some of the advanced features of the full HxC hardware like double drive (A and B), but for general tasks them practically become the perfect substitute of a real mechanical drive (just don't buy too cheap versions, it will save you explainable problems in the future).

Ofc you want to keep a few working real drives if you have real disks to dump intro images.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby bjt » 2016-3-02 @ 21:14

keenerb wrote:Thanks to everyone in this thread. Managed to get my gotek flashed over the weekend, super pleased with my Tandy now!

http://i.imgur.com/PZlvLDg.jpg


Cool, I have a Gotek in my Tandy too!
The latest version of the HxC firmware actually has a fix that improves writing on Tandy (needed it for my TL/2).

Don't forget to try the DOS file selector! It lets you change between images on the fly & set up slot mappings.
https://github.com/bjt42/hxcfs
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby keenerb » 2016-3-10 @ 17:47

bjt wrote:
keenerb wrote:Thanks to everyone in this thread. Managed to get my gotek flashed over the weekend, super pleased with my Tandy now!

http://i.imgur.com/PZlvLDg.jpg


Cool, I have a Gotek in my Tandy too!
The latest version of the HxC firmware actually has a fix that improves writing on Tandy (needed it for my TL/2).

Don't forget to try the DOS file selector! It lets you change between images on the fly & set up slot mappings.
https://github.com/bjt42/hxcfs

This DOS file selector, it lets you select which disk image is presented to the drive, from the actual machine itself?

As in, no need to press buttons on the front of the gotek?
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby bjt » 2016-3-10 @ 20:29

Yep. This video shows it working with a real HxC but it works with HxC Gotek too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfovFoMaL54
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby keenerb » 2016-3-11 @ 13:03

bjt wrote:Yep. This video shows it working with a real HxC but it works with HxC Gotek too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfovFoMaL54


Huh, that is super interesting. How does the app even retrieve the list of files from the SD card? Is there like a trigger packet that's sent over the WRITE lines?
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby bjt » 2016-3-11 @ 15:33

There is a direct access mode triggered by seeking to track 255. See http://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_driv ... s_mode.pdf for more info.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby keenerb » 2016-3-11 @ 16:24

Oh that's super interesting. I see this has enabled a hard-drive emulation program on the Atari ST, any other neat utilities for MS-DOS systems you know of?
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby bjt » 2016-3-13 @ 21:18

Not aware of anything else. A hard drive emulation driver for DOS would be cool, quite slow however.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby carlostex » 2016-3-14 @ 22:35

I think i'm confused to what this firmware does.

On the original each position from 000 to 999 can hold 1.44MB of data, thus equivalent to 1000 floppies. You can use image files, so you need to write an image file and reconstruct it. So a 2GB stick will at least be needed.

How different is this process with the HxC firmware? We really need a video to show all you can do with the HxC flashed Gotek.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby hyoenmadan » 2016-3-14 @ 22:53

carlostex wrote:I think i'm confused to what this firmware does.

On the original each position from 000 to 999 can hold 1.44MB of data, thus equivalent to 1000 floppies. You can use image files, so you need to write an image file and reconstruct it. So a 2GB stick will at least be needed.

How different is this process with the HxC firmware? We really need a video to show all you can do with the HxC flashed Gotek.


You don't need do the partitioning and writting process with HxC firmware, just copy all your image files straight to the usb key along with a little configuration file created with the device configuration utility (windows and linux versions provided and available), that's all.

There are already a lot of videos which show what HxC firmware can do. Just go and search at Youtube, or check the manual at HxC home site.
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Re: Flashing the Gotek floppy emulator with HxC firmware

Postby carlostex » 2016-3-14 @ 23:29

Great but what about the numbers? Do the numbers still stay relevant? Or instead you can only have one position? I saw different videos where people have different numbers selected.
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