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Reply 120 of 132, by Cloudschatze

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dr.zeissler wrote:

What software do you use for the serial routing to the mt32?

Just modified game drivers, where I've adapted the MPU-401 routines for serial-port (COM1) usage. These drivers are all available in subsequent pages of the following thread, along with a small executable (SER31250.COM) that will set the PSSJ UART to 31250bps:

http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?70359

Reply 121 of 132, by dr.zeissler

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Thx, interesting solution.

CPU: PII 133-333 MOBO: SNI-D981 RAM: 512- FDD: Dualfloppy 3,5"HD/5,25"HD - 3,5"HD - 5,25"DD ISA-Catweasel HDD: 2x40GB - DVD
ISA(3): Audician32-S2Dreamblaster - GusACE PCI(3): Monster3D- Intel NW AGP(1): 3dfx V3-3000

Reply 122 of 132, by Cloudschatze

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Recently swapped-out the dimming CM-11 monitor with its newer-style (and less-used) counterpart. I'd thought that I was quite ready to move on from this system, but apparently not, having recently completed "Conquests of Camelot" on it besides. C'est la vie...

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Reply 124 of 132, by dr.zeissler

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I think the CM11 is a rebranded 1084 ?

CPU: PII 133-333 MOBO: SNI-D981 RAM: 512- FDD: Dualfloppy 3,5"HD/5,25"HD - 3,5"HD - 5,25"DD ISA-Catweasel HDD: 2x40GB - DVD
ISA(3): Audician32-S2Dreamblaster - GusACE PCI(3): Monster3D- Intel NW AGP(1): 3dfx V3-3000

Reply 125 of 132, by Cloudschatze

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dr.zeissler wrote:

I think the CM11 is a rebranded 1084 ?

Couldn't say. The actual picture tubes may be similar, in any event.

In other news, I swapped the Iomega Jaz with an external Microtech PCD-47B unit tonight; it having been on the to-do list for some time. There's no associated performance benefit, but the noise reduction is worthwhile, despite the hit to the overall aesthetics.

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I'm really quite done with this system now. No, really. 🤣

Reply 126 of 132, by Cloudschatze

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Cloudschatze wrote:

I'm really quite done with this system now. No, really. 🤣

Well, so much for that. Again. 🙄

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A longed-for Aiwa ACD-300 has replaced the Panasonic KXL-RW10A, and a CM-32L has been swapped-in for the MT-32. Go Super Dimension Fortress Macross Tandy 1000 RL!

Reply 127 of 132, by dr.zeissler

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The A2000 with A2286 is my favorite, but nice setup too 😀

CPU: PII 133-333 MOBO: SNI-D981 RAM: 512- FDD: Dualfloppy 3,5"HD/5,25"HD - 3,5"HD - 5,25"DD ISA-Catweasel HDD: 2x40GB - DVD
ISA(3): Audician32-S2Dreamblaster - GusACE PCI(3): Monster3D- Intel NW AGP(1): 3dfx V3-3000

Reply 128 of 132, by MrSmiley381

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So I have once again been fiddling with my Tandy 1000 TL. On boot it totally skips the XT-IDE BIOS and goes straight to DOS-in-ROM. My A: drive and B: drive still work fine, the VGA card works fine (and always displays in color now when it was graying out somewhat commonly before), and nothing else seems out of the ordinary. Running the TL setup program, setting date and time, etc., all of it is otherwise fine. I even swapped the XT-IDE for a serial port/floppy device with a boot ROM and saw no activity. Is there something obvious I disabled/enabled that would break searching for ROM's at boot? This thing was chugging along fine last week.

I spend my days fighting with clunky software so I can afford to spend my evenings fighting with clunky hardware.

Reply 129 of 132, by Cloudschatze

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Not sure how likely a scenario it might be, but it's possible the system's EEPROM contents are corrupt. Any change in behavior if you run SETUPTL /A, toggle between DISK > ROM > DISK, save, and reboot?

Reply 130 of 132, by dr.zeissler

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You have PQ3 and SQ4 as EGA?
I have tested to put the ega320.drv from SQ3 in SQ4 but that does not work. Perhaps there are special ega-versions.

CPU: PII 133-333 MOBO: SNI-D981 RAM: 512- FDD: Dualfloppy 3,5"HD/5,25"HD - 3,5"HD - 5,25"DD ISA-Catweasel HDD: 2x40GB - DVD
ISA(3): Audician32-S2Dreamblaster - GusACE PCI(3): Monster3D- Intel NW AGP(1): 3dfx V3-3000

Reply 131 of 132, by MrSmiley381

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Cloudschatze wrote on 2020-01-24, 04:05:

Not sure how likely a scenario it might be, but it's possible the system's EEPROM contents are corrupt. Any change in behavior if you run SETUPTL /A, toggle between DISK > ROM > DISK, save, and reboot?

I tried what you suggested and it was no good.

After hours of fighting with it, I did what I mentioned a long time ago in this thread; I downloaded and built the XT-IDE BIOS myself. I took the configuration program, tossed it on my Tandy setup disk, and it was able to load the BIOS already on the EPROM, reconfigure it, flash it, and boot again.

I don't think I've ever had an "all-in-one" PC that had this many bizarre problems before.

I spend my days fighting with clunky software so I can afford to spend my evenings fighting with clunky hardware.

Reply 132 of 132, by infiniteclouds

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I FINALLY found myself a SCSI CF card reader. Actually it is the same one you have. I really hope you documented your adventures with the Rancho RT1000B SCSI as I don't expect it'll be easy to get it going.