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Reply 20 of 36, by Jo22

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In addition, there's also "FAT Sorter", a utility for Windows. It will sort files in a specific order on a FAT medium.
FlashFloppy also supports normal FAT (FAT12/16B), I believe, since that's what my 64MiB pen drive currently uses.

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Reply 21 of 36, by tayyare

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Thanks a lot for the input mates.

Now I'm waiting for the bits and pieces (pinheads to solder onto the PCB, USB/serial adapter, OLED screen, etc.) I ordered from Aliexpress to arrive. We will se what happens next 😊

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Reply 23 of 36, by Jo22

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Ah, yes. I remember there was that USB method, too. ^^
I went the USB-Serial route however. Or USB-TTL route, more correctly (+3,3v or +5v).
I reported back my experience at Re: Gotek fails floppy drive test

That beeing said, a true serial port from a 486 -without a converter (max232, etc)- would kill that poor thing (+/-12v).
The common USB-serial adapters with DE9 connectors all use +5v, too, so they *could* work as well.
(Never tried myself so far. I got one of these USB-Serial boards that are sold as accessories for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and alikes.)

Edit: I forgot - Please ignore the issues I described in that thread.
In the mean time, I updated the firmware a few times and they are all gone by now. ^^

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Reply 24 of 36, by tayyare

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c0keb0ttle wrote:

Use the USB A-A method to flash instead of the serial thingy. Much easier and less fiddly!

Either method requires me to solder the pinheads on the PCB anyway, so I'm waiting. 😊

PS: soldering will be done by someone qualified by the way, I suck at soldering. 😠

GA-6VTXE PIII 1.4+512MB
Geforce4 Ti 4200 64MB
Diamond Monster 3D 12MB SLI
SB AWE64 PNP+32MB
120GB IDE Samsung/80GB IDE Seagate/146GB SCSI Compaq/73GB SCSI IBM
Adaptec AHA29160
3com 3C905B-TX
Gotek+CF Reader
MSDOS 6.22+Win 3.11/95 OSR2.1/98SE/ME/2000

Reply 26 of 36, by tayyare

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keenerb wrote:

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/retired/10527

You can find solderless headers around, on ebay and whatnot. They work pretty well for things like this.

Woa, I never even imagined something like this exists!

Unfortunate thing is, ebay (actually paypal) is nomore around where I live, so I can't order from ebay in practice. Aliexpress (interestingly) has only this:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/OnnPnnQ-10pcs … iceBeautifyAB=0

Which doesn't look like solderless to me (no flexing legs on otherside as yours has). 😢

GA-6VTXE PIII 1.4+512MB
Geforce4 Ti 4200 64MB
Diamond Monster 3D 12MB SLI
SB AWE64 PNP+32MB
120GB IDE Samsung/80GB IDE Seagate/146GB SCSI Compaq/73GB SCSI IBM
Adaptec AHA29160
3com 3C905B-TX
Gotek+CF Reader
MSDOS 6.22+Win 3.11/95 OSR2.1/98SE/ME/2000

Reply 28 of 36, by tayyare

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keenerb wrote:

Ah, too bad. You can find them at a ton of places, but I don't know how shipping is to Turkey.

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3662?gclid=C … 5xoC0m8QAvD_BwE

Funny thing is, I just found the exact same part locally.... except it is not in stock. Oh my... 😠

http://www.robitshop.com/solderless-headers-10-pin-straight

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Adaptec AHA29160
3com 3C905B-TX
Gotek+CF Reader
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Reply 29 of 36, by Jo22

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Are we talking about the pins required for the TTL cables to make contact with the Gotek PCB ?
If so, if you can't find/get them locally: You can borrow them from broken PC motherboards.
They are on the front side of these boards sometimes, where the cables for speaker/power/led/etc connect to.

Alternatively, you can try to cut off the legs of some spare resistors..
The 1/4Watt or 1/2Watt types have legs which are thick enough, I believe.

Anyway, these are just some provisional solutions.
Getting the proper pin headers is more elegant, of course. 😀

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Reply 30 of 36, by tayyare

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Jo22 wrote:
Are we talking about the pins required for the TTL cables to make contact with the Gotek PCB ? If so, if you can't find/get them […]
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Are we talking about the pins required for the TTL cables to make contact with the Gotek PCB ?
If so, if you can't find/get them locally: You can borrow them from broken PC motherboards.
They are on the front side of these boards sometimes, where the cables for speaker/power/led/etc connect to.

Alternatively, you can try to cut off the legs of some spare resistors..
The 1/4Watt or 1/2Watt types have legs which are thick enough, I believe.

Anyway, these are just some provisional solutions.
Getting the proper pin headers is more elegant, of course. 😀

I already have aurdino cables around (cables with male/female dupont connectors) but the real reason is "Getting the proper pin headers is more elegant", of course 🤣

Besides, some of them also required permanently for some simple hardware mods, not just jumpering it for programming and connecting the TTL adapter.

GA-6VTXE PIII 1.4+512MB
Geforce4 Ti 4200 64MB
Diamond Monster 3D 12MB SLI
SB AWE64 PNP+32MB
120GB IDE Samsung/80GB IDE Seagate/146GB SCSI Compaq/73GB SCSI IBM
Adaptec AHA29160
3com 3C905B-TX
Gotek+CF Reader
MSDOS 6.22+Win 3.11/95 OSR2.1/98SE/ME/2000

Reply 31 of 36, by Oldskoolmaniac

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I did this mod the other day my bios won't boot from my any of my floppy images, but in can view them in windows.

Am i missing files that should be on the main of my fat32 formatted flash drive?

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Reply 32 of 36, by Jo22

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tayyare wrote:

I already have aurdino cables around (cables with male/female dupont connectors) but the real reason is "Getting the proper pin headers is more elegant", of course 🤣

Haha, I see. I do understand that, I prefered the proper way, too, when I flashed mine! 😀

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Besides, some of them also required permanently for some simple hardware mods, not just jumpering it for programming and connecting the TTL adapter.

Makes sense. I did the speaker mod right away from the start. I choosed a medum sized piezo speaker, added a cable with pins, and did set the volume to 19 in FF.cfg.
For mounting, I choosed the double sided tape. It worked nicely, since the speaker still had its black plastic casing
(the shop didn't sell other models. The guy on the cash register recommended me to crack it up if I needed the speaker only).

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I did this mod the other day my bios won't boot from my any of my floppy images, but in can view them in windows.

Am i missing files that should be on the main of my fat32 formatted flash drive?

Not that I know of. 😐 You need FF.CFG, IMAGE_A.CFG and some image files (*.ima).
Maybe it helps changing some of the default settings. Or making it bootable from the machine itself the Gotek is installed in.
I attached the files that seem to work on my PC/XT clone right now.

Edit: Tip: You can test your image of bootability in emulators or virtual machines.
Such as PCem, Virtual PC, DOSBox (BOOT image.ima). Always works for me.
Except for some odd OSes like DOS Plus. For some "!%&§$" reasons (please excuse the heavy speech) it refuses to boot on my vintage PC.

Even though it boots in generic PC emulators. Maybe it's because I use a boot diskette for my Gotek, not sure.
(The A: drive is a 360K drive. I'm ussing a special diskette that boots from B: drive, which is a Gotek. Works fine for PC-DOS.)

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Reply 33 of 36, by Oldskoolmaniac

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^Thanks that's exactly what I needed.

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Reply 34 of 36, by chrishenkel

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I recently got FlashFloppy working on my IBM XT. It has the OLED display mod, as well as an RGB rotary encoder.

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Currently the rotary encoder just changes from Blue to Cyan when there is disk activity.

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Reply 36 of 36, by Jo22

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FlashFloppy 0.9.30a is out (got released two weeks ago).
https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/releases/tag/v0.9.30a

While it doesn introduce new features for us (PC users), v0.9.29 did:
* IMG: PC-DOS fix missing IAM (host=pc-dos)
* IMG: All: Support long sectors (>1024k)

Also check https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/issues
Overview of the different releases so far: https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/releases

My update worked no problem so far, albeit my Gotek was still running with
the original updater/reloader that I got when I flashed the Gotek first time..
Anyway, just saying. I thought a little feed back wouldn't hurt. 😀

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