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Hardware CD Emulator

Postby gdjacobs » 2015-12-09 @ 06:29

Has anyone looked at building an emulator which essentially functions like a Gotek ATAPI device? Certainly, 2x or 4x transfer rates would be within the capabilities of modest AVR or PIC controllers. Emulating a DVD-ROM would likely take some additional capability.

Thoughts, anyone?
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Re: Hardware CD Emulator

Postby PCBONEZ » 2015-12-09 @ 06:39

Why won't software emulators like MagicISO or PowerISO work?
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Re: Hardware CD Emulator

Postby GL1zdA » 2015-12-09 @ 06:46

You need an OS to run MagicISO/PowerISO. Zalman did a Virtual ODD on USB:
http://zalman.com/global/product/Produc ... hp?Idx=965
I haven't tested this device, so I can't comment how well it works.

Another one:
http://www.startech.com/uk/HDD/Enclosur ... 2510BU3ISO
http://www.everythingusb.com/iodd-2501- ... 20845.html
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Re: Hardware CD Emulator

Postby gdjacobs » 2015-12-09 @ 06:52

I'm thinking specifically for DOS mixed media disks where SHSUCDHD is insufficient.
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Re: Hardware CD Emulator

Postby Stiletto » 2015-12-09 @ 07:54

Well, GL1zdA is on the right track. The ones he links only support ISOs though based on a quick check, so if they can be handled via ISO then you're good.

Nifty devices at any rate! I'd never heard of such a thing.
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Re: Hardware CD Emulator

Postby PhilsComputerLab » 2015-12-09 @ 08:03

I'd love such a product!
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Re: Hardware CD Emulator

Postby gdjacobs » 2015-12-09 @ 08:20

Stiletto wrote:Well, GL1zdA is on the right track. The ones he links only support ISOs though based on a quick check, so if they can be handled via ISO then you're good.

Nifty devices at any rate! I'd never heard of such a thing.


CUE/BIN would be the most universal, I think. It would be a great match for GOG titles.

Reading through some documentation of a guy interfacing to an ATA device with a PIC:
https://www.pjrc.com/tech/8051/ide/wesley.html#hwdesc

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