First post, by Blurredman
Some Time ago I built (via a kit) an 8bit XT compatable IDE interface with use for CF cards or the original ATA hard discs.
I intended to use it in my Amstrad PC1512DD, but upon installing it into one of the slots, the CF card gets detected in the ROM "bios", but most of the time it has characters missing from the Name auto detection, but even when the title is printed correctly, I cannot access the CF card properly.
I have tried the device in a modern day PC with an ISA slot and I can install DOS, access the CF card, no problems what so ever every time! But upon transfering the isa card/& cf card to the 8086, the drive's identification and contents are all garbled symbols/text and if I change a file etc it doesn't regester on reboot.
I am just trying to replace the 10mb MFM drive that is in there ATM that is slow, and as loud as hell, as well as having a fresh start of my own (I don't really want to wipe previous owner's files after 28 years of use).
I have cleaned the ISA contacts to no avail.
BTW, the kit is this http://www.lo-tech.co.uk/wiki/Lo-tech_ISA_Com … pter_revision_2
and I used the flash programme http://www.lo-tech.co.uk/wiki/Lo-tech_XT-CF_flash_utility
I don't think the 'XT Slot 8' thing is a worry, as the motherboard only has three slots, and I've tried the card in all three obviously.