How can I install Nextor to Sunrise ATA-IDE?

By Takamichi

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20-07-2019, 18:03

Quick question. How can I install Nextor to Sunrise ATA-IDE? I read the how-to here and found IDEFL128.COM here but cannot find "IDEBETA5.DAT" anywhere.

Last time I've done anything to the Sunrise ATA-IDE was 2003. I am running it with a 64MB CF card.

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By sdsnatcher73

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21-07-2019, 06:45

You can get the latest Sunrise IDE files from Konamiman’s Nextor page. Here is a direct link to the ROM. It is Nextor kernel 2.1.0 beta 2. Which works fine on my Carnivore 2 (which is Sunrise IDE compatible).

By gdx

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21-07-2019, 11:26

Note the following points before installing Nextor.

Advantages:

  • FAT16 will be much better supported.
  • Advanced functions from Nextor.
  • Partitions can mount directly on PC/Mac (but you must create them with Nextor).

Disadvantages:

  • The second card doesn't work of the Sunrise CF. If you insert both at the same time the FATs will be certainly damaged.
  • CD-ROM is no longer supported.

Also note that the partitions from the Sunrise are not compatible with Nextor.

By Takamichi

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21-07-2019, 11:26

Thank you but your "direct link" threw me into strange "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below." page.
Anyhow I guessed out of the URL and visited here, downloaded "Nextor-2.1.0-beta2.SunriseIDE.ROM", renamed it to IDEBETA5.DAT and saved it to a FD with IDEFL128.COM, booted MSX with DEL key pushed to ignore the Sunrise ATA-IDE and executed IDEFL128 IDEBETA5.DAT. MSX starts rewriting something then finished.
I could not boot nextor dos prompt so copied COMMAND.COM, COMMAND2.COM, MSXDOS.SYS, NEXTOR.SYS to the root folder from the PC. I Put back the CF card back to the Sunrise ATA-IDE then... MSX doesn't even boot, not even the MSX logo starts but the black screen persists!
I booted the Sunrise ATA-IDE without the CF card and the startup screen was;
Sunrise compatible IDE driver
v0.1.7
Initializing : Error!
Master device:
Slave devices : detecting. Unkn
own device 7474h

I tried powering on and off the MSX several times and the symptom is inconsistent, sometimes the MSX logo appears then hangs, once "initializing" has appeared but never proceeded.
I decided to reflash the rom, pushed the Surnrise ATA-IDE after the MSX has booted, tried IDEFL128 IDEBETA5.DAT.
Loading ...ok, flash programming: ********
Appeared three times then MSX hanged up!
Scared I destroyed the Sunrise ATA-IDE permanently, I tried flashing with the cart in slot 2. This time it completed.
But the black screen of death still occurs when the CF card is inserted. Is there any way to reformat the CF card or something?

By Takamichi

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21-07-2019, 11:28

gdx wrote:

Also note that the partitions from the Sunrise are not compatible with Nextor.

This might be the cause.

By gdx

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21-07-2019, 11:53

Format your CF under Basic with CALL FDISK. (see the manual)

gdx wrote:

The second card doesn't work of the Sunrise CF.

I meant to say: The second card of the Sunrise CF doesn't work.

By Takamichi

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21-07-2019, 12:15

After saving the files such as Bombaman and Snatcher translations, I deleted the unused partition and formatted the CF card on the Windows, then inserted it to the Sunrise ATA-IDE. After several more hangups I somehow managed CALL FDISK to complete formatting. SAVE "A". FILES. A is saved Smile At least I managed to install Nextor and format the CF card. Great THX!