Cheap FDD emulator in Philips NMS8245 MSX2

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By jltursan

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25-05-2014, 19:24

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I also have bought a couple of them. It is not a jumper configuration. There is a 720kb version of the emulator and a 1.44mb version. I noticed that since 720kb drives are hard to get, the price is a bit higher for the 720kb version.

A lot higher in fact, and now even more! Tongue

I'm not aware of a 1.44MB->720KB firmware. You need to get the real 720KB emulator. Although seems easy, there's no individual working on that, only Amiga and CPC (and maybe Atari ST if I'm not wrong) are getting special firmwares.

By msxtrd

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25-05-2014, 21:37

Hmm, this company here http://embeddedsw.net/Aware_of_Junk_Floppy_Emulators.html actually carries a "Black list" of FDD emulators. What a parody, even "Lotharek HxC" emulator is listed as junk. Anyway a quite big list of fdd emulators if you scroll the page down ;).

By Grauw

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25-05-2014, 22:12

And let me guess… they sell an FDD emulator themselves, which is probably the only one that isn’t “junk”. Sigh.

By msxtrd

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25-05-2014, 21:56

Sadly most of these fdd emulators do not have a proper alphanumeric lcd display so you can't actually see which file you are about to load. HxC fdd emulator does have alpha numeric diplay, file browsing, directory browsing, and it is even possible to make a software disk image selector probably even on MSX. But it has not been done yet. There are working file selectors for HxC for Amiga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1zP6p9SBLw&feature=player_e... and Amstrad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnyC5te6Mn0&feature=player_e...

Is there no one who would take up the task to code a software disk image selector on MSX? =)

By msxtrd

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25-05-2014, 23:12

In case someone would like to look on Amstrad selector sources... http://sourceforge.net/p/hxcfloppyemu/code/HEAD/tree/HxCFlop...

By xostia

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26-05-2014, 12:42

Hi:

I am who started the thread... this fdd emulator was announced as 1.44 but you can modify it using a jumper... and, this way, it is 720K. In this model, J8 or J3 has this function (in my case, I switched on J3 buy I saw many people that used J8).

I did not modify the firmware at all.

Bye...

By Lord_Zett

Paladin (807)

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26-05-2014, 15:11

And does it work well? can you easly play games with it switch disks????? imm really intrested in this hardware becourse of the price and becourse i still not have my nowind.

By xostia

Rookie (19)

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27-05-2014, 12:03

Mmm... I tested to load software and even roms with some rom loader. The floppy switching with the buttons works as well... It is all I can say.

Bye

By st1mpy

Paladin (826)

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28-09-2014, 10:09

I'm thinking of getting one of these Gotek floppy emulators from ebay because the disk drive in my hb-f700 is dead now.
There are many different ones on ebay, which one should I get?
And is there any guides on how to connect it? (do we still need to worry about the ready signal?)

By xostia

Rookie (19)

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30-09-2014, 10:37

If you buy the gotek model, probably you will need the 720K version (I think that it can not be configured by jumpers). If you buy the model that I linked in the thread (big square on the plastic), it has a red motherboard and it has the jumpers to configure all (included the 720/1440Kb setting).

I hope that this will help.

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