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Old 20 May 2020, 00:44   #1
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Finally ..my external A1200 CD complete

So ..
I completed the external CD drive for my A1200 ...
I know a lot of peeps mount one internally ..but the thought of a huge great hole in the A1200 case was a no no for me.
So I decided to fit a CD drive in an external case with its own psu and on off switch.
..a 1 mtre ide ribbon gives a lot of flexibility and the fact that it plugs into a simple IDE socket on the A1200 rear was a compromise I was prepared to make.
..and makes it removeable as this in turn plugs onto the 4XEIDE99 interface...with a short internal lead.
The CD rom is indeed loud when spinning up but acceptable.
attaching a few photos of this project.
I guess what is missing is someone inventing a fully functional CD32 emulator ..but that is most unlikely due to the missing AKIKO chip.
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Old 20 May 2020, 01:43   #2
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Not a bad solution. I toyed with a SquirrelSCSI on mine before giving up due to the SquirrelSCSI having a badly designed connector that mangled the pins in the PCMCIA port on two different Amiga 1200's
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Old 20 May 2020, 02:56   #3
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Nice. I'm still looking for a neat 5.25" powered bay to do similar.

I've got rid of so much stuff in the past that I'm now thinking "I wish I had that now", one of them being a 5.25" external floppy (not for the Amiga) with a little PSU that would have been ideal.

Although I'm thinking I'm going to try and 3D print a "shim" to sit between the case halves to allow cables to come out yet not cut into the cases. In no small part because I've never managed to cut anything into something like that and have it look acceptable!
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Old 20 May 2020, 04:01   #4
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Nice job!

I have a big old external tape drive unit, was thinking that it would make an ideal external CD but also have room to be an external PSU.
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Old 20 May 2020, 04:06   #5
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Cool. Is that case from an Amiga 5.25" external drive?
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Old 20 May 2020, 10:08   #6
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I guess what is missing is someone inventing a fully functional CD32 emulator ..but that is most unlikely due to the missing AKIKO chip.
Nah it's done, shipped with the IDEFix package back in the late 90s
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Old 20 May 2020, 10:30   #7
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Nah it's done, shipped with the IDEFix package back in the late 90s

If thats true ..where do I get my hands on it ?
Can you help ?
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Cool. Is that case from an Amiga 5.25" external drive?

No buddy ..
It originally housed an ALPS 5.25" floppy drive which attached to an Apple II
The same drive used in some 1541 C64 floppy drives..
needless to say that is where the actual drive mechanism ended up ..in a previous repair project.
This did leave me with a very usefull case going begging..and I throw nothing away.
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Nice. I'm still looking for a neat 5.25" powered bay to do similar.

I've got rid of so much stuff in the past that I'm now thinking "I wish I had that now", one of them being a 5.25" external floppy (not for the Amiga) with a little PSU that would have been ideal.

Although I'm thinking I'm going to try and 3D print a "shim" to sit between the case halves to allow cables to come out yet not cut into the cases. In no small part because I've never managed to cut anything into something like that and have it look acceptable!
Any case will do Druid ..
For power supply ..those cheap units from the far east are perfik...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HDD-POWER...sAAOSwHqpbJCh2
and cheap enough..lol
I cracked one open and removed the kettle lead connector so I could use a rear figured 8 mains connector instead.
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Old 20 May 2020, 14:17   #10
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I have one of those on order!

It's more that the old school 5.25" 1/2 height drives came with a nice little PSU integrated into a neat case.

Before the slimline USB etc CDROMs were a thing I had an external USB 5.25" adapter which would take a normal PATA CDROM. Threw it away years ago but can't get such a thing these days.
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If thats true ..where do I get my hands on it ?
Can you help ?
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http://aminet.net/package/driver/media/IDEfix97


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Old 20 May 2020, 22:39   #12
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I remember using an old case with an integrated power supply and put a CD-drive in it. It was kind of bulky but worked, with an internal IDE ribbon exiting on the side of the miggy. Yours is much slimmer and your solution is certainly cleaner.

Now you pinpointed the problem:

- who uses CD drives in 2020?
- CD32 titles aren't 100% compatible because of missing AKIKO. Some emulations exist though for titles that can work with it.
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I remember using an old case with an integrated power supply and put a CD-drive in it. It was kind of bulky but worked, with an internal IDE ribbon exiting on the side of the miggy. Yours is much slimmer and your solution is certainly cleaner.

Now you pinpointed the problem:

- who uses CD drives in 2020?
- CD32 titles aren't 100% compatible because of missing AKIKO. Some emulations exist though for titles that can work with it.
99% of the cd32 titles are compatible if you use the CD32 emulator included in idefix package
CDTV titles as well, most of the titles also are compatible/playlable
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Be careful if you have a CF "hard drive" as IDEfix97 doesn't like some of them. I believe because it detects them as removable and hangs (although cannot remember exactly why).
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Be careful if you have a CF "hard drive" as IDEfix97 doesn't like some of them. I believe because it detects them as removable and hangs (although cannot remember exactly why).
This is true, doobrey has a patch for that here: http://www.doobreynet.co.uk/amiga.html

Not sure if you need IDEFix running to use the CD32 emulator, been a long time since I tried it.
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This is true, doobrey has a patch for that here: http://www.doobreynet.co.uk/amiga.html

Not sure if you need IDEFix running to use the CD32 emulator, been a long time since I tried it.
Oooooh, thanks. I had it hashed out of the startup-sequence but I'll give that a go.
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