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Old 23 August 2013, 12:18   #1
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Connecting HxC2001 FDD Emu to external disk drive port

Hi everyone

Does anyone know if there is a version of the HxC2001 FD emulator that you can connect to an external disk drive port on the back of an Amiga 500/600/2000 etc and use to choose HFE's?

I've got the HxC2001 SD FC emulator and works great but you need to undo the Amiga's cover to connect it to power and the Floppy cable.

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Old 24 August 2013, 05:24   #2
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Hi everyone

Does anyone know if there is a version of the HxC2001 FD emulator that you can connect to an external disk drive port on the back of an Amiga 500/600/2000 etc and use to choose HFE's?

I've got the HxC2001 SD FC emulator and works great but you need to undo the Amiga's cover to connect it to power and the Floppy cable.

Thanks
You could make one using an old external drive, but unless you modify your Amiga's motherboard to recognize the external drive as DF0:, your external floppy emulator won't be very useful, as most games and demos are coded to load their data only from DF0:. A better solution might be to run a longer floppy ribbon cable from the internal floppy connector to outside the Amiga's case. If you don't want to modify the case you could just run the ribbon cable out the floppy drive disk slot where the internal floppy drive used to be. (You'd need to make a floppy power cable too unless you already have another power source available for the HxC unit). Lotharek sells a Rev C version already in a case that should be ideal for doing this with:

http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=18

For an A2000 you could probably mount this Revison F one internally as DF0: I think:

http://www.lotharek.pl/product.php?pid=42

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Old 24 August 2013, 13:36   #3
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When connecting the HxC to the CDTV the drive is recognised as DF0:

Whether my external connector is damaged or not, I got read errors on the disks though, so I gave up for now.

I have also managed to blow the even CIA chip messing around with external drives.
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Old 26 August 2013, 14:38   #4
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I had same idea, have an external 5 1/4" Amiga drive (a old no-name that mimicked a 3.5" 880KB drive) but since it became totally unreliable to read/write floppies on it, I have always kept it for the day I can use it with some other drive, but now the HxC came to mind, I have it already, but also have a brand new 3.5" original Amiga drive I bought maybe 10 years ago but never used it, as my 1988 A500 drive made a screeching noise last time I used it, so replace internal 3.5" and use external 5 1/4" enclosure for HxC
As I just moved house and can finally put my Amiga hardware in a room, I hope to get some movement on this front soon
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Old 09 November 2013, 09:39   #5
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I've soldered an cable from the external floppy connector to the HxC and it works perfectly both as df0: and df1:. Off course to use as df0: you must either disconnect the internal drive or move it to DS1..
 
 


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