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Old 18 March 2012, 13:49   #1
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Applied Systems Seriox Zorro card

Found an interesting Zorro card today I'd forgotten about in my parents loft - Seriox card by Applied Systems. I got it with a bulk load of stuff years ago and just stored it. Having a look at the larger SCN68681C1N40 ICs I would assume it's a multi-serial card probably with 4 ports. Has a DB37F connector on it but I don't have the cable. Looks to me that it was hand soldered.

Neither BBOAH or Amiga Hardware Database have a record of it, but the latter has an earlier effort by the same company HERE

It is marked:

SERIOX CARD
(c) Applied Systems Group 1993
Designed by Tony Leatham

I do have the original driver disk... which after much chewing and retrying my CatWeasal imaged. Unfortunately it's just junk and I think it's been overwritten as half way through the ADF is some scene ASCII art for cracked games.

Haven't ever seen one of these before and just wondered if any of you guys have or know anything more about it. It looks in pretty good optical shape so I'd assume it probably works but without drivers & cable I don't feel like installing it

Pic here:


More hires pics and crappy ADF image in the zone.

Of course if someone wants to buy/trade me for it then feel free to send me a PM. Otherwise it's going back in the junk box

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Old 18 March 2012, 23:26   #2
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I do have the original driver disk... which after much chewing and retrying my CatWeasal imaged. Unfortunately it's just junk and I think it's been overwritten as half way through the ADF is some scene ASCII art for cracked games.
It appears that you're correct that the disk has been overwritten and it's just junk as far as the expansion card is concerned, so this information is probably right at the bottom of your wish list, but I couldn't resist having a look at the ADF with a binary file editor while I've been online.

I've not tried it in emulation yet, but it looks to be a non-DOS disk containing a lot of compressed data. I've spotted 72 tell-tale -lh5-, -lh1- or -lh0- signatures and the following filenames:

FMRKatx-pre.lha
FMRKchaosfix.lha
FMRKdlm-dhlm.lha
FMRKgod-clit.lha
FMRKgod-hprt.lha
FMRKgod-mnzt.lha
FMRKheim2fix.lha
FMRKhlm-bsd.lha
FMRKhlm_h2tr.lha
FMRKmld-tctr.lha
FMRKpdx-h2fx.lha


It should be possible to identify, isolate and/or extract all the compressed code, even without mounting the image.
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From the included file_id.diz files, the archives are identified, respectively, as follows:

PREMiERE *AGA* CRACKED/FiXED BY METAL FORCE
Chaos Engine AGA/CD32 A1200/A4000 fix
TRAINED DANGEROUS STREETS [+11] -HLM VERSION
CliffHanger Trainer (+8)
HYPERION (+20) TRAINER (HLM VERSION)
Mr Nutz Microtrainer (+5)
Heimdall II FIX for ECS/AGA install on HD and 680x0 compability (for Paradox / TRSI / Fairlight version)
DRACULA TRAINER
Heimdall II Minitrainer (ALL VERSIONS). Includes also the PDX fix!
total carnage ecs trained by millenium and delight
Heimdall II Graphics fix. Unpack to Disk 1. Works with all released versions!
".

The last of these archives has a CRC error. I have uploaded them to The Zone.

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The last of these archives has a CRC error.
Actually, FMRKpdx-h2fx.lha is truncated because the end of the disk image has been reached. I'm presently searching, when I can spare a few moments, for the remainder of the archive starting from the beginning of the disk image. I don't even know for sure whether it's there, but if it is, then I'll find it...
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Glad it's keeping you entertained You never know what you'll turn up on other peoples old disks
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Have you tried mounting/booting the disk image in emulation? (I haven't got around to trying that yet.)

If so, what does it do?
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No, it doesn't contain a valid bootblock. To be honest as soon as I saw it didn't contain what I wanted I lost all interest in it
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