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per
March 19th, 2010, 07:54 AM
The first run of XT-IDE cards has been all sold out. However, I would like to see if there still is a demand for another run of cards.

NobodyIsHere
March 19th, 2010, 03:39 PM
Hi! I am working with the PCB manufacturer for small run of PCBs. The order should go through soon as soon as we work out some final details. These will be the XT-IDE boards just like the first batch but with the corrected silkscreen in front.

This is the trial run to see how this goes. My intent is more for the home brew hobbyists so it will be PCB only, no kits, no preassembled units consistent with the N8VEM project. Based on these results I may start carrying these PCBs as a regular N8VEM item.

If you are planning on making your own PCB manufacturing run you might want to wait a little while so this batch can clear out. It is small so hopefully that won't take very long.

Please contact me directly or post here if interested. There is no obligation until the PCBs show up. Please do not send any funds until the PCBs have arrived. I will let you know when that happens.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

NobodyIsHere
March 20th, 2010, 01:22 PM
Hi! I just spoke with the PCB manufacturer and the order looks like it is going through. It is a bit complicated but it sure looks right.

This will be a small order of only 20 units so if you are planning on getting it on this order you should sign up soon. I will process PCBs in the order they arrive.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

NobodyIsHere
March 21st, 2010, 04:56 AM
Hi! If you are interested in the second batch of XTIDE boards please send me an email with XTIDE in the subject and I will add you to the list.

mailto:lynchaj@yahoo.com?subject=XTIDE

One note of caution is that due to differing quantities ordered, N8VEM related expenses, and other factors the price on the PCB only units will be different than the original offering by Hargle, et al. The price is set at PCB cost plus a small margin. As this is a non-commercial amateur project there is no "profit" and any extra funds will be used to offset N8VEM related development expenses.

As I recall the PCB only option price for the XTIDE original run was $9 or so. I am estimating a price for this run of the PCB only to be $12 plus shipping depending on how all this settles out.

Shipping would probably be $2 in the US and $5 overseas per board like the usual N8VEM rate. Of course all this may need to be adjusted based on conditions.

The good news is the order went through with the manufacturer so we are moving.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

NobodyIsHere
March 23rd, 2010, 04:02 PM
Hi! Just a quick update... about half of the first lot of XTIDE PCB only boards are "claimed". The PCB manufacturer sent me a message and they are expecting delivery in early April 2010. I will send out confirmation emails to anyone on the waiting list in the order they arrive in prior to sending out any PCBs. Please do not send any money or funds until the PCBs have arrived and everything is checked out. If more people sign up than there are PCBs, I will make another order and take care of them in the order they arrived.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

NobodyIsHere
March 30th, 2010, 03:23 AM
Hi! I am expecting the second batch of XT-IDE PCBs to arrive this week some time probably Friday or Saturday.

Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

salamontagne
March 30th, 2010, 04:13 AM
I was wondering if this latest run of PCB's includes a provision for a 5-pin power header, or if one is planned in future versions.

It would make powering an IDE drive or IDE-CF adapter that much easier...

NobodyIsHere
March 30th, 2010, 04:15 AM
Hi! These PCBs will be identical to the current ones except with an updated front silkscreen. There are no hardware changes.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

hargle
March 30th, 2010, 05:43 AM
I'm available for assembly.
For anyone who wants to get a card, but isn't so great with the iron, I have built dozens of these cards with great success.

PM me and we'll work out the details.

tremoloman2006
March 31st, 2010, 08:13 AM
I'm new to the forum and these sound awesome! How much would a fully populated board cost? (if available).

I'm no good with a soldering iron... I've tried many times and all I have to show for my troubles are scars from burning myself.

NobodyIsHere
March 31st, 2010, 08:29 AM
Hi! The bare PCB will be $12 or so plus shipping depending on where you live. Assembly and testing would be up to you unless you can work out an arrangement with Hargle or others.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

linuxlove
March 31st, 2010, 09:14 AM
I'd sure be interested in an XT-IDE card, something to fall back on should my MFM drive go dead. If you'd add a power header for the second run I'd sure be buying one.

NobodyIsHere
March 31st, 2010, 10:05 AM
Hi! These PCBs will be the same as the original run. I will not be making changes to them other than the updated silkscreen. They are in transit at the moment so I am expecting their arrival this weekend or so. If you would like the power header, add it to the wiki as an idea for the next revision of the PCB if and when that happens.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

GregLi
April 13th, 2010, 04:33 PM
I am also interested in obtaining one of these boards as well.

Thanks,
Greg

tremoloman2006
April 13th, 2010, 05:20 PM
I'm definitely in for at least one but will need someone to build it for me. :)

KD5VMF
April 15th, 2010, 06:59 PM
PLEASE!!!!!!!! :)
I really need some cards. Hope to get on the list.

NobodyIsHere
April 16th, 2010, 02:20 AM
Hi! My plan is to make an order for manufactured PCBs this weekend along with the N8VEM SCG (sprite color graphics & sound) board. I am going to get twice as many XT-IDE PCBs this time so hopefully they'll last longer. The last few days have been spent on the S-100 SMB project fixing some issues with the prototype boards.

I'll post with an update in the next few days. Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

Mike Chambers
April 16th, 2010, 09:41 AM
NOOOO!! they're sold out? i just logged on here hoping to be able to buy one to replace my prototype. it doesn't run the BIOS anymore, and when i try to flash the eeprom it errors when trying to verify the data was written. anyway, i will definitely order one ASAP!

maybe i have a problem with my SW1 settings. seeing as how mine is the original prototype (marked board #10) i have two DIP switch sets. can somebody remind me which is SW1?? are the switch settings the same on that old one as they are on the final board?? there might be a conflict with another board in the machine or something.

rangga
April 17th, 2010, 07:58 AM
hargle... You sent me a wrong item. I've sent you a pm and email. Please check it. Thankyou.

NobodyIsHere
April 17th, 2010, 09:59 AM
Hi! I ordered another batch of XT-IDE PCBs. I will post when they are available.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

Brian.Bondmen
May 2nd, 2010, 03:48 PM
I'm certainly in for one if they're still available. Thanks!

Brian

Raven
May 2nd, 2010, 04:14 PM
Poll not a very good idea, it's been a while and now I'd change my vote to 1 from None.

hargle
May 3rd, 2010, 08:00 PM
For what it's worth, I have just ordered 10 PCBs from Andrew, and placed an order for 10 more kits worth of ICs.
So far, 4 of them are already spoken for. Contact me if you're interested in a kit or card.
Estimated prices are: $27 each for a kit, $42 for assembled and tested, plus shipping. There may be some paypal fees too.

I will have final prices after jameco ships to me, and if I have to chase down an order from mouser for the eeproms.
All 10 of these cards will come with the ISA bracket and screws to mount it to the PCB, and will have jumpers installed! Woo!

It'll be at least a week before parts arrive, and probably two more before cards are shipping.

lutiana
May 3rd, 2010, 08:49 PM
I will have final prices after jameco ships to me, and if I have to chase down an order from mouser for the eeproms.

Would it be possible for me to get an pre-programmed ATMEL EEPROM From you if/when you order them from mouser?

NobodyIsHere
May 4th, 2010, 02:21 AM
Hi! The XT-IDE PCBs have arrived! The bare PCBs are $12 each plus shipping which is $2 in the US and $5 elsewhere. If you order multiple PCBs I will combine shipping but final cost will depend on weight. These are the "do it yourself" PCBs similar to the other N8VEM home brew computer project boards.

If you've already sent email you can just send a PayPal for the cost and I'll send you your PCBs. Be sure your PAYPAL address is correct!

You can contact me at mailto:LYNCHAJ@YAHOO.COM?subject=XT-IDE if you have any questions.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

PS, I've been really swamped lately with work and other things so I apologize if this seems a bit disjointed. Many people have sent XT-IDE emails but I am literally weeks behind on responding and completely lost track of any sense of a queue. My plan is to just send the PCBs out in the order I receive the PayPals to get the bunch thinned out a bit and then work the individual cases as needed. I much appreciate your patience.

Tetrium
May 4th, 2010, 10:57 AM
Will there be any future batches? Or is this the last batch that's gonna be made?

I might be interested in obtaining a pre-assembled one later.

hargle
May 4th, 2010, 12:47 PM
Will there be any future batches? Or is this the last batch that's gonna be made?
I might be interested in obtaining a pre-assembled one later.

I would think with the demand there will be future batches.
That said, andrew has PCBs right now that are waiting to be sold. If you've got a PCB, you can always source ICs for it later, and then get someone (or learn) to solder it up in the future.

Of the 10 cards that I announced I was going to source parts for and sell, within 12 hours I was sold out. Demand still seems good, so the flow of cards should continue.

Tetrium
May 4th, 2010, 12:51 PM
I'd realy prefer to have one completed unit. I realy can't solder. I'm a little short on cash right now, so no hurry right now :)

NobodyIsHere
May 4th, 2010, 04:14 PM
Hi! I guess I am rather surprised at the continuing demand for these boards. I thought these were the "clean up" orders to finish off whatever remaining interested builders there were left.

However, continuing interest is good and a testimony to Hargle's (and others) hard work on the XT-IDE project. When these boards are gone I'll order more like the rest of the N8VEM ECB Eurocard boards.

I think Hargle is right though, if you want to preserve your options but don't want the hassle of self assembly right now then get a PCB and hold on to it until another builder will assemble it for you or you do it yourself. Really this is a fairly simple board so self assembly should be a realistic option for practically anyone. I am sure there are valid exceptions but those are rare.

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

NobodyIsHere
May 5th, 2010, 02:49 AM
Hi! I spent some time yesterday evening going through my old email and messages searching for the XT-IDE requests. I think I've replied to all of them and everyone *should* be up to date on PCB availability. I mailed some PCBs out and am getting ready to send the rest as needed.

It would be a lot better if this were more organized but honestly current events are not helping matters a whole lot. I guess my advice is that if you'd like an XT-IDE board sooner rather than later is to send your PayPal with a correct shipping address. In the evening when I get a chance to work on this I start with current PayPals first since I want those addressed ASAP.

I *think* there should be enough PCBs to make everybody happy based on what I've seen so far. My plan was to order enough to deal with whatever current demand exists and have a small stash of PCBs for whomever comes along later. That still looks good at least at the moment.

Your patience is much appreciated by me and others on the XT-IDE project. Please remember this is a *hobby* not a business or commercial enterprise. We are hobbyists just like you!

Thanks and have a nice day!

Andrew Lynch

Tetrium
May 5th, 2010, 03:09 AM
Thanks! :)

I realize it's a hobby project (and one of the most impressive ones I've seen!), I'm not in a hurry though.
I just don't want to, lets say, arrive at the party to find the party is already over ;)

hargle
May 12th, 2010, 06:08 AM
Just an FYI to those who have contacted me about picking up a card from this batch of 10:

Parts received last night and I will be starting to build them up tonight. Expect an invoice via paypal within the next week.

hargle
May 28th, 2010, 11:27 AM
One more update: I goofed on parts needed, and had to get yet another batch of devices from jameco.
Good news is that everything is here now as of yesterday, and I have atmel eeproms!
So, apologies for the 2 week delay, but as of tuesday, for those of you who have ordered, expect your invoices to be coming.