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  1. GoTek Floppy Emulator, Part III - Try to crack the nut, first try

    So what's in the firmware for this thing? I can guess, based on the operation--and having done one myself, but it'd be nice to get the firmware from the unit itself.

    So, there's that header near the power pins that I was talking about. I've identified the connections to the MCU USART and noted from that there's a serial boot utility that's present in the chip. All that's needed is a level converter for 3.3V logic to RS232C and a terminal emulator running on a PC (I really like ...

    Updated January 17th, 2013 at 12:37 AM by Chuck(G)

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  2. GoTek Floppy Emulator, Part II - Operation

    Okay, time to test this thing and see what's up.

    As mentioned earlier, this thing comes with a mini-CD--but don't expect much. You get English and Chinese versions of the somewhat cryptic manual and a couple of software programs in RAR archives.

    No installation routines; you have to figure that out all by yourself. No wonder they don't sell many of these.

    The format is fixed at 18 512-byte sectors per track on 80 tracks, with sectors numbered from 1 to ...
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  3. GoTek 1.44M 3.5" Floppy Emulator Tear-down

    On a whim, I picked up a GoTek 3.5" 1.44M floppy emulator from eBay for just under USD$29 shipped.

    It arrived in a padded mailing envelope with a "China Post" shipping label. Inside, inside of a plastic bag was a "mini" CD and the GoTek unit with a couple of mounting screws.

    Here's a top view of the GoTek next to a traditional (NEC) 3.5" 1.44M drive:

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    Here's what the front looks ...
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