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  1. I think the drive/motor selects are on the cards....

    I think the drive/motor selects are on the cards. AFAIK we're very much in the alpha-zone of just getting the thing starting to work :)

    d.
  2. I think it's because he's making the entire thing...

    I think it's because he's making the entire thing PD - if you used the HAL you'd be GPL'd?

    I programmed initially with the STLINK, but have been using the self-update now, which is quick and easy....
  3. Aye. They are really impressively featured uCs....

    Aye. They are really impressively featured uCs. It just took someone getting around to doing it. There is now a complete open source archive->emulation chain, with consequently really excellent...
  4. Open source flux reader/writer running on $2 bluepill board

    I'm sure a fair few are aware of FlashFloppy, the open source firmware for the gotek floppy emulator. Its creator Kier Fraser has pushed out Greaseweazle, which is a flux reader/writer running g on...
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    Traindriver's getting some help over on stardot...

    Traindriver's getting some help over on stardot by the looks of things, but just incase anyone else comes across this thread. The PSU issues are usually around the X2 capacitors exploding - the PSU...
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    You should, in theory, be able to use copy with...

    You should, in theory, be able to use copy with the /b flag to get something across serial? And yes, I think you can coerce the system to boot across the serial port too (certainly the code seems to...
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    msdos - I've not seen cp/m for the Vicky. If...

    msdos - I've not seen cp/m for the Vicky. If you've got BASICA on there, you should be able to get a rudimentary serial program going, once you've done that, you can get kermit across, and once...
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    Hi there, I've got the files, but not managed to...

    Hi there, I've got the files, but not managed to get my victor physically up and out and on the desk at the moment (life is rather in the way). I confess I'm not quite sure when I'm going to get it...
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    Yes, both firmwares should allow you to "dial in"...

    Yes, both firmwares should allow you to "dial in" :)

    d.
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    Hardware store? Deionised and distilled are...

    Hardware store? Deionised and distilled are basically the same for this situation. It's used in automotive batteries and for steam irons.
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    Just to say, the version of the hardware now in...

    Just to say, the version of the hardware now in the repository (2.5) is tested and works. Started filling in the wiki with build information. I've also got a fork of Zimodem here:...
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    wd40 goes tacky and attracts dust. Don't use it...

    wd40 goes tacky and attracts dust. Don't use it to clean electronics, use it to get silly putty off jeans, free up rusted locks and the rest of it.
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    Distilled water and IPA should cover most sins,...

    Distilled water and IPA should cover most sins, and vinegar for battery spills (wash with water afterwards!). I'd generally shy away from compressed air and use an ESD safe brush - air is quite good...
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    :D I like your thinking. I think the thing with...

    :D I like your thinking. I think the thing with these is, given an 11mm punch, 5mm foam and some aluminized mylar, you're not going to have any trouble making new ones, even 20 years down the line....
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    Clearly they will degrade and have to be replaced...

    Clearly they will degrade and have to be replaced (as did the originals), but it'll be at least another 20 years... I've not been able to spot a reasonable source of small quantities of PE foam of...
  16. Ouch! Looking forward to seeing it up and...

    Ouch! Looking forward to seeing it up and running! :D
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    This is the stuff I use:...

    This is the stuff I use: http://www.dltpodiatry.co.uk/Padding/polyfoam-5mm.htm

    It's polyurethane so should last years and years.

    c.f. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/jrs.4984 :)...
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    I've built a few sets of these now - I've found...

    I've built a few sets of these now - I've found 5mm podiatry foam (which is available with adhesive backing, and is, like the track bed foam, open cell) + aluminised mylar space blanket to work...
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    Varta MemPac NiMH batteries are designed as...

    Varta MemPac NiMH batteries are designed as drop-in replacements for NiCd cells and can cope with the trickle charging perfectly well. Still advisable to keep them off the board.

    Unless you have a...
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    Just a quick note to say that the Schematic/PCB...

    Just a quick note to say that the Schematic/PCB and GERBERs have been updated, as well as the firmware, which now uses all of the RS232 pins the hardware makes available (it ignores DTR for the time...
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    Hello - lots of the stuff I'd have used to create...

    Hello - lots of the stuff I'd have used to create one appears to have vanished from the interweb (I don't have a vicki, but I've got a victor that can write discs of the correct format!). Let me see...
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    Thanks Tim :) Those're really awesome bits of...

    Thanks Tim :) Those're really awesome bits of advice. Beefed up the power and tidied it up where I can - you can't really go any bigger than the pad that you're supplying the voltage to (or taking it...
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    :D You have no idea how many knots I kept tying...

    :D You have no idea how many knots I kept tying myself in with that and going back and forward checking what each end was doing with a scope before I was comfortable I had it straight in my head!
    ...
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    Thanks :) - most of all it's fun! I'm fairly sure...

    Thanks :) - most of all it's fun! I'm fairly sure I can get it a bit smaller but I was trying to keep everything on one side, by the time I got it all to line up nicely I'd slightly lost the will to...
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    More OSH :) If you can fit the arduino...

    More OSH :) If you can fit the arduino programming header on it should be able to use the same firmware? This has all 8 RS232 signals routed - it's not half as tidy as yours :D - I was really...
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