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    Good news everyone!

    Malc kindly tested and benchmarked the new transfer mode on his 5160 with an 8088 CPU and it works just fine and is approximately 10% faster than the XTIDE rev 1 device type/transfer mode so I have committed the new code to the repository. In other words, r601 is out.

    Binaries available here.

    (I would still very much like to see benchmarks from the target machines).
    Looking for a cache card for the "ICL ErgoPRO C4/66d V"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearce_jj View Post
    I've wondered for some time why databases from the time didn't write to disk partitions directly, it would have been a lot faster with such tiny cpu and ram. Or use FAT12 at least.
    Compatibility. Some devices were only addressable via DOS (ie. no int 13h interface). Also, in some cases, programmer naivety; in other cases, code was ported over from CPM for a set fee (or time limit on the contract).

    Quote Originally Posted by Krille View Post
    Malc kindly tested and benchmarked the new transfer mode on his 5160 with an 8088 CPU and it works just fine and is approximately 10% faster than the XTIDE rev 1 device type/transfer mode so I have committed the new code to the repository. In other words, r601 is out.
    Nice. I'm still planning on testing on 8086 and NEC V30 to measure any gains (unless someone else beats me to it).
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Documentation and original disks for: Panasonic Sr. Partner, Zenith Z-160 series
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    wow and the auto build script is still working

    http://www.xtideuniversalbios.org/binaries/r601/

    Nice work Krille.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    I'm still planning on testing on 8086 and NEC V30 to measure any gains (unless someone else beats me to it).
    Received my v4 XT-IDE with slot-8 mod, however I'm in the middle of a project where I have 5160s and a Tandy 1000 set up and exploded all over the place. Once that's done, I'll set up a 6300 and get to testing.

    Can NEC V30 support be selected with the xumb config program and simply reflashed, or will I need to re-assemble the source? I'll be testing with both, of course.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - The software "Overhead Express" (doesn't have to be original, can be a copy)
    - A working Sanyo MBC-775, Olivetti M24, or Logabax 1600
    - Documentation and original disks for: Panasonic Sr. Partner, Zenith Z-160 series
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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    For NEC V30 support use IDE_XTP.bin from r601

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