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  1. Default Tandy 1400 Lo-Tech XT-CF Help

    Hello, this is my first time posting here.

    I have a Tandy 1400LT computer, and I noticed that lo-tech had an XT-CF PCB. So, I made an order with Seeed, and linked them the .zip file on the Lo-Tech wiki, however, they got back to me saying the file was corrupted, and when I went to the file directly, it just redirects to a page: "Something went wrong".

    I have sent Lo-Tech many e-mails about this, yet they are not responding at all. Is there anyone on here that can give me the files for the 1400 XT-CF PCB, or is there someone from Lo-tech here?

    Thank you,

    -abrahamstechnology

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    Not sure I follow...you go the BIOS and flash utility from here - https://www.lo-tech.co.uk/wiki/Compa...y_1400_Laptops and it was corrupted?

    Sounds like you can use the generic XT-IDE Universal BIOS, don't necessarily need their version of the files.

    I picked up one of those boards a couple of years ago now...never have gotten around to building it - really should some day!

    Wesley

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyfurr View Post
    Not sure I follow...you go the BIOS and flash utility from here - https://www.lo-tech.co.uk/wiki/Compa...y_1400_Laptops and it was corrupted?

    Sounds like you can use the generic XT-IDE Universal BIOS, don't necessarily need their version of the files.

    I picked up one of those boards a couple of years ago now...never have gotten around to building it - really should some day!

    Wesley
    The problem is I don't have the PCB Gerber file itself, and I already made an order with Seed.

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    You could try to PM jj_pearce - he's the guy behind Lo-Tech.

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    The lotech card works with the 1400HD and 1400FD only. I contacted them and they said you cant use it on the LT.
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    Mine does have the expansion slot and edge connector, if that's the issue. Or is it a BIOS issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedpneumatic View Post
    The lotech card works with the 1400HD and 1400FD only. I contacted them and they said you cant use it on the LT.
    All the information on the Lo-tech site implies compatibility with all three Tandy 1400s, including the LT. If it was incompatible they should have noted the information there.
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    It sounds like OP is trying to run his own *boards* from the Lo-tech design, at Seeed Studio. AFAIK Lo-tech/James Pearce does not actually release the board design files for any of his projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glitch View Post
    It sounds like OP is trying to run his own *boards* from the Lo-tech design, at Seeed Studio. AFAIK Lo-tech/James Pearce does not actually release the board design files for any of his projects.
    Apparently he did for this particular board...there's a link, but the link doesn't work - https://www.lo-tech.co.uk/wiki/Tandy...xpansion_Slots and this says status is "Released - Open Source" - https://www.lo-tech.co.uk/wiki/Lo-tech_XT-CF_Boards

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    Did you ever make any progress with this? I just got a 1400LT as well and, while the floppies are fun, it would be nice to have an easier way to move files to/from the machine.

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