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    WIP I'm afraid


      Originally posted by keropi View Post
      Wow, I missed the pre-built binaries links on the new homepage, where is it?
      The archive I posted above is not needed then since there is an official one
      It's not on the main page. I read the whole thing top to bottom in an attempt to work out how to download the binaries. I eventually just started clicking on all the links on the page one at a time in order to find them, this lead me here, then starting at the end I had to go back posts till I found the link here.

      Can I make a suggestion? If so, then the suggestion is simply to put the link to the binary downloads at the top of the page in a clear manner (like "Download the pre-compiled binaries here").

      Also, what is the current version? The main page goes on about V2.0.0 Beta 2, but the binaries are listed as Rxxx, so it is very difficult to correlate the version talked about in the wiki to the pre-compiled binary.

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        To be honest I would ignore version numbers as the project is now just using build numbers. Always go with the latest build as it's in a bug fix state currently, i.e. very little new functionality has been added for a while.

        Download links, forums, bug tracker are all things I would like to do. Any volunteers able to muck in would always be welcome


          Originally posted by pearce_jj View Post
          ... Always go with the latest build ...
          I have to disagree here. The latest version doesn't work on my "HIGHLY MODIFIED 5155". I can't get anything newer than r588 working, possibly due to timing issues. I have an AST HotShot 286 Accelerator running at 10mhz and at that speed the newer versions don't work. r588 works perfectly however.
          Last edited by ibmapc; January 8, 2017, 11:47 AM. Reason: Update speed of Hot Shot to 10mhz


            Are you able to identify the component(s) that cause this?


              Originally posted by Malc View Post
              The XT-IDE Universal Bios has a new home now....
              I'm missing a link to the sources or aren't they available any more? (or did I miss something?)

              TXS for any info or link!
              With kind regards / met vriendelijke groet, Ruud Baltissen


                Browse source at the top



                  Originally posted by pearce_jj View Post
                  Browse source at the top
                  The problem is, and I realised this only after about 15 minutes: the site is displayed in Dutch. I started to notice when looking at one of the makefiles, on the top left of the text was the word 'regel' displayed, meaning line number in this case. Going back to the link you gave me, I noticed that the words 'Bron weergeven' were white-on-black. Then I realised that this meant I was looking at the source code part. The funny thing is, we Dutch also use the word 'sources', or more often 'source code'. The way 'bron' is used here is actually wrong, it should have been 'broncode' or even 'brontekst'. The Dutch version of Wikipedia uses 'brontekst' so one can have a look at the source code how the page has been written. And I assumed this 'Bron weergeven' meant the same. Not one hair on my head, and I have still a lot, thought about 'source code'.

                  With kind regards / met vriendelijke groet, Ruud Baltissen


                    I didn't know the site even had multi lingual functionality It's just standard trac though, bug should be sent to their mailing list I guess:


                      Originally posted by pearce_jj View Post
                      Are you able to identify the component(s) that cause this?
                      Not for sure. but it seems to work ok at 4.77 mhz which also uses the 8088 instead of the 286 at 10mhz on the HotShot. I posted previously HEREpost #307 and after.


                        PROBLEMS getting "Lo-Tech-Compact Flash Adapter" to initialize in ISA Slot on 8086 XT PC (Amiga Bridgeboard)


                        I've been struggling few a while, trying many way to get a Lo-Tech 8 Bit ISA/IDE CF adapter working on my 8086 PC
                        The XT PC is is a Bridgeboard Accellerator card that is located inside a Amiga Chassis, (but the card mostly works indepedantly as a PC)

                        Specifically this version of the Adapter.

                        I have a two computers to test with to ensure things work (ie Flash Card, SD Card works)

                        The purpose is to replace my existing old Hard Drive Controller / Hard Drive Combination (WORKING, but too small, too slow, too old):
                        - The Current Controller is a (ISA 8 Bit) Western Digital (MFM/RLL) HD Controller (Model # WD10020-27X)
                        - The Current Hard Drive is a KALOK Ocatcon KL330 32 Mb

                        The above is fully working. Tested by Norton and Spinrite (100% Pass)
                        Base address is C800, and I've proven I can access it via (MS DOS "debug" via -g c800:5, to Access the interactive Low Level Format BIOS)

                        I've tried to replace the HD controller/Drive with a (Lo-Tech-Adapter and (IDE Drive, IDE-CF Adapter, IDE-SDcard Adapter), and nothing works in the 8086 XT PC.

                        To prove that the parts work I also tested in a 486 PC running MS DOS6.2

                        I tested with a Seagate Maxtor IDE Hard Drive (Works in 486)

                        I tested with a Syba IDE to CF Flash Adapter (Works in 486)

                        I tested with a Secure Digital IDE to SD Card Adapter (Works in 486)

                        They all work in some way in the 486 (Directly attached via BIOS/Montherboard) and work with ISA/IDE adapter (on the same 486)

                        None of the POSSIBLE combination work in the 8086 setup on the ISA/IDE Adapter
                        I even tried two versions of the X-IDE Image
                        - The standard Image
                        - and the Late Init version for Tandy

                        None of above work in the 8086, but both work in the 486 (with a small glitch on the ISA/IDE adapter and Compact Flash)

                        In all configurations, I am picking up the Storage device as Master.

                        *** WHAT HAS BEEN NOTICED IS THIS ***
                        - Using the DEBUG "-g c800:0", I can see the lo-tech ISA/IDE adapter. I see the text for the banner message in Base Memory Location (I can also change jump and shift locations).
                        - ABOVE I see in 486 and 8086 (same location)

                        But in the 8086 it won't the ISA/IDE Card Won't Initialize.
                        Note the WD Controller on the same c800 address does initialize and I have a working C: Drive

                        I can provide more information, or do more tests.

                        Looking for some advice on how to debug more?
                        Maybe another X-IDE image to try (a mod)

                        Appreciate any assistance.

                        Here is a summary of the test configuration's and results in a PICTORAL TABLE


                        If anyone is interested in the Arctecture of the Amiga and Bridgeboard, here is the design of the computer in detail


                          Just to add, the issue is that the XTIDE Universal BIOS is not initialising with the device in the bridge board. The Western Digital controller however does.


                            SUCCESS!! Lo-Tech ISA/IDE-CF Adapter Working in Amiga / Bridgeboard (8086) XT PC. (Initialized X-TIDE)

                            So I finally got the Lo-Tech Adapter working with X-TIDE Universal BIOS. I almost gave up.

                            I had some luck and DOUBLE stumbled upon the solution.

                            I've tested a few times and appears to be consistent Positive.

                            Further testing and understanding of exactly how things work is needed.
                            I'm no expert on Either Amiga or Bridgeboard, but a ton of testing and luck made things work.


                            1) The Amiga Bridgeboard boots on Powerup, but doesn't Active till the JANUS.library loads via the AMIGA workbench Boot disk.
                            2) However that isn't enough to Initialize the Lo-Tech / X-Tide
                            3) After Amiga Boots up, to active the 8086 XT you launch the PC-Window (Where the 8086 XT PC runs in)
                            4) But that still by itself won't initialized the Lo-Tech / X-Tide (since by design the Amiga Architecture Disables AutoBoot when a Controller/Hard disk in inserted into the ISA SLot)
                            5a) To enable HARD file Autobooting a File (Aboot.CTRL) is normally placed in the AMIGA (SYS:PC/System folder)
                            5b) Normally the Aboot.CTRL file has an entry that Points to a previously created HARD file on the Amiga Side
                            5c) But if that file is there, the PC XT will boot from the File like a normal C: Drive
                            5d) During multiple testing, I by accident removed the HARD file Entry from the Aboot.CTRL file (to supress the error Message, since I removed the HARD FILE)
                            5e) Had I remove the file (not emptied it), things wouldn't work, since AUTOBOOT would be disabled (thus no initialization of LO-Tech/X-Tide)
                            6a) That still would be enough since if the Amiga sensed the Lo-Tech Adapter via INIT it wouldn't turn on AutoBooting
                            6b) So it's IDEAL that Lo-Tech does not get recognized on Power up on the PC XT ISA bus.
                            6c) The 2nd Stumble luck was I didn't reboot the Amiga, and I had the DOS Floppy disk out of the A: Drive
                            6d) Instead of Power Reboot, I did a CTRL-ALT-DEL to reboot the XT PC 8086 a 2nd time, while amiga side was up, and Autoboot enabled with the empty Aboot.CTRL File.
                            6e) That triggered a normal XT PC boot, and since JANUS.library on Amiga Side was already started, the boot was a Standard Phoenix BIOS boot
                            6d) That 2nd XT Boot now does a initialization of the Lo-Tech Adapter with X-Tide BIOS, and the IDE connected device boots

                            The X-TIDE Firmware Image I used in the Lo-Tech is the First one in above post. No the Delayed Init/Tandy version.

                            I tested with the IDE-Seagate Maxtor Drive and it works.
                            I also tested with the Secure Digital SD-Card Adapter and it works. (Picture below)
                            Haven't tested with the Compact Flash Adapter, but I'm pretty sure it will work.

                            Here is proof things worked. Retested a few times and the sequence describe above is working/consistent.



                              Glad it's sorted, and thanks for posting the details.


                                Anyone had any luck using a flashed PROM with the latest version of the XUB on a 3Com 3C509-TP card? I can't seem to work out how to get it to work, it does work on the XT-IDE rev 3 card I have, so I know the BIOS is flashed right. I am guessing I need to somehow enable the ROM socket or put it at a certain address, but there are no jumpers on this card.

                                With the BIOS chip installed on the card, there is no XT-IDE BIOS screen at all in the 5170 I am trying to use it on.

                                Thanks in advance!

                                IBM 5160 - 360k, 1.44Mb Floppies, NEC V20, 8087-3, 45MB MFM Hard Drive, Vega 7 Graphics, IBM 5154 Monitor running MS-DOS 5.00
                                IBM PCJr Model 48360 640kb RAM, NEC V20,, jrIDE Side Cart, 360kb Floppy drives running MS-DOS 5.00
                                Evergreen Am5x86-133 64Mb Ram, 8gb HDD, SB16 in a modified ATX case running IBM PC-DOS 7.10