IDE on MSX1 - tutorial

by snout on 24-02-2006, 17:35
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Source: MSXBR-L mailinglist

After the release of the MSX1 compatible IDE/CF driver, it was only a matter of time until the first step-by-step tutorial on how to install an IDE cartridge on MSX1 was to appear. Adriano published such a tutorial in Portuguese, in which he describes how to get things working for both the Sunrise ATA-IDE/CompactFlash interface and the CIEL IDE interface. The tutorial includes links to the software needed, links to external information and pictures of an MSX1 in IDE action.

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Comments (3)

By adrcunha

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24-02-2006, 22:04

The tutorial also includes modified versions of IDEFDISK and Sunrise IDE BIOS 2.40:
- IDEFDISK:
a) fixed a bug that causes program crash on machines with mapper in other slot than the main RAM;
b) direct access to VDP at ports 88h-8Bh allows running the program with 80-column cartridges that uses V9938 (eg Gradiente CT80NET); on a standard MSX1 machine nothing will appear on screen (the original IDEFDISK fills the screen with garbage, being a bit annoying), but the program will be fully functional, making it possible to use it under "blind usage" (just follow the step-by-step instructions);
- IDE BIOS:
a) added external memory mapper initialization, thus not requiring burning the MSX ROMBIOS EPROM with a modified ROM version with memory mapper support;

If there's enough demand, I may translate the tutorial to English.

By dvik

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24-02-2006, 23:32

Although its not that hard to understand portuguese (with some help from babelfish) it would be great to see a good english translation. I would definately appreciate it.

By Manuel

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25-02-2006, 12:42

yeah, and if you like, please send me additional texts for the Ultimate MSX FAQ. It would be nice to have a good answer to: Can I use IDE on MSX1?