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[Files] CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SEANN.lu
Posted on 01-Oct-2002 19:53 GMT by Alexander Holland9 comments
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Jens Schoenfeld of Individual computers has released a windows driver for the ISA version of the catweasel controller. The Win98 SE version has been released and Windows2000/XP drivers are to follow. Bundled with a modified version of ADFview and ADFLib, this release goes some way towards making a true hobbyists tool into a product for everyday users. WinUAE users everywhere start converting your disks. http://www.jschoenfeld.com
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 1 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 03-Oct-2002 05:54 GMT
Jens is a great hardware designer, but he really really needs a good
programmer. To bring out a card and not have software for it for four
years, by which time the socket it fits in is obsolete, is not a good
way to make a profit.
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 2 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by EmGee on 03-Oct-2002 06:18 GMT
Errr... ISA slot ?!?!?! Ever heard of PCI? Most new PC's come delivered with NO ISA slots at all anymore. Even the nextgen PCI slots are almost coming. Yeah I know that the ISA Bus is still in the x86 architecture, but no more slots to use it.
To conclude this story, ISA is obsolete, make a PCI solution, you would get a much broader audience
Greets
EmGee
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 3 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by X on 03-Oct-2002 07:26 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (EmGee):
I think Jens is perfectly aware of this, but the costs for
designing a PCI version of CatWeasel is apparently significantly
higher, compared to an ISA version. And in today's Amiga
market that's simply not feasible.
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 4 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 03-Oct-2002 07:51 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (EmGee):
Oh, by the way, like the first poster mentioned, this card has been around for four years now. ISA was still very alive and kicking in 1998.
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 5 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by EmGee on 03-Oct-2002 09:18 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (X):
What about this new DFx solution some Australian (?) company is developing ?
No need for any slot at all. It fits between the floppy connector and floppy socket on the motherboard. Perfectly for WinUAE/Amithlon users
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 6 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by X on 03-Oct-2002 11:06 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (EmGee):
There you go! A perfect solution. :)
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 7 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Mike Veroukis on 03-Oct-2002 11:55 GMT
Yeah, my PC doesn't have an ISA slot, so I couldn't use this thing even if I wanted to. PCI would make the CatWeasel useful to WinUAE/Amithlon and especially AmigaOne users. If there's enough of a market for the AmigaOne, there should be enough of a market for the PCI CatWeasel.
- Mike
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 8 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by analogkid on 03-Oct-2002 16:29 GMT
if you use "Disk2FDI", you can read Amiga-Disks with 2 floppy drives installed. No need for Catweasel or dfx
CatWeasel drivers for Win98 SE : Comment 9 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 04-Oct-2002 06:43 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (X):
"I think Jens is perfectly aware of this, but the costs for
designing a PCI version of CatWeasel is apparently significantly
higher, compared to an ISA version. And in today's Amiga
market that's simply not feasible. "
But the Catweasel isn't just for reading Amiga disks. It can read
almost every floppy ever made, if you connect the right hardware - 8
inch, 5 1/4 inch, 3 1/2 inch or 3 inch. It will even read the
variable-speed Mac floppies.
There must be hundreds of people who would buy a PCI card to read
their 3 inch Amstrad disks, for instance.
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