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Posted on 26-Oct-2002 19:26 GMT by Jens Schönfeld42 comments
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Two new products have been added to the products page of individual Computers: Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper and a PCI diagnosis board. Finally, a PCI version of the Catweasel controller is available. Plus, the new controller can also be used in an Amiga: The Flipper interface also allows plugging it into a Zorro slot. Additional interfaces allow a real Amiga keyboard on a PC, and digital joysticks will increase gaming fun on emulators by far!

Last not least, Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper can carry a real C-64 SID chip - back to the roots!

The PCI POST code display aims at professional service personnel. It displays the Power-on selftest codes that are supported by most PC BIOS versions today. Pegasos and AmigaOne BIOS will also support this kind of diagnosis.
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Posted by Radfoo on 26-Oct-2002 17:34 GMT
Sounds great, not a bad price too!
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Posted by Kronos on 26-Oct-2002 17:42 GMT
Nice !! Really nice ! So how does it work ? Do you need special drivers
for the keyboard, or will it be allready available at the BIOS/OF-level ?
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Posted by kriz on 26-Oct-2002 17:49 GMT
yeah, this is a really nice board. Individual got a lot of great stuff!!
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Posted by JoannaK on 26-Oct-2002 18:07 GMT
Extremely promicing, I still have my C64/appleII disks around.. Is there any info about what OS's are most likely to be supported?
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Posted by Oliver Hannaford-Day on 26-Oct-2002 18:09 GMT
But What About The Flipper Sound Card!!!!!
I want the soundcard, I need the soundcard...
Its ment for releace in the 2nd quater of 2002 :(
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Posted by Don Cox on 26-Oct-2002 18:15 GMT
This is exactly what is needed.
Jens is a very clever guy. The 11000 disk formats planned will be very
useful for archivists and librarians. (A lot of these will be the
enormous variety of cp/m formats).
Being able to use Amiga mice, joysticks and keyboards will be a big
improvement.
The Post Code card is like one that I used when developing a Z80
computer way back - it is a very useful accessory if you are playing
around with BIOS code or settings, or writing your own BIOS.
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Posted by Don Cox on 26-Oct-2002 18:17 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Oliver Hannaford-Day):
What was the Flipper going to do?
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Posted by Hans 'MazzelSiD' Wezenberg on 26-Oct-2002 18:20 GMT
Heh, absolutely great news! Zorro/PCI/Clockport support, with other words it
will work on ANY system. More than 1100 different disk formats, 2 joyports,
genuine Amiga keyboard support AND it can take up a SID!
And that for only 85 Euro.
Jens, i LOVE you.
I gotta get a couple of these :))
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Posted by Olivia Oil on 26-Oct-2002 18:27 GMT
Goood thing, the Catweasel mk3, great!!
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Posted by Peter Gordon on 26-Oct-2002 18:37 GMT
WOW! I have 2 spare 6581 SID chips right here... :))
Gimme gimme... :)
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Posted by Troels E on 26-Oct-2002 19:00 GMT
Very cool...
Got to have one of these when I get my A1.
And the C64 sound option is very cool too!
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Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 26-Oct-2002 19:57 GMT
Now *that's* a beautiful piece of engineering.
If anyone needs a SID in the US, mail me quick... My '64 stuff might not be much longer for this world.
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Posted by Darrin on 26-Oct-2002 20:32 GMT
Excellent. Put me on the list for when when the A1 is released. No more worries about reading Amiga formatted disks of having to connect an old and battered A1200 DSDD floppy drive to modern hardware.
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Posted by smp266 on 27-Oct-2002 03:47 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (Darrin):
How can anybody say Amiga is dead with great products like this?
It use to be all we got was overpriced, low-spec products (Which would only work on 1 system).
This thing is practically chicken feed.
In the worst scenario Amiga has morphed into various things, and gets driven on by a handful of enthusiasts. But that is far from being dead.
I think it is evolution in practice: Amiga adapting and surviving.
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Posted by Ole-Egil on 27-Oct-2002 06:55 GMT
As soon as I have any money, I'm getting one.
This is a really cool product :-)
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Posted by Senex (Martin Heine) on 27-Oct-2002 07:58 GMT
Great!
Jens, you don't need by chance someone who betatests the new Catweasel
on a Pegasos...? ;-)
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Posted by Kronos on 27-Oct-2002 08:07 GMT
In reply to Comment 16 (Senex (Martin Heine)):
..... than send it to me as it won't be here before my board !!
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Posted by smp266 on 27-Oct-2002 08:54 GMT
In reply to Comment 17 (Kronos):
Enough Bible bashing from me... Yeah get me one too
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Posted by Bill Hoggett on 27-Oct-2002 09:30 GMT
Kudos to Jens for coming up with what looks like an excellent product that will satisfy everyone. If it's not hugely successful there's no justice.
...and at such a resonable price too. :)
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Posted by x on 27-Oct-2002 12:31 GMT
In reply to Comment 19 (Bill Hoggett):
I hope there is good amithlon support :)...
This got potential!!
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Posted by Mike Veroukis on 27-Oct-2002 14:11 GMT
Amithlon (or it's sequel) support would be the icing on the cake! I assume it will already have WinUAE support as WinUAE could simply read it as a Windows drive that you can add via setup menu. I haven't seen so many positive posts in a row so it's definetly a great idea! :)
- Mike
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Posted by Anonymous on 27-Oct-2002 15:32 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Don Cox):
>What was the Flipper going to do?
NG Delfina sound card.
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Posted by Anonymous on 27-Oct-2002 15:45 GMT
In reply to Comment 22 (Anonymous):
Well I just read the page. This flipper is different than the Delfina Flipper. Misleading.
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Posted by Peter Gordon on 27-Oct-2002 16:29 GMT
In reply to Comment 23 (Anonymous):
Not misleading; "Flipper" is presumably what Jens adds to the product names of anything that supports multiple busses.
The Catweasle MkIII Flipper works in Zorro, then flip it around and you can use it in a PCI. Hence: Flipper.
(note: all of the above is conjecture :)
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Posted by Jens Schönfeld on 27-Oct-2002 20:06 GMT
In reply to Comment 24 (Peter Gordon):
That's correct. The Flipper interface allows multiple busses; PCI, Zorro and clockport. Initially I have developed it for the Delfina, but I found the Catweasel with this interface more promising when it comes to quantities. I'll do my best to have the Delfina ready for the show in december, but I can't promise anything. Too much work here - it took all day to answer all the Catweasel MK3 inquiries.
Jens Schönfeld
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Posted by CodeSmith on 27-Oct-2002 21:02 GMT
In reply to Comment 25 (Jens Schönfeld):
Jens, that's one AMAZING bit of hardware! You've neatly solved Amiga-PC floppy disk and keyboard mismatch problems - as far as I can tell, all I need is a bog-standard PC 1.44M drive and it will read any disk that physically fits, right? (740K, 880K, 1.44M, 1.76M), and thrown in a SID chip to boot!
WELL DONE! I will be getting a catweasel when I get my AmigaOne!
BTW, have you considered talking to Eyetech and BPlan for bundling deals? I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one thinking along these lines...
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Posted by John Niclasen on 28-Oct-2002 08:36 GMT
In reply to Comment 25 (Jens Schönfeld):
I would very much like to buy a Delfina sound card. Looking forward to that...
John Niclasen
Denmark.
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Posted by Bill Hoggett on 28-Oct-2002 09:54 GMT
In reply to Comment 26 (CodeSmith):
Eyetech have confirmed that they will be stocking the cards and that they will be talking to Jens regarding bundling deals.
I don't have any use for the bundle, but I'll be buying a card from them as soon as they get them in stock.
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Posted by Ole-Egil on 28-Oct-2002 12:11 GMT
In reply to Comment 28 (Bill Hoggett):
Excellent.
Life is schweeet :-)
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Posted by priest on 28-Oct-2002 13:42 GMT
Suoperb card.
Suggestions for CwMK4:
- implement USB or firewire version of it (currently it takes up one precious PCI slot)
- add more joystic ports
- add PCI-A1200cpuslot bridge on it (full A1200 connectivity ... like escena's (virtual) bridge card)
- add PCI-Z3 and Z3-PCI as well as PCI-clockport, clocport-PCI, Z3-clock... 8-)
- add new medium performance locall bus on it (4 or 3 PCI slots on peggy/A1 is too little anyway...)
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Posted by Sjoerd on 28-Oct-2002 14:34 GMT
Do I have to use only one floppy dirve in a PC?
In other words, under PC/windows wil it perform like th A drive?
Bye,
SJoerd
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Posted by Don Cox on 28-Oct-2002 16:47 GMT
In reply to Comment 31 (Sjoerd):
In my Amithlon machine there is a normal PC floppy, and the Catweasel floppy acts as a non-bootable second drive.
There would have to be support for the Catweasel in the BIOS for it to be bootable, I think. That would be possible with AmigaOne in the future, because Hyperion wrote the BIOS.
Nowadays, you are more likely to boot from a CD than a floppy.
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Posted by pizza fetish on 28-Oct-2002 17:54 GMT
oh CRAP!!
CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!
I just cleaned my closet 2 weeks ago, and I threw away all my old(new) PC 5&1/4 drives. Now I have to and buy one! CRAP!
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Posted by A.Scott Pringle on 29-Oct-2002 00:27 GMT
nice work Jens 8)
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Posted by Some Farker on 29-Oct-2002 02:34 GMT
In reply to Comment 30 (priest):
That's not a card; that's practically another freaking motherboard.
I say just keep it simple and elegant as it is. If you need another A1200, go buy another A1200. They're what, $50 nowadays?
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Posted by Nomad of Norad on 29-Oct-2002 04:10 GMT
Okay, is there going to be support for Tandy/RadioShack Color Computer floppies? That was the machine I cut my teath on, and I've got alot of CoCo disks with files on them that I might occasionally need to access. If I can read CoCo disks on my upcoming AmigaOne, I'll finally be able to box up the CoCo, stick it in the closet, and place some other machine in the place it's now using... :-)
(I've got a standard high-density peecee 5.25" floppy I can cannabalize from the mothballed 386 here. For that matter, I can take the 3.5" drive from it, too.)
NoN
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Posted by Andrew on 29-Oct-2002 17:24 GMT
What is all this talking about?
An FDD adapter for 85 euro? Somebody is crazy here!
Why would anybody need a floppy drive to waste one PCI slot? Who is using floppies now? A CDR for 1 euro can hold data from a thousand Amiga floppies!
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Posted by Don Cox on 29-Oct-2002 18:13 GMT
In reply to Comment 37 (Andrew):
And how are you going to get them onto that CD if your computer can't
read them?
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Posted by Andrew on 29-Oct-2002 19:50 GMT
In reply to Comment 38 (Don Cox):
Do you mean those who sold their Amigas and use PCs now?
I don't remember when I needed floppies last time. I have a CDRW, a ZIP and a removable HDD. I store all the old programs in CDs.
What to say about those who have not got their Amigas any longer? Why would they need floppies from Amiga? And losing a PCI slot? And paying 85 euro for it?
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Posted by Some Farker on 29-Oct-2002 21:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 39 (Andrew):
Nobody said you "have" to buy it. Fact is, lots of people have data on old Amiga floppies they'd like to back up. I, for one, lost a couple of animations when I transitioned from the Amiga to the PC because I had no way to get the data across (the Amiga was sold to afford the PC, so there wasn't a chance to do a serial xfer). It's just that simple...
If you've had an Amiga in the closet for years, or even just the disks, this might be a great tool with which to recover data you thought gone forever.
I certainly never saw anything indicating it *had to be* purchased.
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Posted by Zbigniew Dzherzinsky on 29-Oct-2002 22:16 GMT
In reply to Comment 37 (Andrew):
Well, I thought the Catweasel might be useful if I can find a PCW disc
drive to fit onto the board to load a ton of old text files I've had
sitting around for 15 years for a start, though I suppose I could get
a clockport one for that, it'd be quite useful for any future
AOne/Pegasos to have a PCI version that I can use for now in a Zorro
slot.
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Posted by Frans on 30-Oct-2002 10:55 GMT
In reply to Comment 37 (Andrew):
You're missing the point. It's not just a regular floppy controller, it is much more flexible. It allows the reading (and hopefully writing) of more than a 1000 different floppy media types. For people like me who are into 'retro' computing, messing about with original 8 bit computers and their emulated counterparts this card is a dream. It has never been easier to get software from the internet back onto the real 8 bit hardware, for us retro freaks floppies rule!
And, I also have drawers full of Amiga floppies that I'd like to archive or use on my new AmigaOne...
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