acsi wrote:Rich Mellor (RWAP) has got it going but I am yet to get hold of the instructions (not that I've asked him yet). They were published in the Quanta Mag in Nov 2010 but I only have 2011 copies.
You don't have a link to this work do you? I have toyed with the idea of adding/finding a standard disk interface to the QL and this just might let me do it.
From: "Rich Mellor" <r...@rwapservices.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:07 AM
Subject: [Ql-Users] Getting the Sinclair QL to use an SD Card
Well, its another day, and some good news for the QL at last
We have now successfully tested the HxC Floppy Disk drive emulator with the Sinclair QL home computer, meaning that you can now copy raw images of Sinclair QL disks to an SD card, and then connect this floppy disk drive emulator to your QL's disk interface and read/write to an SD card instead of floppy disks.
The latest v3.0 of Q-emuLator supports raw disk images, so when that is officially released, you should be able to use that to get software into the raw disk format required. Then all you need to do, is to convert it using the supplied HxC software, copy it to the SD card and then hey presto, the QL sees it as a floppy disk! At the moment, I can only get Q-emuLator to read from raw disk images, although Daniele is working on raw disk image support.
You can copy any number of floppy disk images to your SD card, and then use the buttons on the front of the control panel to set up which disk image is to be seen by the Sinclair QL as FLP1 and which is to be seen as FLP2.
Currently, it only appears to support DD disks, although I daresay it will work with other disk types if I had some raw disk images of QL HD and QL ED disks to try (I cannot make them on my PC).
Ideally, we need to find some power supplies which can be used to power these units - at the moment, we are using an old external floppy disk case. Also, for some reason, both the Gold Card and the MicroP disk interface we have here needed the cable the other way around to the QL norm!
This means that the HxC Floppy Disk Drive Emulator available from SellMyRetro.com <http://www.sellmyretro.com/search/naturalSearch?keyword=hxc> has now been shown to successfully work with all of the following equipment as a complete replacement for the good old floppy disk drive:
* Any computer / piece of equipment that uses PC formatted floppy
disks (3.5", 5.25" or even 8" drives)
* Atari ST/STF/Falcon
* Amstrad CPC6128
* Commodore Amiga (currently write only)
* Dragon 32 / 64 (VDK or JVC disk format, which should also
therefore work with the Tandy CoCo)
* Emax and Emax II Sampler
* Ensoniq Mirage Sampler
* Korg DSS-1 Synthesizer
* Oberheim DPX1 Sampler
* Oric Computer (with MicroDisk)
* SAM Coupe *.MGT and *.SAD formats
* Sinclair QL raw disk images
* Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3 or Sinclair ZX Spectrum with PlusD disk
* Super Wildcard DS-SWC3201
* Thomson TO8D
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