On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:10:13 +0200, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users wrote:

> I don't feel it necessary to release a new version of SMSQE for this.

Err... I do need the corresponding sources, so that I can patch them (I need
a delay on boot for the hard disk, else it won't cold-boot on it) and burn
the resulting re-compiled ROM in the Q60 EPROMs...

Thanks in advance for publishing them.

On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:03:58 +0200, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users wrote:

> My advice: get rid of the CF reader, I have had nothing but trouble with
> them.

I can vouch for this fact that, sadly and while implementing a "full IDE"
compatibility mode, the Compact Flash cards (their "reader" is actually
just a controller-less CF connector to PATA IDE connector adapter) are
totally unreliable when used on an IDE bus, be it from SMSQ/E or Linux:
they *might* seem to work, at first (at least some brands might look like
they do), and as long as you copy files in a raw on a blank medium, but
as soon as you start deleting files and writing others (i.e. for random
access, and with fragmentation), you get immediate medium corruption !

> Not so with SD cards.

Sadly, I did not find a single SD card to IDE adapter that could be
configured on a master/slave IDE port, i.e. they all grab the "stand
alone" role and forbid using a second IDE drive as a slave (or master).

I might have found a solution, and I recently ordered a PATA IDE to
SATA adapter (with master/slave jumper) and a SD card to SATA adapter.
I should receive them by mid-June (COVID allowing), and will then
report my luck (or lack thereof) with this setting...

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