[Coco] Drivewire vs Coconet Can anyone tell me a reason to use one over the other?

Little John sales at gimechip.com
Fri Oct 22 00:18:17 EDT 2010

I thought your name sounded familiar..
The way you are doing the eproms should work fine - I've used 27512's in 
that configuration (I soldered the jumper directly to the chip pins, making 
sure the pins that needed "switching" were clipped and didn't go into the 
socket of the cartridge.) I had encountered problems at the start when I 
started using this stuff (my son had it figured out, but he wasn't here to 
help me when I hooked it up to my PC's) and my problem was on the server 
side (I was using CoCoNet) - I had selected an improper # of stop bits (I 
But I'll have to defer this to the others as I wasn't using the bitbanger 
w/coconet and so don't want to actually steer you wrong..

My condolences...
If you need to talk, there's plenty of us that'll listen.

Big John
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Ormond" <markormond at mtxsystems.com>
To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 11:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Coco] Drivewire vs Coconet Can anyone tell me a reason to use 
one over the other?

> ""If you need any help in "bulding" a bankable eprom from a 27C256, give 
> me a yell - I can help you get one going. Come to think of it, it would 
> probably work really well in the Blank Cartridge boards that my son made 
> and sells.
> Or if you have an FDC with a 28-pin socket, even better. If your FDC has a 
> 24-pin socket, get in touch with Mark Marlette and get one of his 24 to 28 
> pin socket adapters - they're great pieces of hardware.
> Big John""
> I just got a couple of your adapters in, that's what I'm using.
> I'm using 27512 because I have about a hundred of them laying around and 
> nothing else.
> I'm trying 4 banks of 16k using this, with 2.2k resistors between vcc and 
> pins 27 and 1. Grounding pin one selects between upper and lower half of 
> the chip and pin 27 selects between 16k banks in each half.
> As for what I see about coconet vs drivewire, is drivewire is much easier 
> for someone to just pick a game and play using a few click of the mouse 
> and then turn on the machine, but coconet offers much more in the way of 
> control from the coco side. (Kind of like the megacart vs final expansion 
> 3 on the vic20.)
> I got my roms burned for both, but can't get either to load a disk, I keep 
> getting I/O errors.
> (Tried 2 serial cables, one short and one long. Also it is really required 
> to bring the loop backs from the pc side and join them on the coco side? 
> If so that is my problem, as I only had some 6 conductor cable.)
> It's been a rough 24 hours so I'll try to come back to this tomorrow after 
> the funeral, I tackled it tonight to get my mind off things.
> Thanks..
> Later,
> dabone
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