[Coco] Drivewire / Coconet ? Is a rs232 pack any faster than the bit banger?

Brian Blake random.rodder at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 15:24:38 EDT 2010


Not sure about the DRIVE OFF in DW - and my CoCo isn't set up so I can't
test anything right now.

And no, the drive flexibility is not exclusive to the the DrivePak - any
form of CoCoNet can use all types of drives. I mentioned the DrivePak simply
because I used it more than the 6551 pak, and I think the DrivePak is the
more versatile of the CoCoNet products.

That's very true about the SuperIDE, but, I'd wager more folks have an MPI
than a SuperIDE (I fall into that category!!!).


On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM, Aaron Wolfe <aawolfe at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Brian Blake <random.rodder at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > RS-282 pak - I can't answer that question, anybody else?
> >
> > There are numerous games and programs in general that will not run
> without
> > real floppy hardware due to using their own disk access routines. It
> sucks,
> > but, it's a fact...
> > This is where the flexibility of the DrivePak really shines, as long as
> you
> > have an MPI... You can switch between real disk hardware and the virtual
> > disks with a single command, and without hardware changeover.
> That is nice, but I don't think its something exclusive to the
> DrivePak.  It's my understanding that coconet can switch between real
> disks and bitbanger or serial disks as well.  I think you can do this
> in DriveWire by issuing the DRIVE OFF command, although I haven't got
> a FDC here to try it, people have told me this works.  And with the
> SuperIDE, I can actually switch between DriveWire and Coconet with a
> single command (and that doesn't even require a multipak!).
> -Aaron

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