[Coco] Looking for Glenside IDE Controller documentation

Bill Pierce ooogalapasooo at aol.com
Tue May 24 11:16:21 EDT 2016

Ron, I have sent an email to Brian Goers who is heading up the Glenside IDE project. He posted a while back that a new setup disk and documentation was available, but never posted any links. I think he's been busy with other stuff and hasn't been monitoring the list much lately so he probably didn't see your request. Maybe he'll get back to me soon. I have a Glenside IDE and would like the new disk and docs as well.

BTW, yes, there's a jumper to select between xFF50 and xFF70 range to avoid conflicts with other carts. I use mine with an MPI and FD-502 controller and it works well (along with MIDIpak & Orch90 carts).

The setup disk "should" help in setting up the drivers/descriptors as well as partitions. The old software did this but was out of date and didn't match the new SuperDriver for NitrOS9. I had to modify my descriptors manually to get them to work. From what I read, this has been resolved and the new setup software should be NitrOS9 3.3.0 compatible.

The cool thing about the Glenside IDE are the 2 headers on the board for plugging in 2 carts. This was including as extra and may or may not be on your board. The holes for the headers are present, but the header connectors themselves were optional. Mine can with one installed and the second blank so I can plug the IDE board into a Coco with no MPI and also plug a disk controller into the board :-)


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-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Klein <ron at kdomain.org>
To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Tue, May 24, 2016 10:01 am
Subject: Re: [Coco] Looking for Glenside IDE Controller documentation

Hi Jim,I wasn't exactly sure.  I figured there must be some documentation thatexplains how to use it in OS-9/NitroOS9, base address configuration (if youare using it along side of a floppy controller), etc..  Not even sure ifthere are any jumpers on the board as I don't have it just yet.  Theschematics might be nice to have for it if you are willing to provide them.As an FYI for everyone -- I know there are more modern storage solutionsout there (i.e. CoCoSDC, Drivewire which I use) but needed a Cloud-9SuperIDE or Glenside IDE controller for use with John Linville's Cocovidproject.  I stumbled across his Cocovid player a few weeks back and wasimmensely impressed it.  The idea of playing/streaming videos, YouTubeclips, movies, etc., on the Coco seemed very cool to me.  John's ability tore-encode videos to use 256 colors was an added bonus (via artifacts, butthey are all there).  Frankly, I'm surprised by the lack of interest in itas I didn't really see any discussions about it in this mailing list.In any case, there are many components to the Cocovid project, includingthe requirement of pre-processing video files (under Linux for now) priorto playing on the Coco.  John did provide some basic documentation, but itcould use some improvements (which I'm working on now).  In fact, I'm alsoworking on porting over the pre-processing automation to work under Windowsas well.The actual Cocovid player is all assembly and accesses the Coco hardware ata very low level.  John developed project for use with an IDE based harddrive controller, so it's not compatible with the newer storage devices.There's also the ability to use a hard drive image with MESS (well, MAMEnow), but you lose the artifact colors so playing these videos on actualCoco hardware is the best option.  This is the reason I am looking foreither IDE controller.For now, it's great as it is and I've really enjoyed working with it!Watching the Minions movie, the original Matrix or even many of Stevie'sCoco game demos from Youtube is a very surreal experience knowing that it'sall done on a 512k Coco 3.I'm hoping that others will find an interest in John's Cocovid player aswell.  I plan on sharing all the updated documentation soon (after Johnreviews it) so it will be much easier for folks to get it up and runningquickly.  Perhaps others (with way more talent than I have) might find away to get it to work with the newer storage solutions and open thisproject up to an even wider audience.Thanks for allowing me to ramble a bit...-RonOn Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9:56 PM, RETRO Innovations <go4retro at go4retro.com>wrote:> On 5/23/2016 12:41 PM, Ron Klein wrote:>>> Hi everyone,>>>> I was unable to locate any documentation for the IDE controller on the>> Glenside's Club Coco page.  That being said, I don't know if there was any>> "official" documentation released for it.  If anyone has anything they can>> share, it would be greatly appreciated.>>>> Thank you!>>>> -Ron>>>>> What are you looking for?  Someone (I will have to check notes) shared the> schematics with me, and that tells one a lot about the design.>>> Jim>>> --> RETRO Innovations, Contemporary Gear for Classic Systems> www.go4retro.com> store.go4retro.com>>> --> Coco mailing list> Coco at maltedmedia.com> https://pairlist5.pair.net/mailman/listinfo/coco>-- Coco mailing listCoco at maltedmedia.comhttps://pairlist5.pair.net/mailman/listinfo/coco

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