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CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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A few questions about nice piece of kit which I've got on order.

I assume it'll work in the SAM (non flex) without issue and read and write to Amiga disks OK? However, does the Easy ADF software work ok on the SAM?

I got Easy ADF for use on my A1200, but wondered if it was SAM compatible. If Easy ADF does not work, is there another piece of software that works on SAM that'll enable me to create Amiga disks from ADF images?

My Windows PCs are the other option for use of the Catweasel, but alas the only two PC's I have are 64bit Windows 7, which I've seen threads discussing that the drivers don't work. Has anyone else got this to work on Windows 7 64bit?

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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If Easy ADF does not work, is there another piece of software that works on SAM that'll enable me to create Amiga disks from ADF images?


SYS:Utilities/RawDisk and a lot of other programms.

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@tommo1975 Quote:
I assume it'll work in the SAM (non flex) without issue and read and write to Amiga disks OK

That may be assuming a bit much. At least, I read that Catweasel was aimed at Windows, and their support for AmigaOS was poor or non-existant. If that has changed, then I might actually order one myself...

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@tommo1975

Not sure about the differences betweem 3 and 4. But there should be a catweasel driver for catweasel 3 for amiga. AFAIK. Or you can just ask Liveforit.


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A few questions about nice piece of kit which I've got on order.

I assume it'll work in the SAM (non flex) without issue and read and write to Amiga disks OK? However, does the Easy ADF software work ok on the SAM?

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@ChrisH

Support for Amiga OS isn't the greatest, but it DOES work on my XE with 4.1 for reading and formatting floppies.

@tommo

I'm doing just the opposite here, creating ADF's from my old floppies. It's worked so far. But I haven't tried writing any floppies. (with a Catweasel MK III, but the software is the same for both)

Paul


Edited by Paul on 2010/7/1 23:24:20
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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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I really ought to release my Catweasel drivers, I guess...

The Catweasel Mk4 support for AmigaOS 4.1 (from memory) now stands at:

Amiga DD 880K Read/Write/Format
Amiga HD 1760K Read/Write/Format
MS-DOS DD 320K 5.25" Read/Write
MS-DOS DD 360K 5.25" Read/Write
MS-DOS DD 720K Read/Write
MS-DOS HC 1200K 5.25" Read/Write
MS-DOS HD 1440K Read/Write
C64 1541 170K Read/Write
Apple Macintosh 800K Read/Write
BBC 'B' 100K 3.5" / 5.25" SSSD Read/Write
TI-99/4A 90K 5.25" Read/Write
Atari 800 90K 5.25" Read/Write


I'm working on implementing:
Atari/BBC MFM
Sinclair Spectrum (PlusD)
Amstrad CPC 464 3"
Tatung Einstein 3"

and anything else I can get my hands on.

I've also written a MUI-based disk imager to read/write all these formats. Amiga FFS works and can format, MS-DOS filesystem reads and writes but doesn't format, and fs1541 (the C64 filesystem) is partially working (it reads ok).

Anyone want to help test it?

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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I couldn't live without my Catweasel MK4

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@Spirantho

Does it do the classic Amiga drive click?

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@wizzard_o

Yes, it does. :)

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@Spirantho

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@wizzard_o

Yes, it does. :)


Oh God, please tell me you can switch it off as well!!.....

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@tommo1975

Not at the moment, no. :)

However, you don't need to mount a filesystem to read/write ADF images, and you can always dismount the filesystem. With no filesystem using the Catweasel, there's no gronking!

Remember, there's a reason for the gronk of an Amiga disk drive, it's not just there to annoy people! It's the same reason the Catweasel does it.
Yes, there are noclick programs, but they can be risky with some disk drives, so it's not a default option. Better a click every few seconds than a crunch of a dead disk drive as it tries to seek to track -1!

I may well put in a option to disable the gronk, but this will also disable automatic disk changes, remember!

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@Spirantho

Quote:

Spirantho wrote:
I really ought to release my Catweasel drivers, I guess...

The Catweasel Mk4 support for AmigaOS 4.1 (from memory) now stands at:

Amiga DD 880K Read/Write/Format
Amiga HD 1760K Read/Write/Format
MS-DOS DD 320K 5.25" Read/Write
MS-DOS DD 360K 5.25" Read/Write
MS-DOS DD 720K Read/Write
MS-DOS HC 1200K 5.25" Read/Write
MS-DOS HD 1440K Read/Write
C64 1541 170K Read/Write
Apple Macintosh 800K Read/Write
BBC 'B' 100K 3.5" / 5.25" SSSD Read/Write
TI-99/4A 90K 5.25" Read/Write
Atari 800 90K 5.25" Read/Write


I'm working on implementing:
Atari/BBC MFM
Sinclair Spectrum (PlusD)
Amstrad CPC 464 3"
Tatung Einstein 3"

and anything else I can get my hands on.

I've also written a MUI-based disk imager to read/write all these formats. Amiga FFS works and can format, MS-DOS filesystem reads and writes but doesn't format, and fs1541 (the C64 filesystem) is partially working (it reads ok).

Anyone want to help test it?


YES PLEASE!

I will test it all on my Sam 440 Flex! I actually need to write a Workbench 3.1 disk badly as my disk went on the outs and I want to get my A4000 running again!
Been wanting to test the catweasel in my sam 440 amiga for awhile but my house flooded thankfully all my stuff was off the ground but i dared not plug anything in until the water was gone.

THANKS!

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@tommo1975

Why switch it off? After all, with SAM 4x0 systems, it will be the only noise letting you know the Amiga is on.

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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That floppy drive click is a welcome and familiar sound, I sure wouldn't want to turn that off.

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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I'm about to go away on holiday now, but I'll try and get another release done when I come back.

Made some more progress today, though - I read my first 3" disk! Or at least parts of it. I need to be sure the disks I'm using are good, though. It's important though as it means my home-made 3" floppy (26 pin) adaptor works too, and lets me read and soon write Amstrad CPC/PCW, Sinclair Spectrum +3 and Tatung Einstein disks!

If all you want to do is to write ADFs, you should be able to use the version that's currently available just fine, in the meantime!

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@interrogative

I guess I find the click-click-click sound to be annoying, although I can appreciate why others might like it.

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@Antique

I'm not really interested in CW MK4 driver anymore, I started on project because I needed to recover my old Amiga DD disks.

Spirantho has taken over project and it looks like he has more interest then I'm in this project right now.

I'm not saying I won't revisit the project, there are some things to be done whit joystick support for example.

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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@tommo1975

The clicking sound should slow down after a while, at least my last internal driver does that, I don't know Spirantho ever got hold of my latest driver.

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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So, should I order a Catweasel Mk4 for my Sam440ep-flex? I just rehoused the board into a better case, so now there's a lot of room and I can fit a floppy. Do I fit any old 3.5-inch PC floppy to read and write Amiga floppies with the 'weasel? Are we waiting for better drivers or is what's out now fine for reading and writing Amiga floppies under AOS4.1u2?

Finally, the spot for a SID chip.... is it of any use under any AOS4 software?

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Re: CATWEASEL MK4 PLUS
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Not quite any floppy - but most will work. From memory Teac are best, Sony are good, but Mitsumi don't like the Catweasel.

As for the drivers, they seem pretty stable these days but as I'm constantly changing them you may be better off with the last public build on OS4Depot - it's out of date but seems to work for people.

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