Central Point Option floppy controller

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Wed Sep 15 10:02:32 1999

Since PC's use MFM on their floppies and are, at the hardware level, capable
of MFM and FM, and the Apple ][ uses neither, it's unlikely you'll succeed
taking that approach. I recommend using an Apple][ with the Z80 card
running CP/M and MODEM7 <=> Terminal or HYPERTERMINAL on your PC running
Windows. DOS will work if you use Pocomm or TELIX. Other comm programs are
likely to work also.

That's the least painful way I can envision, since the APPLE diskettes are
totally foreign to "standard" modulation schemes used with FD's and their
controllers. It would not surprise me to learn that there's an easy way to
do this same thing with LINUX as well.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey l Kaneko <jeff.kaneko_at_juno.com>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 8:34 AM
Subject: Re: Central Point Option floppy controller

>On Wed, 15 Sep 1999 10:05:24 -0400 (EDT) allisonp_at_world.std.com writes:
>> > I have one of these. Does anyone know how it's hooked up?
>> > Anybody got the S/W for this thing? Supposedly, you can
>> > write any format on the planet with this thing. I've
>> Nope, only softsector formats that used standard address marks.
>> That leaves out apple, some CBM, Most heath H89 and all northstar
>> at least.
>Now see, I was *certain* that the whole original purpose of this critter
>was to copy Apple floppies using a PeeCee. I guess it's not that
>useful after all.
>> > heard that it won't run i faster, newer machines. Does
>> > anyone know what the limitations are?
>> The board is slow, make sure the ISA bus transactions are set up to
>> not exceed 8mhz and also there should be IO waits. Bet best is to find
>> and use an old 386 or 486.
>Hah! You think everybody's got 386's and 486's laying around?! Sheesh!
>I'd use one of my 286's for this job-- assuming it could do anything
>> Allison
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Received on Wed Sep 15 1999 - 10:02:32 BST

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