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A2000 A2630 hardware on/off switch
« on: November 06, 2022, 08:18:22 AM »
Any of you hackers have idea is it doable to have hardware on/off switch to enable/disable A2630 accelerator card? I know it operates modes (68000/68030) via software using r-mouse press on boot but that is pretty annoying to use. It won't even stay in 68000-mode after reboot. The board has jumpers mainly for setting onboard memory on/off but that's it which is not very useful.
 

Offline Matt_H

Re: A2000 A2630 hardware on/off switch
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2022, 04:50:01 PM »
I don't believe this is possible with the community's current knowledge and understanding of the 2630. Most accelerators with a disable function have it implemented in hardware, but the 2630 does it in software (well, firmware), so I think adding in a hardware switch is going to be complicated. The schematics are available if you're electrically inclined and want to investigate...
 

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Re: A2000 A2630 hardware on/off switch
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2022, 07:45:29 PM »
I kind of guessed so but I still had to ask :-[. Would be cool to have such a feature 8). Thanks for reply.
 

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Re: A2000 A2630 hardware on/off switch
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2022, 03:25:22 PM »
This isn't a very difficult hack or mod project. You need good soldering skills and the A2630 schematic. If you look at the schematic you will notice the PAL @ U305 has a signal called "68KMODE". This signal is asserted at a logical high state and negated at a logical low state. This signal is normally output from the Auto-Config register @ U303. This register normally comes out of RESET at a logical low state but can be changed to a logical high state by code in the A2630 boot ROMs.

So, if you disconnect the "68KMODE" signal from the Auto_Config register and connect it to a pull-up resistor and toggle switch to GND, you would then have a manual override circuit which bypasses the Auto-Config logic.  ;) 
   
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Re: A2000 A2630 hardware on/off switch
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2022, 04:36:52 PM »
Wow, thanks. I might give it a go some day when I have time. I guess I can't break the board with such wirings, huh? They used to make everything bulletproof back then  ;)
 

Offline Matt_H

Re: A2000 A2630 hardware on/off switch
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2022, 05:18:12 PM »
I stand corrected regarding this being possible. Still beyond my technical ability, though. :)