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Offline Kremlar

help me buy some add-ons for my C128 / C128DCR - please!
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:21:00 AM »
Hi -

Just getting back into the C= scene, and I have a variety of systems here I'm getting running (C64C, C128, C128DCR). I'm hoping the main system I use will be the C128DCR, but there's a chance I might have to fall back to a C128 if I can't get the 128DCR running 100%.

I'm looking at buying some stuff from go4retro.com. I have a few questions I'm hoping someone can answer:

- Regarding the ZoomFloppy, I see there is an option to add an IEE connector. What is the IEE connector, and what would I use it for?

- Regarding the UIEC, I'm a bit confused regarding the Basic vs Deluxe daughterboards. I may be wrong, but my understanding is that the Basic version attaches via an IEC cable and also takes power from the cassett port. I also believe that the Deluxe version attaches to the cartridge port instead and does not need the cassette port for power - but does still need the IEC cable. Is this correct? I see that the Basic version is recommended for the C128DCR because it's attached with cables and can be moved to the front of the machine, but is there any reason I'd want easy access to it? Because of the "button for swap list navigation"? Is this used to swap disks, or for something else?

- Does anyone make a nice enclosure for the UIEC? I was hoping to see something on Shapeways.com but did not. I guess I could hack it into some kind of project box, but I'd prefer to pay someone to do a better job than I could. I'd rather not modify the computer's casing in any way.

- If I wanted JiffyDOS but did not care about speeding up the floppy drive, could I simply order the C128 version for my C128DCR? I assume with that version I would get the JiffyDOS speed benefits when using the UIEC, but not with the internal 1571 - am I correct? What is the included switch for, in case I want to disable JiffyDOS?

- I'm a bit confused on the separate "RoM Overlay" images available for JiffyDOS. So, I buy the chip itself but need to load the image onto it? How is that done?

Sorry for the newb questions, but wanted to make sure I understand everything before ordering.

Thanks in advance!!
 

Offline yakumo9275

Re: help me buy some add-ons for my C128 / C128DCR - please!
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 02:20:09 AM »
the dcr needs the dcr specific roms. you do not need to apply the drive rom to the internal drive but there is no reason not to. I have the uiec that goes into the casette port, but I never use it since I have an ultima 1541-ii cart which kicks ass. that cart is all you need (+ the jiffydos roms).

you dont need the rom overlay, thats unless you want to burn it yourself or use it in an emulator or rom cartridge.
--/\\-[ Stu ]-/\\--
Commodore 128DCR, JiffyDOS, Ultimate 1541 II, uIEC/SD, CBM 1902A  Monitor
 

Offline Kremlar

Re: help me buy some add-ons for my C128 / C128DCR - please!
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 02:44:16 AM »
I was looking at the 1541 Ultimate-II - but man, so expensive...
 
Real world, what will it do that the UIEC not?  I understand the 1541 emulation, but is there a large % of titles that will not run on the UIEC?
 

Offline yakumo9275

Re: help me buy some add-ons for my C128 / C128DCR - please!
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 03:10:32 AM »
Quote from: Kremlar;692683
I was looking at the 1541 Ultimate-II - but man, so expensive...
 
Real world, what will it do that the UIEC not?  I understand the 1541 emulation, but is there a large % of titles that will not run on the UIEC?


the u1541ii emulates the cpu + ram inside the drive, so its as close to 100% compat to a drive without having a drive. uiec just pretends and parses the commands. for what  it is, uiec is great, but its no substitution.

the u1541ii is also an REU, you can also load cartridge images on it, it can be two drives, etc. the cart is a lot more than just a drive emulator.,
--/\\-[ Stu ]-/\\--
Commodore 128DCR, JiffyDOS, Ultimate 1541 II, uIEC/SD, CBM 1902A  Monitor