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Offline MangaClub

New Flash-ROM for Catweasel Z-II "S-Class" Available
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:10:39 PM »
Every owner of this nice piece of Hardware should listen up now!
http://amiga.resource.cx/exp/catweaselz2s

The Catweasel Z-II "S-Class" got a new Updated FlashROM Available.
But at fist some Backgroundstory

I had to replace the Flash ROM on the Card because mine got broken and i always needed to rely on a LOADIDE command i had to load via Bootdisk to load the Expansion driver (catweaselide) resident into memory to Enable Autoboot Capabilities.

This always required a one timerestart. Replacing the Flashrom on the card with a nessesarily same AMD flash chip as there was before allowed me to flash the buddha back to its sense... But wait! It doesnt really work.. my CF card wont get recognised... my old CF just a bit.. Everything does not work out as expected!

So i started wo wonder what might happend there since i downloaded the very last EB_Final archive from the Individual Wiki. (Booting up with my startdisk worked like a charm afterall)

I started to dig around and i noticed that the scsi version of the "catweaselide" driver i use on the Autoboot disk is much newer than the one that is located n the catwesel.rom file delivered with the eb_final archive. Infact it has been updated 10 years later! (Catweasel_IDE 103.19 (19.01.2010)...written by Oliver Kastl)

So what i did is some Simple Hexediting to Update the scsi.device located in the old rom with the one from the expansion driver and flash it back. It worked out like a charm! All CF cards get recognised now and it is super stable!
Although i have NO idea where i got this updated expansion driver from i am happy i found it and clould flash it back.

Therefore i attach those 2 Files here on the Post to make it Available for everyone else.

WARNING!!!
I take no responsibility it works for you and that you brick your card! Always test the Catweasel2017.rom File before hand on Winuae (it can emulate a Zclass) and your Compact Flash OR get yourself LoadIDE from the Idefix archive and softflash your amiga with the "catweaselide" file to see if it works for you. Just then considder reflashing the Buddha!
« Last Edit: April 23, 2017, 06:45:19 PM by MangaClub »
 

Offline pyrre

Re: New Flash-ROM for Catweasel Z-II "S-Class" Available
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 06:53:41 PM »
Neat piece of hardware. didn't know it existed.
wonder if individual are going to make other runs of this card. neat features. Id definitely would get one of those if it became available.
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Offline Acill

Re: New Flash-ROM for Catweasel Z-II "S-Class" Available
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 10:18:03 PM »
Very cool hardware. I had one for a short time in my A3000 and loved it. The chances of ever finding another one are slim.
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Offline psxphill

Re: New Flash-ROM for Catweasel Z-II "S-Class" Available
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 08:39:17 AM »
Quote from: MangaClub;824905
Although i have NO idea where i got this updated expansion driver from i am happy i found it and clould flash it back.


maybe:

https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20120428221632/http://aminet.net/package/driver/media/IDEFix_patches
 

Offline MangaClub

Re: New Flash-ROM for Catweasel Z-II "S-Class" Available
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 10:17:15 AM »
intresting, never seen that archive.
must have grabbed the patched file from somewehre else.