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Offline AmigaBruno

Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« on: January 13, 2019, 04:47:57 PM »
I've fitted a Gotek floppy emulator drive plugged into the df0: socket on my A1200 (in 2015), but it now seems unable to read the 8Gb USB stick I copied lots of ADF files onto, probably in 2015 and 2016, although I can read these files when I plug it into my laptop. I've also tried copying some ADF files onto a 16Gb USB stick I bought last year, but it doesn't work with that at all. Some indications are that when the old USB stick is inserted it shows a number on the three digit display, but when the newer USB stick is inserted, it just shows a series of dashes, the same as when there's no USB stick inserted at all. I suppose it may just be that the Amiga firmware on the Gotek drive doesn't support 16Gb sticks and has been deleted or corrupted. If that's the case, then how can I reflash it? What can I connect it to in order to achieve this? I hope to sort this out as quickly and as cheaply as possible. To cap it all, I've also managed to break my PCMCIA 2Mb RAM card, so I can't do all that much with my A1200 at the moment! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  :(
« Last Edit: January 13, 2019, 04:53:59 PM by AmigaBruno »
 

Offline paul1981

Re: Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 12:01:12 PM »
I know zilch about Gotek's, but your problem could be the filesystem that the USB stick is formatted with. Some computer equipment (usually older) will only work with FAT32. This could be your problem, in which case a simple reformat with FAT32 is all that's required.
 

Offline AmigaBruno

Re: Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 01:27:32 PM »
Sorry, but I formatted the newer stick as FAT32 before copying some ADF files onto it, so it's not that.
 

Offline AmigaBruno

Re: Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 10:52:13 AM »
I forgot exactly how the Gotek drive works. I've now found out from a seller of these devices on eBay (who may or may not be the same seller I bought it from) that this drive requires a file called selector.adf on any USB stick to enable it to work. I suppose this was originally sent to me in an eBay message or via email. I'm waiting for a reply from the seller about this. I hope he sends me a copy of selector.adf. If he doesn't, does anyone on here know where I can get a copy of this file? It looks like there's a copy on https://cortexamigafloppydrive.wordpress.com/ but when I click on the link on that page, instead of downloading the file, all I get is a binary listing of it.
 

Offline AmigaBruno

Re: Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2019, 11:44:04 AM »
I've managed to find a version of the all important filing system file selector.adf on the Polish language forum https://www.ppa.pl/forum/amiga/30949/selector-adf-potrzebuje which I had to translate in Google Chrome. The message containing a link to this file was dated 12-09-2014, so I hope this version of the file will work. I now plan to set up my Amiga A1200 later today, then copy this file onto two USB sticks, the original 8Gb USB stick which was working before, as well as a 16Gb stick which I bought last year to see if this solves my problem. I'll let you know how I get on. Meanwhile any advice about where else there are copies of this file for download, or any other advice about the Gotek floppy emulator would be welcome!  :)
 

Offline Puma01

Re: Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 03:34:34 AM »
Here's an original blank selector adf in english.
If your after more options+compatibility you have two other choices.

Flash Floppy:
https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/wiki
https://github.com/keirf/FlashFloppy/wiki/Downloads

and

HxC:
https://hxc2001.com/download/floppy_drive_emulator/USB_HFE_hxc_floppy_emulator_firmware_release_notes.txt
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/index.html#Download_HxCFirmwareForGotek

However both require usb flashing your Gotek. Not hard unless the pins on the back are missing in which case you'll need to solder some back on.
And of course buying a cheap PL2303 usb flasher.
 

Offline AmigaBruno

Re: Gotek floppy emulator drive stopped working
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 10:00:27 AM »
I'm afraid I fell asleep before I could try and set up my Amiga with a new copy of selector.adf. I also had a message from eBay saying...

"From here:

https://cortexamigafloppydrive.wordpress.com/

Be aware that each version of the firmware has it's own version of selector.adf."

This creates even more confusion! I hope I can find out which version of selector.adf matches my firmware. I don't know how I can check which version of the firmware I've got. I only know I bought the Gotek device in 2015.