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Post by exxos » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:33 pm

STFM connected back up with the original flashyclock. I have the next one ready to start working on the firmware (hopefully monday).

Though I been messing around trying to get cosmos shared drive working viewtopic.php?f=29&t=1991 as its easier to work on software on the PC and using a shared drive, not have to copy files to the ST each time. That was a huge time saver while developing my crappy flashy software. Though since I likely have spent 2 hours trying to get cosmos working, looks like I may just go back to floppies after all this.

I did look into Netusbee as a alternative, but looks like I need a hard drive for that anyway. Unless anyone knows if I can dump files to ST A: drive directly ? Even so I want to start on flashy after the weekend anyway.

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Re: exxos blog - random goings on

Post by TimNaber » Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:38 pm

If I remember right, you can use a thumb drive on CosmosEX.
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Post by exxos » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:05 pm

TimNaber wrote:
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If I remember right, you can use a thumb drive on CosmosEX.
Yeah, SD or USB I guess, though its more the physically bending about which is the issue (And time swapping physical media about) I might as well just stick to floppy :roll: I may just sell my cosmosex, its just really no use to me without networking working correctly :(
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Re: exxos blog - random goings on

Post by TimNaber » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:16 pm

Yeah I hear ya. Even the way I transfer with the NETUSB, I have to load it on the Atari and then load on the PC, then transfer. It isn't just there when I boot up.

Luckily I have a desk that has a keyboard drawer, two in fact. So I set my Falcon on the top of the desk and PC keyboard/mouse on the drawer. Monitor right in front is for the Falcon and the Monitor to the right is for the PC.
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Post by exxos » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:20 pm

Seems the secret Santa has stricken again :shock:

:thanksyellow: :thanksblue:


I now have a new toy to play with :) probably need a little bit more practice, but seems to be doing a good job so far. At least it will save some finger movement from the manual solder sucker which blocked up again after two joints :lol: :roll:


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Re: exxos blog - random goings on

Post by derkom » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:52 pm

Ah yes, that thing has saved me so much time. :)

Make sure you use the little tip cleaner tools even if the tip isn't clogged up, because it'll end up clogging something fierce if you don't keep it clean.

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Post by exxos » Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:35 pm

It seems to be that time of year where the man must service his junk ( the girlfriend wasn't around, so I had to do it myself :roll: ).

My Rigol scope seems to have developed the common fault of iffy rotary switches. I brought this new and had it a few years, but it's not like it's had a massive amount of usage either. As others seem to have said on the Internet, this is pretty terrible for something like this to fail so easily.

So I took it to bits, and rather than replace the switches, I thought i would flood them with contact lubricant. There is a small slot in the side, so I sprayed in that gap while spinning the switch around. I personally hate these partly open type switches as they are just prone for dust to enter them, similar with open frame presets and trimmers, they are just terrible.

This took about a now to complete. The annoying thing is there is some sort of space thing around the mains socket which is in the way of the screws preventing the back from coming off easily. In the end I just jammed a screwdriver under it and levered it over the screws to free it up.

Another annoying thing is that you have to remove the power supply board just to get out one screw underneath to free the front panel off :roll: I did not bother putting that screw back in case I need to dismantle it again later for some reason.

Once the switches were sprayed, I fitted the power supply board back in and powered it up disassembled and it seems to have solved the problem.. At least for now.


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Re: exxos blog - random goings on

Post by PhilC » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:11 pm

Tempted to edit the last post but I'll leave it to @Icky to fix as usual :lol:
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Re: exxos blog - random goings on

Post by exxos » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:23 pm

PhilC wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:11 pm
Tempted to edit the last post but I'll leave it to @Icky to fix as usual :lol:
Nothing to edit :)
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Re: exxos blog - random goings on

Post by PhilC » Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:27 pm

exxos wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:23 pm
PhilC wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:11 pm
Tempted to edit the last post but I'll leave it to @Icky to fix as usual :lol:
Nothing to edit :)
Oh he will find something :lol:
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