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Old 11-14-2009, 07:31 AM   #1
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

Interesting. Anybody have any experiences they wish to share using this?
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

I wonder why this kind of device is more established on the market.

I am thinking you could make a fortune selling such a device on the Amiga market where you can put ADF/DMS on a memstick and load it on a real Amiga.

Ok, maybe not a fortune, but I guess it could sell really well, and better than well if it supported more hardware.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:00 AM   #4
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

That's what I was thinking as well.. memory card with DMS or ADF images. Maybe have a simple firmware that boots to a menu first and allows lets you select the image to boot. But then how would you handle changing disks? You'd need a switch on the device to toggle between preset images.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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It would have been great if it read adf images from flash memory.... but hooking it up to a PC... meh.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

Yeah, hooking it up to a Windows machine is lame :-(
SD card like minimig would be cool and get my order.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:05 AM   #7
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

If you go to HCX's official site you can see that they have designed a flash based solution... they should have made a run of those instead!
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:13 AM   #8
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

I wonder why they've chosen the silly hook upto PC design to produce over the other?
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:16 AM   #9
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Yeah, fail. :P
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #10
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

I need to have my say on this one as well. I agree that the MMC based version would be *MUCH* more popular than the USB based version. I have a 1541 Ultimate for my C64 and it is a damn good product - so good in fact that i don't actually own any floppy disks anymore - and a similar device for the Amiga would probably mean the same thing (bare essential backups/originals)!

I have been waiting keenly for a production run of the MMC based version, but it seems runs of the USB version are what is happening. I suppose this is more aimed at those producing them to sell - why? Why o why?

*EDIT* - I just emailed the seller to ask "why?". We'll see what they say.

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Old 11-14-2009, 04:13 PM   #11
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

There are probably enough people that have their Amiga's close to their PCs (or laptops) that it's worth looking at...

I had two issues when I was looking at it earlier...

It wasn't read/write, but read only. Can't tell from the page whether that's changed or not.

Also, it only supported floppy sizes.. I know, it's a floppy emulator , but it would have been nice if it supported a read/write virtual floppy of 10M or so, so you wouldn't need a HD for those who don't have one.. Just a thought.

If it did those, even at about $90 USD, it would probably be worth it, but that is a lot of money.

Of course, if it did those, AND was SD.. ;-)

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Old 11-14-2009, 05:50 PM   #12
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Default Re: HCX Floppy emulator - Limited Production Run

I will start another thread asking for interest in a flash based version, that way we can then direct the author of the hardware to it and he/she can make up their mind about a possible run.
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