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fastchip incompatibilities [message #352075] Fri, 08 September 2017 14:34 Go to next message
Wayne Stewart is currently offline  Wayne Stewart
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My Fastchip IIe arrived about 10 days ago. Unfortunately what with working 7 days a week, 12 or more hours a day so I haven’t had a lot of time to use it. Tried it with a IIe equipped with a Ramworks with a VGA extender and a superdrive card and that went well. Then, largely because it was sitting closest to the IIe, I tried a SD Disk][ card. There I ran into difficulties. It was in floppy drive mode so I tried setting the slot to normal and tried a different slot. Tried setting the fastchip to 1mhz, That didn’t help but turning off the fastchip did. Tried a Transwarp and the SD Disk][ worked fine with it. Moved the SD Disk][ and fastchip over to another IIe with the same results. Changed the SD Disk][ over to HD emulation and then it worked fine. So a partial incompatibility in that HD emulation works fine and you could use the floppy drive emulation by turning off the fastchip whenever you needed to access the emulated floppy and turning it back on in between.
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352094 is a reply to message #352075] Sat, 09 September 2017 06:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Ianoid

I'm really enjoying the Fastchip, also with a caveat.

I've found that ProDOS doesn't like to start up (at least from my CFFA3000) faster than 5.5mHz. I can start a program at that speed and then crank up the speed to 16mHz after it boots.

With the color changing and control remote, it gives me that sense of wonder and joy that a real Apple product can.
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352112 is a reply to message #352094] Sat, 09 September 2017 13:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Antoine Vignau is currently offline  Antoine Vignau
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That is weird, Ian. Mine boots on ProDOS 8 at 16,6 MHz with no issue. Which version are you using?
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352138 is a reply to message #352112] Sun, 10 September 2017 06:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Ianoid

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:27:19 PM UTC-5, Antoine Vignau wrote:
> That is weird, Ian. Mine boots on ProDOS 8 at 16,6 MHz with no issue. Which version are you using?

512K slot 1
EDD slot 3
Mockingboard slot 4
CFFA 3000 slot 5
Disk ][ slot 6
VGA adapter slot 7 (which incidentally still works as a virtual drive)
8m A2heaven Ramworks slot 0

all set to normal speed I believe

I only messed with the game port and music speeds in Fastchip settings.
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352140 is a reply to message #352138] Sun, 10 September 2017 08:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Antoine Vignau is currently offline  Antoine Vignau
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And the version of Prodos?
Did you turn off the extra memory support included in the fastCHIP?
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352160 is a reply to message #352094] Sun, 10 September 2017 17:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: plamen

Hi

Can you shot picture of your Apple II Motherboard ( i needed to see chips revision and type ) ?

Also can you boot DOS3.3 from CFFA in 16.6 Mhz and do you have any other issues ?

please send answer to support@a2heaven.com


regards
Plamen
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352255 is a reply to message #352160] Sun, 10 September 2017 19:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Jorge

On Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 11:06:13 PM UTC+2, pla...@controlmicro.net wrote:
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> please send answer to support@a2heaven.com
>
> regards
> Plamen

Hi Plamen,

I want to buy one of these but whenever I go/went to the site since day #1 it says "out of stock". Is there a waiting list or something? I very much want one, please!

Thanks,
--
Jorge
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352305 is a reply to message #352255] Tue, 12 September 2017 16:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: plamen

Hi

Due to i am very busy with my office work ( apple ii is only hobby ) i list small amount ( 10-12 pcs ) of FASTChip //e in www.a2heaven.com and after send packages i list new .

In this moment is prepared batch #7 .
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352306 is a reply to message #352305] Tue, 12 September 2017 16:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: Jorge

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:19:34 PM UTC+2, pla...@controlmicro.net wrote:
> Hi
>
> Due to i am very busy with my office work ( apple ii is only hobby ) i list small amount ( 10-12 pcs ) of FASTChip //e in www.a2heaven.com and after send packages i list new .
>
> In this moment is prepared batch #7 .

It still shows as "out of stock" !

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding... ?

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Jorge.
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352310 is a reply to message #352306] Tue, 12 September 2017 17:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Antoine Vignau is currently offline  Antoine Vignau
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So... perharps it is time to open our compatibility test sheet that is available @ https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hidWcc5zuwDTpEjWdjHO YhxjPakEpOE76nSslFH9ItU/edit?usp=sharing

....and you'll see that fastCHIP //e works like a charm on a couple of different hardware configurations.

Antoine
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #352351 is a reply to message #352306] Wed, 13 September 2017 17:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: plamen

batch #7 is not ready yet . Estimated delay is 2-3 days .
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #386608 is a reply to message #352075] Sun, 01 September 2019 08:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
roughana is currently offline  roughana
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I have added my configuration and testing attempts to the spreadsheet.

I was not able to use Total Replay when FastChip and VidHD installed while Meg80z was in the Aux slot. After removing Meg80Z (Aux slot empty), Total Replay is not behaving with DHR screens. It works fine with Meg80Z and no FastChip. I see screen glitches and the attract mode and menu hang - Try Thexder for example.

I have not been able to get my Super Mockingboard II (MB A clone) recognised with FastChip in place.

AE Ramfactor software is not recognising the FastChip Ramfactor when it is configured to be in slot 4 (containing Apple mouse card, as per other working configurations).

Regards,
Andrew
Re: fastchip incompatibilities [message #387226 is a reply to message #386608] Sat, 21 September 2019 03:48 Go to previous message
roughana is currently offline  roughana
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After some further insight, following up my own post.

<andrew.roughan@writeme.com> wrote:
> I was not able to use Total Replay when FastChip and VidHD installed
> while Meg80z was in the Aux slot.

This is probably a Total Replay v1 issue because Total Replay v2 works with
FastChip, VidHD and Pacemark ext 80 in Aux.

> After removing Meg80Z (Aux slot empty), Total Replay is not behaving with DHR screens.

This is not a supported config. There must be a 64k card in the aux slot
because FastChip does not provide RAM for this memory.

> AE Ramfactor software is not recognising the FastChip Ramfactor when it
> is configured to be in slot 4 (containing Apple mouse card, as per other
> working configurations).

Trying to use emulated Ramfactor when a physical card is in the chosen slot
should not work and will cause issues.

Regards
Andrew
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