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AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:31 pm
by Zarchos
I've got an IDE minipodule which says it is by AlSystems (1995) when I ask for *HELP on its IDEFS module
*PODULES say it is a Power-tec IDE & UserPort podule

I don't have any apps or formatter for this expansion board (and neither Chris on his Acorn pages).

Could sbdy help and either send a link to the software, or post them here if he's got them ?

Thanks in advance.

I'd like also to know if sbdy from here is in contact with the maintainer of the Chris's Acorns pages web site, and if this person would be ok to add some infos to this great site.
I've noticed not only I own some expansion boards not listed on the site (and rare, like some expansion boards by Millipede), but some other *. members too own some rarities, and it would be a nice community project to keep on filling Chris's database, wouldn't it ?

Xavier.

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:51 pm
by RobC
This may very well still be supported by Gary Partis: http://www.partis.org/home/main.php

Gary has also signed up on here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11224

Definitely worth dropping him a line.

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:08 pm
by Zarchos
RobC wrote:This may very well still be supported by Gary Partis: http://www.partis.org/home/main.php

Gary has also signed up on here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11224

Definitely worth dropping him a line.
Thanks.
Pm sent.

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:41 pm
by IanS
Zarchos wrote:Pm sent.
He hasn't posted much, so probably can't reply to you (unless you included an email address)

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:00 pm
by Zarchos
IanS wrote:
Zarchos wrote:Pm sent.
He hasn't posted much, so probably can't reply to you (unless you included an email address)
In fact I've just found a Power tec SCSI diskette.
Although it is faulty, Power Manager is ok and the doc says it works for IDE podules, so I'm going to give it a try.

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:03 pm
by Arcadian
IanS wrote:
Zarchos wrote:Pm sent.
He hasn't posted much, so probably can't reply to you (unless you included an email address)
Have just enabled PMs for Gary :D

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:34 pm
by Zarchos
Arcadian wrote:
IanS wrote:
Zarchos wrote:Pm sent.
He hasn't posted much, so probably can't reply to you (unless you included an email address)
Have just enabled PMs for Gary :D
Thanks because the app doesn't seem to work with this IDE minipodule (all choices greyed out).

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:55 am
by partis
Hi

Did you ever get this sorted? Drop me a line at gary@partis.co.uk

Cheers

Gary

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:10 am
by Sniffer
Did you ever get this sorted? Drop me a line at ....
Not wishing to hijack a thread, but could you give us a brief idea of what is still supported scsi-wise? I did ask a question on the 'Contact' page of http://www.partis.co.uk a couple of years ago but didn't get a response.

I have a number of old SCSI cards and at the time was looking to 'update' their ROMS but didn't want to do a PayPal if the site was defunct :)

Cheers,
Mike.

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:44 am
by philpem
Sniffer wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:10 am
Did you ever get this sorted? Drop me a line at ....
Not wishing to hijack a thread, but could you give us a brief idea of what is still supported scsi-wise? I did ask a question on the 'Contact' page of http://www.partis.co.uk a couple of years ago but didn't get a response.

I have a number of old SCSI cards and at the time was looking to 'update' their ROMS but didn't want to do a PayPal if the site was defunct :)

Cheers,
Mike.
I'm not Gary but I can give you an idea what my card can do...

I'm running a Morley 16bit SCSI interface with a FAS216 chip and the Partis PowerROM. In terms of device support, it'll talk to hard drives, Zip drives and CD-ROM drives for certain. The stock Morley ROM works okay-ish with MagOpt to talk to a Zip drive, but has issues with large disks. The PowerROM is much better behaved!

Beyond that I assume it supports the Acorn SCSIDM interface for sending raw SCSI packets, but I can't say I've tried it. I keep meaning to port the Polaroid Digital Palette film recorder driver across at some point, but making it work would necessitate learning how to do get/put pixel operations on sprites...

Cheers
Phil.

Re: AlSystems (Power-Tec) apps and formatter (IDE)

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:36 am
by Sniffer
I'm not Gary but I can give you an idea what my card can do...
Thanks Phil.

I have a couple of PowerRom enabled Alsystem cards. I was more thinking along the lines of does Gary still sell/support the roms for the different cards. I know the site 'appears' active but nothing seems to have changed on it for years.

Slightly off topic, I did buy the RISC OS Open 32bit rom for the Acorn card but it would not work in either of the Acorn cards I have.

Cheers,
Mike.