30144RE: [midatlanticretro] Hard drive "cloning" options
- Apr 11, 2013Glitch Wrote:
> If the 1000RL has an IDE slot, you can plug an XT-IDE board into it. I useThe RL is a strange beastie. It does have 1 8 bit slot, it also has a built in XT mode IDE controller that I think can't be disabled. This interface only works with one drive. The ST-351-A/X in XT mode.
> all of my XT-IDE controllers with DOMs:
> Andrew Lynch should have some leftovers from the most recent run of XT-IDE
> boards if you'd like to build one. If you don't want to build one yourself,
> I do offer them assembled + tested.
If you want to use the XT-IDE you may have to upgrade the memory to 768K. If not, the XT-IDE conflicts with the way the RL (and most 1000 series) handles CGA. The CGA memory is part of DOS memory. It does not have dedicated video RAM.
I don't know if the newer XT-IDE boards or BIOS get around this, but that is what I had to do to make the XT-IDE work in mine.
The memory upgrade is inexpensive and easy. 4 256kx4 DRAMS from Jameco or your junk pile.
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