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HXC Floppy Emulator inside my STE

A while ago, when I got my SD Card Floppy Emulator for my Mega STE, I also heard about the HXC Floppy Emulator. Some weeks ago, Newa told me, that he bought two of them, and he was so kind and give on of them to me for 75 Euro.

Yesterday we build it in SiThfrEak my ATARI 1040 STE. You have to connect the HXC to the floppy cable and that’s all on the STE side.

ATARI STE HXC Floppy Emulator

A first booting of the STE shows the espected green Desktop. If there is no floppy anymore, so there are no icons left on the Desktop. Fine

The HXC is working, no disk, so no disks on the Desktop

Next was to prepare a PC. Because we are both lamers, we hesitate to try it with Linux and use Windows instead. Shame on us. So we installed the software from the webpage and started the program. Next we connect a USB cable from the PC to the HXC and drag a disk image to the running program. But nothing happend.

Well on LED on the HXC was on, so we see that there was power. So we had a look on the online manual again. Well it’s mostly in french, but there are a step by step explanaition in pictures, so we estimate that we had to install a driver before we could use the PC programm.

So we download the driver and installed it. Restart the programm, drag the disk image again, and reboot the STE. And it works. Great.

Now the HXC is fully working

Now years after the SIO2PC we have something similar on the ST, great work. The Floppy Emulator also work on a lot of other computers like Speccy, Amiga, CPC etc.

I hope to get another one for my Amiga.

SiThfrEak incarnates

Today I give the name SiThfrEak to my Atari 1040 STE. SiThfrEak is a good friend of mine since the day I got it from Jabba. Jabba said, do you wants a 1040 STE 4MB (ok some keys does not work) for free? I said of course, so what’s the catch? Well Jabba said, you habe to take two boxes of spectrum incuding a speccy and a ZX81 as well.

I said no problem. Well of course it toke some time to get it into my car, and I took me some days to get an overview what kind of speccy stuff I got. It was a ugly replacement keyboard with a speccy mainboard and nearly every extention that was available for the maschine and a nice ZX81 with also nearly every extention available on this planed. Also a lot of software.

Later I get ride of the speccy and ZX81 (sorry I had no space anymore) and gave it to CAS/RAF. But I still own some of the games. And SiThfrEak of course who was more or less the carrot to give the speccy stuff in good hands.

So welcome on Irataria SiThfrEak