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by Peter
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

I'm not so sure the case variants are much of a problem - You could make some laser-cut steel filing stencils for cheap for the new openings and have people modify their cases themselves. The BT plugs are anyhow nearly impossible to find nowadays. But if someone absolutely wants their case left unm...
by Peter
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

Maybe we should thing in reverse and think of the original QL as a peripheral to a new single-board computer which fits within the expansion slot? If you read my first post again, at which point do you see it deviate from the concept you propose? This is exactly what the GC/SGC are. So, this proble...
by Peter
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

Curious - how do I make QD-SD work with SGC? Order one from Marcel, he builds them ready for SGC. Also, original devices designed by me and distributed by Paul could be updated if someone cares. I freely published the QL-SD hardware, so that improvements can flow back. Also the classic QL doesn't u...
by Peter
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

Nasta, your input is always very welcome, I could not resist to read everything although it is deep night. I was tempted to comment a lot, but for now let me just say: If you plan to make available "something for the original case" that solves the graphics problem and has at least SGC spee...
by Peter
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

The idea of a new motherboard is wonderful, anyway a SGC successor is enough IMHO. As Tofro pointed out, a new mainboard is not necessarily more work - it depends. But that would bring up the problems I mentioned, especially the different UK and non-UK QL case variants. What will be the name? Hyper...
by Peter
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

We are talking Super Gold Card replacement. Now at the time, the goal of the SGC was to add more speed and memory to the QL. It was not design to be able to play bareQL games, Although miracle system did their best so that old games would run, most required a perfectly tuned SLUG command, and many ...
by Peter
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

getting software for the machine is essentially impossible without flp No you don't need floppy at all. Since I introduced the QL-SD interface, FAT32 formatted SDHC cards are the much faster and easier way. Most QL hardware platforms, GC, SGC, Q68, Q40, Q60 support SDHC cards by now, and most emula...
by Peter
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

I think Tetroid's SGC compatible suffers from availability of a critical chip used, so a SGC successor actually makes sense if Tetroid is unable to make more than a few of these add-ons because of that chip shortage. I think it is absolutely vital though, that whatever add-on card of this type is m...
by Peter
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

Andrew wrote:I think that first we should define the goal of designing a SGC card

My goal would mainly be to keep the QL scene alive. In other words, if 90% of the users are okay with the Tetroid add-ons or Q68, it makes little sense.
by Peter
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 33
Views: 832

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

Replacing the original mainboard is IMHO the simpler option over a complicated 8/16-bit bus interface and limited space on an expansion card Problems with this approach: ⋅ British QLs have different connectors and case shape. So if the SubD variant is used, which makes sense for SER and V...

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