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Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:30 pm
by SinclairSociety
Just curious as I have a nice ITX case laying around here... Do any of these QL compatible motherboards properly mount in ITX cases?

TJ

Re: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:56 am
by Dave
So far, an ITX or ATX clone hasn't been released. That said, the Q68 is much smaller than an ITX case and could fit nicely inside one, if a 3.5" drive bay cover with two SD card slots in it were printed.

I'm sure someone will come up with a more modern form factor in the coming years.

Re: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:53 pm
by Derek_Stewart
Hi,

I used to have Q60 in a Silver Shuttle case, but here is a Q60 in a Black Shuttle case.

Q60-Shuttle-01.jpg

Q60-Shuttle-02.jpg

Q60-Shuttle-03.jpg


The forum software is rotating the pictures.

Re: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:54 pm
by Dave
Derek,

What is the SuperIO on that Q60?

Re: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:45 pm
by Derek_Stewart
Dave wrote:Derek,

What is the SuperIO on that Q60?

Hi Dave,

The Q60 in tge picture is fitted with a SD-ESIO V2.1 ISA I/O card. 2 x IDE, 2 x Serial, Parallel, Game port.

This was a standard I/O card fitted to the Q60 sold back in 2003.

Here is scanned copy of the info sheet for the card:

IO_CARD.JPG
Q60 I/O Card


The highlighted SPP, was the Parallel port mode thst would only work with SMSQ/E in 2003, this was coded for the ill-fated Qbranch Q40.

Which, I and friend successfully sold the Q60 and a Q40i

The I/O Card was later replaced with a 4 x IDE card.

Re: Does ITX Cases work for any QL Compatible Motherboard

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:59 pm
by Dave
Excellent info, Derek. Thank you.

I have large stocks of a similar SuperIO, but it is sufficiently different to not be compatible.

http://pdf.datasheetcatalog.com/datashe ... C87307.pdf

A few years ago I did a prototype card with it on, and all the outputs hooked up. I did a best effort at hooking it to the QL bus and I could basically configure it, but I'm not a programmer, so....

But yes, SuperIOs might be a good way to get a lot of standard ports that work easily and in predictable ways... Once configured!