So, I have a Falcon, TT030, Mega STe and a 1040STf (in need of some video repairs, but I have one).
Bought a CosmosEx, and originally was going to put it inside the Falcon. But Falcon doesn't have internal SCSI, so figured I could put it inside the MegaSTe and/or TT030. Well, I was going to put it in where the hard drive is. Unfortunately the hard drive 'bay' has a metal piece as part of it's bracket that is where the power switch on the CosmosEx is. So that won't work. Then I was thinking I could put it in the floppy drive bay, but then I'd have to basically chop up the beloved front of the system, even the 1040 STf is that way. Only one that isn't is the Falcon.
So I was thinking a few different possibilities.
A) Get an external SCSI case, drill a whole for the floppy cable to go through and build an external floppy to floppy ribbon cable. This would look really nice. Crappy thing about this? Falcon is the only one with an actual SCSI port on the back, would need ACSI -> SCSI adapter for the other three. And of course the big kick, the Falcon doesn't have an external floppy connector!
B) External Floppy Drive. This wouldn't need a cable to be made, you'd just need to modify it to slip in a ACSI/SCSI cable. I'd feel a bit less terrible about gutting the front of one of these and putting the CosmosEx inside of it, but then you still run into the ACSI vs SCSI situation and no external floppy connector in the Falcon.
C) Put it inside the Falcon, hack in an internal SCSI cable (I've seen the mods on this, they don't look too terrible...) and this would be pretty clean. Currently I have an HxC floppy emulator in there, since the floppy I had in there was dirty or dying (would read a disk once, then never again..).
D) Planning out and building a modified 'harness' in the Hard Drive bays inside the TT030/Mega STe. I think this would look the cleanest (Floppy in front is still in tact, though anyone know if you can have two internal floppy drives?) I was thinking of cramming the CosmosEx into there with a Bluetooth and Wifi adapters. (either that or when the Pi3 is supported, those are built in). Then I wouldn't have the need for any weird cables hanging outside, and I could use newer keyboards/mice (I haven't even looked to see if the IKBD thing works inside the Mega STe / TT030 yet though!) One downside of this option is that it'd be more difficult to swap in / out SD cards with different sets of software/OS set ups. If I could get it working internally like this, I'd probably end up ordering a second one for my TT030.
Thoughts on these? Do most people just have their hardware dangling outside their cases these days?
I really like the idea of a nicely modified external SCSI case (and maybe get a double decker so I could use a CD-ROM along with it), but that lack of an external floppy connector on the Falcon...
If people have pictures of their setups, I'd love to see them!
Last edited by leech
on Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
Atari 8Bits: 800xl, 600xl, XEGS, 800, 130xe, 130xe (VBXE, U1MB, Stereo POKEY)
Atari STs: 1040STf (broken shifter), 1040STe, Mega STe, TT030, Falcon (CT60e, SuperVidel)