ReedSolomon wrote:USB floppy drives are not possible because USB floppy drives are PC compatible only and won't read Amiga disks.
Maybe an old FDD floppy drive can be used at least in read only mode if someone implements an adapter for FDD to expansion port, but someone would have to design an expansion port to FDD interface and also implement it in minimig. I agree it would be nice to be able to backup /read floppies on minimig via MiSTer though.
zomgugoff wrote:There's flux imaging tools like FluxEngine (https://github.com/davidgiven/fluxengine) that use PC floppy drives with some additional, low-cost hardware. The compatibility list is pretty short so far, but Amiga is on there as 'tested'. I don't know if that would be suitable for realtime read/write activities as it is, but it's open-source, so maybe?
JimDrew wrote: a USB interface the MiSTer system would be able to also use a real floppy drive with the SuperCard Pro board. It is already designed to do that.
seastalker wrote:I didn't know if the ao486 would benefit the most from this because of the mentioned compatibility issues like Amiga disks on a Windows floppy drive.
Though I think a 'flux' type of feature being able to backup floppies for the benefit of software preservation would be the motivation for devs. Speculation of course. I know the Mister project is for roms and real cartridges are for Analogue, yet wonder if real floppies will one day find a place in all of this.
hubersn wrote:A connection method for a real floppy could be done via already mentioned projects like Supercard Pro, KryoFlux, FluxEngine, Greaseweazel or SlamySTM32Floppy via USB. It would "just" need some drivers on the MiSTer side, but this is not easy - ideally, you'd want to translate the simulated core floppy controller commands into USB commands for one of those projects (and I am greatly simplifying here). I don' even know if you'd run into timing problems when trying to simulate "the real thing".
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