Just refreshed the blog. After moving our domains to our own servers, I forgot the old domain to be transferred as well. So the blog was not reachable any more. I changed the blog URL to blog.atari-home.de now, and the blog is back online. I just have to rebuild the image links.
The Falcon is now running quite fine and the CTPCI works great @ 1920×1200 resolution. Take a look:
Last week I posted a search message on atari-home.de boards to find a suitable Falcon030 for my CT63 project.
The main requirement was, that the Falcon should not be heavily modified. If there are other accelerator cards installed, it would be a lot more difficult to uninstall it and install the CT63.
On the weekend I discovered a Falcon which may be appropiate.
It is a Falcon030 with TOS 4.04 and 14 MB RAM, featuring a 9 GB IDE Hard Disk and a virgin motherboard. Only one thing troubles my joy. This issue impacts nearly every Falcon now aging 15 years and older. The onboard Realtimeclock chip, which also holds the NVRAM for settings, has a built-in (!) Battery. Yes it is molded into the Chip and the chip is – of course – soldered to the board and not socketed.
So there will be a few tasks to do, when the Falcon arrives. Yesterday I’ve ordered a new DALLAS NVRAM Chip and a socket, so that future changes will be a lot easier. For this time changing the chip will be hard, as i’ve read in several boards a lot of pain in the ass problems, removing the chip.
Next time I will continue by reporting about fixing the NVRAM problem and the difficulties. Perhaps i also will have some hints for you, making the job a little bit easier.
In the following weeks i’m going to aquire an ATARI Falcon030. The Falcon030 is the very last ATARI Computer and was released in 1992. It features a Motorola 68030 CPU running at 16 Mhz and a maximum of 14 MB RAM.
For modern tasks like browsing the net or something similar, the Falcon030 is not powerful enough.
Since 2003, Rudolphe Czuba offers a Falcon Booster – the CT60 and a successor, the CT63. It comes with a 68060 Processor, that can be run up to 100 MHz and a modern SD-RAM slot. The CT63 can be plugged onto the Falcon’s bus slot without any soldering and is stands for the top of all Falcon enhancements ever produced.
My order for a CT63 is done and i’ am eager to get it in march. Then i will post some more experiences with the new Speed-Up Card. The main goal will be to get the Falcon running smoothly with network access, so that it can be used for E-Mailing, IRC, Browsing, SSH and other stuff.