We have been producing a hard disk for the ST for some months now.
The hard disk uses an interface which has been designed in Germany
and is software compatible with the official Atari hard disk.
The problem is that on many STe machines, corruption of data happens.
It always happens in the same way - two bytes are missed out when
a sector is written to the disk. eg
this is a piece of text
this is a pce of text
This is disastrous when it happens to directory sectors and programs.
Point 1. This only ever happens on the STe
Point 2. Replacing the DMA chip with one from an STFM usually solves
Point 3. We sent an STe & a Hard Disk with this problem to the
manufacturers of the interface in Germany. They said that the same
problem was happening with the Megafile and with the ICD Interface.
Point 4. This is happening with about one in four STe machines.
Atari UK say they have not heard of this problem and they are not
Has anybody... Atari USA? Anybody else? come up against this problem?
Our supplier has run our of "OLD" DMA chips and is now sending us
"NEW" ones which have the same problem. Can anybody suggest a solution?
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are those of my employer..
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