Here’s a few pictures of the method and order in which I solder SMD components on the Tiny C2N Monitor board. Hopefully these will be of some help to those interested in acquiring a DIY kit!
Hopefully I’ve replied to all those who were waiting for some sort of feedback from me. In the next few days, unless my work day is already heavy enough, I shall complete a few maintenance tasks for the IECHost GUI client. These are along the lines of creating wrapper functions to avoid some code duplication and of moving some code to separate modules, logically grouped.
There’s probably some deal of documentation I shall be updating as a consequence of some of the changes I have in mind, especially around how inaccessible tracks are going to be treated in future.
These issues are both related to a somewhat unusual scenario, the one for which a disk has tracks written to the outermost edge by a misaligned drive, not accessible by a stock drive. Mads, from the disk transfer team, provided a few more of such disks during X’2018, so I’ve been able to do more testing.
For the time being, if you come across a disk with unreachable tracks, just set the “Max error” count to the very minimum value (i.e. 1). If you have 2 or more errors in the reachable area of the disk, no retry will be attempted, so you can avoid deadlocks in the ROM code of the drive.
I will work at these issues in the next few weeks, so that I can improve user experience significantly when dealing with the above mentioned, unusual, scenario.
There are now 6 DC2N4-LC devices available for shipping.