There won't be any USB devices on the Amstrad PPC 640. It pre-dates USB by quite some years.ghans wrote: ↑Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:53 amUSB is the only realistic way to connect such accessoires to the Pi. I would be surprised that they used anything than USB anyway, the plugs just tend to look different. In Linux the drivers are in the kernel or precompiled loadable kernel modules. In the context of the Pi would dare say when your USB device isn't plug-n-play recompiling the kernel or patching it is a waste of life energy. Simply return the stuff and buy something better supported.
If you can get the PID and VID of your USB devices one can make better predictions on how well your USB device will work. Sadly most sellers don't know or care about USB PID and VID. If you have an especially cooperative seller ask him/her to plug that thing into a Linux box and email you the result of the "lsusb" command. There might be such tools for Windows too, i believe the Device Manager suffices in most cases.
Yeah, that's what I expected. I may have misread the posts preceding mine. Sorry for any confusion.
Thanks for pointing that out for me. I suspected I'd need something like that, but didn't know what it was called.thagrol wrote: ↑Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:30 pmMost of those front panel devices will have a 10 pin female header (for USB 1/2, bigger for USB 3). You'll need something like this to plug them into a Pi:
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/40cm-ak ... boards?v=c
As always, other products and vendors exit
I've never heard of an IDE floppy drive. AFAIK they don't exist. I've seen USB, PCMCIA and generic floppy disk interface ones. Also specs for SCSI floppies, but never seen one IRL.Imperf3kt wrote: ↑Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:38 pmI mean... Its not rocket science.
You have three choices:
- Buy an external floppy that uses USB and find a way to mount it.
- Buy an external USB floppy drive AND internal IDE floppy drive, and put the external drive inside the internal one's shell somehow
- Buy an internal IDE floppy drive and get an IDE to USB adaptor (which will NOT comprise just a cable). You may need to write your own drivers for it.
Not neccessarily. A quick google suggests that as a large number of pins on the cable/connector are grounds there are sufficient GPIO available to support the rest.