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We also offer the STD UniPod. This combines a USB interface, NET 100 and fast IDE interface in a single podule. The UniPod is normally supplied with only one of these three functions enabled and you have to pay £25 for each additional function. We supply it with all 3 functions enabled. Some other dealers offer the Unipod for as little as £99 with only one function enabled but you then have to pay £25 to get each additional function operational.
Only £139 or £135 when ordered with a drive.Price includes UK carriage. Please add £5 outside UK
Other APDL IDE interfaces
We have now discontinued the popular ArcIn interface though we do have a few left - see below.
ArcIn fast IDE interface
We still have a limited number of ArcIn interfaces. These are functionally identical to the Blitz but are not as fast with a speed of around 3.6 MB/sec sustained or up to 4.5 MB/sec burst when fitted to a RiscPC or A7000. About twice the speed of ADFS.
Price includes UK carriage. Please add £4.50 outside UK
Features of APDL IDE interfacesThe main features of all models are -
You need a backplane to use an IDE interface on the RiscPC. Most models already have one (it's the vertical PCB behind the floppy drive and plugs into the motherboard at the bottom) but if you don't have one we can supply 2 or 4 slot backplanes.
Interfaces for A3000, A3010, A3020 and A4000.
We do still have IDE interfaces for the A3000 and A3010. These can also be used with the A3020 or A4000 to provide connections for additional hard drives or to permit the connection of an external ATAPI CD ROM. The normal interface can take a 2.5" drive internally and has a 37 way 'D' connector for an external hard drive or CD ROM. These cost £49. Please add £5 UK carriage, £9 outside UK.
<Sorry, we have now sold out of the APDL A3000/A3010 type interfaces.
We can supply these interfaces fitted with a 1 GB CF drive, divided into 2 x 500MB partitions for an additional £12. This will be ready to run with the standard RISC OS 3 utilities and applications installed. As it uses a standard CF card you could increase capacity to 4 x 500MB partitions by fitting a 2GB CF card if required. For more information about solid state drives see here.
Simtec IDE interface with external drive connector and 1GB CF drive - £61.
We often have secondhand interfaces of various types sutable for the A3000 or A3010. Please contact APDL for availability and prices.
Updates for APDL IDE interfacesIn case you've lost your printed User Guide a HTML version is available for download. (39K ArcFS archive). IDE Format.
The latest version of the IDEFormat program is 3.53. If you have anything earlier you are strongly advised to download this as it fixes a couple of bugs present in earlier versions with very large drives and supports E+ format for RISC OS 4. It has also been re-structured to simplify initialising single partitions.
These contain the programs to create and program flash images (in case you've lost your Utility disc) with IDEFS v3.28 and IDEFiler v3.21 and ATAPI driver 0.28. IDEFS now has a configurable start-up delay to reduce the wait for people who have drives that respond quickly at switch on.
ArcIn Flash upgrade. - (168K ArcFS archive)
Blitz Flash upgrade. - (168K ArcFS archive)
RISC OS 4 height fix - (240K ArcFS archive, 5.10.99) Although the ideA interface works perfectly with RISC-OS 4 drive icons will appear at the wrong height on the iconbar. Put this small program in your Boot.Tasks directory and it will align them correctly.Problems with CD ROM drives.
Although ATAPI driver 0.28 works with most modern drives it is not as compatible as 0.26, especially with older drives, such as not being detected at startup or errors during transfer of large data blocks. If you have any problems try the appropriate ATAPI driver below. These will only work with APDL interfaces. In each case this is the complete flash image for the appropriate interface with the latest IDEFS software and VProtect.
ATAPI driver 0.26. Complete flash image for ArcIn interface - (78 ArcFS archive)
ATAPI driver 0.24. Complete flash image for ArcIn interface. - (78 ArcFS archive)
ATAPI driver 0.26. Complete flash image for Blitz - (80K ArcFS archive)
New software for ArcIn and Blitz interfaces
There have been a number of minor improvements but the most obvious outward ones are -
As these are intended to be used with RISC OS 4 and above the software no longer includes the DMAManager and CDFS modules as these are part of the OS ROM. This avoids the need to *unplug the DMAManager on the IDE interface with Kinetic machines and eliminates space taken up by redundant modules in the RMA.
For the older, plug in EPROM version of the ARCIN interface. These are the cards which have two sockets on the PCB for data leads and a large EPROM with a white printed label. This brings the software up to the latest version, so it's a very worthwhile upgrade as although these cards might appear to be working OK, even on RISC OS 6, some older versions could cause problems with larger hard drives and CD writers. We can supply an exchange replacement EPROM or, if you return your interface (not the leads) with payment we can fit the new EPROM and test it for you, which is the method we would advise.
In each case the price of the upgrade is £7.50. For flash programmable interfaces the software will be sent by email, for interfaces fitted with an EPROM there is an additional charge of £2.50 for carriage. You can apply for the upgrade either by email to the usual APDL address, by phone (020 8778 2659) or by post. Don't forget to include payment details and the type of interface you have. Your upgrade will be sent to the email address used when you purchase the upgrade.
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