Unknown ST cartridge

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Dave » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 01:17:22


Some time ago I bought a second hand Atari 520STE, and included was a
cartridge which I don't know what is for.

Please, could anybody tell me for what is that cartridge for? Many
thanks.

Here are some pictures that I took:
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The main chip is named HARTD1 87HCI, but I couldn't find any
information in Internet about it.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Ronald J. » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 03:45:24


If that plug fits into an external drive, then I would hazard a guess and
say its one of the cartridges that copy protected Floppy disks, like games.
If thats right, you'd still need the software that came with it though.

Can't remember all the names, but Synchro Express comes to mind.

Just a guess though, mind you. :)

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Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Dana » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 08:51:57


Perhaps it's a Blitz cable. The Blitz was used to copy software,
including most copyrighted programs.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Charles Ri » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 10:46:05


Perhaps if you open the case of the cartridge, it might have
a name and address on it. That could help you determine what
it's for.

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Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Ed Edelenb » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:39:07


Uhm... woulda been hard to take the pics and get the chip number without
taking the case apart.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Dave » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 17:46:08

Obviously you didn't look the links to the pictures that I have
posted, neither read my entire post, have you?

Indeed I have opened the box, took some pictures and noted the name of
the main chip. All of this is in my 1st post.

Regards.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Dave » Sat, 10 Jan 2009 17:55:29

Thanks everybody for the information.

Based in what you told me, I searched for some information about Atari
cartridges for copy purposes.

And indeed I have found that the connector on my unknown cartridge is
the typical connector to be connected to an Atari floppy drive.

Also I have found that one of those cartridges for making copies,
called Discovery Cartridge (made by Happy Computers, Inc in 1987) have
a HARTD1 chip in it.

Many thanks to everybody for the help.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by phantomm_ » Sun, 11 Jan 2009 02:48:25


The HART chip is normally associated with a HAPPY Disk Copier.

I have the Discovery Cartridge, the Large one.
IIRC, they also made a smaller one for the ST that also connected to the
cartridge port, but I didn't think it had a cable. ICBW, because I only
saw a pic of it. However the case was similar but different.

This Case looks exactly like a Migraph Hand Scanner cartridge interface,
except for the
cable. On the Migraph case, there is a small port where you connect the hand
scanner
cable, in about the same location where the cable on this one is.

However, I've not taken my scanner interface apart, to look inside.
The GoldenImage Scanner Interface is just like the MiGraph one except the
cover
goes over all the PCB, only the cart connection can be seen.

My guess is that it's a Disk Copier of some sort.
Or some type of Disk Drive Interface.
I don't know of any other ST devices that uses a ST disk drive connection.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by phantomm_ » Sun, 11 Jan 2009 03:29:26


Not unless it's one I haven't seen.

My Blitz Cable doesn't look anything like that.

Anyone have the Disk Drive with the built in Blitz stuff?
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Ronald J. » Sun, 11 Jan 2009 06:14:09


Not me - but I do have the Blitz cable/software, and I agree - mine looks
nothing like that cart the original poster showed.

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Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Stichting » Sun, 11 Jan 2009 17:48:20

There is a floppy connector.
It is some kind of one-to-one floppy disk copier.
Here I have a Replica-Box ST from 1987 TECHHart Handelsagentur ROM-Module +
Software that has 2 connectors.
It copies every disk on a one-by-one basis by synchronising both drives.
I think this does the same with one external drive and the internal drive.

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Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Bravo Sier » Wed, 14 Jan 2009 02:08:00

The Blitz Cable doesnt look like a Cartridge, it's a Cable. Unlike the Synchro
Express that does look like a Cartridge with a DB25 Connector for the Parallel
Port. And a plug for the external Disk Drive Port and a Pass Through Port for
the External Disk Drive. When you use the Synchro Express it works best with
matching disk drive Mechanisms. Look for the eject button to match Mechanisms.
The Synchro Express makes your Atari Disk Drives act less Intelligent so Disk
Drives are too stupid to fail copies due to copy protection. Synchro Express
is my favorite ST Hardware Copier, 2nd is the Discovery Cartridge. Synchro and
even the Blitz Cable are an easier way to Backup Copy Protected Software. It
takes less intelligence to succesfully copy. Also, when copying, both A & B
Drives work simultaneously. I dont have Synchro Express to sell, I love mine!
Please Answer! Please Reply Irregardless of your Answers! Thanx! =-=Ben=-=

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Perhaps it's a Blitz cable. The Blitz was used to copy software,
including most copyrighted programs.
 
 
 

Unknown ST cartridge

Post by Dave » Thu, 22 Jan 2009 22:15:22

Thanks for the info.

I don't think it's the Migraph Hand Scanner cartridge interface,
because my device have a male DIN 14 pins connector, like the ones
that you plug in FDD, and I guess the scanner, even having a DIN 14
pins connector will have a male connector as well.

I guess you're right guessing that it's a Disk Drive Interface.