So I’ve attached my Intronix LA1034 to the Paula chip, the 16-bit wide data bus, and the DMA Request line. I triggered the logic analyzer on 0x4489, of course.
Here’s the results:
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So I’ve spent most of my time sort watching it come out of a floppy drive, but never from Paula’s perspective. It’s always before Commodore’s custom LSI floppy controller Paula could get ahold of it. So notice that the data is still RAW MFM, and not processed in any way, because Paula doesn’t perform this function. The MFM decoding is done in the trackdisk.device, with the help of the bit blitter.(part of Agnus)
So the normal floppy sync pattern is 0xAAAA 0xAAAA 0x4489 0x4489, but why do we see 0x2AAA ??
So, 0x2AAA is 0010 1010 1010 1010. right? We’re missing the first bit. It turns out there was a bug in the MFM encoding routine. It was fixed March 16th 1990 at 1:08am in the morning, in revision 32.5 of the trackdisk.device.
Also, most times, the sync word used was 0x4489 — which is exactly what I use to find sync in the firmware I wrote for the microcontroller.
Oh and here’s Paula with the great EZ hooks on her leads
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