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inital results on error correction

While I have yet to actually implement the full-scale error correction as I want to, I did some manual tests today. I basically took a track that I was erroring out on, and swapped in 1-bit away values for the bad bytes.  In some cases, it appeared...

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new design

new design

I took David’s advice, and I rewrote the code last night. Some highlights: 1. ISR is entirely in assembly. Although I haven’t manually counted, it appears to be about 400ns in length. 2. ISR triggers only...

current code plus recent progress

current code plus recent progress

Although its ugly, the new code is here. This shows the entire ISR in assembly now. I do like it much better. Tonight I happened to transfer a track that has a good sector. The sector header passed checksum, as did the...

Site updates

Site updates

Hi, I made some changes at my provider. I now have access to mysql which really opens up the world of various add on packages. I didn’t initially need or look for this support, but I have it now. I also have a lot...

still hashing some ideas around

still hashing some ideas around

I’ve been getting lots of good ideas from the smart guys over at Parallax. They are throwing out a variety of methods and ways I can get this job done. I will say that I’m a little overwhelmed at the pure...

I’ve played around a considerable bit from yesterday. There’s something very strange about the speed the PC can react in certain circumstances, and I can’t quite nail it down. Now I haven’t...

adding more commands

adding more commands

Now that I *think* I’ve got a handle on the reading portion, I’ve been adding a couple more commands. I added support so that the SX knows what cylinder number it is on.  The F and B commands increase and...

SlackFest 2007

SlackFest 2007

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’ve been slacking like the best of them. I’m not horribly unsatisified with my progress, especially this year.  The first four months of this year I achieved the following: * Whole...

current results

current results

Now that I have a portion of Marco’s old code implemented, I’ve run an output file from my SX through it. It’s one whole track from a capture of a DiskMonTools. It’s almost 14k long, which sounds...

still giving me trouble

still giving me trouble

I spent some time on the project last night.  Still no-go. The SX and the software is behaving as expected by responding to commands, transferring the buffer, so and so forth.  I’m getting garbage data from the...

Timing problems still?

Timing problems still?

I think I’m still having timing related issues. I have RTCC overflowing every 1.8us which I *know* is less than the 2us bit cell(or less than half the bit cell, if you take it to be 4us), but this seems to be what...