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Mike Hibbett



Joined: 02 Sep 2003
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Mike Hibbett
Hi all,

in an attempt to beat the 5s boot time, I'm trying to set up a boot from compact flash.

Initial attempts with a compact flash in a pcmcia adaptor have failed, presumably because my bios does not support pcmcia. People with more modern laptops may be more successful.

So I am going to build an IDE - compact flash adaptor and try that. IDE-compact flash adaptors already exist for those who want to purchase them, but the circuit is simple so I'll give it a go myself.

If anyone else wants to try this, be careful of your choice of cards - 3.3v compact flash cards will not work.

Here are some links for those interested.

http://www.howell1964.freeserve.co.uk/parts/cf_pinout.htm

http://www.wau.nl/hemeltje/temporary/personal/miscelaneous/cfadapter.html

If this works I might make a PCB up, if others are interested.

Mike.
Post 10 Mar 2004, 07:59
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TAG



Joined: 05 Feb 2004
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pcmcia is quite complicated why not to try USB flash drive?
Post 13 Mar 2004, 10:42
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Mike Hibbett



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TAG wrote:
pcmcia is quite complicated why not to try USB flash drive?


Because my hardware does not support booting from USB. I've given up on PCMCIA, I am now ooking at building a compact flash to IDE connector. This does not require any software within Menuet. Writting a USB driver within menuet is *very* difficult, whereas building a connector up isnt!

Mike.
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