Build in a Gotek device in my STE

29 05 2016


Buy a Gotek that fits for the Atari ST/E

“Aktualisierte Version SFR1M44 U100 USB Floppy Drive Emulator Grau”

Buy a USB Memory Stick 4GB

Donwload HxC Firmware

Download HxC Floppy Emulator Manager Software

Prepare Gotek

Upgrade the gotek firmware to the latest version

See HxC manuals for details

Set Jumper to S1

The jumpers in my Gotek was set to S0 (2nd row of pins). I set it to S1. This is the 3rd row of pins.

Build in the Gotek

Attention!!: The floppy cable will be twisted in the end. The red line on the cable show line 1, be carefull to connect the cable in the right way.



I replaced a HxC USB device that I had to connect to my PC (in the forground). In the STE the gotek is installed and the SD Memory stick is pluged in.

Prepare USB Memory Stick

Format the Memory Stick as one single FAT32 Partition

A good tool to do that is gparted under Linux


Put HxC files on the USB memory stick

Copy these two files from the HxC FLoppy Emulator Manager Package into the root of the USB Memory Stick (no folders on the memory stick are necessary at all)


Add Some ST Game Images to the USB Memory Stick

A good start is here:

Download an image and save it into the root of the USB Memory Stick

Now you have at least 3 files (image and thw tow HxC files) in the root of the memory stick.


Start a Game

Choose an ST Image from the File Selector

Choose a USB Memory Stick Slot for the Image

Press F10 to Save and Exit

See HxC manuals for details

The ST will reboot and the LEDs on the Gotek will show 1.
The ST will boot the image and everythng behave like a floppy Disk is inserted into a floppy drive


Have fun


Gotek drive replacement finally is installed

10 01 2016

Today I finally installed the Gotek disk drive replacement in my Falcon.

It fit’s damned nice into the Falcon. The colour fits much better than the floppy drive that was there before.

Maybe the last disk drive I ever used

10 01 2016

Today I removed the broken disk drive from my Falcon. It’s maybe the last disk drive I every used. So from 1986 untill 2016 I used disk drives or at least owned broken ones 🙂 30 years is a long time.

It begun with a Commodore 1541 5.25 inch floppy on a C64.

Next was a Atari SF354 Single Sided 3,5 inch floppy drive for the 520 STFM.

For the same computer I upgraded to a Atari SF 314 Double Sided floppy.

My Atari Falcon 030 came with a HD drive. I forgot all the PC 5.25 and 3.5 inch drives in between. I remember that I once bought an usb floppy drive for the PC.

The one I removed today was the 3rd floppy drive for the Falcon.


After about 20 years I removed the screeneye from my Falcon

10 01 2016

I got the screeneye camera capture card for the falcon a long time ago, but did not much with it. During the creation of Grenzüberschreitung, I got the idea to use it to make photos of people who want to participate before we start so that I have enough time to include them into the gamer database.

I did this 2-3 times and yes it worked, but it took ages to get the photos together, cut them into 20×20 pices in Rainbow II Multimedia and them transfer them into the gamer database.

Pep / SAK  later gave me a very small camera so I tested this again, but because with a handy nowadays everything is much faster, the screeneye wasn’t used since years.

The reason I removed it today was that I’m bored of have the cable in the way all the time I put my falcon out of the cuboard and back into it.

It will now go the way down in the cellar to be covered with dust. As far as I remember I also still have the original case.



USB Mouse adapter finally works

31 12 2015

I ordered a USB mouse adapter for my Falcon a while ago. At the STNICCC I wanted to test it, but I found out, that I ordered the Amiga version instead of the ST version. So I ordered the ST version and found out, that I bought the wrong mouse. I had to buy an Netscroll Mouse and bought a Netscroll 100. So again I ordered another mouse. This time a Logitech RX250.

And finally it works !!

Here the setup with a joystick extension cable. You could see the Mouse adapter in the middle.

Here the setup without the joystick extension. You could see, that the Mouse adapter is not visible, because its hidden under the Falcon.

So I archived that I now could use a “modern” USB mouse instead of my “oldfashioned” PS/2 trackball. Also this mouse is optical, so for the first time I use a mouse on my falcon without a ball.

Another wast of time and money comes to and end, and the setup is save back in the cupboard 🙂 Hauptsache es macht Spaß 🙂

The new Wikipad Android gaming tablet

24 09 2015

I got a new gaming tablet, a Wikipad. Cause I got a 50 Euro donation from my company, I bought it for 110 Euro on Amazon.

First Impression: It’s really huge, but the controller fits good in the hands. The screen is ok and the speed as well.

Second sight after installing some games. The pad has 1 GB of Ram, so some games will not install. But ok the device is 2 years old. Most of the games work and the ones who support controllers could be played ootb. A good choice so far

My favorit games so far:
– Active Soccer 2
– Reaper
– Heros of Loot
– Wayward Souls

Wikipad pictures

Various changes in the Funivercity of Irataria Rechenzentrum

3 10 2010

In the last weeks, there were a lot of parties and meetings and a lot of things changed in the Rechenzentrum, so here a short summary:

I got a new PCMCIA adapter for my A1200 to put all the WHD Load stuff onto it. The old card got broken, so I invested another 6 Euro for a new one.

At the Xzentrix 2010 I bought a monitor adapter to connect a Atari Monitor to a Amiga. Back at home I tried it out and it worked 90%. I now could play Kick Off with my Atari Logo Stick and a Atari Monitor that’s great. At the bottom some lines are missing, but who cares.

For the Xzentrix I also put together some consoles that have to leave the Rechenzentrum.

The SNES is still here, but I look for the Power Supply and when I found it, I will give it in good hands. I miss a 4 player adapter for the machine, to play Mario Karts with more than 2 players, and I had to many other Nintendo hardware.

The XBOX is a great machine, maybe the best Emulator station around, but I dislike the Microsoft Logo that much, that I finally decided to give it away. Now it is used by the chields of Hessi, the HomeCon organizer.

The Amiga CD32 was a nice machine as well, but now since my WHD Load is setup on my A1200, I don’t need it anymore

At the HomeCon, I did not only sell some consoles, I also bought two games for  the collection:

  • Kampfgruppe, a SSI game I will never play, but a great box art
  • Zelda for the DS. A great game and I like it a lot.

Cause there is now some more space in the Multiconsole tower, I put the A1200 into it

At the OFAM I got these things:

  • A NETBee USB network card for the Falcon
  • Brett Hull NHL Hockey for the Jaguar
  • Badlands for the ST

For my Wii I got a Golf controller

And last but not least, Ted (Horst L) got me a Vectex Multicard

Now I could play with my Vectrey 70 different files. A great cardridge.