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Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 11:36 pm
by Cecil Dubreque
Has anyone else successfully managed to get an HxC floppy emulator working in an MPC60 or an ASQ10?

I have a Gotek drive but even using Omniflop I'm struggling to get a disk image that the ASQ10 recognized.

I've already been digging through existing forum posts and guides for days with no luck.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 1:01 am
by Rasputin
I'll ask the painfully obvious and possibly insulting yet necessary question. Is it a flashed Gotek or a stock Gotek? Because you're not going to get anywhere with a run-of-the-mill Gotek.

Re: Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 8:27 pm
by Cecil Dubreque
It is indeed HxC flashed.

The actual install is obviously very simple. I just can't seem to find a working disk image or manage to get a working one using Omniflop on an old XP PC.

Re: Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 7:50 am
by Rasputin
I don't have specific experience with HxC meets MPC60, but... I've messed with Omniflop and HxC/HFE stuff quite a bit so I would suggest reading a known-good Akai floppy with Omniflop in an XP desktop with internal floppy drive (I'm assuming that's what you're doing, but it needed to be specified, just in case).

In Omniflop, have it auto-detect the format. It should detect some Akai 793K style disk. Good, save that as a raw image.

Load the HxC software and import a RAW image and make sure the format is IBM MFM, double-sided, 80 tracks, 512 sector size, and 10 sectors per track. It should be the usual 300 RPM / 250000 bitrate that just about everything else is.

Make sure your interface is Generic Shugart. See where that gets you.

Re: Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:21 pm
by Cecil Dubreque
Thanks for the tips!

I'll try that exact method and see how it goes.

Re: Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:50 am
by Cecil Dubreque
I followed your advice and seemed to get a good disk image but still couldn't get the drive to work.

I then tried inserting the data cable upside down and bingo!

Thanks for your help.

Re: Akai ASQ10/MPC60 Floppy Disk Image (HxC)

PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:28 am
by chillyD
I, too, can confirm that I have had success in retrofitting an Akai ASQ-10 with an HxC-flashed Gotek floppy emulator. Since getting to that point required hunting around this forum along with a fair amount of Googling and trial-and-error, I'm including the key steps that got it to work for me.

Getting the HxC-flashed drive to work required the following:
1. Move the jumper on the Gotek drive from S1 to S0 (i.e. S1 open, S0 closed). If this was not done, the ASQ-10 would report that the disk was write-protected when attempting to perform a write or format operation.

2. Connect the floppy cable to the Gotek drive with the center nub facing the top of the drive (this is referred to as "upside down" in a previous post). I found that if I did not do this, the green LED was lit solid and the ASQ-10 would act as if no disk was present.

I was able to successfully load and use one of the ready-made MPC60mkII disk images available on the HxC site (DSKA0000.HFE) to get a disk image the ASQ-10 could read and write. Once I established this, I selected the disk image, then performed a format using option 5 from the Disk menu to produce an empty ASQ-10 disk. I find it likely that the MPC-60mkII image would work just fine. I just took the extra format step as a precaution.