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Re: [MiNT] Installing on a MegaSTE

On 13/01/2010 20:08, Paul Wratt wrote:
On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 1:21 PM, Mark Duckworth
<mduckworth@atari-source.org>  wrote:
On 1/13/10 1:59 PM, Christos Tziotzis wrote:
A friend and I tried to install MiNT on his 4MB MSTE without XFS. However
the memory usage was approximately 3MB of RAM living only 1 to the user. As
you can see this makes the system almost useless. So:
Is there a way to minimize the memory usage?
Also could this be an effect of left over code in MiNT? And if so, should
there be a clean up of the code?
The system was: MiNT, XaAES, Teradesk, and Ethernec driver.
This is about right :(.  I too want to run mint on my MSTe so I hunted
solutions and found one.  The Magnum STe.  This isn't for sale anymore and
wasn't for sale for very long but it is a 14MB st ram board for ste's.  They
also made an ST variant as well as a TT variant that allowed 256mb! of tt
ram.  I searched for a couple weeks and got in touch with the author.  I
found the schematics online and hunted down all the components to build a
board.  The author graciously sent me the CPLD code as well as the gerber
files to have a pcb made!  The author even gave me permission to sell the
boards with profit!  If all goes well I'll have 2 MSTe's with 14MB of ram
and the parts to build 6 more of them to send to people!  If it works, I
will buy the rest of the components I need to make as many as possible but
the CPLD is no longer available through normal channels.  I still have to go
over the gerber files and submit it to batchpcb.  The CPLD's are very
expensive so any boards produced are going to be well over $100USD in
components and pcb cost alone but hey...  Also an associate of the developer
has several Magnum ST and TT boards left and I asked him to send them to me
which he is doing for the price of postage!  These guys definitely have no
atari interest anymore.

But between this and the MSTEIDEM there is a reason to built mint for ST.

The sad thing is between Aranym, 2 TT's and my falcon, I have no idea WHY I
want to make my mste usable with mint... I just DO.


I would say keep churning them out while you can, if the CPLD are a
limited resource, then it may be worth approaching some one of a
philathopic nature to aquire the lot.

As a last resort the same approach could be taken to get a custom run
of CPLD created, but that would imply a market in which it could break
even at least

some one of a philathopic nature - money to burn for the right cause

It would be best to just replace CPLD with a different type. It shouldn't be too difficult.