Sider controller card problem

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Sider controller card problem

Whenever the card is in a slot in my IIGS, 3.5 in drive stops working. It also seems to affect a serial card that I use as well. The 5.25 drive is unaffected. When I take the sider controller card out of the system, both the 3.5 drive and the serial card work properly. I have had the 3.5 drive daisy chained after the 5.25 and as the only drive in the system. Neither way works.

Also, the drive and serial card stop working even if the sider is turned off and the cable connection is disconnected.

Looking for some guidance.

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Has it ever worked in that? 

Has it ever worked in that?  I've got a 20MB Sider, but I've only ever tried to use it in a //e, never a IIgs.  Have you made sure the slot you are putting the Sider controller card is set on the IIgs control panel to "my card"?  What slot are you trying it in?  I've got a MicroDrive Turbo (hard drive work-alike that is Compact Flash based) in my IIgs and I've always used it in Slot 7.

 

 

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<blockquote><strong>softwarejanitor wrote:</strong> <p>Has it ever worked in that?&nbsp; I've got a 20MB Sider, but I've only ever tried to use it in a //e, never a IIgs.&nbsp; Have you made sure the slot you are putting the Sider controller card is set on the IIgs control panel to "my card"?&nbsp; What slot are you trying it in?&nbsp; I've got a MicroDrive Turbo (hard drive work-alike that is Compact Flash based) in my IIgs and I've always used it</blockquote><p><br/></p>

I am using it in slot 7 and it is set to my card. I have tried it in other slots without success. Even with the Sider turned off. I don't know enough about the hardware, but I think the Sider control card is "hogging" the cycles and not letting the drive work.

It has been awhile since I accessed the 3.5 drive with my Sider. What I do know is that I have copies of programs that were on 3.5 disks in my Prodos volumes on the Sider. I have never owned an Apple IIE.

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similar issue

I had a similar issue on the //e involving the MicroDrive, Sider, Disk II, and CP/M card.  My recollection is the summary was as follows.  With all of these in the machine CP/M would not work.  If you take away either the MicroDrive or the Sider you can run CP/M (on Disk II if no Sider).    If you take out CP/M all drives work.  Like you I noted that the Sider controller being in the slot is all that matters, power to the drive, or even connecting or diconnecting the drive, doesn't change whatever the incompatibility is.

Maybe in your case removing the serial card would allow all the drives to work at the same time?

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