Firmware release 004 is now available for the vDriveQL
This fixes a small problem with format. Also updated is the user manual which has instructions for troubleshooting the ‘vDrive not responding’ error.
At the request from a few of my German customers I’m providing a special build of the firmware to support the MGG ROM. This enables image formatting which was not supported when the MGG ROM was installed.
Please check out the downloads page for more information.
Been a while but have had a busy year. Amongst the odd projects that I’ve been working on is a power converter for the Sinclair QL. The original power supply is fairly hard to get and its unique power connector means that there hasn’t been an off the shelf alternative – until now.
The converter takes a nominal 12V input from a customer supplied power supply (plug pack or other suitable power source with a 2.1mm DC plug) and converts this single voltage into the DC and AC voltages the QL requires. The converter comes with a custom 3D printed case and QL power plug.
Protection is provided with the converter returning to standby if excessive power draw is detected or if the external power supply is of insufficient power rating.
Finally, an enclosure* to go with your vDriveQL or vDriveZX!
No need to dismantle an existing Microdrive for the case, you can now buy a custom 3D printed enclosure designed specifically for the vDriveQL or vDriveZX (there are two case styles to choose from).
Case includes a LED upgrade kit (rectangular LED + resistor). Various offers are available on the ususal sites (SellMyRetro and Tindie) for the case by itself are bundled with a vDrive and other options.
Acknowledgements: Michele Perini for the original 3D case model
*Note the enclosure is 3D printed and although the visible surface finish has been optimized there are still some minor surface imperfections due to the printing process.
Installation instructions for the QL case can be found here, and for the ZX case here
An updated vLA81 user manual is available. Only minor corections this time (had omitted to mention that WRX support [Mode 2] needed A13 to be connected to the vLA81). Thanks for all who have provided feedback.