Silent Q

Azog's little slice of the world. Whee.

Falcon SCSI CD-ROM

| July 31, 2012

Since I do not (currently?) have Internet access directly on my Falcon, and a floppy disk simply doesn’t cut it any more, the benefits of a CD-ROM should be patently obvious. There are at least two different methods to attach a CD-ROM to the Falcon, using either IDE or SCSI. The IDE solution is undoubtedly […]

Falcon video enhancer

| July 30, 2012

It seems like I’m bouncing from project to project lately. Actually, this particular post is something that was done some time ago, wrote up, and put into limbo while I was waiting for other odds and ends to come together. I was trying to find a SCSI CD-ROM for the Falcon, and while I prowled […]

Falcon RTC and RAM upgrade

| June 27, 2012

* Part one * Part two * Part three * Part four Now that the Falcon has had its hard drive and TOS upgraded and is booting fine, it’s time to tackle the hardest part, and probably the most necessary: replacing the dead real-time clock module. The machine is obviously booting fine with the dead […]

Falcon TOS

| June 25, 2012

* Part one * Part two * Part three When doing a big project, or a project that requires a number of unrelated steps, I like to do one thing at a time, and test along the way. Once you start making a large number of unrelated changes, it makes it difficult to go back […]

Upgrading Falcon hard drive

| June 23, 2012

* Part one * Part two When the Falcon first shipped, the earlier ones were equipped with 60mb drives. When I received mine, it had an 80mb drive. I recall reading that this was due to a change in their production line, but the 80mb models were going to cost the same as the originally […]

In preparation to upgrade the Falcon hard drive

| June 21, 2012

Related to a previous post: When I received the Falcon, with the original 60mb hard drive, the drive had not been wiped, so there was lots of stuff on it. I (still) don’t know what all was there, but undoubtedly, there were programs and utilities that would be hard, if not impossible, to find. So […]

Atari Falcon

| June 19, 2012

The Atari Falcon030 was Atari’s last computer, and arguably their finest. It was released in 1992, but cancelled in 1993, when Atari was in the midst of their death throes and cancelled everything to focus on the Jaguar game console. It was Atari’s second 68030-class computer, the TT030 having been released in 1990. But the […]