Before that, it had:
Officially known as the "Advanced/EV", the Endeavor is based on the Intel Triton chip set, and has the following features:
I bought my Endeavor motherboard and 100 MHz Pentium Amateur from Hi-Tech USA in Sunnyvale. The 100 MHz part has since been replaced by a 133 MHz Pentium Amateur.
Technical information on Intel motherboards is available from Intel's OEM Motherboards web page.
The Endeavor BIOS upgrade files are available for FTP at ftp://ftp.intel.com/pub/bios/". The appropriate files for the Endeavor are the ones that end in "cb0.exe". As of June 24, 1996, the most recent version is 10005cb0.exe.
The Endeavor BIOS does not contain the Symbios SDMS BIOS, which is necessary to boot from Symbios 53C810 based cards. I had hoped that I could burn it into the Flash myself, since there is a 48K byte area that is "reserved". Unfortunately it appears that Intel has chosen to encrypt the BIOS images files somehow. Rather than wasting more time fighting it, I bought a 53C825 based card which has the SDMS BIOS. I wanted to have two SCSI host adapters anyhow, so I could put the DAT, CDR, and scanner on a separate bus from the disks and CD-ROMs.
Magenta Systems has compiled a useful comparison of Intel motherboards (look toward the bottom of the page; I don't know why it shares a page with UK telephone tariffs)
Naturally the Tarantula comes with DOS, Windows, and CAD drivers, which I have little use for. Fortunately for me, version 3.1 of XFree86 (a freely available version of the X Window System) supports the Vision964.
I've found the performance of the Tarantula to be excellent, but I haven't run benchmarks, and I don't have any of the other hot cards (like the ATI Graphics Pro Turbo) to compare against.
The Tarantula uses an ICD programmable clock synthesizer chip, which I found to be very helpful with my old Sony monitor
The 2036 supports 30 to 71 kHz horizontal sync rates and 50 to 120 Hz vertical sync rates. Unfortunately the 71 kHz limit means that most standard video driver software can't support 1280*1024 with a vertical scan rate higer than 60 Hz.
XFree86 allows (nay, requires) the user to completely specify the gory details of the monitor timing. While many people consider this to be a pain in the posterior, I found it to be very useful. I was able to compute paramters that provide 1280*1024 resolution at 67Hz refresh rate, which is right at the specified limits of my monitor's capabilities.
I find that 1280*1024 resolution results in annoying moire patterns when used with dithered gray bitmaps, so I've set my desktop pattern to a solid gray.
Plextor offers the 12PleX in both caddy and tray load models. As should be expected, the rated reliablity of the caddy load model is substantially higher
Plextor has now introduced a new model, the 12/20Plex, which uses partial CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) to achieve sustained rates from 12x at the inside to 20x at the outside of the disc. However, it appears that it is only available in a tray load model :-(
Update: Plextor has announced the UltraPlex 32x drive, which is available in both caddy and tray load models.
The tray loading mechanism of the 3701 has a cheap, flimsy feel to it, but I haven't had any actual problems with it.
Update: after about a year of light use the tray loading mechanism of my 3701 broke. However, I was able to disassemble the drive and fix it myself.
People keep asking me if I can email them drivers for Toshiba CD-ROMs. I can't do it, for two reasons:
Also don't get the PVI-486SP3, which is a combined VESA and PCI motherboard using the SiS chipset, which has poor PCI performance.
Asus has a web server and an FTP server, but they are both in Taiwan so access is slow from the US.
There is a ZIP FAQ available on Steve's Iomega Page. Byron A. Jeff has written a Linux Iomega ZIP Drive Mini-HOWTO.
Grant R. Guenther has written a Linux driver for the parallel interface ZIP drive, which is currently in beta test. The source code is available via FTP.
There is one big difference, though. The Yamaha typically is supplied as a bare drive (without any software or manual). Bundles are available from VARs at a higher cost.
I didn't need the software since I plan to use it with the free cdwrite program for Linux.
I haven't yet tracked down an OEM manual on the drive. If anyone has the title, part number, and/or an appropriate phone or email contact inside Yamaha, please let me know.
I borrowed one of these from a friend for a few weeks, and liked it very much. I was on the verge of buying my own when Yamaha dropped the bottom out of quad speed recorder prices (as described above).
The 4020i comes with software for Windows 3.1 to record CD-ROM and CD Audio discs. HP has made pre-release drivers for Windows 95 available through their CD-Writer Technical Support page.
I personally prefer to use Linux. With a few hours of hacking I was able to figure out why cdwrite 1.5 didn't work with the 4020i and come up with a patch. cdwrite version 2.0 contains the fix as well as many other enhancements.
HP has provided a Developer Toolkit which documents the SCSI command set of the drive. This was invaluable in getting cdwrite working.
The PB-10's software (EMP) is fairly nice and supports user-defined macros which can be invoked when EMP is started. This allows me to put dependency lines in my makefiles (under MS-DOS) to automatically program and verify parts when I reassemble or recompile my code. Unfortunately the PB-10 doesn't have any Linux support, and I suspect that the programming pulse timing is done in software so Linux probably wouldn't be able to handle it well anyhow. But at that price, who cares?
[Update, 30-Nov-2000] I no longer use DOS or Windows, so I can't use the PB-10 any more. Now I use a Data I/O Unisite programmer, which is a large external box. They're very expensive, but they program *anything*. I wouldn't normally be able to justify such a large expenditure, but I got a very good deal on a used one.
Last updated February 24, 2002
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