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IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by emu_kidid » Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:28 am

A long time ago, isobel from gc-linux.com made modifications to the IDE-EXI vhdl to support DMA over EXI. This remained unreleased for a little while ~9 years (:P) since it had issues with the newly added multi word write command, but I've asked him at the request of others if it would be okay to release the files he'd worked on and he's agreed to.

Don't ask me how to use these, this is my complete project directory zipped up as it was since about 2012. You'll need Xilinx IDE/ISE to build it and then Xilinx Lab Tools - Impact to program it over JTAG to an existing board. The .ucf file is likely pointing at the pinout from my original batch of IDE-EXI's I'd produced and not the ones megalomaniac had briefly produced.

I'm releasing it with the hopes that someone makes a nicer version and maybe fixes up some of the issues that have plagued it (and also since Swiss has supported it for nearly 9 years too).
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by webhdx » Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:50 am

Yes, it's finally happening! Almost 10 years in the "making" :D

I've asked emu_kidid to release it recently because I have an idea for it. I always liked IDE-EXI but I remember it was painful to use back in a day. IDE-EXI in current state is not interesting at all, no one is going to bother with IDE hard drives since we have cheap and more convenient SD2SP2 adapters available basically everywhere.

As I'm waiting for parts to arrive from China I need someone to report how v2 firmware performs against SD2SP2/SD Gecko. If there is a visible performance improvement then I'm willing to spend time on redesigning the hardware to be more usable in 2021.
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by andre104623 » Mon May 31, 2021 2:37 pm

I have both v1 and megas version if anyone I’d wondering the pin out for ide-exi v2 (megas) is around the GameCube marking on top of the pcb if you own one you know what I mean

But seriously guys ide-exi is dead even if firmware v3 came and fixed everything it the pure fact try to find a good ide hard drive and then power it with a power adapter it’s a mess but there was a time it was practical that time has passed and sp2sd sd gecko and not to mention wasp fusion which is the best GameCube mod period

I wish someone could clone the wiikey fusion wasp fusion that would be perfect and for portable builders the gc loader is great and all but the only advantage is the audio streaming feature and is over priced in my opinion but is the only option for ode on GameCube right now if you don’t have wasp fusion
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by emu_kidid » Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:34 am

andre104623 wrote:
Mon May 31, 2021 2:37 pm
I have both v1 and megas version if anyone I’d wondering the pin out for ide-exi v2 (megas) is around the GameCube marking on top of the pcb if you own one you know what I mean

But seriously guys ide-exi is dead even if firmware v3 came and fixed everything it the pure fact try to find a good ide hard drive and then power it with a power adapter it’s a mess but there was a time it was practical that time has passed and sp2sd sd gecko and not to mention wasp fusion which is the best GameCube mod period

I wish someone could clone the wiikey fusion wasp fusion that would be perfect and for portable builders the gc loader is great and all but the only advantage is the audio streaming feature and is over priced in my opinion but is the only option for ode on GameCube right now if you don’t have wasp fusion
Yes but the comment right above you is someone who is looking to make a SATA/whatever version using readily available converters to IDE.
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by webhdx » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:07 am

Didn't want to reveal all the cards just yet but indeed I'm working on M.2 adapter. I've done initial tests some time ago:

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And the setup has been proven to work great. We get slightly better performance compared to SD2SP2. By getting rid of all this cable mess it could make a really good contender to GC Loader. Next hardware revision will be much more exciting and it's already in the works. I'm waiting for prototype PCBs currently. Hardware is rather straightforward, some work needs to be done in Swiss as well.
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Post by Extrems » Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:39 pm

I had begun work on the necessary changes for Swiss, but I got distracted with GBI.
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by liquitt » Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:05 pm

webhdx wrote:
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:07 am
Didn't want to reveal all the cards just yet but indeed I'm working on M.2 adapter. I've done initial tests some time ago:

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And the setup has been proven to work great. We get slightly better performance compared to SD2SP2. By getting rid of all this cable mess it could make a really good contender to GC Loader. Next hardware revision will be much more exciting and it's already in the works. I'm waiting for prototype PCBs currently. Hardware is rather straightforward, some work needs to be done in Swiss as well.
Yes! I'm currently running a SATA drive via adapters into IDE-EXI and want to pack it all in a GBA Player case that i have around...would be even nicer to use SSD/M2 :mrgreen:
I appreciate the effort you're putting into this and i don't think IDE-EXI is dead at all... and what's this WASP you're talking of? ... ;)
please search before you ask - a lot has been discussed already!
(or use google with "site:gc-forever.com *term*")
http://is.gd/MDmZcr

we also have a wiki filled with knowledge
http://is.gd/dX58Rm
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by webhdx » Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:52 pm

Don't ruin a GBP case just for this. Wait a little longer :)
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Re: IDE-EXI "v2" source

Post by liquitt » Thu Jun 03, 2021 12:32 pm

webhdx wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:52 pm
Don't ruin a GBP case just for this. Wait a little longer :)
well, it IS an empty case already, so nothing to ruin here ;) but INTERESTING CHOICE OF WORDS! :mrgreen:
please search before you ask - a lot has been discussed already!
(or use google with "site:gc-forever.com *term*")
http://is.gd/MDmZcr

we also have a wiki filled with knowledge
http://is.gd/dX58Rm
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