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  • uUsb-CE5 possible usage

    Hi, I just want to inquire about the uUSB-CE5.

    What I want to do with the CE5 is:
    - insert a USB flash drive to its USB port (i'm assuming it can used like that)
    - connect the rs232 of the CE5 to a uC and read the data (if this is possible, how hard do you think it will be?)

    I'll use the CE5 and the uDrive to copy the file contents in USB flash drive to the SD card, and vice-versa.

    Flash drive -> CE5 -> uC ->uDrive-> SD card

    After that, I want to experiment with a Bluetooth module which I already have.

    Flash drive -> CE5 -> uC -> Bluetooth module -------> Bluetooth USB dongle -> PC

    Can anybody recommend the proper parts to be used if there is something wrong with my interpretation.

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    krein wrote: Hi, I just want to inquire about the uUSB-CE5.

    What I want to do with the CE5 is:
    - insert a USB flash drive to its USB port (i'm assuming it can used like that)
    - connect the rs232 of the CE5 to a uC and read the data (if this is possible, how hard do you think it will be?)

    I'll use the CE5 and the uDrive to copy the file contents in USB flash drive to the SD card, and vice-versa.
    Hardware wise it is possible, but the software would be a minefield, and I believe not really possible with the parts you mentioned without major patches to the uDrive operating system.

    If you used a micro-controller to do all the hard work, and a:
    http://www.dontronics-shop.com/ftdi-vdrive2.html
    and then connected to a uDrive, then you may have a chance, if you can write the software for the Micro-controller.

    Mind you, this doesn't use a CE5 at all. The CE5 is just a hardware protocol converter from USB to RS232, and has no intelligence as such.

    Well, even RS-232 isn't correct, it is 232 software protocol, at TTL levels, but certainly suitable for connection to a micro.

    Hope this helps,
    Cheers Don...
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    • #3


      Thanks for the clarifying.

      Some question on the uDrive:
      1. As I've read, the uDrive can read and write files(not data that still needs to be assembled to be file) directly using the command set. So can I just use it with a RS-232 to TTL converter to directly input commands via Fat Controller?

      2. Can I "easily" use it with a microcontroller to do the same task the Fat Controller do? I'm planning to do a custom GUI to interact with the micro and udrive.

      OT:
      @donmck
      I'm really interested on that vdrive2, is there a forum to ask around? Also, do dontronics ship orders to the Philippines?

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        krein wrote:
        OT:
        @donmck
        I'm really interested on that vdrive2, is there a forum to ask around? Also, do dontronics ship orders to the Philippines?
        Re your uDrive questions, I haven't had any first hand experience with it myself, so your best bet is to gather what you can from this forum.

        there are many forum chats about the vdrive2:
        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=vdrive2+forum

        yes, we have shipped world wide since 1964. :-)

        Cheers Don...
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        • #5


          lol at the link. I was thinking of a forum that is specifically for vinculum products. But looks like there's none.

          Good to know Phils is not on the restricted countries for international order.

          Thanks for the help. I'll go check on the vdrive2 first before buying.

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          • #6


            1. As I've read, the uDrive can read and write files(not data that still needs to be assembled to be file) directly using the command set. So can I just use it with a RS-232 to TTL converter to directly input commands via Fat Controller?

            Sure.

            2. Can I "easily" use it with a microcontroller to do the same task the Fat Controller do? I'm planning to do a custom GUI to interact with the micro and udrive.
            Sure, FAT Controller doesn't really add much to what you need to do, the 'Log' in FAT Controller shows you exactly the commands you need to send to the uDrive and the uDrive's responses
            Mark

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            • #7


              I'm using the CE-5 in a small 6551-based serial cartridge for a vintage computer. I desoldered the 1x5 female header and then mounted the CE-5 on my pak's board flat side down and drilled tiny holes through the RX/TX/GND fingers so it mounts to the board where a 1x5 header is already there for a uDrive. Then a thin tie strap goes around the CE-5 board using 2 holes in my board. The solder + the tie makes sure the CE-5 doesn't wiggle any.

              The trick was to swap the TX and RX signals and not to connect the 5v from the USB port. The RES line isn't connected to anything.

              The pak allows an older computer to talk to a PC using it's USB port. It works great.
              --
              Roger Taylor

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