Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Aurora Qubide and SuperGold card build completed

It has taken a while particularly as getting components to work with retro QL hardware is getting harder as time passes. None the less Aurora is up and running with a DVD/CD drive, CF card for hard drive and a single ED floppy disk drive plus the Aurora motherboard, SuperHermes, Qubide and a SuperGold card with a backplane all installed in a mini PC ATX box.The QUBide card roms have been updated to 3.08 and SMSQ/E 3.31 also installed.

The box for the installation had only one external drive bay, and when originally designed a 3.5 inch HDD could be fix on a caddy slung from a single fixing point below this. In front of the HDD a board provided USB connections accessible  to the front of the case and hidden behind movable flap.

As can be seen from the photographs the interior of the case is crammed full. A caddy has been made for the 3.5 inch floppy disk and a slot fore it cut through the case to the front. The CF card in its adapter sits on top of the floppy disk drive. The backplane with Aurora, SuperGold card and Qubide sit transversely in the case with the Aurora board bolted to the case. The SuperGold Card is supported by a lego bridge across the Aurora board. This unfortunately cannot be seen due the the heat sink and the cables. As a first iteration of the installation it is a pleasing result although some tidying of cables and redundant connectors is still required.

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