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2020-06-16 16:24
Digger

Registered: Mar 2005
Posts: 364
Sharing 1541-II between 8 C64s

This ad https://twitter.com/davidmt/status/1272524141086769157?s=20 claims that apparently 8 breadbins can share one 1541-II (a "local network")...

But how, daisychaining via serial interface?

One guy suggested this device https://www.commodore-info.com/mix/item/handic_vic-switch/en/de..

Wondering if anyone came across this before?
2020-06-16 16:27
Groepaz

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9326
VIC Switch was a common device in schools to do just that, indeed.
2020-06-16 17:39
Adam

Registered: Jul 2009
Posts: 262
Quote:
Wondering if anyone came across this before?

Yes. My first introduction to the C64 was using a setup such as this at school (1986/87) - All sharing 1x 1541 drive.
2020-06-16 19:02
Knight Rider

Registered: Mar 2005
Posts: 63
There is also the QuadPortIEC too https://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=72616&highlight=
2020-06-16 21:09
Colt45RPM

Registered: Feb 2019
Posts: 22
I have a VIC-Switch sitting here in my office but I have never tested it. Maybe I will get to that eventually. I have heard that they don't allow the burst mode protocols or something that makes it not useful for devices such as CMD HDs, etc. Anyone know more about this?
2020-06-17 11:45
Krill

Registered: Apr 2002
Posts: 1480
Quick web search brought up http://cbm-hackers.2304266.n4.nabble.com/Handic-VIC-Switch-td46.. where the causes for burst problems are discussed.
2020-06-17 16:53
Colt45RPM

Registered: Feb 2019
Posts: 22
Yep. The thread I was thinking of at the time.
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