Dropcheck Posted November 21, 2016 Share Posted November 21, 2016 Just when you thought the XF551 couldn't get any better...... Announcing the XF551 Control board bundle pre-order. This add-on board will work with both my re-imaged XF551 Main Boards and the original XF551 Floppy Drive boards from Atari. Here are some pictures: Actual boards maybe slightly different. Unlike previous upgrades this will require some modifications to the XF551 Case. I have tried to keep these to a minimum. There is a left hand panel cutout for the controls and I am offering two different positions for the track display LED.Position One is preferred in my opinion. It is the easiest to do, requiring only a small rectangular cutout on the right hand front panel.Position Two is more complicated to do and has the added problem of visibility depending on what angle you are looking at it. It requires partial disassembly of the drive faceplate and more precise cutout and placement of the display board. It can be done and if you enjoy a challenge may work out well for you.On the original XF551 Floppy Drive board you will need to solder up to 11 wire connections for the needed signals. On my re-imaged boards depending on the version you may only need to solder 1 to 4 wires.In the near future I plan to offer an upgrade drive board that will connect to this control board. The drive board upgrade will add a second index sensor, density sensor, and write protect switch. These additional options will require the HyperFX Rom upgrade and require somewhat major drive mechanism modification and are not required for normal operation of this bundle.As with my previous offerings ordering should be done on my website. Not through this thread. At this time assembly will take place in the US.The cost will be $40.00 plus shipping.I plan to do an minimum initial run of 10 bundles, with the option depending on the demand for multiples of 10.Flat rate domestic shipping will be $8.00 while international shipping will be $22.50 for up to four.Ordering will go live on Cyber Monday and be open for at least two weeks.Parts ordering and assembly should take two to three weeks. Shipment will take place by Jan 20th or sooner. 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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