Atari8Warez SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB and SIO2PC-USB Interfaces
Owner's/Installation Manual

Fifth Revision - Sep 17, 2016

INTRODUCTION:

Atari8Warez SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB device (hereinafter referred to as DUAL-USB) and Atari8Warez SIO2PC-USB device (hereinafter referred to as USB) are based on the FTDI RS231X UART.  Both devices connect to the PC using a USB interface which ultimately acts as a Virtual Com Port (emulates a legacy RS232 serial port on the PC), so serial communication software sees them and uses them as a normal COM: port. The Atari end of the DUAL-USB connects either to an Atari computer, or to a SIO compatible disk drive depending on the operation mode of the device (SIO2PC vs. 10502PC), while the Atari end of the USB connects to an Atari computer.

Plug and Play Operation:

DUAL-USB will automatically detect the operation mode depending on where its Atari end is connected. When connected to an Atari computer the device will act as an SIO2PC, and when it's connected to a 810/1050 drive it will act as a 10502PC. This mode detection occurs at the hardware level and is not software dependent.  Hardware level mode detection means you can simply unplug the device from the peripheral and plug it into your Atari (or vice versa) and it will immediately assume it's new role. No need to power cycle it either, so you can just leave it connected to your PC while you perform the switch. When in 10502PC mode you must disconnect your Atari from the SIO chain and remove all unnecessary SIO cables, otherwise the device will not detect your disk drives.

Compatibility:

DUAL-USB device connects the serial port DSR signal in SIO2PC mode, and serial port DTR signal in 10502PC mode to the Atari SIO command line (SIO7) for handshaking.  USB device on the other hand utilizes only the DSR signal as it doesn't have a 10502PC mode. So the emulator software you use must offer these lines for handshaking.  AspeQt and APE both offer a DSR option and are therefore compatible with the device (note that APE is only compatible when it operates in VCP mode, so APE versions earlier than 3.0.6 will not work). Prosystem from Atarimax uses DTR as the handshake line so it is also compatible with the DUAL-USB device. Other software may or may not be compatible depending on the signal line support they offer.

AspeQt v1.0 and up is the only emulation software Atari8Warez officially supports. The software is available on the supplied mini DVD and as a standalone download from Atari8Warez website.  APE software from AtariMax, although is compatible is not supported, neither are the various other forks of AspeQt. For these software you need to contact their respective developers/maintainers.

 AspeQt is available on various OS platforms. Atari8Warez only supports MS Windows and Linux (Ubuntu) versions and support is available through Atari8Warez website Support page and Atari8Warez Support Forums. Other Linux distros, Mac OS X and Android versions are available and maintained by other people. 

 

DRIVER INSTALLATION:

The software on the PC needs Virtual Com Port drivers to communicate with the device. Drivers supplied by Atari8Warez are original FTDI drivers customized to use Atari8Warez product IDs (PID = 83B0 and 83B1), instead of FTDI product IDs (PID = 6001 and 6015), and the strings identifiying the manufacturer and the device description, read "Atari8Warez" and "SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB / VCP"  or "SIO2PC-USB / VCP" instead of "FDTI" and "USB Serial Port / Converter".

Atari8Warez devices intended for use with MS Windows and Linux have the custom PIDs and strings pre-programmed into their EEPROMs (thus requiring custom drivers), while devices intended for use with Mac OS X contain default FTDI values. Mac OS X users could therefore download their drivers directly from the FTDI website if they choose to do so, Atari8Warez will provide future driver updates for Windows/Linux users.

Note: If you're a Windows or Linux user and would like to use original FTDI values instead of  Atari8Warez ones, you will need to flash the EEPROM to restore original FTDI values. After the flash you will also need to install default FTDI drivers before you can resume using the device. You need a special flasher software to do this and the Atari8Warez drivers should still be installed before performing the flash. The flasher software is available for download from Atari8Warez support page. Warning!: Unless you know exactly what you are doing, do not attempt to flash the EEPOM, the device may be rendered inoperational with a wrong flash. If in doubt, or want to know more about the process contact me in Atari8Warez Support forums. I am not responsible with the consequences of a wrong flash in any way, so proceed at your own risk.

This driver customization, although completely benign and transparent to the operation of the device, nevertheless renders the original driver signatures invalid. This will cause some versions of OS to raise a warning while installing them. Simply ignore the warning and accept the drivers as is. Windows 8/10 does not allow installation of unsigned drivers in their default configuration, however installing unsigned drivers on those OSes is possible, please see the separate documentation(s) titled "Windows 8 (10) unsigned driver Installation", available on the supplied mini DVD or for download at the Atari8Warez support page.

 

MS Windows:

Follow these steps to install the drivers on a Windows machine. The example provided here is for MS Windows 7, steps are similar in older versions of Windows. Please refer to the appropriate MS Windows documentation for more details.

  • Connect the device to an available USB port with the supplied USB cable

  • Windows will detect the device and start searching for a driver, either wait until windows finishes looking or cancel the search if that option is present. Windows will not be able to find a suitable driver and will display a popup message indicating the failure of driver installation.

  • Click on the Start button, then right-click on Computer and click on "Manage" to open the device manager. You will see a screen similar to the following image:

Device manager Window

 

  • Under the "Other Devices" you will see an entry for SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB or SIO2PC-USB depending on the device model you purchased. Right click on that entry and click on "Update driver software..."

 

You will see another window similar to the following image:

Update Driver Software

  • Click on "Browse my computer for driver software, you will see the following screen:

 

Browse for Driver Software
  • Make sure "Include subfolders" is checked and click the "Browse" button and navigate to the drivers folder on your PC where you downloaded the device driver files.

 

  • Once in the drivers folder select the appropriate driver folder for your OS. For example if you are using MS Windows 7, select the "Win" folder as your installation folder, then click Next, and Windows will display the following warning screen:
Can't verify the publisher

 

  • Ignore the warning and proceed with the installation by clicking on "Install this driver software anyway".

 

  • Once the installation is complete Windows will display the following screen:
 
Successfuly installed
 
  • If you go back to the Device Manager window you will see the USB component of the DUAL-USB or USB installed under "Universal Serial Bus controllers section.

 

  • Look under "Other Devices" and you will see a "USB Serial Port" device with an exclamation point in front of the name as shown in the following image. Right click on that line and select "Update driver software..." and follow the exact same steps as you did for the USB component of the device.
Device Manager

 

 

  • When you are finished installing the driver the Device Manager window will look like the following image, your DUAL-USB or USB device is now installed and ready for use as shown on the following screen:
Both devices installed
 

 

  • If you need to make changes to the COM port setting (such as assigning another port) you can do so by right clicking on the appropriate entry under the Ports (COM & LPT) section and by selecting its "Properties", the following screen will appear. From that screen select the "Port Settings" tab to make the necessary changes:
Device Properties

LINUX

Linux driver source files are provided for 32 and 64 bit versions. The source code has been modified to include Atari8Warez Product IDs  (PID) and identification strings, and they will need to be compiled prior to installation. If you're an end-user rather than a technical guru you may find compiling and installing driver files for Linux a daunting task. This is mainly due to missing/renamed FTDI libraries needed for compilation on certain distributions of Linux. Linux simply doesn't have the same FTDI support available for MS Windows, and I noticed that FTDI technical documents for Linux haven't been updated since 2009.

So if you are a non technical Linux user there is a less frustrating way of making your device work with it. Most Linux distros come with basic FTDI USB-to-Serial drivers already included in the kernel. The driver however only recognizes devices manufactured with FTDI Vendor ID (VID), and FTDI Product ID (PID). Fortunately there is a way to make the default driver to work with devices with custom VID/PID. The following paragraph describes the steps necessary to make your device work with the default FTDI drivers, eliminating the need to compile/install custom ones:

  1. Open a terminal window, and use gedit to create a script file in your home folder (i.e. ~/sio2pc.sh) with the following content:

    modprobe
    ftdi_sio
    echo 0403 83b0 > /sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/ftdi_sio/new_id   (for DUAL-USB device) or;
    echo 0403 83b1 > /sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/ftdi_sio/new_id   (for USB device)

  2. Save the file and make it executable

    chmod +x ~/sio2pc.sh

  3. The script file you just created modifies the default FTDI driver so that it recognizes devices with custom VID/PID, however this is only effective until the drivers are unloaded. When they are reloaded (on the next boot for example) the script need to be run again. That means we have to automate it so it runs every time the machine is re-booted. For this to happen we need to include the script in the .profile file which is in the etc folder of your Linux installation. .profile file is read and executed every time you log-in to your Linux session. Also, because the script changes a system file, it needs to run with root privileges (i.e. needs to run using sudo). Note that sudo normally asks for a password before allowing a user to execute tasks with root privileges, but this script will be run unattended and you can not respond to password requests, so sudo needs to be run without asking for a password. In order to do that we need to pre-authorize the script, and to achieve that we need to create an entry in the sudoers file. So, from your terminal window type:

    sudo visudo

    enter your password when prompted (this is your log-in password, not the root password).

    Scroll to the end of the sudoers file, and add the following line:

    user_id  ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /home/user_id/sio2pc.sh

    Note that user_id is your Linux log-in id. Type ^O to save the changes, and ^X to exit.

  4. As the last step we need to add a call to the script in the .profile file so it executes when you log-in to your Linux session:

    Type:

    sudo gedit /etc/profile

    enter your log-in password if asked,

    When the file opens in gedit, scroll to the end, and add the following line:

    sudo ./sio2pc.sh

    Save the file and exit gedit. You are now ready to re-boot the computer. Once re-boot, log-into your Linux session, insert your SIO2PC device to an available USB port, open a terminal window, and type the following to verify that your SIO2PC device is now recognized and a COM port is mounted as ttyUSB0:

    dmesg | grep FTDI

    Above command should produce an output like the following:

    [   159.987490]  ftdi_sio 5-1:1.0 FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected
    [   159.989404]  usb 5-1: FTDI USB Serial Device Converter now attached to ttyUSB0

  5. Finally run AspeQt. Configure it to use the ttyUSB0 device as the COM port and see if the device is now functional.

 

WARRANTY/SERVICE INFORMATION

Atari8Warez DUAL-USB and USB devices purchased with an enclosure, and a built-in SIO Cable, or built into an SIO Cable come with 1 year warranty against defects in material and workmanship. Bare boards (kits) or boards with an enclosure but without an attached SIO Cable don’t come with a warranty, but include free tech support.

The warranty does not cover damage caused by misuse/neglect, disassembling/reassembling of the enclosure, modifications/additions to the device and only valid when a product failed due to defects in material or workmanship.
Please keep your proof of purchase for your warranty claims.

Atari8Warez offers free customer support with each purchase (see the website support page for details).  If you have a problem with the product within the warranty period and I find that the cause of the problem is my interface, I will replace or repair it at my expense.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

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