The device is very straightforward and it's also really simple to install. Although it is a kind of a prototype, the device appears quite well thought out and clean. No soldering or messing with the QL: You only need to open the QL and replace a couple of chips.
|Lazy man's install. The card reader is intended to replace one of the Microdrives.|
The manual is extremely well written and helpful, but I'll summarize the process anyway.
- Backup the files that already exist on the SD to your PC/Mac/Linux. From the included folder, unpack a suitable sized drive image (Such as QL_128K_BDI.BIN if you have unexpanded QL) and rename it to QL_BDI.BIN. Copy it on the card top directory, overwriting the previous file. Put the card back in the reader.
- Open the QL case (leave in the two screws below the microdrives, and oh, be careful with your keyboard membranes).
- Remove the two ROM chips from the QL and insert the QL-SD ROM chip. I found the chip somewhat tight to insert. The pins are a bit short, so make sure the chip is firmly in place.
- It's possible to replace the physical microdrive with the reader so that the card sticks out neatly from the existing drive opening. The circuit board has ready-made holes for this.
|What you should see after a succesful installation.|
A bit sad thing here is that the unexpanded QL can only really handle 3MB drive images. This can't be helped. But let's not despair, that's still more than 35 microdrive cartridges! (And from what I get modern memory expansion options are soon arriving.) But anyway, it all depends what you want to do with your QL. For now, I'm quite happy to mess around with the SuperBASIC and fiddling with the boot file.
|Toolkit II loaded, listing multitasking jobs|
The QL-SD appears a very good solution for SD card reading, something I've been waiting to happen for QL for some time. I can only hope these will be available in the future too.