I have two left, a regular Option Board (older multi-chip model) and a Deluxe Option Board -- and about 12 people asking me for them :-( So I think it's only fair to everyone that I list them on ebay so that everyone has a chance to see them and bid what they think is fair. They're complete except for missing boxes, and I will throw in floppy disks and a CDROM of all of the Option Board materials I have (about 200MB).
I'll post here when the auctions are up.
Is there any real difference between the Deluxe and non-Deluxe in their capabilities to copy copy protected IBM PC compatibles? Your auctions state that the Deluxe board also can work with some non-PC compatible systems, but it doesn't state that the Deluxe board is better for copying PC disks.
Both boards perform their primary task of copying protected diskettes identically if you use them with low-density drives. (The original non-deluxe option board can only use low-density drives.)
The Deluxe added the following:
Otherwise, they're identical. I use a Deluxe OB on my 4.77MHz 8088, and I've used an original OB on my 386-40.
- Can use high-density drives (but don't write to 360K disks in a 1.2MB drive because the head width is narrower)
- Can copy non-PC formats like Mac, Amiga, and Apple as long as they're unprotected
- Can read and write files on Mac 400K/800K diskettes
Wasn't there an Enchanted version of the deluxe edition too?
It seems to use the same chips as the Deluxe board, but it got some extra chips in adition (like some big IC's and an EPROM), AND it got some switches on the bracket.
Actually, the EPROM was part of an enhanced system.
If you couldn't reproduce the disk because of a laser hole or something nasty like that, you would use this version of the option board to 'remember' where the hole was. After arming the board, at run time it would simulate the laser hole in the right spot, even on a diskette that didn't have the laser hole. The EPROM was used to remember the location of the hole.
Very interesting, I personally do not know of any disk-based copy protected software that shipped on high density media and not also on low density media.