Re: [Ensoniq-ASR10-EPS16] Re: EXTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVE?
- At 01:35 AM 4/1/2011, you wrote:
>Does anyone know if a PCMCIA card external floppy drive would work,Almost certainly. It's like this: say you got all these favors from a
>or does this suffer from the same issues as the USB floppy?
large corporation (free football tickets, country club passes)
because you knew the secretary to the CEO and she loved cookies and
you brought them by whenever you wanted something. Then, the
organization restructured and the secretary moved 2000 miles away to
another country where the corporations head office relocated. No more
A USB floppy or CF card communication means the controller has moved
off the premises and you have to communicate via USB or the PCMIA
standard to get at the controller; you'd have to call the secretary
over the phone now. But, you can't send cookies over the phone, and
so you can't have low-level interrupt access to the controller over
these communication protocols.
Now, it's always possible, but you'd have to find a willing firmware
manufacturer (i.e. speak Chinese) who would open up the access to the
onboard controller and allow an API to make the changes you want.
Just like possible solution to your problem is to 1) find a place in
the new country that makes the cookies, and 2) find someone who would
buy them for you and give them to the secretary under your name.
>Also, along the same lines...No, this would be completely different, and people already do this. A
>If using a SCSI hard drive with the EPS, is it possible to connect
>the drive to a PC with a SCSI-to-USB adapter to transfer
>Ensoniq-formatted files to and from the PC, or would this also
>suffer from the same controller issues that Garth mentions with the
>USB floppy drives?
SCSI-USB adapter performs the same function as a SCSI card interface.
The difference in the situations is that the controller is NEVER on a
hard drive, plus there is no geometric difference between a normal
PC-formatted hard drive and a Ensoniq-formatted hard drive. It's just
different information placed on the same grid. But with floppies, the
grid is different (Ensoniq is 10 sectors per cylinder instead of 9),
so you have to convince the drive head to mechanically read the
floppy disk differently. Which is why you need low-level access to
the controller. It wants cookies.
- On Fri, 2011-04-01 at 09:05 -0500, Garth Hjelte wrote:
> A USB floppy or CF card communication means the controller has movedDepends on the PCMCIA card, though. Since it's basically just a PCI
> off the premises and you have to communicate via USB or the PCMIA
> standard to get at the controller; you'd have to call the secretary
> over the phone now. But, you can't send cookies over the phone, and
> so you can't have low-level interrupt access to the controller over
> these communication protocols.
bus, most PCMCIA floppy drives are just a PCI floppy controller with the
floppy on a short cable. This doesn't mean, however, that they will
work - Toshiba ones have some mad-ass interface that is just
> Now, it's always possible, but you'd have to find a willing firmwareFloppies are slow, modern microcontrollers are fast and FDC chips are
> manufacturer (i.e. speak Chinese) who would open up the access to the
> onboard controller and allow an API to make the changes you want.
> Just like possible solution to your problem is to 1) find a place in
> the new country that makes the cookies, and 2) find someone who would
> buy them for you and give them to the secretary under your name.
easy to talk to. How hard can it be?
> >Also, along the same lines...Any recommendations on USB-SCSI adaptors that work particularly well
> >If using a SCSI hard drive with the EPS, is it possible to connect
> >the drive to a PC with a SCSI-to-USB adapter to transfer
> >Ensoniq-formatted files to and from the PC, or would this also
> >suffer from the same controller issues that Garth mentions with the
> >USB floppy drives?
> No, this would be completely different, and people already do this. A
> SCSI-USB adapter performs the same function as a SCSI card interface.
with the EPS?
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- On Mon, 2011-04-04 at 21:54 -0500, Garth Hjelte wrote:
> Forgive the plug:zomg spammer!
> Available on SamplerZone now.Those links want a password, but if you go in from the front page you
> Translator Ensoniq Edition ZipPak - $129.95
> Translator Pro ZipPak - $199.95
can make your way to:
That's an excellent deal, folks. If you downloaded it illegally you'd
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- At 01:50 AM 4/5/2011, you wrote:
> > Available on SamplerZone now.Thanks Gordon, definitely the wrong links!
> > Translator Ensoniq Edition ZipPak - $129.95
> > Translator Pro ZipPak - $199.95
>Those links want a password, but if you go in from the front page you
>can make your way to:
- Thanks for the replies guys.
I might just try to get my hands on a CardBus/PCMCIA floppy drive to see if I can get that to work. I'd like to avoid having to get a whole legacy computer system just for the internal floppy drive if at all possible (I currenly use only a laptop so no onboard floppy). I'm currently in the process of putting together a SCSI hard drive setup for my EPS and would like to get away from using floppies altogether.
> Any recommendations on USB-SCSI adaptors that work particularly wellGordon,
> with the EPS?
> Gordon MM0YEQ
I haven't tried any USB-SCSI adaptors so can't speak from experience, but from what I can tell, Adaptec seem to be right up there when it comes to producing SCSI adaptor/interfacing devices.
Actually, I find USB-SCSI adaptors somewhat hard to come across. There just don't seem to really be that many available, and when you do come across one, they're usually really expensive (for what they are). CardBus/PCMCIA-to-SCSI adaptors, however, seem to be more abundant and competitively priced, so if you're laptop-based then that might be a better option (this is the path I'm going to go down). If you use a desktop PC then a SCSI PCI card is probably the best bet as they're generally cheap and plentiful.