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503Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released

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  • Voyager
    Dec 21, 2011
      I tried to open the drive and some pieces of the head fall off, and I stopped any further attempt.
      I had a broken FDD on my PC (i think both of my PCs) and on one of the Portables.
      I think the story floats in this group, if you roll back in 2002.
      It has also the story of how to attach an external MFM disk (but failed miserably to boot from HDD due to the lack of proper BIOS for the PC)
      It would be interesting to have an internal, completelly hidden USB just to boot a standard floppy, but never mod the external case or remove any hardware, even with broken heads ;-)
      I wonder, If I manage to dismantle an old macintosh, the old SONY drive would work on Apricots? I hate apple, so there would be some fun in the process ;-)
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      Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 5:34 PM
      Subject: Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released


      I totally agree. I don’t even like using disk images other than for archive purposes!
      However, the solid-state approach could help Jerome who has a corrupted Winchester and a dead FDD.
      I’d be interested to hear what things you tried around 10 years ago when attempting to repair the heads? Did you try just taking heads from a more modern drive?
      From: Voyager
      Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:38 PM
      Subject: Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released


      I'm more into retro-restoration than modding. I had tried in the past (~10yrs ago) to find a way to cope with the broken heads in the original sony drives, but failed miserably. I am looking for a way to make the old hardware work, like it used to. If necessary, I would go for another manufacturer's FDD, but never for a solid state mod.
      The furthest I managed to go with original Apricot modding, was to externally attach a st225 or st251 through a ribon on a white Apricot PC, and boot from it (as drive A: if I recall), but never any further. The controller was salvaged from an Apricot Portable if my memory is correct (it was back in 2001~2002). It was ugly, and I hated it, so I dismantled it a couple of weeks later.
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      Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:10 PM
      Subject: Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released

      What are you trying to do? Attach a new FDD to Apricot hardware?
      There is a hardware device that emulates disk images (using a removable flash memory card) and it has an Apricot-compatible FDD interface, although I have not tried it myself. I think an adapter cable might be needed too.
      If you (or anyone) gets one of these and tries it on any Apricot machine, I’d be really interested to hear how it goes. I’m sure there are others here who would have an interest too.
      From: Voyager
      Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:47 AM
      Subject: Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released


      and if you manage to find me a way to repair/replace the fdd drives, you'll have some more active hardware on the list (PC, Xi, Portable)  ;-)
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 10:45 AM
      Subject: Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released

      There are quite a few of us here still with an interest in the Apricot machines and watching the email threads with interest...  Winking smile
      From: Voyager
      Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 5:26 AM
      Subject: Re: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released

      nope, you are not the last ones :p
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 11:48 PM
      Subject: [actapricot] Re: qdae 0.0.6 released

      --- In actapricot@yahoogroups.com, Jerome Vernet <vernet.jerome@...> wrote:

      > I do not know how I can work with Winchester disk (need to partition,
      > format ? Install MSDOS ??) as I never experienced in real. The only
      > system with HD I have is an F10 with a dead disk drive and a corupted HD...

      The simplest method is to boot from a MS-DOS floppy and type

      FORMAT A: /SC:

      > Seams that we are, also, the last guy here, isn't ?

      Looks like it.

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