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Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: makeshift IBM monitor

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  • Mr Ian Primus
    ... The drive probably just needs a good cleaning. I ve never seen a Tandon in an IBM fail so badly as to scrape up disks. The heads are probably just really
    Message 1 of 23 , Jun 2, 2009
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      --- On Tue, 6/2/09, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:

      > > Evan - the disk you gave me for
      > the IBM at MARCH has some bare spots,
      > > the drive needs to be cleaned or replaced. 
      >   Do we have any
      > > replacement Tandon 100-2a drives at MARCH?
      > I don't know.

      The drive probably just needs a good cleaning. I've never seen a Tandon in an IBM fail so badly as to scrape up disks. The heads are probably just really dirty. Also, the disk itself could have been compromised - some brands are more apt to start shedding oxide with age.

      -Ian
    • Bill Degnan
      ... in an IBM fail so badly as to scrape up disks. The heads are probably just really dirty. Also, the disk itself could have been compromised - some brands
      Message 2 of 23 , Jun 2, 2009
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        -------- Original Message --------
        > From: "Mr Ian Primus" <ian_primus@...>
        > Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 8:56 PM
        > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: makeshift IBM monitor
        >
        > --- On Tue, 6/2/09, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:
        >
        > > > Evan - the disk you gave me for
        > > the IBM at MARCH has some bare spots,
        > > > the drive needs to be cleaned or replaced.
        > > Do we have any
        > > > replacement Tandon 100-2a drives at MARCH?
        > > I don't know.
        >
        > The drive probably just needs a good cleaning. I've never seen a Tandon
        in an IBM fail so badly as to scrape up disks. The heads are probably just
        really dirty. Also, the disk itself could have been compromised - some
        brands are more apt to start shedding oxide with age.
        >

        True on all counts. I was just curious about whether we had another drive
        if next time I come up and I can't fix the problem, I can bring a spare
        drive if I have one. Hopefully you're right and a good cleaning will
        suffice, or a new disk. The disk in question is a copy of DOS 2.11 with a
        few scratched tracks, but not completely bare. I never had issues with
        these drives when I was working with the system myself, but I was mostly
        focused on the hardware and did not do much disk exercising other than
        format a disk in both drives.

        bd
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