[vcf-midatlantic] Floppy emulators, any experience?
jakari at bithose.com
Tue Apr 10 18:55:17 EDT 2018
Thanks, I think I’ll start with a cheap Gotek for now, and throw down for one of the nicer ones later.
(Also, I should make an adaptor board that fits the PS/2 centerplane connectors, since this problem is only going to get more common.)
> On Apr 10, 2018, at 5:18 PM, J. Alexander Jacocks via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> For generic cheap use, I'd suggest a Gotek. For a bit better compatibility
> for more unusual formats, I'd suggest a Gotek with HxC firmware. And for
> the ultimate in hardware design and flexibility, I'd buy an HxC from
> - Alex
> On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 5:05 PM, jakari via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>>> On 2018-04-09 16:27, Neil Cherry via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>>> On 04/09/2018 02:53 PM, Joseph Oprysko via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>>> Some are listed as 720k, some 1.44MB, some with 2 digit display, some
>>>> 3 digits, and a couple without a display and just 2 LEDs. So I’m a bit
>>>> confused as to which are the “right” ones to try to get.
>> Likewise... This is a timely thread since I'm zero for two on working IBM
>> PS/2 floppy drives. I will attempt to repair at least one of them, but one
>> of these things would make things easier to get things re-installed.
>> So, is there one that people like? Or dislike? (In my case I'm talking
>> normal PC-ish drives.)
>> I suspect most are the same hardware. The main difference for the emulator
>>> between a 720 and a 1.44 is the clock rate of the data (125, 250, 500).
>>> After that the tracks, sectors and sides are just software. I'm surprised
>>> they don't mention that they device can be multiple drives. Wonder if it
>>> can use the mux setup for 8 drives. ;-) (just kidding).
>> The written descriptions I'm seeing on Amazon make me think this level of
>> detail is unlikely. ;)
>> Jameel Akari
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