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Use a real floppy drive?

Added by 8bitclassics over 3 years ago

I have tried formatting a floppy and copying a disk in 4 different physical drive. It keeps erroring error 173 on formatting. I am just using DOS 2.5 in drive assigned to 1 off the SD card and then assigned a physical drive to all other drive #s while leaving equivalent drive # is the F12 settings area blank (except for #1 as mentioned that has DOS 2.5). No luck. Drives have been tested in my XE previously fine.


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RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by foft over 3 years ago

If you take the disk out of sdrive 1 does it then work?

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by foft over 3 years ago

Just been playing for 20 mins with aspeqt, my real 1050 and the internal drive.

Afraid I can't reproduce this. I suspect a bad SIO cable perhaps?

That said, what kind of drives are you using? I wonder if they are using different signals to the 1050.

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by foft over 3 years ago

One thought, the default OS is high speed patched and perhaps that conflicts with your drives. You could try using the standard one too.

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by 8bitclassics over 3 years ago

I haven't gotten a chance to test on booting from one, but I have tested 3 1050 drives and a Indus GT drive. I was trying my XF551 that was working perfectly as well but for some reason won't power on now. I will do some more testing this weekend and pot again. I will try a couple different SIO cables and the speed was at the lowest.

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by Almerian over 3 years ago

Things you can try besides swapping the SIO cable:
- Check/change the power supplies : 1050 9v AC 2-3A. Indus GT (DC?), Eclaire XL 5v dc 1-2A
- Check the ribbon cables to the SIO board; one of mine got stuck on a header during transport.
- Check the floppy(s)

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by foft over 3 years ago

Did you get it working?

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by 8bitclassics over 3 years ago

Been away, sorry. I plan on trying this weekend.

RE: Use a real floppy drive? - Added by foft over 3 years ago

It might be worth starting from a simple setup. i.e. test a drive by itself as D1 without the internal sdrive. Before heading towards the full on 'n' external drives in combination with sdrive.

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