PDA

View Full Version : Commodore Disk Woes - which is worth it?



Crawford
November 20th, 2008, 09:39 AM
Folks,

I have a number of Commodore 5 1/4 diskette drives, non is reliable: two old 1541's, one 1541-II, and a 1571. They all give read errors.

Which has the best track record for reliability of the lot?

...and which is worth trying to fix or calibrate to use with my C128 and C64's?

Thanks,
C

Zeela
November 20th, 2008, 09:52 AM
The 1571 your best friend if you have a C128. As it can use both sides of the disk without disk flipping. And used with a C128 the 1571 is quite a bit faster than the other two.

Amigaz
November 20th, 2008, 10:14 AM
Tried cleaning the drives with a cleaning disk?

wmmullaney
November 20th, 2008, 10:48 AM
I have an article here called aligning the 1541 disk drive, I you want it, I'll scan it for you. It includes a test program for you to type in.

I also have a sheet that tells you what chips may be causing different symptoms in the 1541 and the 64.

Bill_Loguidice
November 20th, 2008, 12:37 PM
Folks,

I have a number of Commodore 5 1/4 diskette drives, non is reliable: two old 1541's, one 1541-II, and a 1571. They all give read errors.

Which has the best track record for reliability of the lot?

...and which is worth trying to fix or calibrate to use with my C128 and C64's?

Thanks,
C

It sounds insane, but one thing you can try is pushing the disks in further or even holding them in a bit after inserting until they're done loading. This is what has helped the 1571 in my C-128DCR read disks properly again until I can do a more permanent repair.

ahm
November 20th, 2008, 04:03 PM
I spent some time today restoring a 1571 drive (thanks Kelly!).
Basically, the rails just needed to be cleaned and lubricated.

Lots of good info here:
http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/cbm.html

Andy