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matsondawson
August 29th, 2010, 02:06 AM
My 1050 drive is failing to turn as the belt is slipping?
But I'm wondering if the belt is slipping because it is worn, or because the disk is clamped too tight. Is there some way to decrease the clamp force on the disk?

EddieDX4
August 31st, 2010, 02:38 PM
My 1050 drive is failing to turn as the belt is slipping?
But I'm wondering if the belt is slipping because it is worn, or because the disk is clamped too tight. Is there some way to decrease the clamp force on the disk?

Not familiar with the drives that Atari used, but that sounds like a typical issue with Panasonic drives... I don't think this would be affected by "flex" on the drive caused by mounting pressure. These belts fail over time as they become brittle and/or literally liquify.

I remember there being replacement belts on sale on eBay (sourced from Japan, mostly). if the drives are similar or made by Panasonic, you might be in luck if you search for Pansonic drive belt.

Tandy 1100/1500 laptops had similar issues.

Chuck(G)
August 31st, 2010, 03:11 PM
Something to try in the meantime...drop by a stationer's store and pick up some 4" Plastibands (Polyurethane rubber bands). Try one on your drive. They're cheap (about $2 for 100).

They're also handy for bundling up cables--they don't deteriorate with age.