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ScanDisk
November 8th, 2017, 06:00 PM
A while back I melted the plastic cover from the 5 1/4 floppy drive on my 286, and for a while it just had a make-shift cover I made out of cardboard.

Recently I bought another drive for it off of ebay, which turns out not to work so I will be returning it.

so I decided to swap the drive from another computer into the 286, and the drive form the 286 into that computer, because a 286 in my eyes is more deserving of a fully intact floppy drive than a newer pentium 75 machine is.

Also, my IBM 8512 died, and I am looking into getting a replacement early 90's monitor, which I have a thread in "vintage computer items wanted" about.

The pictures tell the story:

286 with cardboard cover

https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23167613_10210855274962090_6524324887447232044_n.j pg?oh=48ee5f616a9fa82872c6d0ccce7c6dba&oe=5AA509AF

286 with swapped floppy

https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23319538_10210895586889863_7714629055220258661_n.j pg?oh=0b9fa8d734675fc3e4c77f11d7f92ecf&oe=5AAA2450

Pentium 75 where the grey drive came from after the swap

https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23319012_10210895587049867_9204714515060800667_n.j pg?oh=c445ff914f37222ee1015d8776e83219&oe=5A6DB10F

bobba84
November 8th, 2017, 06:16 PM
Ingenious! I actually laughed out loud when I saw the cardboard cover.

How did you melt it??

lutiana
November 8th, 2017, 06:28 PM
How did you melt it??

Did you try the 8bit Guys boiling method, the one that it is rather silly and dangerous?

ScanDisk
November 8th, 2017, 06:33 PM
Did you try the 8bit Guys boiling method, the one that it is rather silly and dangerous?

Yes, Yes.

I just left it on low. It did whiten noticeably, but it melted, I guess I wasn't controlling the temperature like I should've been.

However, his Salon Care 40 method truly does, work. It did on the 286. Look at how it was before:

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SpidersWeb
November 8th, 2017, 09:12 PM
The one I'm keen to try is ozone.
Not going to use my good stuff to test, but thinking plastic bin + bright lights + leaving generator running for 4 hours.

Chuck(G)
November 9th, 2017, 06:11 AM
Let us know how that goes--I'm a bit skeptical that it will have the desired effect. Also, keep your setup away from anything with rubber--that includes double-glazed windows!

ScanDisk
November 9th, 2017, 07:00 AM
Let us know how that goes--I'm a bit skeptical that it will have the desired effect. Also, keep your setup away from anything with rubber--that includes double-glazed windows!

Honest, question here:

What's the issue with rubber?

glitch
November 9th, 2017, 07:03 AM
The ozone will destroy it.

ScanDisk
November 9th, 2017, 07:08 AM
The ozone will destroy it.

ah, for his ozone method. I see.

Chuck(G)
November 9th, 2017, 07:43 AM
Years, ago, there were vendors of "negative ion generator" units for the health-conscious. (There's some evidence that negative ions have a beneficial effect). Basically, the units in question were little more than high-voltage corona discharge devices. They were also very prodigious ozone generators.

Customers were puzzled why almost-new VCRs suddenly quit working; reports were made of double-glazed window seals failing well in advance of their expected lifetime and other bits of rubber around the house were deteriorating. The culprit was finally narrowed to the ionizer, which were emitting levels of ozone determined to be hazardous to human health.

ScanDisk
November 9th, 2017, 07:49 AM
Years, ago, there were vendors of "negative ion generator" units for the health-conscious. (There's some evidence that negative ions have a beneficial effect). Basically, the units in question were little more than high-voltage corona discharge devices. They were also very prodigious ozone generators.

Customers were puzzled why almost-new VCRs suddenly quit working; reports were made of double-glazed window seals failing well in advance of their expected lifetime and other bits of rubber around the house were deteriorating. The culprit was finally narrowed to the ionizer, which were emitting levels of ozone determined to be hazardous to human health.

Oh wow.

Thanks for the history lesson. Learn new things everyday!

Stone
November 9th, 2017, 08:34 AM
Years, ago, there were vendors of "negative ion generator" units for the health-conscious. (There's some evidence that negative ions have a beneficial effect). Basically, the units in question were little more than high-voltage corona discharge devices. They were also very prodigious ozone generators.

Customers were puzzled why almost-new VCRs suddenly quit working; reports were made of double-glazed window seals failing well in advance of their expected lifetime and other bits of rubber around the house were deteriorating. The culprit was finally narrowed to the ionizer, which were emitting levels of ozone determined to be hazardous to human health.Fascinating, especially considering that Ozone is nothing more than Oxygen+1. :-)

krebizfan
November 9th, 2017, 08:52 AM
Fascinating, especially considering that Ozone is nothing more than Oxygen+1. :-)

That is the problem. Ozone (O3) really wants to turn into O2 with nice strong double bonds which leaves the third Oxygen atom ready to grab onto anything that might accept it. Carbon atoms love oxygen atoms and rubber has a lot of carbon.