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    I can make some guesses on some of these, (the...

    I can make some guesses on some of these, (the ISA card looks like a SASI adapter), but the resolution is far too low for me to read part numbers. Sorry.
  2. Yup, rebadged PCChips board. Got the 8600D here.

    Yup, rebadged PCChips board. Got the 8600D here.
  3. Most of the laptop drives are the "slim" 1/6...

    Most of the laptop drives are the "slim" 1/6 height models. I'm interested in the 1/3 height (1"/2.54 cm) cases.

    But thanks for the suggestion!
  4. Depends on what files you're using with it, but...

    Depends on what files you're using with it, but yes, if you're using the FlashFloppy firmware.
  5. Your choice of the card depends largely on what...

    Your choice of the card depends largely on what you'd like to do. The WD card uses a WD37C65 FDC, which can also handle FM floppy formats. I would be very surprised if the MIO could do that. On...
  6. In theory, yes, but you'll have disable the...

    In theory, yes, but you'll have disable the BIOSes on the 16 bit card. 16 bit HD MFM controllers use a different set of I/O ports than 8 bit ones do. If you want to use the high-density facilities...
  7. Permit me to say that I don't see the payback. ...

    Permit me to say that I don't see the payback. A CR2032 should last close to a decade in normal operation. Will a ML2032 last substantially longer?
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    Anent the barrel battery: If you're going to...

    Anent the barrel battery: If you're going to replace it with some external primary cells (e.g. AA batteries) connected to a header intended for that purpose, you can simply clip the leads to the...
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    That was my first thought--spray some contact...

    That was my first thought--spray some contact cleaner into the pot, give the shaft a few turns. I was working with a monitor recently with similar issues and I had to disassemble a pot to get to the...
  10. I'll have a look--thanks. Otherwise, I'll spring...

    I'll have a look--thanks. Otherwise, I'll spring for a few generic extruded cases.
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    Re: soldering iron. Depends on the type and...

    Re: soldering iron. Depends on the type and application; 40W is typical. Whatever, get a temperature-controlled unit. You can do a lot of damage to a PCB with an uncontrolled iron.
  12. I've always used serial (RS232) mice on the old...

    I've always used serial (RS232) mice on the old systems. Since BBSing was a real thing back then, a serial port(s) was a must.
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    I think so--if you're not certain, you could try...

    I think so--if you're not certain, you could try swapping the drive. A thought has occurred to me. At 1.2MB, you're running the drive at 96 tpi, so alignment is a bit more critical than if you're...
  14. Yeah, no--I want to mount a barrel jack for power...

    Yeah, no--I want to mount a barrel jack for power and a strain relief for a 34 conductor ribbon cable in one. Hence the Superdisk drives.
  15. External drive cases for 3.5" floppy drives

    Up until now, I've been using various cases, from the big IBM PS/2 drive cases to Superdisk LS120 cases, but I've still got a need for a few. Superdisk drives have been getting stupid expensive. ...
  16. Yes, there are differences; I don't know if they...

    Yes, there are differences; I don't know if they make a difference in reading F85 floppies yet. But there are more variations on the drive than you can shake a stick at. I tend to shy away from...
  17. MSDN was a bit strange. ISTR that an MSDN...

    MSDN was a bit strange. ISTR that an MSDN version was licensed for no more than 10 seats according to the EULA. Not that MS had any way of tracking that.
  18. That was SOP for Teac--just tack on a controller...

    That was SOP for Teac--just tack on a controller card and add an "S" to the model number.

    Also, I don't know if it entered the thinking on PC drives--but SCSI is block-addressed protocol (as is...
  19. Also, observe what happened to the floppy...

    Also, observe what happened to the floppy controller itself. It went from a board-level device to a corner of a "super IO" chip--literally free for a motherboard implementation. In fact, there are...
  20. I knew it obtained for hard drives (lots of R&D...

    I knew it obtained for hard drives (lots of R&D spent on those read/write channels) but by mid-1990s, I would have thought that floppy drive channel implementation would be more similar across brands...
  21. What do you think a USB floppy is? There were...

    What do you think a USB floppy is? There were also SCSI floppies as well as "floppy-ish" drives such as the LS120 or Caleb UHD units.

    Bottom line is that by the time floppies hit mass production...
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    For me, the Norsk Data/Tandberg 2200 series...

    For me, the Norsk Data/Tandberg 2200 series terminals were pretty much the top of the mark in 1970s serial terminals. The keyboard on the Beehive SuperBee (I think the keyboard was a GRI model) was...
  23. All 3.5" HD (1.44M) drives are not the same--and neither are 5.25" DD drives.

    Okay, a little background first.

    As a few may know, I've got a couple of Durango F85 8085-based systems. These are 64-256KB boxes with integrated display, printer and disk drives. One system has...
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    Used a 1500 for a few years. Weird...

    Used a 1500 for a few years. Weird terminal--escape sequences use a leadin character of tilde (hex 7E) which is a printable character on most terminals. Attributes take up a space on the display....
  25. Do you really need me to dig up the EULA on a...

    Do you really need me to dig up the EULA on a beta release? I probably have it--it's long and MSDN-specific.
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