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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Where is the 34-pin legacy floppy header on this system? The specs don't mention it.
    Maybe that's because he's still looking for a machine.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    See post #6 for the context. I wasn't referring to the OP, but rather to rpiguy's post about using the Wyse thin client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    From the OP's original query:


    Where is the 34-pin legacy floppy header on this system? The specs don't mention it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    See post #6 for the context. I wasn't referring to the OP, but rather to rpiguy's post about using the Wyse thin client.
    Coulda' fooled me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tingo View Post
    Does anybody know if such machines are available somewhere?
    Wouldn't it be more feasible for your intended purpose to just use any laptop with a kyroflux? Way smaller, and a flux-level archive.
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    What were you planning for a case for the 8" floppy drive? Those things are so huge, even the half-height ones, that I'm not sure the backpack idea will really fly. This sounds more like a suitcase kit to me. (Googling up the datasheet for a Mitsubishi half-height 8" drive gives me dimensions of 8.5" x 12.4" x 2.25" and almost eight pounds.)

    Quote Originally Posted by rpiguy2 View Post
    There is a 5.25' drive bay, you would need to find a quarter height floppy.
    I realize now my memory failed me, the "encyclopedia size" ITX boxes I have in the garage look like those thin clients you posted, with space for a laptop CD-ROM drive, not a full bay. (They might even be the same case, and they have some kind of Via C3 board in them, 800mhz I think?) While technically it's arguable that quarter-height floppy drives exist because they made those mutant half-height things combining a 5 1/4" and 3.5" drive in one unit I don't think I've ever seen a real stand-alone floppy that fits in the space of a laptop CD-ROM drive.

    Not knowing what the application in play here really is a flux reader (Kryoflux or other, there are a few options out there) does seem like it might be the smarter way to go, given the limits of PC controllers in reading alien disks. (Even single-density, which is pretty common for 8", can be a problem for a lot of them.)

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    Teac FD105 is about that height, maybe 1/3 height anyway. It's in my Teac product catalog. Basically, the lower half of a FD 505.

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    Most anythings that are light are not going to handle the range of drives you have in mind. Most of the laptops have chipsets that are restricted to a single type of drive. You'd really want a something with a IDE or a EIDE bus so that you can find a controller that will support the various rates as well as MFM and FM.
    You might want something like a Dolch PAC series machines. These have a fold up keyboard and a carry handle. I have one that has a 486 in it but some of the newer ones have Pentiums. I'm not sure if they all have EIDE buses. The newer ones may have PCI only. Mine as a EIDE and I use it for being basically portable and a IDE EPROM programmer. I removed the obsolete internet sniffer board. It boots with an error message that the board doesn't respond ( maybe I'll track that part down some day and change it ). It still works find as a PC. It comes native with a 3.5 inch drive. I see newer ones also have a CDROM drive, as well. My HD uses a IDE interface to the bus. It has an older windows but I just use it for DOS stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Teac FD105 is about that height, maybe 1/3 height anyway. It's in my Teac product catalog. Basically, the lower half of a FD 505.
    I can't find a datasheet for the FD-105, but if it's the size of the bottom half of the 505 it looks like 1/3rd height to me. (Is it the same as those 1/3rd heights you mostly see in Compaq machines?) That still probably makes it about a quarter inch too tall for the those cases. I can't check because a cursory look in the shelf where I thought mine still resided suggests I may have lumped them into the last batch of electronic recycling.

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    Look into the Shuttle XPC line. I have an SK41G which has quickly become my favorite Win98 machine. Fully compatible onboard floppy controller, including dual-drive support (I've run a 3.5" & 5.25" together in mine), plus all the other bells & whistles for a great little box. Mine even has a universal AGP slot & PCI slot.



    Probably any of the Athlon & P4-based XPCs are going to have full floppy support, maybe later ones too. You can also get dedicated carry bags & backpacks directly from Shuttle for these. I want one. :P


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    There used to be 5 1/4” 3.5” combo drives, could use one of those to save space

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