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    Default Zenith z-200 360k floppy drive not working

    I got my Zenith z-200 put together last night and all seems to be good except the 360k drive I have in it isn't working and I can't figure out why. I have a known good drive that came out of my Compaq Portable after it died as the B drive, an Epson 1.44mb drive as A, and I've been through 3 different controllers with the same issue each time. The computer will boot and read/write the 1.44mb drive fine but throws an error whenever it tries to read the 360k. The one thing I haven't changed is the cable, but it was in the machine when I got it, presumably put away working.

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    Try running the 360K drive as the only drive in the system.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    Try running the 360K drive as the only drive in the system.
    I'll try that, and maybe a different cable. It's kind of weird because I can choose the 1.44 and 360k in the bios so it should support it

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    Tried a different cable, different card, and same problem. I just have no idea... Maybe the jumpers on the drive? It worked fine in a Compaq Portable though

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    Did that floppy come with your computer?

    I remember something about a trace having to be cut on some floppy drives in order for them to work with certain controllers.

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    Found it. It's in the Z-200 Owners manual section page B.12.

    If you don't have the manual you can get it here: http://www.mediafire.com/folder/xpuc...mlyjnzw/shared

    May want some input from a floppy guru before you start cutting traces though.

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    I'll check it out, that would make sense. It's not the original drive so it might need something to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckster_in_Jax View Post
    Found it. It's in the Z-200 Owners manual section page B.12.

    If you don't have the manual you can get it here: http://www.mediafire.com/folder/xpuc...mlyjnzw/shared

    May want some input from a floppy guru before you start cutting traces though.
    Seems like the owners manual doesn't appear to open. Fortunately I do have an original copy but the diagnostic disk images don't seem to want to write in imagedisk

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadRacer203 View Post
    Seems like the owners manual doesn't appear to open. Fortunately I do have an original copy but the diagnostic disk images don't seem to want to write in imagedisk
    I just downloaded the zip file and it opened OK and Acrobat opened the Owners manual OK.

    Don't have a machine setup to check the disk image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadRacer203 View Post
    Seems like the owners manual doesn't appear to open. Fortunately I do have an original copy but the diagnostic disk images don't seem to want to write in imagedisk
    The images opened fine in WinImage. Imagedisk works with IMD files.
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